In Memoriam: Timothy D. Bigby, MD

An announcement from Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine

Dr. Timothy Bigby

Dr. Timothy Bigby

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr. Timothy D. Bigby passed away the morning of April 4, 2016, following a long illness.

Dr. Bigby joined UC San Diego and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System in 1989 as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Staff Physician, retiring last month after serving as Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Section at VASDHS and Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UC San Diego.

As a staff physician and scientist, he educated and mentored countless medical students, undergraduate trainees, house staff, fellows, and junior faculty while attending to patients in the Pulmonary Consult Service and Medical Intensive Care Unit. In addition to his scientific discoveries in the areas of innate immunity and signaling; asthma and airway biology; and, most recently, basic mechanisms in pulmonary hypertension, he served in various roles that promoted the education of physicians and scientists, including service as Co-Director of the Physician-Scientist Training Pathway of the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego, faculty mentor in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at UC San Diego and reviewer and chairman for multiple scientific granting agencies, study sections, and journals. He received numerous awards for both his teaching and his investigative efforts. He also served as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology and as a reviewer for over 16 journals as well as the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Bigby received his medical training at Baylor College of Medicine, his training in internal medicine at the University of Colorado, and his training in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Colorado and the University of California, San Francisco. He also had clinical expertise in infectious disease medicine, and had received former fellowship training in infectious diseases.

He served patients, students, and trainees tirelessly. He will be greatly appreciated and remembered by many, and his leadership, his smiling face, and his wise counsel will be missed.

A celebration of life is planned and will be announced in the near future. In Tim’s honor, we have initiated the Tim Bigby VA Research Fund – please consider contributing in lieu of flowers.

Donors may send gifts in Dr. Bigby’s memory in two ways:

  1.  Send a check to the attention of:

Brian Zumbano
Health Sciences Advancement
9500 Gilman Drive, #0937
La Jolla, CA 92093-0937

Please make your check out to UC San Diego Foundation, and write in the memo section: For the “Tim Bigby, MD, Pulmonary Research Fund” (F-2719) in memory of Dr. Bigby.

2.  Make a gift online. Visit:

In the “Explore more giving options” field, search for “Bigby.” You’ll be taken to a page that contains the online giving form for the Tim Bigby Pulmonary Research Fund (2719).

At the bottom of the form, please make sure to indicate that your gift is in honor of Dr. Bigby.

In Memoriam: Martin F. Kagnoff, MD

Announcement from Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine

Dr. Martin Kagnoff

Martin F. Kagnoff, MD

It is with sadness that I announce that we have lost one of our department’s most vigorous and inspiring leaders. Martin Kagnoff, MD, passed away at his home in La Jolla on Sunday, November 16.

Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD

Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD

Dr. Kagnoff was Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Emeritus, and Director of the Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology at UC San Diego. He was a pioneer in academic gastroenterology and research.

He joined the faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology when he completed his residency and fellowship training in 1972. He devoted all 42 years of his long and fruitful career to UC San Diego.

Dr. Kagnoff directed the multidisciplinary Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology, which was established in 1985. His research initially focused on basic immunology in the gastrointestinal tract. He went on to the pathophysiology of celiac disease, the intestinal manifestations of AIDS, the biology of intestinal epithelial cells and the pathogenesis of enteric infections.

He was recognized worldwide as a leader in mucosal immunology and the mechanisms leading to celiac disease. He was dedicated to education at all levels and he trained nearly 100 students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty members.

Dr. Kagnoff’s research was continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 40 years. He published more than 200 papers in leading gastroenterology, immunology and basic science journals and edited multiple books and reviews.

He served as associate editor and editor-in-chief of two leading journals in the field: The Journal of Clinical Investigation and the American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology.

Dr. Kagnoff earned his MD degree at Harvard Medical School. He received his postgraduate training in gastroenterology and immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

His family conducted a memorial service on November 18.

Gifts in memory of Dr. Martin Kagnoff may be made payable to The Regents of the University of California referencing the Kagnoff Endowed Fund #16203 and mailed to UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive #0940, La Jolla, CA 92093-0940.

In Memoriam: Harold J. Simon, MD, PhD

Harold J. Simon, MD, PhD

Harold J. Simon, MD, PhD

The Department of Medicine celebrates the life and mourns the passing on August 6 of Harold J. Simon, MD, PhD, professor emeritus of medicine and inaugural chief of the Division of International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine, now the Division of Global Public Health.

An influential leader in the field of international health and health policy, Simon was a founding father of the UCSD School of Medicine. He was recruited to the school in 1966 and served as its first dean of admissions, education and student affairs.

He wove global health training into the curriculum, designing community-based and international programs for students. Among these were courses in Spanish and cross-cultural issues that were the first of their kind in the nation.

Nationally and internationally, Simon advanced global health training and cultural awareness in medicine. His many achievements included the establishment of the Division of International Health for the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. With particular concern for small, isolated countries, he advised developing nations as they established medical education and health care delivery systems.

In 2001, the Harold J. Simon Chair In International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine was established in his honor at UCSD.

Quoted in a UCSD press release at that time, Simon said, “I think it is necessary for all students to realize that there are significant differences in disease incidence and prevalence, in the way health care is delivered, and how concepts of health and illness are viewed by diverse cultures throughout the world. Medicine doesn’t recognize any geographic or national borders.

“In a world where the inequalities of health are grotesque; where for many millions of people health is absent throughout life; where nevertheless every individual has the right to the enjoyment of health, are we as doctors content to leave things as they are?”

Dr. Steffanie StrathdeeThe Harold J. Simon Chair In International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine is now held by Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences, Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health.

Quoted in a La Jolla Patch memorial story about Simon last week, Strathdee said, “He will be remembered by our division as its founder and tireless mentor, and by his students the world over as their inspiration to a career in global health.

“For me personally,” she said, “I have lost a treasured friend.”

More Information:

Press release: UCSD Chair in International Health and Cross-Cultural Medicine Named For Harold J. Simon, M.D., Ph.D. UCSD School of Medicine News, Health Sciences Communications press release, February 8, 2001.  |  Read the story

Video interview: Harold Simon, Founding Father at UC San Diego School of Medicine. UCSD Medical Center video posted February 2, 2012. |  Watch video

Interview: Dr. Harold Simon of La Jolla reviews his legacy in medicine at UCSD. La Jolla Light interview posted on February 28, 2012.  |  Read interview

Memorial story: Harold Simon, Founding Member of UCSD School of Medicine, Dies at 85. La Jolla Patch story, posted on August 15, 2013.  |  Read story

Memorial story: First Dean of Admissions at UCSD’s School of Medicine. San Diego Union-Tribune, posted August 18, 2013.  |  Read story

In Memoriam: Terence O’Grady, M.D.

Terence O'Grady, M.D.

The Department of Medicine is honoring the life and mourning the passing of Terence O’Grady, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Dermatology and the Department of Pathology.

Dr. O’Grady passed away on September 17 at the age of 60. He had battled with pancreatic cancer.

Dr. O’Grady, who directed the Dermatology Residency Training Program, was deeply appreciated for his leadership in teaching and clinical care in the Department of Medicine.

“Terry was a friend of the department, of medical education, and of clinical excellence,” said Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Helen M. Ranney Professor and Chair of the Department.

He described Dr. O’Grady as an inspired physician and educator.

The Division of Dermatology has established an endowed lectureship in Dr. O’Grady’s memory. The Terence O’Grady Dermatology Lectureship will provide funding to bring top dermatology experts to UCSD to present special lectures and educational activities.

Dr. O’Grady is survived by his wife and two daughters, his mother, and his brother.The family has asked that any gestures in honor of Dr. O’Grady’s memory be made in the form of donations to his lectureship fund.

To contribute to the Terence O’Grady Dermatology Lectureship Fund, please contact Development Director Tony Todarello, (858) 822-1071.

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In Memoriam: J. William Hollingsworth, M.D.

The Department of Medicine is celebrating the life and mourning the passing of J. William Hollingsworth, M.D.

Dr. Hollingsworth, a renowned rheumatologist and professor of medicine, retired from UCSD in 1991.

His many contributions to UCSD included his service as vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chief of medicine at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System.

Dr. Hollingsworth passed away on July 30. He was 82.

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