San Diego’s 2014 Top Doctors List Includes 44 from Department of Medicine

Forty-four physicians from the Department of Medicine are among over 100 UC San Diego Health System doctors named to the 2014 San Diego Top Doctors list. See the list for UC San Diego Health System.

Not present on that list are two additional internal medicine physicians who practice at the VA San Diego Healthcare System: Charles Goldberg, MD, and Simerjot Jassal, MD. Dr. Jassal directs the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

The Top Doctors list comes from the annual “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey from the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine.

Read the UC San Diego Health System press release

U.S. News & World Report Names UC San Diego Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best

School of Medicine and Jacobs School of Engineering both ranked at 14. Other top 20 programs include biological sciences (14), computer science (15), earth sciences (16), and physics (16)

The 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools guidebook, released today, highly ranks the University of California, San Diego’s professional schools in engineering and medicine, as well as its academic Ph.D. programs in the sciences. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego News Center

Forty Department of Medicine Physicians Named to 2011 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” List

In recognition of their clinical excellence, 40 Department of Medicine physicians have been voted to the 2011 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list from the San Diego County Medical Society.

The list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, includes a total of 526 San Diego doctors in 55 specialties, including 129 UC San Diego Health System doctors in 39 specialties.

In 2010, the list included 510 physicians, 82 from UC San Diego Health System and 35 from the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann“It is gratifying see UC San Diego Health System and the Department of Medicine grow from year to year in their representation on the Top Doctors list,” said Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine.

“It reflects increasing awareness of the high quality of our patient care, which comes from the extraordinary skill and compassion of our physicians as well as the advanced diagnosis and treatment options that we are able to offer as an academic health system.”

Of the 40 Department of Medicine physicians honored this year, four were named in two different specialties:

This year, the total number of honorees from the Department of Medicine does not include Emergency Medicine, which became a separate entity earlier this year. The 2010 total without Emergency Medicine is 29.

The names of this year’s Department of Medicine honorees are listed by subspecialty division below. An asterisk marks those doctors who are named in two different specialties.

How the List Is Determined

Each year, the “Top Doctors” list reports the results of the San Diego County Medical Society’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey, in which physicians are asked to name the board-certified doctors they would choose if one of their own family members or patients needed specialty care.

Limited to society members in the past, the voting was opened to all board-certified San Diego County physicians this year.

The San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004. The magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002.

Honorees

Cardiology

Daniel G. Blanchard, MD, FACC*
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Categories: Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine
Lori B. Daniels, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Gregory K. Feld, MD
Professor of Medicine
Pam R. Taub, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Steven V. Edelman, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Gastroenterology

Robert G. Gish, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
William J. Sandborn, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Thomas John Savides, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

General Internal Medicine

Jason Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Edward David Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori A. Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lynette C. Cederquist, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Neil J. Farber, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Paul N. Gamble, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Charles G. Goldberg, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Eduardo L. Grunvald, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tony P. Lopez, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
William Christopher Mathews, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Owen Clinic
Unna McPherson-Albers, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Gita Mehta, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Marlene Millen, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Joe Wesley Ramsdell, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Armelia Sani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lisa J. Wastila, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Pearl S. Yu, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Geriatrics

Victor J. Legner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Hematology-Oncology

Paul T. Fanta, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Thomas J. Kipps, MD
Professor of Medicine
Barbara A. Parker, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Erin G. Reid, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Sanford J. Shattil, MD
Professor of Medicine

Hospital Medicine

Brian J. Clay, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Gregory B. Seymann, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Nephrology

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

William R. Auger, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Douglas Conrad, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Peter F. Fedullo, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
Kim Kerr, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
Judd W. Landsberg, MD*
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

The “Top Docs” Are with UC San Diego Health Sciences

Nearly 130 physicians with UC San Diego Health System were named in San Diego Magazine’s “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey. UC San Diego “Top Docs” placed in 39 specialties as well, with eight physicians ranked in multiple specialties…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

The “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list for 2011 includes 40 physicians from the Department of Medicine. See photo gallery   |  Read Department of Medicine news story  |  See the list of all UC San Diego Health System physicians honored this year  |  Read the story in San Diego Magazine

Thirty-Five Department of Medicine Physicians Named to 2010 Top Doctors List

For their clinical excellence in the opinion of their fellow doctors in San Diego County, 35 faculty physicians from the Department of Medicine have been named to the 2010 edition of the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list.

The San Diego County Medical Society conducts its Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey each year, asking its members to name the board-certified doctors they choose when they refer their own family members or patients to a specialist. The goal is to recognize the top 5% of the doctors in each specialty.The result is the “Top Doctors” list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine. This year, there are 82 UC San Diego physicians on the list, which includes a total of 510 doctors in 49 specialties.In 2009, the “Top Doctors” list included 475 physicians, 80 from UC San Diego and 36 from the Department of Medicine.

Again this year, the list includes more physicians from the UC San Diego Health System than from any other medical center or medical group in the region.

“This is an important achievement for UCSD and for the Department of Medicine,” said Dr. Wolfgang H. Dillmann, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine (pictured at left).

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“By many measures, we are providing excellent care for our patients, and we have earned the respect of our colleagues in the community in doing so,” he said.

Of the 35 Department of Medicine physicians honored in 2010, most have been named to the list at least once before. Four are being recognized for the seventh straight year:

Three Department of Medicine doctors were named in two different specialties:

San Diego Magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002. The San Diego County Medical Society and the magazine have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004.

Here are the names of this year’s Department of Medicine awardees, listed by subspecialty division and followed by the number of years each has been named to the “Top Doctors” list:

Cardiology

Emergency Medicine

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Gastroenterology

General Internal Medicine

Hematology-Oncology

Nephrology

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

2009 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” List Includes 36 Department of Medicine Physicians

For their excellence in the opinion of their fellow physicians in San Diego County, 36 doctors from the Department of Medicine have been named to the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list for 2009.

This year’s list includes a total of 475 doctors in 46 specialties. Eighty of the doctors are from UC San Diego.  |  Read the full story from UC San Diego News

“We can be very proud of the fact that UC San Diego Medical Center has more doctors on the list than any other medical center or medical group in the region,” said Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

In 2008, the “Top Doctors” list included 449 physicians, 61 from UC San Diego and 25 from the Department of Medicine.Of the 36 Department of Medicine physicians honored this year, 24 have been named to the list at least once before. Four are being recognized for the sixth straight year:

A place on the “Top Doctors” list is a particular honor for those who are chosen because it reflects the confidence of their peers.

In the “Top Doctors” survey, the members of the San Diego County Medical Society are asked to name the board-certified physicians they would select when they refer their own family members or patients to a specialist. They are permitted to vote across medical specialties.  |  Read more about how Top Doctors are chosen

The list is published each year in the October issue of San Diego Magazine.The magazine and the San Diego County Medical Society have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004. San Diego Magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002.

Here are the names of this year’s Department of Medicine awardees, listed by subspecialty division and followed by the number of years each has been named to the “Top Doctors” list:

Division of Cardiology

Division of Emergency Medicine

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

Gastroenterology

General Internal Medicine

Geriatrics

  • Kwi Young Bulow, MD, voted a Top Doctor in both Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine (3 years)
    Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Division of Hematology-Oncology

Division of Hospital Medicine

Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Gregory A. Maynard Is Named a Top Hospitalist in the U.S.

Dr. Greg MaynardDr. Gregory A. Maynard, chief of Hospital Medicine at UCSD, is one of the top 10 U.S. hospitalists in a new ranking from the prestigious American College of Physicians.

The honor was announced in November. It recognizes Dr. Maynard’s outstanding contributions in improving the quality of hospital care and mentoring hospitalists in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Maynard has led the UCSD hospitalist team in developing nationally-recognized patient safety and quality improvement programs.

These efforts have advanced two crucial aspects of patient safety in the hospital: venous thromboembolism prevention and glycemic control.

Dr. Maynard is also an active mentor in the developing field of hospital medicine.

He’s advising a number of institutions as they develop hospital medicine programs. Among these is the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, where Dr. Maynard helped conduct the first-ever Chilean hospitalist meeting last November.


Dr. Maynard and the other “Top Hospitalist” honorees are profiled in the November 2008 issue of ACP Hospitalist.  |  Read the article


UCSD’s advances in patient care quality improvement

Gregory A. Maynard, M.D., M.Sc., joined the UCSD faculty in 2003 as head of the new Hospital Medicine division.

Since then, the division has expanded to 23 faculty members and has won national awards for its achievements in hospital care quality improvement.

In 2008, the Society of Hospital Medicine honored Dr. Maynard and the UCSD hospitalists with the Team Improvement Award for their venous thromboembolism prevention program.

The program was developed with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Dr. Maynard and his colleagues developed a risk assessment tool that allows healthcare professionals to identify quickly and accurately the most appropriate venous thromboembolism prevention measures for each hospitalized patient.

As a result, the UCSD Medical Center is among the leaders in the U.S. in preventing venous thromboembolism in its inpatients.

At the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest alone, the program prevents approximately 50 cases of venous thromboembolism each year.

The tool, now part of the Venous Thromboembolism Resource Room on the Society of Hospital Medicine website, is now in use at medical centers around the nation.

UCSD’s hospitalists also play a major part in the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Inpatient Glycemic Control Task Force, which is headed by Dr. Maynard.

The work of the task force was presented recently in a special supplement issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine (JHM).

“Most of the work on the SHM website, this supplement, and the SHM QI pre-courses features contributions and lessons learned from the hospitalists at UCSD,” Dr. Maynard said.

The term “hospitalist” was first used in 1996 in a New England Journal of Medicine article that highlighted the importance of inpatient-focused care in healthcare today.  |  Read the article

The role of the hospitalist

In creating the “Top Hospitalists” list, the American College of Physicians is recognizing the increasing importance of the new specialty of hospital medicine.

Hospitalists dedicate themselves to improving the quality of care for hospitalized patients. Their efforts range from creating new disease management protocols to revamping hospital information systems.

According to the Society of Hospital Medicine, there are an estimated 20,000 hospitalists in practice today.

As experienced attending physicians who are continuously available on the wards, hospitalists also play a central role in training students, residents, and fellows.

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“San Diego’s Top Doctors 2008” List Includes 25 from Department of Medicine

Twenty-five physicians from the UCSD Department of Medicine have been named to the sixth annual “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list. The “Top Doctors” list, published each October in San Diego Magazine, is compiled by the San Diego County Medical Society. Selection is based on recommendations from the doctors’ peers.

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“There are many things to be proud of in the Department of Medicine’s clinical care at UCSD,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., Helen M. Ranney Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.“UCSD has more physicians on the ‘Top Doctors’ list than any other healthcare system in San Diego,” he noted, “and we in the Department of Medicine lead that list.”

The “Top Doctors” list reflects the choices that San Diego physicians made when asked which doctors they themselves would choose for their own friends’ or family members’ medical care.

In all, 61 UCSD physicians are named on the list.

Here are the names of the Department of Medicine awardees, followed by the number of years each has been listed as a “Top Doctor”:

  • Cardiology
    • Daniel Blanchard, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (5 years)
  • Emergency Medicine
    • Theodore C. Chan, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (4 years)
    • Richard F. Clark, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (4 years)
    • James V. Dunford, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (3 years)
    • David A. Guss, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (3 years)
    • Aaron Schneir, M.D., HS Associate Clinical Professor (2 years)
    • George M. Shumaik, M.D., HS Clinical Professor (2 years)
    • Gary M. Vilke, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (5 years)
  • Endocrinology
    • Steven V. Edelman, M.D., HS Clinical Professor (5 years)
  • Gastroenterology
    • Thomas J. Savides, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (4 years)
  • General Internal Medicine
    • Paul N. Gamble, M.D., HS Clinical Professor (4 years)
    • Eduardo Grunvald, M.D., HS Associate Clinical Professor (2 years)
    • Tony P. Lopez, M.D., HS Clinical Professor (3 years)
    • William Christopher Mathews, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (first year)
    • Gita Mehta, M.D., HS Clinical Professor (5 years)
    • Lucy Dalton Moore, M.D., HS Clinical Professor (first year)
    • Joe W. Ramsdell, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (first year)
    • Stephen R. Selzer, M.D. (3 years)
  • Geriatrics
    • John W. Daly, M.D., HS Clinical Professor (2 years)
  • Hematology-Oncology
    • Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., Helen M. Ranney Professor and Chair (first year)
    • Barbara A. Parker, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (3 years)
  • Hospital Medicine
    • Joshua Lee, M.D., HS Associate Clinical Professor (first year)
    • Gregory B. Seymann, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor (first year)
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    • William R. Auger, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine (4 years)
    • Peter Fedullo, M.D., HS Clinical Professor (3 years)
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