UC Medical Campus Consortium Named Designated Center to Translate Innovations into Improved Health

A consortium of the five University of California medical campuses at UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA and UC San Francisco has been designated a Center for Accelerated Innovations by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The designation, among the first of its kind from NHLBI, recognizes the University of California’s potential to translate its leading-edge discoveries into innovative products that benefit patients. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. Gary FiresteinGary S. Firestein, MD, chair of the UC BRAID consortium that will oversee the new UC Center for Accelerated Innovations, is dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at UC San Diego Health Sciences

He led UC San Diego’s successful effort to win a Clinical and Translational Science Award in 2010 and is the founding director of the UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute.

Firestein is professor of medicine and former chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology at UC San Diego. He served as division chief from 1998 until he stepped down in 2010 to devote full time to his activities as dean of translational medicine.

In 2011, philanthropists Lisa and Steve Altman made a major gift to the planned Clinical and Translational Research building on the La Jolla campus of UC San Diego Health System. Construction started in early 2013 and the building, named the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute, is scheduled to open in 2016.

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Next Generation: Thomas Ohno-Machado Lobbies for Federal Research Funding

One in a Series of Occasional Stories About Faculty Members’ Children

Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado and Thomas Ohno-Machado with Senator Barbara Boxer Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD; her son Thomas and California Senator Barbara Boxer.

Recently, to his mother’s wonderment, 17-year-old Thomas Ohno-Machado revealed that he is interested and quite active in politics.

It seemed to happen overnight, his mother said, and without any particular encouragement from his parents. “It doesn’t run in the family,” she mused.

Thomas, a senior at Torrey Pines High School, is the oldest of Dr. Lucila Ohno-Machado’s three sons. Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD, is associate dean for informatics for the UCSD School of Medicine and professor and chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics in the Department of Medicine.

Thomas is now the founder and president of the Torrey Pines High School Autism Awareness Club and an advocate for children with disabilities. He and his friends have successfully organized a funding drive and raised money to benefit a local school for children with special needs.

One day out of the blue Thomas asked Dr. Ohno-Machado, “Mom, can we go to Washington, DC?”

It turned out he had written to Senator Barbara Boxer’s office and arranged to visit and express his concerns about federal support for biomedical and behavioral research, particularly for the National Institutes of Health, and for the increasing numbers of children who have special needs.

Dr. Ohno-Machado agreed to go. She arranged for him to add a one-day visit to Washington DC to a trip she had already scheduled. He purchased his first suit, from Macy’s, and carried it on the plane so that it would not wrinkle in flight.

She suggested he prepare for his audience with the senator, and he assured her, “Don’t worry.”

They arrived at Senator Boxer’s office and, with the Archbishop of California and a California judge who had come in with them, waited their turn to speak with one of the senator’s staff members.

The time came. Prepared with statistics to back him up, Thomas Ohno-Machado expressed his concern and asked to know what the senator was going to do about federal medical research funding and the rising numbers of special needs children in the United States.

The senator’s staffer responded by showing Thomas documents detailing how Senator Boxer and another senator are addressing these issues.

Said Dr. Ohno-Machado of the meeting, “I didn’t speak a single word.”

She and Thomas had tried but weren’t able to set up a visit to California Senator Diane Feinstein’s office on the same trip. In a separate solo trip, Thomas visited the governor of Massachusetts and a school for special needs children in the Boston area. Recently, he pressed his causes at the San Diego mayor’s office.

He is headed to UC Santa Cruz this fall. He plans on a political career.

Dr. Ohno-Machado is still marveling at how a strong interest can reveal itself so suddenly in one’s offspring.

“He’s very excited about it,” she said. “He has a bright future.”

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Leader Selected “Woman of the Year”

East County Chamber of Commerce Honors Lisa Murphy for achievements in health care

Lisa Murphy, associate administrator for University of California, San Diego Health System and administrative director for Cardiovascular and Medicine Services, has been chosen “Woman of the Year” in the field of health care by the Women in Leadership program sponsored by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.  Murphy is one of six women of achievement – in various categories, including business, non-profit, education, government, arts/culture/media and health care – honored at the 10th Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon at the Town & Country Hotel. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

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In the Media: Dr. Daniel Blanchard

Dr. Daniel Blanchard is one of the cardiologists featured in the San Diego Business Journal story, “Scripps to Unveil Results of Medical Device Study.” Dr. Blanchard comments on a new hand-held ultrasound scanner as a potential replacement for traditional cardiac ultrasound, or echocardiography.

Daniel Blanchard, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Cardiology, is Chief of Clinical Cardiology at Thornton Hospital.

In the Media: Dr. Richard Clark

Dr. Richard Clark is one of the three experts interviewed in the KPBS These Days segment, “The Science of Substance Abuse.”

Richard F. Clark, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, directs the Division of Medical Toxicology in Emergency Medicine. He is medical director of the San Diego Division of the California Poison Control System at UCSD Medical Center.

In the Media: Dr. James Dunford

Dr. James Dunford is one of the experts quoted in the KPBS story, “Medical Calls Dominate San Diego Fire Department.” James V. Dunford, Jr., M.D., is Professor of Clinical Medicine in Emergency Medicine.

California Thoracic Society Honors Dr. Timothy Morris with Outstanding Clinician Award for 2008

UCSD pulmonary disease specialist Timothy Morris, M.D., has received the California Thoracic Society’s Outstanding Clinician Award for 2008.

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The award recognizes Dr. Morris for the extraordinary quality of care he provides for patients who have respiratory disorders.

Dr. Morris is Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Clinical Services for the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. In addition, he is Medical Director of the Respiratory Care and the Pulmonary Function Laboratories.

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