UC San Diego Health System Excels in Patient Safety

Awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score

Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored UC San Diego Health System with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. …Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

UC San Diego Health System Ranks #1

UC San Diego Health System is once again ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. The magazine placed UC San Diego Health System #1 in the San Diego metropolitan area with national rankings in 10 specialties—placing it among the country’s most prestigious institutions. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Doctor and patient. Stock photo.

Rankings for UC San Diego Health System Internal Medicine Subspecialties

In the nation’s Top 50:

High Performing:

Details of the rankings for UC San Diego Health System are published online here.

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’s Graduate Programs Among Nation’s Best, According to U.S. News & World Report

The 2014 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 social sciences and humanities. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


The new rankings and medical education in the Department of Medicine:

In “Best Graduate Schools 2014” from U.S. News & World Report, the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is ranked #15 in research and #39 in primary care, with the HIV/AIDS specialty program (Division of Infectious Diseases and Owen Clinic) ranked #11.

In the HIV/AIDS specialty, the Department of Medicine offers research and clinical training via the teaching activities of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases. The two divisions operate a variety of clinical and research entities including the Owen Clinic, the Antiviral Research Center, the AIDS Research Institute and the Center for AIDS Research.

Forty Department of Medicine Physicians on National “Top Doctors” List for 2012-2013

Forty Department of Medicine physicians are among the 137 UC San Diego Health System doctors designated Top Doctors by U.S.News & World Report for 2012-2013.  |  See a photo gallery of the Department of Medicine honorees

U.S. News teamed with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides, to create its Top Doctors™ list.

Of the 40 honorees from the Department of Medicine this year, 20 are among Castle Connolly’s top 1% in the nation. All physicians listed as Top Doctors are considered to be in the top 10%.

In the following list, an asterisk indicates the physician is in Castle Connolly’s Top 1%.

U.S. News and Castle Connolly use a combination of peer nomination and physician-directed analysis to create their Top Doctors™ database.

UC San Diego Health System Highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2012

Named as “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by National Survey

UC San Diego Health System has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2012 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. The academic health system earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate health care. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Twenty-One Department of Medicine Physicians on National “Top Doctors” List for 2011-2012

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Twenty-one Department of Medicine physicians are among the 83 UC San Diego Health System doctors designated Top Doctors by U.S.News & World Report for 2011-2012.

U.S. News teamed with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides, to create its Top Doctors™ list.

Of the 21 Top Doctors from the Department of Medicine, 16 are among Castle Connolly’s top 1% in the nation and 5 are considered in the top 10%.

In the following list, an asterisk indicates the physician is in Castle Connolly’s Top 1%.

Auger, William R.*

    – Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Ball, Edward D.*

    – Bone Marrow Transplantation

Blanchard, Daniel G. *

    – Cardiology

Catanzaro, Antonino*

    – Pulmonary

Choe, Charles H.

    – Endocrinology and Metabolism

Edelman, Steven V.*

    – Endocrinology and Metabolism

Feld, Gregory K.*

    – Cardiology

Gamble, Paul N.

    – General Internal Medicine

Gish, Robert*

    – Gastroenterology

Kipps, Thomas J.*

    – Hematology-Oncology

Mahmud, Ehtisham*

    – Cardiology

Mittal, Ravinder

    – Gastroenterology

Parker, Barbara A.*

    – Hematology-Oncology

Read, William L.

    – Hematology-Oncology

Reid, Tony R.*

    – Hematology-Oncology

Richman, Douglas D.*

    – Infectious Diseases

Rubin, Lewis J.*

    – Gastroenterology

Sandborn, William J.*

    – Gastroenterology

Savides, Thomas

    – Gastroenterology

Schooley, Robert T.*

    – Infectious Diseases

Wasserman, Stephen I.*

    – Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

U.S. News and Castle Connolly use a combination of peer nomination and physician-directed analysis to create their Top Doctors™ database. | More about the methodology: Castle Connolly | U.S. News

CTRI Receives $37.2 Million Clinical and Translational Science Award

A 5-year, $37.2 million grant award for the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is the subject of the UCSD Newsroom story, “UC San Diego Receives Major Clinical and Translational Science Award.”

Dr. Gary Firestein, Director of the CTRI, is principal investigator of the project. Dr. Firestein is Dean of Translational Medicine for UC San Diego Health Sciences and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology.