Global Public Health Division Video Wins 2nd Prize in Video Challenge Competition for UC Global Health Day

A video made by doctoral candidate Jaime Arredondo and other members of the Division of Global Public Health has won second prize in the Video Challenge Competition for UC Global Health Day.

The video, “The Forgotten: Clinica del Bordo,” takes viewers to the San Diego-Tijuana border, where Arredondo and many other members of the global public health division provide wound care, HIV testing and other basic health services to people who live in the Tijuana River Canal.

Canal Wound Clinic, or Clinica del Bordo, is an outreach effort of UC San Diego’s NIDA-funded Proyecto el Cuete IV program, Impact of Drug Policy Reform on the HIV Risk Environment Among IDUs in Tijuana.

“This brief video embodies our division’s philosophy of integrating research, training and service to improve the health of our border community,” said Division of Global Public Health chief Steffanie Strathdee, PhD.

“I am very proud that our work is upheld by our students, as they are our next generation of health providers and prevention scientists.”

Dr. Strathdee is Harold Simon Professor, Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences; Chief, Division of Global Public Health and Director of the UC San Diego Global Health Initiative.

Jaime Arredondo is an AIDS International Training and Research (AITRP) fellow.

The video is here:

Non-Invasive Test Optimizes Colon Cancer Screening Rates

Underserved populations need options for colorectal cancer screening if screening rates are to be improved, study finds

Organized mailing campaigns could substantially increase colorectal cancer screening among uninsured patients, a study published in the August 5 online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine reveals. The research also suggests that a non-invasive colorectal screening approach, such as a fecal immunochemical test (FIT) might be more effective in promoting participation in potentially life-saving colon cancer screening among underserved populations than a colonoscopy, a more expensive and invasive procedure. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Dr. Samir GuptaLead investigator in the study was Samir Gupta, MD, MSCS, associate professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology.

Gupta specializes in screening for and preventing colorectal cancer and polyps.

Before he joined the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine faculty in January 2013, Gupta was assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases at the UT Southwestern Medical Center. He was a National Institutes of Health KL2 Clinical Scholar there from 2007 to 2010, earning his Masters of Science in Clinical Science (MSCS) degree.

Gupta sees patients at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and UC San Diego Health System.

Citation for the study report: Gupta S, Halm EA, Rockey DC, et al. Comparative Effectiveness of Fecal Immunochemical Test Outreach, Colonoscopy Outreach, and Usual Care for Boosting Colorectal Cancer Screening Among the Underserved: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;():-. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9294. |  Full text (UCSD only)

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  • Gupta’s academic profile
  • Gupta’s clinical profile
  • JAMA Network Author Video: Samir Gupta, MD, MSCS, discusses Comparative Effectiveness of Fecal Immunochemical Test Outreach, Colonoscopy Outreach, and Usual Care for Boosting Colorectal Cancer Screening Among the Underserved: A Randomized Clinical Trial.  |  Watch video  (UCSD only)
  • Gupta is an organizer and speaker at the UCSD Division of Gastroenterology’s 7th Annual Research Symposium on Malignancies of the Digestive System  |  Details

Dr. Ehtisham Mahmud Appointed Chief of Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine

Dr. Ehtisham MahmudDr. Ehtisham “Shami” Mahmud has been appointed Chief of Clinical Cardiovascular Medicine in the Department of Medicine and UC San Diego Health System, Interim Chair Wolfgang Dillmann, MD, has announced.

Mahmud, Professor of Clinical Medicine and a regional and national leader in cardiovascular medicine for more than a decade, is also the Co-Director of the recently-opened Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at UC San Diego. He has been instrumental in the planning of the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, is part of its executive leadership team and is integrally involved in the progammatic development within the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center.

Mahmud’s new position in the Department of Medicine, which directly reports to the Chair of Medicine, reflects UC San Diego’s increasing focus on the development and delivery of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

In this new position, Mahmud will be responsible for the finances, strategic plans, and faculty of the clinical enterprise in cardiovascular medicine.

“Shami has been instrumental in the growth of the cardiovascular program at UC San Diego over the past 11 years,” Dillmann said. “He will play a vital role in achieving the full potential of the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center as a center of excellence in cardiovascular care.”

As a clinician-investigator, Mahmud’s work in both clinical care and research is focused on new and novel approaches to coronary and peripheral vascular interventions. He has extensive experience in complex coronary, renal, lower extremity and carotid interventions.

Under his leadership, the interventional cardiology program at UC San Diego has expanded to be among the largest academic interventional programs in the western United States. He has also helped lead the development and expansion of UC San Diego cardiovascular outreach clinics in Imperial Valley, Encinitas and central San Diego.

After completing an interventional cardiovascular fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Mahmud joined the Department of Medicine faculty as Director of the Coronary Care Unit in 2000. He has directed the Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratories since 2002 and he also founded UC San Diego’s ACGME-accredited interventional cardiology fellowship training program.

For over a decade, Mahmud has directed an active interventional cardiology clinical trials center focusing on investigational antiplatelet/anticoagulant therapies and devices used in cardiovascular interventions. His research is focused on identifying clinical and biochemical factors associated with resistance to antiplatelet therapy. A second area of focus is defining optimal interventional techniques for the treatment of refractory hypertension. A number of medical students, residents and fellows have completed their research projects working in the interventional research unit under his mentorship.

He is among the top 1% of interventional cardiologists in the nation, according to the 2011 “Top Doctors” report from U.S. News & World Report and Castle-Connolly Medical Ltd. Mahmud has been honored on the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list for the past two years, last year as a Top Doctor in both cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He has also been listed in America’s Top Physicians in Interventional Cardiology from the Consumers’ Research Council of America annually since 2003.

Mahmud will continue to direct the Interventional Cardiology/Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratories and will oversee both the clinical cardiology training/fellowship programs and the clinical research programs, Dillmann said.

Mahmud is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He serves on the Interventional Scientific Council of the American College of Cardiology and the Know What Counts Public Relations Committee of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He is also on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, JACC Interventions and Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases.

Global Public Health Division joins the Department of Medicine

Steffanie A. Strathdee, Ph.D.The UCSD School of Medicine’s highly respected academic team of global public health specialists has joined the Department of Medicine.

The Division of Global Public Health, headed by Steffanie A. Strathdee, Ph.D., conducts research and education programs to address healthcare problems that transcend political borders.

Formerly known as the Division of International Health & Cross-Cultural Medicine, the division was a part of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

Division Chief Dr. Steffanie Strathdee is a top researcher, educator and thought leader in global health issues. She was recently appointed UCSD’s first Associate Dean for Global Medicine. Read the UCSD press release

“We are delighted to join outstanding leaders in academic medicine in the Department of Medicine,” Dr. Strathdee said.

“Our combined efforts will focus on reducing global health disparities and promoting training and education on global health issues that know no borders.”

Dr. Strathdee holds the Harold Simon Chair in Global Public Health and a professorship in the Department of Medicine.

The Division of Global Public Health has 16 full-time and many affiliated faculty members.

Kenneth Kaushansky, M.D., M.A.C.P.“By joining the Department of Medicine, Steffanie and her colleagues have expanded our global reach to four continents,” said Dr. Ken Kaushansky, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

“Now, the Medicine faculty, fellows, residents and students have the opportunity to participate in the Global Public Health Division’s cutting-edge clinical research and innovative and insightful educational programs, and to deliver badly needed health care and self-help skills to citizens of the world.”

Robert Schooley, M.D.Dr. Robert Schooley, Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, commented, “There has been a major increase in interest in international activities within the Department of Medicine over the last 5 years.

“Dr. Strathdee and her group will provide a new dimension to scholarly activities in global medicine within the Department of Medicine –in terms of both content and geography.

“The synergy between the internationally recognized epidemiology, public health and prevention programs in Dr. Strathdee’s group and the biomedical research activities in other divisions throughout the Department will greatly increase the productivity and visibility of global medicine activities at UCSD,” Dr. Schooley said.

Programs both global and local

The education and research programs of the UCSD Division of Global Public Health extend from the San Diego-Tijuana region to communities and institutions across the world.

“Of particular interest are the public health efforts of Steffanie and her group in the California-Mexico border region,” said Dr. Kaushansky. “They’ve been a model of how proactive public health programs can provide new insights into the origins of health care disparities.

“They also demonstrate how interventions based on careful study can make an important impact on the health of both our neighbors and the citizens of California.”

The division’s local projects include three NIH-sponsored research studies based in Tijuana and other cities situated on the Mexico-US border. The projects focus on HIV, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections.

The division currently offers three research training programs focusing on prevention of HIV and related infections and substance use:

In addition, the Division of Global Public Health has just completed a TIES (Training, Internship, Exchange, Scholarships) program, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-sponsored effort to prevent HIV infection in Tijuana and northwest Mexico.

In local education at the postgraduate level, Dr. Strathdee is the Co-director of the Global Health track of the doctoral program in public health that is offered jointly with the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health.

More about Dr. Strathdee

Dr. Steffanie Strathdee is a renowned infectious disease epidemiologist. Her research efforts have focused on preventing blood-borne infections such as HIV and removing barriers to healthcare delivery in underserved populations around the world.

Dr. Strathdee, who co-directs the International Core of the UCSD Center for AIDS Research, has published more than 300 scholarly reports on HIV/AIDS alone.

She joined the UCSD faculty from Johns Hopkins University five years ago. She holds an adjunct professorship in the Department of Epidemiology in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

For more information about the Division of Global Public Health, its faculty and activities, please visit the division’s website at

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Working Together to Improve Global Health

The mission of the Division of Global Public Health is to:

  • Increase awareness, skills and research capacity relating to international health and cross-cultural issues through educational activities directed to faculty, students, fellows and the community;
  • Conduct high-caliber research on health-related issues and service utilization facing populations in international settings, U.S. minorities and migrants to the U.S.;
  • Provide opportunities for students to experience clinical and research activities in international settings and diverse communities;
  • Initiate, participate and foster collaborations on international health activities within and between departments in the UCSD School of Medicine, the general UCSD campus, organized research units, and U.S.-based and international agencies and institutions;
  • Offer advice and consultation on international health topics as needed by local, regional, national and international organizations.