UC San Diego Health System, Scripps Health Partner in Hospice Care, Training and Research

UC San Diego Health System and Scripps Health are partnering to provide improved continuity of patient care, fellowship training and research in hospice and palliative medicine. Under a new five-year agreement, Scripps will work with UC San Diego to provide outpatient and inpatient hospice care for UC San Diego patients, allowing UC San Diego physicians to better coordinate post-acute care for patients with chronic illness. The joint fellowship program is the only physician training program of its kind in San Diego County …

… The hospice and palliative medicine training program is an extension of a fellowship that was previously offered through San Diego Hospice. Gary Buckholz, MD, UC San Diego, and Holly Yang, MD, Scripps Health, co-direct the joint fellowship program, which will be housed at UC San Diego beginning in July 2015. The program will engage faculty from both organizations, exemplifying the teamwork required to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of palliative care and hospice patients and their families. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


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

Presenting at Medicine Grand Rounds September 4: Dr. Ian Jenkins

Dr. Ian JenkinsMedicine Grand Rounds will resume on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, with a presentation by Ian Jenkins, MD, Health Sciences associate clinical professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UC San Diego.

His presentation is titled, “America’s Cost-Quality Crisis.”

Jenkins holds a number of leadership positions in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), the largest professional organization dedicated to hospitalists and hospital quality improvement.

Jenkins is an advisor for the SHM Quality Improvement Resource Rooms.

At the annual meeting of the SHM in May 2013, Jenkins co-directed the pre-course, “QI for High Value Healthcare: Making the ABIM Foundation Choosing Wisely® Campaign a Reality.”

Jenkins was part of the UCSD team that conducted the award-winning Optimal Prevention of Hospital Acquired Venous Thromboembolism study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Subsequently, he headed a study of the impact of optimal venous thromboembolism prophylaxis on the rate of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. The study was published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety in 2011.  |  Read study abstract

In the UCSD School of Medicine, Jenkins co-directs the “Principles to Practice” pre-internship course, a required clinical core course for fourth-year medical students. His hospital quality improvement projects for UC San Diego Health System include an effort to improve the management of alcohol withdrawal.

Jenkins received his MD degree from the University of Virginia Medical School in Charlottesville, Virginia, and did his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

The 2013-2014 schedule for Medicine Grand Rounds is posted here.

Presenting at Medicine Grand Rounds June 19: Dr. Benjamin Hulley

Benjamin Hulley, MD

Benjamin Hulley, MD

Incoming chief medical resident Benjamin Hulley, MD, presented at Medicine Grand Rounds on Wednesday, June 19. His topic: “Are Physicians Ethically Obligated to Utilize the Placebo Effect?”  |  Watch the video (UCSD only)

Hulley received his MD degree from UC San Diego.

UC San Diego Health System and Qualcomm Life Join Forces to Improve Care Remotely

2net™ Platform provides physicians with state-of-the-art patient monitoring platform

UC San Diego Health System is collaborating with Qualcomm Life, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to pilot the 2net Platform and Hub for remote patient monitoring. Qualcomm Life’s innovative 2net™ technology collects patients’ clinical information from wireless medical devices and transmits it to UC San Diego Health System physicians, to supplement information already available. This system provides a rapid, automated way to collect patient data in near real-time, analyze the readings, and suggest follow up actions with the patient, if needed.. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Marlene Millen, MDQuoted in the UCSD Newsroom story is Marlene Millen, MD, clinical service chief of the Internal Medicine Group and medical director of the Internal Medicine Group Hillcrest for UC San Diego Health System.

Dr. Millen and Dr. Deanna Hill, both primary care physicians in the Fourth & Lewis Medical Offices, are overseeing the pilot project. With the help of the clinic’s nurse case manager, they are reviewing the real-time data online and providing medical follow up with patients if needed.

While this is just a pilot project at present, Drs. Millen and Hill are hopeful that such monitoring will become a reality in patient care in the future.

Dr. Millen, pictured above left, is associate clinical professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She trained in internal medicine here at UCSD and was chief medical resident in 2004-2005.

In 2012, Dr. Millen was named on the “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list for the third straight year.

Dr. Deanna HillDr. Hill (left), a new member of the UC San Diego Health System faculty, is assistant clinical professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is accepting new patients.

After her internship and residency training in internal medicine at UCLA, she spent two years at Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Primary Care Center before coming to UCSD.

Dr. Timothy Bigby Receives Department of Medicine Clinical Services Award for 2011-2012

Dr. Timothy BigbyDr. Timothy Bigby, professor of medicine and interim chief of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, has received the Department of Medicine’s Leadership & Innovation in Patient-Centered Systems award for 2011-2012.

Each year, the award recognizes the clinical program leader whose efforts have achieved particular excellence in service of the patient care mission in internal medicine and its subspecialties.

“Physician leaders in the Department of Medicine are contributing in extremely significant ways. Dr. Bigby’s recognition speaks to the magnitude of his accomplishments above and beyond the already high standards,” said Dr. Daniel Bouland, clinical professor of medicine and Vice Chair for Clinical Operations in the Department of Medicine.

Drs. Daniel Bouland, Timothy Bigby and Francis Gabbai

Pictured above: Leadership & Innovation in Patient-Centered Systems Award recipient Timothy Bigby, MD, with Daniel Bouland, MD, at left and Francis Gabbai, MD, at right. Dr. Gabbai is Chief of the Medicine Service at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and Professor and Vice Chair for VA Affairs in the Department of Medicine.
A highlight of Medicine’s end-of-year clinical services meeting was a panel discussion with three UC San Diego Health System internal medicine physicians whose clinical programs deliver five-star service.

The panelists:

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

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

Top Doctors Gallery
See a photo gallery
of the Department of Medicine
honorees
Read the UC San Diego Health System press release

See the list of UC San Diego Health System physicians honored

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

Most Top Doctors Named by U.S. News & World Report

UC San Diego Health System has been recognized as having 83 Top Doctors in more than 30 specialties by U.S. News & World Report. Based on a peer nomination process, UC San Diego Health System’s results represent the majority of San Diego physicians recognized by their colleagues locally and nationally as being a top doctor and worthy referral…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

“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.

Read the full story
in San Diego Magazine

“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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