Cigarette Smoke Makes Superbugs More Aggressive

In lab and mouse experiments, cigarette smoke helps drug-resistant bacteria fight off the immune system —

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant superbug, can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine now report that cigarette smoke may make matters worse. The study, published March 30 by Infection and Immunity, shows that MRSA bacteria exposed to cigarette smoke become even more resistant to killing by the immune system. …Read the full story from the UC San Diego Newsroom


Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MDPulmonologist Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD, is senior author of the study report. She is a Health Sciences assistant clinical professor in the Department of Medicine at UC San Diego and a staff physician at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System.

Read the study abstract with link to PDF in Infection and Immunity (UCSD only)

UC San Diego Health System Retains #1 Ranking

US News & World Report Cites Region’s Only Academic Health System Among Nation’s Best 

UC San Diego Health System remains among the nation’s best, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 issue of “America’s Best Hospitals,” released this week. The magazine’s widely cited findings again placed UC San Diego Health System first in the San Diego metropolitan area and fifth in California, with national rankings in 11 specialties, up from 10 last year. This is comparable to the country’s most prestigious health care institutions.  Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Sulpizio Cardiovascular CenterUC San Diego Health System is nationally ranked in eleven medical specialties, including seven in the Department of Medicine:  Cancer, Cardiology, Endocrinology & Diabetes, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Rheumatology.

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

Ranked #1: UC San Diego Health System Ranks First in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Metro Areas

UC San Diego Health System has been ranked first in San Diego in U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/hospitals. This prestigious ranking recognizes UC San Diego Health System as a leader in delivering groundbreaking health care to southern California…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

UCSD SignUC San Diego Health System is nationally ranked in five medical specialties, including three in the Department of Medicine: Pulmonology, Diabetes and Endocrinology and Geriatrics.

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

In the Media: Dr. Jose Loredo

Dr. Jose Loredo was part of the National Sleep Foundation team that polled over 1000 Americans to assess sleep habits in the United States. HealthDay reported the results of the poll in “Sleepless Nights Plague America,” which appeared in BusinessWeek and other media.

Jose Loredo, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He directs the UCSD Sleep Medicine Center.

Dr. Antonino Catanzaro Wins Funding for 5-Year Study of Extensively Drug Resistant TB

Dr. Antonino CatanzaroAntonino Catanzaro, M.D., has received nearly $2.5 million in funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for a 5-year international collaborative study of extensively drug resistant tuberculosis.Dr. Catanzaro, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, specializes in chronic pulmonary diseases, particularly tuberculosis.

Extensively drug resistant tuberculosis, which has a high fatality rate, is considered a global threat to tuberculosis control. Rapid detection and treatment are crucial, but current detection methods can take as long as three months.

Dr. Catanzaro and his multidisciplinary team of investigators will develop and evaluate three rapid new testing methods. In addition, they will analyze samples to correlate genetic variations with resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs in populations in India, South Africa, Moldova, and the Philippines.

The project is “Rapid Tests for Drug Resistance to Detect Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.”   I  Read the abstract of Dr. Catanzaro’s grant

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

Four Internal Medicine Subspecialties Shine for UCSD Medical Center on 2009 “America’s Best Hospitals” List

Ken Kaushansky, MD, MACP“Internal medicine subspecialties stood out again this year in the high rankings for UCSD Medical Center on the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ list from U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

“And when you add in HIV care, which is listed separately every year and in which we are always ranked in the top 10 nationally, there is much for our faculty to be proud of,” he said.

America's Best HospitalsRated among the nation’s best were four UC San Diego Department of Medicine subspecialties:

With top-50 rankings in psychiatry (20th) and urology (39th) as well, UCSD Medical Center earned top-50 ratings in a total of six specialties.

The showing makes UCSD Medical Center one of the top-rated hospitals in the country. Of more than 4800 hospitals screened for the “America’s Best Hospitals” report, only 174 received a top-50 rating in even a single medical specialty.

“Our presence in multiple rankings is proof that our combination of innovative patient care, education and research is truly enviable,” said David Brenner, M.D., Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, in his announcement to Health Sciences staff.

With this year’s high ranking in respiratory diseases, the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine has achieved a decade of consecutive top-20 ratings.

The U.S. News rankings examined the quality of care in 16 medical subspecialties from cancer to urology.

Two medical centers in the University of California system ranked in the top 10 overall: Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles (3rd) and UCSF Medical Center (7th).

Read the full story from UC San Diego News

Research Profile: Dr. Timothy Morris, Clinical and Research Specialist in VTE

Dr. Timothy MorrisTimothy Morris, MD, has received a 5-year R01 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for his study, “Deep vein thrombosis and chronic thrombotic venous disease.”

The goal of the study is to find out why deep vein thrombi fail to dissolve completely in some individuals, leaving them with blood clot remnants that become scars and obstruct blood flow.

This condition, called chronic thrombotic venous disease, can cause disfigurement and chronic leg pain.   |  Read the public abstract of Dr. Morris’s grant

Dr. Morris, Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, is a clinical and research specialist in venous thromboembolism (VTE).

He helped create the VTE prevention protocols for which the UCSD Medical Center has won national recognition.

Dr. Morris has received a number of honors and research funding awards for his work.

He was recently awarded the American College of Chest Physicians and The CHEST Foundation “Grant in Venous Thromboembolism” for 2009-2011 for a multicenter project entitled “User-Friendly VTE Prophylaxis.”In May of this year, the American Thoracic Society honored Dr. Morris with the “Certificate of Achievement as the Clinical Expert in Pulmonary Embolism.”

The California Thoracic Society named him Outstanding Clinician for 2008.

In 2003, Dr. Morris was awarded the first-ever “Distinguished Scholar in Thrombosis” by The CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians.

The award, given for his project “Learning From Ourselves: Application of the Continuous Quality Improvement Model for the Management of Pulmonary Embolism,” was accompanied by a four-year salary support grant.

Dr. Morris is clinical service chief of the pulmonary and critical care program at the Hillcrest campus of the UCSD Medical Center. In addition, he is Medical Director of Respiratory Care and the Pulmonary Function Laboratory.

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