Medicine Grand Rounds Resumes on August 26

The 2015-2016 season of Medicine Grand Rounds begins on August 26 with the Sixth Annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Lecture in Rheumatology presented by Dr. Lindsey Criswell of UCSF.

Lindsey A. Criswell, MD, MPH, is chief of the Division of Rheumatology at UCSF and a renowned researcher in human autoimmune disease. She will speak on the topic, “Refining Genotype-Phenotype Associations in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.”

Dr. Nathan J. Zvaifler

Dr. Zvaifler

Nathan J. Zvaifler, MD, was a founder and influential leader in the Department of Medicine and former chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology.

The division established the annual Nathan J. Zvaifler Rheumatology Lectureship upon Dr. Zvaifler’s formal retirement in 2008. Dr. Zvaifler passed away in January of this year.

Medicine Grand Rounds takes place on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the Liebow Auditorium on the second floor of the Biomedical Sciences Building on the School of Medicine campus in La Jolla.

Instructions for viewing live streaming and archived video of Medicine Grand Rounds presentations can be found on the Medicine Grand Rounds page.

In Memoriam: Nathan J. Zvaifler, MD

An announcement from Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine

Dr. Nathan J. Zvaifler

Dr. Nathan J. Zvaifler

Emeritus professor Nathan J. Zvaifler, MD, former chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology and a founder and influential leader in the Department of Medicine, passed away on January 28 at the age of 87.

Dr. Zvaifler was internationally known for his research and academic leadership. Here at UC San Diego, he was also beloved for his generosity in teaching and mentorship. Although he retired to emeritus status officially in 2008, he remained active in his instructional activities for years later.

Dr. Zvaifler left his stamp not only on the successful growth of the academic division he led for two decades but also on the character of the Department of Medicine and the School of Medicine.

In 1970, he was recruited from Georgetown University, where he had led the Arthritis Unit since 1961, to head the rheumatology division in the new medical school at UC San Diego.

From 1972 to 1974, he served as acting chair of the Department of Medicine after founding chair Eugene Braunwald left to take a position at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital of the Harvard Medical School.

This was a period that subsequent Department of Medicine Chair Dr. Helen M. Ranney later described as “a crucial two years in the development of the new School of Medicine at UCSD.”

Dr. Zvaifler spent his entire career at UC San Diego.

A lectureship, the Rheumatology Lectureship Fund, was established in Dr. Zvaifler’s name by the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology in 2008. Its purpose is to bring internationally recognized investigators to UC San Diego for seminars and teaching activities. More detail can be found at http://raidivision.ucsd.edu/About/giving/Pages/give-zvaifler.aspx.

Contributions in Dr. Zvaifler’s memory can be made to the Rheumatology Research Foundation of the American College of Rheumatology.

The American College of Rheumatology conducted a 75th Anniversary Interview with Dr. Zvaifler in 2009.

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.

Bruce Zuraw, MD, Is New Chief of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology Division

Announcement

From Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD
Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor
Chair of the Department of Medicine

I am pleased to announce that an internal review committee has selected Dr. Bruce Zuraw as the new chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology in the Department of Medicine. He is also inaugural holder of the US Hereditary Angioedema Association (HAEA) Endowed Chair.

I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Robert Terkeltaub, who accepted the role of interim division chief after Dr. Gary Firestein stepped down in June 2010. In leading the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology for the past three years, Dr. Terkeltaub has done an important service for the division and the department.

Bruce L. Zuraw, MD, professor of medicine, is Director of the Section of Allergy and Immunology at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System and head of the Allergy & Immunology section of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology at UC San Diego. He directs the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program.

Dr. Zuraw is a highly respected clinician, researcher and thought leader in the field of allergy and immunology and an internationally recognized expert in hereditary angioedema. He chairs the Medical Advisory Board of the US Hereditary Angioedema Association (HAEA) and will direct the newly established US HAEA Angioedema Center at UC San Diego.

Dr. Zuraw joined the faculty of the UC San Diego School of Medicine in 2004 after many years as a fellow, clinician, researcher and leader at Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation and The Scripps Research Institute.

He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and received his undergraduate degree in biology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1972. He earned his M.D. degree and completed his internal medicine residency training at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois.

Dr. Zuraw received his fellowship training and established his research and clinical career in allergy and immunology at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. There, he rose to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine and held a number of leadership positions, including director of the Allergy & Immunology Fellowship Training Program, associate director of the General Clinical Research Center and director of research for the Scripps Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Zuraw has been very active in service to the University and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. In addition to his divisional and educational program leadership positions, he has chaired the VA Research Space Committee and served on the DOMCAP Committee. He is currently on the VA Research Information Security Subcommittee and the Intern Selection Committee of the UCSD Internal Medicine Residency Program.

In his research, Dr. Zuraw is a highly respected investigator in the area of allergic inflammation in humans, with particular attention to hereditary angioedema, and the mechanism of action of glucocorticoids. He is principal investigator of a number of basic and clinical research projects including major projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the VA Merit program. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and nearly 50 invited reviews and book chapters.

Please join me in giving your enthusiastic support to Dr. Bruce Zuraw in his new position of leadership in the Department of Medicine.

High Rankings for Internal Medicine Specialties in 2013-2014 “America’s Best Hospitals” Report

Internal medicine subspecialties received high rankings and played a large part in UC San Diego Health System’s excellent showing in the U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals 2013-2014” guide released July 16.

Clinical efforts of Department of Medicine divisions are either partly or completely responsible for 7 of the 10 UC San Diego Health System adult specialties that ranked in the nation’s top 50 this year and 1 of the 4 ranked as high performing:

In addition, Rheumatology is ranked as high performing once again (Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology).

Last year, three Department of Medicine specialties ranked in the nation’s top 50 and five were rated high performing.

Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD“We can be very proud of achieving such a significant rise in our specialty rankings in one year,” said Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD, Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

In an announcement to the Department of Medicine faculty, he said, “Thank you for your hard work and your dedication in your patient care activities.

“Your efforts play a major part in distinguishing UC San Diego Health System as one of the finest hospitals in the country, and the top hospital in the San Diego metropolitan area.”

Details of the rankings for UC San Diego Health System are published online here. |  More about the methodology

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.

Dr. Gregg Middleton: Q&A

Dr. Gregory MiddletonDr. Gregg Middleton is featured in the Getting to Know column in Making the Rounds, the UC San Diego Health System employee newsletter for April 24-30, 2013.  |  Read the story

Gregg Middleton, MD, is Health Sciences associate clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology; and in the Department of Surgery. He specializes in osteoarthritis and the non-surgical care of patients with chronic joint and muscle pain.

In his research, Middleton investigates osteoarthritis, quality of life with chronic pain and medical management of chronic disease.

More Information:

Vital Protein Complex and Therapeutic Possibilities Revealed

Trio of papers describe in unprecedented detail a major molecular target for drugs

Three international teams of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California San Diego, University of Michigan and Stanford University, have published a trio of papers describing in unprecedented detail the structure and workings of -G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), a large family of human proteins that are the target of one-third to one-half of modern drugs…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


DrWoods_100x100A coauthor on two of the reports is Virgil L. Woods, Jr., MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology.
Read one of the reports in Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesAbstract  |  Full text (PDF, UCSD only).

High Rankings for Internal Medicine Subspecialties in “Best Hospitals 2011-2012”

UC San Diego Medical CenterFour internal medicine specialties received top-50 rankings for UC San Diego Health System in the new “Best Hospitals 2011-2012” from U.S.News & World Report:

* Pulmonology (#16)
* Diabetes and Endocrinology (#25)
* Nephrology (#34)
* Cancer (#47)

Four other internal medicine specialties were high performers, scoring in the top 25 percent of those surveyed: cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology, geriatrics and rheumatology.

“Year by year, the Department of Medicine increases in clinical strength and breadth, and I am happy to see this strong representation in the rankings,” said Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann, Professor and Interim Chair of the department.

Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our clinicians, from the clinical service chiefs to the house staff, and the administrative structure that supports them.”

U.S. News evaluated the specialties on a number of points, including the availability of advanced patient care technologies and important patient services. All eight of the ranked and high-performing internal medicine specialties had high or perfect scores in those domains.

“This is one of the strengths of an academic medical center,” said Dillmann. “We offer our patients the latest developments, not only in new tools for diagnosis and therapy but also in approaches to care.”

U.S. News included 16 specialties in the rankings. Not included was HIV/AIDS care, which is ranked in a separate survey. In this year’s rankings, released in March, the HIV/AIDS program (Division of Infectious Diseases and Owen Clinic) is eighth in the nation.

U.S. News determines the “Best Hospitals 2011-2012” rankings from objective and subjective factors that vary by specialty. The factors include reputation among specialists, patient survival and safety, and care-related indicators such as nurse staffing and availability of advanced technologies.

More about the methodology >>

UC San Diego Health System also ranked in orthopedics and psychiatry and was high performing in otolaryngology, gynecology, neurology/ neurosurgery, and urology.

Read the UCSD press release >>

With a total of six top-50 specialties and eight high-performing specialties, UC San Diego Health System placed in the top 3 percent of over 4800 hospitals evaluated.

Two medical centers in the University of California system made the U.S. News “Honor Roll,” which lists the hospitals with high scores in at least 6 specialties. Among the 17 hospitals that qualified, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles is #5 and UC San Francisco Medical Center is #7.

In the Media: Dr. Robert Terkeltaub

Dr. Robert Terkeltaub is featured in the segment “Gout Prevention” in the Information Television Network series, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind.

Robert Terkeltaub, Ph.D., is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology at UCSD and Chief of the Rheumatology Section at the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System.