Forty-One Department of Medicine Physicians Named on San Diego’s 2015 “Top Doctors” List

This year’s San Diego Magazine/San Diego County Medical Society Top Doctors list includes 41 Department of Medicine faculty clinicians. View photo gallery

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.

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Joachim H. Ix Named Chief of Nephrology-Hypertension

January 2, 2014

Announcement from Wolfgang H. Dillmann, MD
Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair

Dr. Joachim Ix

Dr. Joachim Ix

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Joachim H. Ix, who has served as interim chief of the Division of Nephrology-Hypertension since Dr. Roland Blantz retired in 2012, has been selected as the new chief of the division. His new appointment was effective December 17, 2013.

Dr. Ix has managed the division with effectiveness and wisdom during his year as interim chief, balancing and advancing its activities during a time that has brought particularly difficult fiscal and managerial challenges to all of us. I am confident that the Division of Nephrology-Hypertension will continue to grow in clinical and academic stature with his leadership.

Joachim H. Ix, MD, MAS, is professor of medicine and professor of family and preventive medicine at UC San Diego. He is active as a clinical specialist in the diagnosis and management of kidney disease patients at both UC San Diego Health System and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He directed the VASDHS chronic kidney disease clinic in 2008-2009 and subsequently the VASDHS Dialysis Unit from 2009-2013.

A creative and productive clinical trialist and epidemiologist, Dr. Ix investigates the contributions of altered calcium and phosphorus homeostasis to cardiovascular disease in patients with kidney disease. He has more than 140 published articles in peer-reviewed journals. His active National Institutes of Health funded studies include a 5-year U01 cooperative project, begun in September of this year, in which he will conduct a phase 2 clinical trial to test the efficacy of nicotinamide (vitamin B3) on phosphorus homeostasis and other components of mineral metabolism in CKD patients. He is also PI of a recently funded R01 award evaluating the contributions of kidney tubule dysfunction and injury to progression of kidney disease and cardiovascular disease, and was recently funded as PI of an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award.

He was elected a fellow of the American Society of Nephrology in 2010 and is associate editor of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, a standing member of the NIH Study Section on Kidney Nutrition Obesity and Diabetes (KNOD) and a member of the SPRINT Trial Chronic Kidney Disease Advisory Group.

Dr. Ix is a dedicated teacher and mentor and an active contributor to his division’s instructional efforts at all levels, including the nephrology fellowship program and the School of Medicine curriculum. In 2010, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition for outstanding teaching contributions in the third-year Medicine Core Clerkship course.

Dr. Ix earned his Bachelor of Science degree at UC San Diego and his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He received his specialty training, nephrology fellowship training, and MAS in biostatistics and epidemiology at UC San Francisco. He joined the UC San Diego faculty in 2007.

Fifty-Seven Department of Medicine Physicians Named to San Diego “Top Docs 2013” List

Fifty-seven Department of Medicine physicians have been voted to the Top Docs 2013 “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” list from the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine.

The list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, includes a total of 749 San Diego doctors in 65 specialties. Of those, 142 doctors in 47 specialties are from UC San Diego Health System.

In 2012, the list included 537 San Diego physicians, 145 from UC San Diego Health System and 52 from the Department of Medicine.

The names of this year’s Department of Medicine honorees are listed by subspecialty division below, along with the name of the ranking category if different from the name of a physician’s Department of Medicine division.

Honorees

Cardiology

Daniel G. Blanchard, MD, FACC*
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Categories: Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine
Lori B. Daniels, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease
Gregory K. Feld, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Cardiac Electrophysiology
Ehtisham (Shami) Mahmud, MD, FACC*
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Categories: Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology
Ajit Raisinghani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Steven V. Edelman, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Gastroenterology

William J. Sandborn, MD
Professor of Medicine
Thomas John Savides, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

General Internal Medicine

William J. Ackerman, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Unna McPherson Albers, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Jason Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tina Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Edward David Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori A. Brown, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lynette C. Cederquist, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine
Neil J. Farber, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Paul N. Gamble, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Charles G. Goldberg, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Eduardo L. Grunvald, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Shawn Harrity, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Heather Hofflich, DO, FACE, CCD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Simerjot K. Jassal, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Simone Elise Kanter, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tony P. Lopez, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Gita Mehta, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Marlene Millen, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Joe Wesley Ramsdell, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Armelia Sani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori Wan, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics
Lisa J. Wastila, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Pearl S. Yu, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Geriatrics

John W. Daly, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Victor J. Legner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Hematology-Oncology

Lyudmila A. Bazhenova, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Peter Curtin, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Hematology
Gregory A. Daniels, MD, PhD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Paul T. Fanta, MD, MS
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Thomas J. Kipps, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology
William Mitchell, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Barbara A. Parker, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Oncology
Erin G. Reid, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Hematology
Sanford Shattil, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology

Hospital Medicine

Leslie Martin, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Gregory B. Seymann, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Kenton O. Smitherman, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Infectious Diseases

Randy Taplitz, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Nephrology

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

William R. Auger, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Timothy D. Bigby, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Peter F. Fedullo, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease
Kim Kerr, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine
Judd W. Landsberg, MD**
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Disease
Jose S. Loredo, MD, MS, MPH, FCCP
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Sleep Medicine
Samir S. Makani, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Kevin Shaw, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine

Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

Seema S. Aceves, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Gregory D. Middleton, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine and Surgery
Category: Rheumatology

How the List Is Determined

Each year, the “Top Doctors” list reports the results of the San Diego County Medical Society’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey, in which physicians are asked to name the board-certified doctors they would choose if one of their own family members or patients needed specialty care.

Limited to society members in the past, the voting was opened to all board-certified San Diego County physicians in 2011.

The San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004. The magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002.

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Fifty-Two Department of Medicine Physicians Named to 2012 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” List

Fifty-two Department of Medicine physicians have been voted to the 2012 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list from the San Diego County Medical Society.  |  See a photo gallery of the Department of Medicine honorees

The list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, includes a total of 537 San Diego doctors in 51 specialties. Of those, 145 doctors in 39 specialties are from UC San Diego Health System.  |  See the list of all UC San Diego Health System physicians honored

In 2011, the list included 526 San Diego physicians, 129 from UC San Diego Health System and 40 from the Department of Medicine.

The names of this year’s Department of Medicine honorees are listed by subspecialty division below, along with the name of the ranking category if different from the name of a physician’s Department of Medicine division.

The list includes the UC San Diego Health System physicians who practice in internal medicine subspecialties at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Honorees

Bone Marrow Transplantation

Edward (Ted) Ball, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology

Cardiology

Daniel G. Blanchard, MD, FACC
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Cardiovascular Disease
Lori B. Daniels, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease
Gregory K. Feld, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Cardiac Electrophysiology
Ehtisham (Shami) Mahmud, MD, FACC
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Interventional Cardiology
Ajit Raisinghani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Cardiovascular Disease

Dermatology

Lawrence Eichenfield, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics
Sheila F. Friedlander, MD
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine
Categories: Dermatology and Pediatrics

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Charles H. Choe, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Steven V. Edelman, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Gastroenterology

Robert G. Gish, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
William J. Sandborn, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Thomas John Savides, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

General Internal Medicine

William J. Ackerman, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Unna McPherson Albers, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Jason Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tina Bronner
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Edward David Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori A. Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lynette C. Cederquist, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Paul N. Gamble, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Charles G. Goldberg, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Eduardo L. Grunvald, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Shawn Harrity, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Heather Hofflich, DO
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Simerjot Jassal, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tony P. Lopez, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Gita Mehta, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Marlene Millen, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Joe Wesley Ramsdell, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Armelia Sani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori Wan, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics
Lisa J. Wastila, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Pearl S. Yu, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Geriatrics

Victor J. Legner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Hematology-Oncology

Lyudmila A. Bazhenova, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Paul T. Fanta, MD, MS
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Oncology
Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology
Thomas J. Kipps, MD
Professor of Medicine
Category: Hematology
Barbara A. Parker, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Oncology
Erin G. Reid, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Hematology

Hospital Medicine

Brian J. Clay, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Gregory B. Seymann, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Kenton O. Smitherman, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Nephrology

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

William R. Auger, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Timothy D. Bigby, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Peter F. Fedullo, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine
Kim Kerr, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine
Samir S. Makani, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Pulmonary Disease
Kevin Shaw, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Critical Care Medicine

Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

Seema S. Aceves, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

How the List Is Determined

Each year, the “Top Doctors” list reports the results of the San Diego County Medical Society’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey, in which physicians are asked to name the board-certified doctors they would choose if one of their own family members or patients needed specialty care.

Limited to society members in the past, the voting was opened to all board-certified San Diego County physicians in 2011.

The San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004. The magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002.

Forty Department of Medicine Physicians Named to 2011 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” List

In recognition of their clinical excellence, 40 Department of Medicine physicians have been voted to the 2011 “San Diego’s Top Doctors” list from the San Diego County Medical Society.

The list, released in the October issue of San Diego Magazine, includes a total of 526 San Diego doctors in 55 specialties, including 129 UC San Diego Health System doctors in 39 specialties.

In 2010, the list included 510 physicians, 82 from UC San Diego Health System and 35 from the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann“It is gratifying see UC San Diego Health System and the Department of Medicine grow from year to year in their representation on the Top Doctors list,” said Dr. Wolfgang Dillmann, Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine.

“It reflects increasing awareness of the high quality of our patient care, which comes from the extraordinary skill and compassion of our physicians as well as the advanced diagnosis and treatment options that we are able to offer as an academic health system.”

Of the 40 Department of Medicine physicians honored this year, four were named in two different specialties:

This year, the total number of honorees from the Department of Medicine does not include Emergency Medicine, which became a separate entity earlier this year. The 2010 total without Emergency Medicine is 29.

The names of this year’s Department of Medicine honorees are listed by subspecialty division below. An asterisk marks those doctors who are named in two different specialties.

How the List Is Determined

Each year, the “Top Doctors” list reports the results of the San Diego County Medical Society’s Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey, in which physicians are asked to name the board-certified doctors they would choose if one of their own family members or patients needed specialty care.

Limited to society members in the past, the voting was opened to all board-certified San Diego County physicians this year.

The San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine have collaborated to produce the “Top Doctors” list since 2004. The magazine first published a “Top Doctors” list in 2002.

Honorees

Cardiology

Daniel G. Blanchard, MD, FACC*
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Categories: Cardiovascular Disease and Internal Medicine
Lori B. Daniels, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Gregory K. Feld, MD
Professor of Medicine
Pam R. Taub, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Endocrinology & Metabolism

Steven V. Edelman, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor

Gastroenterology

Robert G. Gish, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
William J. Sandborn, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Thomas John Savides, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

General Internal Medicine

Jason Bronner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Edward David Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lori A. Brown, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lynette C. Cederquist, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Neil J. Farber, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Paul N. Gamble, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Charles G. Goldberg, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Eduardo L. Grunvald, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Tony P. Lopez, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
William Christopher Mathews, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Owen Clinic
Unna McPherson-Albers, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Gita Mehta, MD, FACP
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Marlene Millen, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Joe Wesley Ramsdell, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Armelia Sani, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Lisa J. Wastila, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Pearl S. Yu, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Geriatrics

Victor J. Legner, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor

Hematology-Oncology

Paul T. Fanta, MD
Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor
Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Thomas J. Kipps, MD
Professor of Medicine
Barbara A. Parker, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Erin G. Reid, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Sanford J. Shattil, MD
Professor of Medicine

Hospital Medicine

Brian J. Clay, MD
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine
Gregory B. Seymann, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Category: Internal Medicine

Nephrology

Ravindra L. Mehta, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

William R. Auger, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Douglas Conrad, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Peter F. Fedullo, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
Kim Kerr, MD*
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
Judd W. Landsberg, MD*
Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor
Categories: Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Disease

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

“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.

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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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