Dr. Jamila Stockman to Receive Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award

Dr. Jamila Stockman

Dr. Jamila Stockman

Jamila Stockman, PhD, MPH, has been selected to receive the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award, which recognizes a single outstanding new investigator in the field of gender-based violence and health.

Dr. Stockman, an infectious disease epidemiologist, is assistant professor in the Division of Global Public Health. She focuses her work on intimate partner violence (IPV) and substance abuse among low-income, underserved, vulnerable women.

Read the UC San Diego Newsroom press release

Said Dr. Steffanie Strathdee, chief of the Division of Global Public Health, “This is, without question, the most prestigious scholarly award in this field of study. Dr. Stockman’s selection indicates that she, at a very early stage in her career, is recognized as a national leader in this area.

“It is a true mark of excellence for the Division of Global Public Health, the Department of Medicine and the Center on Gender Equity and Health at UC San Diego to include Dr. Stockman among our faculty,” she said.

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, is Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences & Harold Simon Professor and Chief of the Division of Global Public Health and Director of the Global Health Initiative.

Gender-based violence is increasingly recognized as central to health and development globally, Strathdee said.

Dr. Stockman holds a PhD in Epidemiology with a focus on infectious diseases from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. She is an alumna of the UC San Diego National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine.

She currently holds a UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute Academic-Community Partnership Pilot Grant for her project, “The Role of Peer Navigators and Social Support in the HIV Care Continuum: Perceptions of HIV-Positive Women.”

For the Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award, the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control solicits nominations from senior investigators in the field and convenes a committee of experts to select an outstanding individual to receive this national award once every two years.  Candidates for the award have 2-10 years of experience in their field.

Kawasaki Disease and Pregnant Women

UC San Diego researchers say risks are manageable, provided doctors recognize them

In the first study of its type, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have looked at the health threat to pregnant women with a history of Kawasaki disease (KD), concluding that the risks are low with informed management and care.

The findings are published in the March 6, 2014 online edition of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. …Read the full story from the UC San Diego News Center

Dr. Lori DanielsDepartment of Medicine faculty members Lori B. Daniels, MD, right, and Andrew M. Kahn, MD, PhD, were investigators in the study.

Both are associate clinical professors in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

No Sons Linked to Lower Contraception Use in Nepal

While poverty and under-education continue to dampen contraception use in Nepal, exacerbating the country’s efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality rates, researchers say another, more surprising factor may be more intractable: Deeply held cultural preferences for sons over daughters. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

Dr. Anita RajFirst author Anita Raj, PhD, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Global Public Health and a Senior Fellow in the UC San Diego Center on Global Justice.

She focuses her global public health research on sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and substance misuse and abuse.

Funds from the Lucile and David Packard Foundation’s Population and Reproductive Health program support Dr. Raj’s study, Assessment of Girl Child Marriage and Adolescent Motherhood and Its Public Health Impact in South Asia.

The coauthors of the Nepal study report are three Division of Global Public Health colleagues: medical student Rohan J. Vilms, postdoctoral researcher Lotus McDougal and professor Jay G. Silverman, PhD.

Raj and Silverman are faculty members and Lotus McDougal is a graduate of the Global Health track of the UC San Diego – San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health.

Vilms is a second-year medical student who had the opportunity to take part in the Nepal study via a summer internship supported by UC San Diego’s National Institutes of Health Short-Term Research Training Grant for medical students.

His undergraduate degree is from the Global Health and Development track of the Human Biology program at Stanford University.

Rohan J. Vilms

Medical student Rohan J. Vilms

Vilms was born in the United States and spent his childhood years from age 3 to age 12 in India. Living in the two nations shaped his perceptions of disparities in standard of living and health outcomes because of social circumstances, he said.

He has particular concern for reproductive health.

“I think working for reproductive health is extremely important,” he said. “The standard of what we can do is not what we are doing. There are preventable deaths — infant and maternal mortality. That these still occur is a travesty.”

The Nepal project also attracted him because it gave him a chance to work with data from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), a respected source of information from United States-conducted fieldwork around the world. The DHS database includes reproductive health information.

In working with the DHS data, he said, postdoctoral researcher Lotus McDougal gave him invaluable coaching and expert help.

Vilms makes the most of every opportunity to work and study in global public health. “I have had a lot of mentors,” he said. “I’m learning a lot.”

He has taken Dr. Richard Garfein’s San Quintin Field Course (FPM 244/MED248) three times, the maximum possible in the first two years of medical school.

Dr. Richard Garfein

Dr. Richard Garfein, professor in the Division of Global Public Health.

The San Quintin Field Course is associated with project VIIDAI: Viaje Interinstitucional de Integracion, Docente, Asistencia y de Investigacion (Retreat for Educational Integration, Assistance and Investigation), first conducted by Tijuana’s Universidad Autonoma de Baja California School of Medicine in 1981.

UCSD’s San Quintin Field Course is a School of Medicine elective built around VIIDAI’s academic and research field trips to rural regions in Baja California and Sonora. Students have the opportunity for hands-on clinical experience as well as public health research and practice. The course includes a required 3-day trip to the town of San Quintin on the west coast of Baja California.

Vilms hopes to arrange a global public health research year between his third and fourth years of medical school. Beyond that, his aspiration is to work in a setting where he can make a difference in health and in social justice.

In February, he presented data from the Nepal study as lead author of a poster presentation at the multidisciplinary Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

He said he couldn’t speak highly enough about the Global Public Health division faculty members and graduate students he has worked with.

Of Vilms and his contributions, Anita Raj said, “He worked incredibly hard and did a terrific job.”

More About Dr. Raj and Her Work

Earlier this month, Raj and Ulrike Boehmer, PhD, of the Boston University School of Public Health reported that rates of maternal and infant mortality are significantly higher in nations in which it is common for girls to be married before the age of 18.  |  Read the UCSD press release

At UC San Diego’s International Women’s Day event March 8, 2013, Raj spoke on “The Movement to End Rape Post-Delhi – Public Health Perspectives and Solutions.”

She was an online panelist on Public Radio International’s program The World February 25. The topic: whether there is a global movement for women’s safety in the wake of the Delhi rape protests.  |  Watch the video

In May 2012, Raj and her colleagues published a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the results of two decades of efforts to eliminate the practice of girl-child marriage in South Asia.  |  Read the UCSD press release  |  Read the report

Anita Raj is also affiliated with the Section of General Internal Medicine, Clinical Addiction Research and Education in the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center.

Citation for the Nepal study report:  Anita Raj, Rohan J. Vilms, Lotus McDougal, Jay G. Silverman. Association between having no sons and using no contraception among a nationally representative sample of young wives in Nepal. International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics – May 2013 (Vol. 121, Issue 2, Pages 162-165, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2012.12.011)  |  Read article abstract

Global Public Health Division’s Projects Highlighted During Chancellor’s Visit to Tijuana Clinic

University of California, San Diego, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla’s visit to Tijuana, B.C., on May 3 included a stop at the Health Frontiers in Tijuana (HFiT) Clinic, a free clinic where students and faculty from the UC San Diego Division of Global Public Health team up with their counterparts from the Universidad Autónomo de Baja California (UABC) to provide health care in one of the poorest parts of Tijuana.

Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and Jose Luis Burgos.

Dr. Jose Luis Burgos with Chancellor Khosla outside HFiT Clinic. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

In the photo above, Chancellor Khosla speaks with Jose Luis Burgos, MD, MPH, outside the clinic. An assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Global Public Health, Burgos is a faculty mentor at the clinic and a specialist in global health and development. His current research project: The Role of Economic Evaluation in Translating HIV/AIDS Behavioral Interventions.

At the HFiT Clinic, faculty mentors from both UC San Diego and UABC direct the medical students, fellows and other medical trainees in caring for patients.  The clinic is now a part of MED 239, an elective course for medical students in the UCSD School of Medicine.

The students and faculty working in the clinic also contribute to global public health division projects investigating prevention of HIV and STD, substance abuse, policing practices and sex trafficking.  |  More about current projects

Dr. Steffanie Strathdee at work in the El Cuete program.

Dr. Steffanie Strathdee during a visit to Tijuana for the El Cuete program, a global public health division epidemiology project tracing HIV, tuberculosis and other infections among injection drug users.

During her presentation on the chancellor’s tour, global public health division chief Steffanie Strathdee said, “We align research, training and service. And we, the professors, learn as much from the students as they learn from us.”

Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, is associate dean of global health sciences, Harold Simon Professor and chief of the Division of Global Public Health and director of the Global Health Initiative at UC San Diego.

Strathdee’s current research projects: Impact of Drug Policy Reform on the HIV Risk Environment Among IDUs in Tijuana (El Cuete, Phase IV) and HIV/STI Risks among FSWs and Their Non-Commercial Partners (Proyecto Parejas).

Jay Silverman, PhD

Dr. Jay Silverman. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

At left below, global public health professor Dr. Jay Silverman speaks during a presentation about the division’s work in Tijuana.

Silverman is regarded as the world’s leading public health authority on trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation.

He is principal investigator of the first R01 research grant the National Institutes of Health has ever issued on sex trafficking. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the four-year project is “Epidemiology of Sex Trafficking, Drug Use and HIV at the U.S.-Mexico Border.”

Drs. Kimberly Brouwer (below) and Victoria Ojeda also presented their projects during the tour.

Dr. Kimberly Brouwer

Dr. Kimberly Brouwer during her presentation in Tijuana. Photo by Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications

Brouwer is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Global Public Health. Her work focuses on the spatial and molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases.

She is principal investigator of two R01 research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, one investigating factors that influence HIV transmission in the U.S. – Mexico border region: Evolving HIV/STI Risk Environments of FSWS on the Mexico/U.S. Border.

Victoria Ojeda (below) is an assistant professor in the global health division. Her project, “Social Incorporation Following Deportation and Implications for Health Status and Access to Care,” is based at the HFiT Clinic.

Dr. Victoria Ojeda

Dr. Victoria Ojeda.

Funding for the project comes from Ojeda’s 2012-2013 University of California Global Health Institute (GloCal) Health Fellowship, one of only three such fellowships awarded last year.

Below, Ojeda is pictured at the HFiT Clinic.

Dr. Victoria Ojeda.

Dr. Victoria Ojeda at the HFiT Clinic in Tijuana, where her GloCal Fellowship project is based.


Global public health division faculty with Pradeep Khosla, UC San Diego chancellor.

Chancellor Khosla with members of the Division of Global Public Health.


Chancellor Khosla’s visit to Tijuana was covered in Kristin Luciani’s UCSD News story, “Cross-Border Connections: Chancellor Visits Tijuana to Learn about Industry, Healthcare and Education,” released May 9. The photos for that story and the images of Drs. Burgos, Silverman and Brouwer and the group shown here are by Erik Jepsen of UC San Diego Publications.

For more information about the global public health division’s projects in the U.S. – Mexico border area and elsewhere in the world, visit the Division of Global Public Health academic website.

Dr. Anita Raj Speaking at UC San Diego International Women’s Day Event on March 8

DrAnitaRaj_120x150Global health professor Anita Raj will speak on the topic, “The Movement to End Rape Post-Delhi – Public Health Perspectives and Solutions” at UC San Diego’s International Women’s Day 2013 event on March 8, 2013.

Anita Raj, PhD, a developmental psychologist, is professor of medicine in the Division of Global Public Health and a Senior Fellow in the Center on Global Justice.

Her research addresses gender-based violence, substance misuse and abuse, and sexual and reproductive health, with active projects currently in South Asia, Russia and the United States.

In May 2012, Raj and her colleagues published a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association on the results of two decades of efforts to eliminate the practice of girl-child marriage in South Asia.  |  Read the UCSD press release  |  Read the report

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UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Leader Selected “Woman of the Year”

East County Chamber of Commerce Honors Lisa Murphy for achievements in health care

Lisa Murphy, associate administrator for University of California, San Diego Health System and administrative director for Cardiovascular and Medicine Services, has been chosen “Woman of the Year” in the field of health care by the Women in Leadership program sponsored by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.  Murphy is one of six women of achievement – in various categories, including business, non-profit, education, government, arts/culture/media and health care – honored at the 10th Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon at the Town & Country Hotel. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

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UC San Diego Health System Opens New North County Cardiology Clinic

Patients in San Diego’s North County coastal area now have access to the region’s only top-ranked academic health system, with the convenience of being close to home. UC San Diego Health System North Coastal Cardiology is now open at 477 North El Camino Real Road, Suite D300, in Encinitas… Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

In Memoriam: Helen M. Ranney, M.D.

From Kenneth Kaushansky, MD
Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine

Dear Friends,

Helen M. Ranney, M.D.It is with a very heavy heart that I write to report the Department of Medicine, the School of Medicine, the University and the entire San Diego community have lost a great friend and leader. Dr. Helen Ranney, research and clinical hematologist extraordinaire, pioneering Chair of Medicine and professional society president, and soaring intellect has passed away last night, just a week before her 90th birthday.

Helen was born and raised on a dairy farm in upstate New York, to parents who stimulated her to seek a professional career. While setting out on pre-law studies at Barnard College, she soon found she liked “working with people” and “fixing what you studied,” redirecting her efforts towards pre-medical studies. While initially declined admission to medical school, Helen sought out research training, and was then admitted to Columbia School of Medicine, eventually studying hematology under the direction of Dr. Irving London.

In 1953, Helen determined a method to separate normal from abnormal hemoglobin and used this to identify mixed hemoglobins in the relatives of children with sickle cell anemia, laying the foundation for the genetic basis of this and other “hemoglobinopathies.” For this and other work, Helen was awarded the Martin Luther King Medical Achievement Award soon after the great civil rights leader’s death.

Helen’s work next took her to the faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and then the State University of New York in Buffalo. 1973 was a good year for San Diego, and a good year for Helen; in that year Helen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and was recruited to UC San Diego, to serve as the first female Chair of a University Department of Medicine.

During her tenure at UC San Diego, Helen led the Department to scientific and clinical excellence. She also played an important role on the national academic stage, serving as President of the American Society of Hematology, and as the first female president of the prestigious Association of American Physicians.

Helen then served as the first female “Distinguished Physician” of the Veterans Affairs medical centers, and upon her retirement, the Helen M. Ranney Chair was established, the first Endowed Chair at UC San Diego named after a female professor.

Helen’s career was marked by her intelligent approach to both clinical and research issues, her ability to achieve and inspire greatness, and her incredible wit. It is my great honor and privilege to serve as the Helen M. Ranney Professor, arguably the very best “perk” available to the Chair of our Department!

Everyone has a favorite Helen story, and I am no exception. It occurred soon after my arrival as the fourth Chair of the Department. Then Dean Dr. Edward Holmes held a reception, thanking Dr. Roger Spragg for his recent service as Interim Chair, and welcoming me to my new post. Soon after arriving in San Diego, while moving into our new house, I fell from a ladder and broke my arm, the cast drying just in time for Ed’s reception. Needless to say, a fresh coat of plaster on the new Chair called for an explanation.

By now I was surrounded by Deans, Vice Deans, Vice and Associate Chancellors, Chairs, a plethora of other leaders, and Helen, telling my story: “…as soon as I fell, the arm was clearly misshapen, but for some reason, it didn’t seem to hurt…. then Lauren brought me to the Hillcrest Hospital emergency room, and by holding the arm, it didn’t hurt…..then the orthopedic surgeon came down to the emergency room, and gave me Brevitol to reduce the fracture, and it didn’t hurt…” whereupon Helen declared, “Oh, it must be Tabes Dorsalis (a neurological deterioration that blocks painful stimuli, due to advanced syphilis)!”

Thanks, Helen!

Helen M. Ranney has served as a role model for countless women and men of medicine and science, all attempting to emulate her warmth, teaching style, inquisitiveness and impact on her field. She inspired many to take on the great responsibility of leadership and to carry on the tradition of innovation in medicine that is the UC San Diego Department of Medicine. I’ll always remember her as an intelligent and inventive mover and shaker in American academic medicine. Truly, thank you, Helen!

Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP
Helen M. Ranney Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine

Photo of Dr. Ranney, above, from the National Library of Medicine.

In the Media: Dr. Beatrice Golomb

Dr. Beatrice Golomb is one of the experts quoted in the article, “Do Statins Work Equally for Men and Women?” in Time magazine.

Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Medicine in General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Barbara Parker Recognized on 2008 “Women Who Mean Business” List

Barbara A. Parker, MDDr. Barbara A. Parker is among six UCSD School of Medicine faculty named to the San Diego Business Journal’s 15th Annual “Women Who Mean Business” list.

The list recognizes women who have made outstanding contributions to the San Diego community, business, and government.

Barbara A. Parker, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and Medical Director of Oncology Services at Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

She was recognized along with 36 other honorees at the “Women Who Mean Business” awards ceremony October 23.

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