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Jacobs Medical Center Pavilion named in honor of Evelyn and Ernest Rady


UC San Diego’s Pavilion for Women and Infants named in recognition of Radys’ $12M gift.

Photos by Erik Jepsen, UC San Diego

By Judy Piercey, UC San Diego

“My father was an OB/GYN,” said Ernest Rady, one of San Diego’s most prominent philanthropists and business leaders. “When a woman would come in and say, ‘Thank you doctor, you saved my life,’ my father said it was like making a million dollars. He instilled in me the thought that helping others is fruitful.”

Helping others has been a decades-long tradition for Ernest Rady and his wife, Evelyn. Today, UC San Diego Health System announced the latest gift from these loyal campus supporters: the Radys committed $12 million to name the third and final specialty center at Jacobs Medical Center, which is scheduled to be completed in summer 2016. Named in the couple’s honor, the Rady Pavilion for Women and Infants will care for every kind of birth within a highly modern, technologically-advanced medical facility that includes a specialized neonatal intensive care unit.

“Jacobs Medical Center is part of the university’s investment in the future of health care for the entire region, and it will advance our goal of enriching human life and society,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “With their latest act of generosity, Evelyn and Ernest Rady will help increase and enhance UC San Diego’s capacity as the regional hub for meeting the unique needs of mothers and infants.”

Evelyn and Ernest Rady

“We express deep gratitude to the Radys for this incredible gift,” said Paul Viviano, CEO, UC San Diego Health System. “The Rady Pavilion for Women and Infants will offer expanded services for all types of pregnancies, including those with high risk, as well as enhanced care for newborns who are born prematurely or need additional medical attention immediately after birth.”

Evelyn and Ernest Rady have a history of serving the local community’s most vulnerable members: children and infants. Rady Children’s Hospital carries their name, thanks to their philanthropy. And it is the couple’s wish that this gift to Jacobs Medical Center will help build and strengthen the collaboration among faculty at UC San Diego Health System, UC San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital.

“Rady Children’s Hospital is a teaching hospital, and its affiliation with UC San Diego Health System is very important to the health of the community,” said Rady. “So I’m glad to have our name on two very special and unique facilities in San Diego that will help with the care of women and children.”

“We will take care of women of all ages and with any level of need,” said Dr. Charles Nager, interim chair of the department of reproductive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. “We’ve always provided great care for women and infants, but now we can expand the options with advanced technology and patient-centered care at Jacobs Medical Center.”

According to Nager, neonates born weighing less than three pounds have a survival rate of greater than 95 percent, ranking UC San Diego Health System among the top tier of hospitals in the nation. In addition, only about 17 percent of women giving birth for the first time have cesarean sections, and the rate of successful vaginal births after a cesarean is about 80 percent.

“Physicians and researchers at UC San Diego have collaborated to create and advance technologies to benefit our patients,” added Nager. “One example is epidermal electronics — wearable electronics that can be placed on an infant noninvasively to monitor anything from brain waves to skin perfusion.”

All eight labor and delivery rooms in the pavilion will be private, with — if needed — wireless fetal heart rate monitoring that will make it possible for women to walk around the room during labor. There also will be three large operating suites for cesarean deliveries, equipped with cameras and other equipment that can provide safe care for even the most complicated operative deliveries. Recovery will occur in one of 32 private postpartum rooms, each with a foldout bed for a family member, many with stunning views overlooking the Torrey Pines Mesa.

In addition, a three-room midwifery-staffed birth center, emphasizing a natural birth experience, is adjacent to labor and delivery, assuring that the most advanced medical equipment and multidisciplinary expertise is moments away.

Women also will have access to advanced procedures that include non-invasive fetal genetics testing, fertility preservation for cancer patients, and early detection and treatment of preeclampsia.

The most premature and critically ill newborns will be cared for at a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the new specialty center, equipped with innovations for monitoring infants’ health status non-invasively. Vital sign data will also be processed through a novel analytic system that identifies subtle cues — such as slight variations in heart rate — that may be an early indicator of infection, eye disease, lung or cardiovascular problems.

Inside Jacobs Medical Center

As the only academic health system in the region, UC San Diego Health System delivers outstanding patient care to the community through groundbreaking research and inspired teaching. Jacobs Medical Center is the largest hospital project in southern California. The $859 million facility will add 245 private beds to support highly specialized multidisciplinary services for women and infants, advanced surgery and cancer care.

In addition to the Rady Pavilion for Women and Infants, which will be housed on floors 8-10 of the Jacobs Medical Center, the new facility will be home to two other specialty centers:

Floors 2-3: A. Vassiliadis Family Pavilion for Advanced Surgery

The A. Vassiliadis Family Pavilion for Advanced Surgery, thanks to a gift by local philanthropist Carol Vassiliadis, will offer access to more than 200 surgeons who specialize in complex procedures for all medical conditions. Examples of surgeries to be offered include MRI-guided gene therapy for brain cancer, heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy for abdominal cancers, and complex spine and joint reconstruction. A robust robotics program will continue to treat thyroid, esophageal, prostate, colon, kidney and bladder cancers. Delicate microsurgery to restore voice and hearing and reanimation of the paralyzed face and extremities also will be performed.

The pavilion also will house the region’s only intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines. With this technology, surgeons will be able to image tumors in real-time during surgery to be certain that malignancies, such as glioblastoma in the brain, have been removed — without ever having to leave the operating room. MRI guidance also can be used for more accurate biopsies, for laser therapy to destroy tumors and to deliver gene therapy. The pavilion will be the only place in the United States using a proprietary MRI technique called Restriction Spectrum Imaging (RSI) to create color-coded maps of the brain for accurate surgery planning. The facility also will have 14 large 650-square-foot operating rooms to accommodate rapid changes in technology.

Floors 4-6: Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care

A gift from Pauline Foster, community philanthropist and longtime supporter of UC San Diego, helped to fund the Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care that will be home to medical staff specially trained in caring for the complex needs of patients with cancer. It will be the only in-patient facility of its kind in San Diego County, which has the fifth largest U.S. population, and where cancer is the No. 1 cause of death. With 108 dedicated beds, the pavilion will double UC San Diego Health System’s capacity to treat patients with every form of malignancy.

The pavilion will be the needed inpatient component to complement Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health System, the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in San Diego and the only San Diego-based member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Most cancer patients are hospitalized at some point during their cancer journey. By virtue of their close proximity, the Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care and Moores Cancer Center can seamlessly align patient care by providing a familiar and healing environment, expert physicians and staff, and personalized cancer care with a continuum of services tailored to the needs of patients and their families, including treatment, clinical trials, nutrition, family support and other outpatient programs at Moores Cancer Center.

In addition their gift to the Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health System, Evelyn and Ernest Rady helped establish the university’s entrepreneurial business school — the Rady School of Management — among other campus initiatives. Ernest Rady is an active businessman and has founded and headed several San Diego companies. He founded Insurance Company of the West and Westcorp in 1971. In 2011, Rady formed American Assets Trust to succeed to the real estate business of American Assets, Inc., a privately held corporation founded in 1967 with over 40 years of experience in real estate management and development. Rady serves as the chief investment officer and managing member at American Assets Investment Management LLC. He also has shared his business expertise through his role as chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Rady School of Management.

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UC San Diego, El Centro Regional sign management services agreement


Health systems form strategic relationship to enhance patient care in Imperial Valley.

On May 5, UC San Diego Health System and the city of El Centro entered into a long-term management services agreement on behalf of El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC), the city-owned hospital, with the goal of enhancing the delivery of high-quality health care to patients in the Imperial Valley.

“The Hospital Affiliation Task Force has dedicated significant resources to search for a strategic partner that would enhance the availability and quality of health care services for the entire Imperial Valley, and we have found that partner in UC San Diego Health System,” said Mayor Efrain Silva.

“In addition to providing important operational and clinical support, our relationship with UC San Diego Health System will help local patients gain greater access to a comprehensive continuum of care in El Centro and San Diego, including an array of specialized medical and surgical services. Additionally, our employees will have direct access to best practices and expertise of the region’s top-ranked health system,” said Tomas Virgen, interim CEO, ECRMC.

“Through this collaboration, the two health systems will strive to deliver superior health outcomes, service experience and affordability to patients in Imperial Valley,” said Paul Viviano, CEO, UC San Diego Health System. “We are proud to have El Centro Regional Medical Center be part of our mission of delivering outstanding patient care through commitment to the community, groundbreaking research and inspired teaching.”

The management services agreement will launch with UC San Diego Health System conducting a comprehensive assessment of ECRMC’s operational and clinical needs, to be followed by joint development of a management plan for select ECRMC departments, programs and functions. Hospital employees will remain employees of ECRMC. The health systems also will collaborate to provide clinical team members at ECRMC with access to joint research projects and educational opportunities, such as Grand Rounds and continuing medical education through the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

If needed, patients of ECRMC will have direct access to tertiary and quaternary care services of UC San Diego Health System. These include highly specialized and advanced diagnostic, imaging, surgical, oncologic and cardiac services typically only found in academic health centers.

UC San Diego Health System currently supports the Imperial Valley by providing tertiary care for complex cardiovascular disease, primary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction, telemedicine stroke consultations and advanced care for high-risk pregnancies, trauma and burn patients. Future areas of specialty support will include endocrinology, allergy and immunology, cardiology, rheumatology, and nephrology.

The relationship between UC San Diego Health System and ECRMC follows the recent affiliation of Imperial Valley Family Care Medical Group (IVFCMG) with the UC San Diego Health Physician Network. IVFCMG   ̶   Imperial County’s largest multispecialty group with 13 clinics including locations in El Centro, Brawley and Calexico   ̶   is continuing its efforts through the UC San Diego Health network to enhance the depth and quality of multispecialty health care services and clinical trials available to patients in the Imperial Valley and surrounding communities. Other local physicians will have the opportunity to become part of the growing UC San Diego Health Physician Network.

Viviano noted that the growing network of physicians, hospitals and other providers in the UC San Diego Health System care network presents opportunities to develop and offer narrow network and other innovative health insurance products to local employers, with the goal of delivering quality patient outcomes while managing the total cost of care.

ECRMC is an acute-care medical center, serving the health care needs of the Imperial Valley since 1956. In addition to the 161-bed hospital, ECRMC also owns and operates the Oncology & Hematology of Imperial Valley, Wound Healing Center and outpatient clinics in El Centro and Calexico. The outpatient centers provide exceptional primary and specialty care for residents seeking enhanced wellbeing and improved quality of life.

UC San Diego Health System, the region’s only academic health system, has been ranked #1 in San Diego for four consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Leapfrog Group has twice named UC San Diego Health System to its annual list of Top Hospitals, a distinction given to select hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is an elite distinction given to less than seven percent of all eligible hospitals. UC San Diego Health System has also repeatedly received A safety scores from the independent organization.

UC San Diego Health System is comprised of UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest and Thornton Hospital, Moores Cancer Center (one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country, and the first and only San Diego-based National Comprehensive Cancer NetworkMember Institution), Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Jacobs Medical Center (opening 2016) in La Jolla, as well as other primary and specialty practices located throughout Southern California.

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Jackie Carr
UC San Diego
(619) 543-6163
jcarr@ucsd.edu

Cathy Kennerson
El Centro Regional Medical Center
(760) 339-7107
cathy.kennerson@ecrmc.org

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UCLA Health names interim VP for hospital systems


Shannon O’Kelley also is COO for UCLA Hospital System.

Shannon O'Kelley, UCLA

By Rachel Champeau, UCLA

Shannon O’Kelley has been named the interim vice president of UCLA Health for hospital systems. He is also the chief operating officer for the UCLA Hospital System. Shannon is responsible for the operations of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital.

O’Kelley previously held the role as executive director of operations – clinical services for UCLA Health System where he was responsible for clinical services administration for UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and UCLA Medical Plaza. He collaborated with physicians, staff, and managers in guiding administration and service-line planning for Cardiac Services, Cancer Services and Transplant Services.

In addition he facilitated service-line operations with Mattel Children’s Hospital, women’s services and other key programs and coordinated closely with the Business Development and International Services initiatives. He also worked closely as an administrator for the Operation Mend program, which is a partnership between Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and the V.A.-Greater Los Angeles, that has been established to help treat several U.S. military personnel wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

O’Kelley previously worked at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland.

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UC Davis Children’s Hospital names NICU medical director


Neonatologist Donald Null joins from Primary Children’s Medical Center in Utah.

Donald Null

By Tricia Tomiyoshi, UC Davis

Donald M. Null, an internationally renowned expert in neonatal ventilation, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Before joining the faculty, he was the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where he established the extracorporeal life support program and led the pediatric transport programs.

“Donald Null is one of the most influential neonatologists in the country. We are delighted that he has joined our team and it is our privilege to welcome him here,” said Robin Steinhorn, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Null was a pioneer in developing high-frequency ventilation and successfully adapted these strategies to premature infants in the NICU at Wilford Hall at the U.S. Air Force Medical Center in the 1980s. These strategies revolutionized care of extremely premature infants, resulting in dramatic improvements in survival rates.

He also has 30 years of experience in Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), which is a piece of equipment that acts as a heart and lung for a patient, delivering oxygen into the patient’s blood.

Null provides care for premature infants, critically ill newborns and infants with a wide variety of birth defects. He has organized and moderated many conferences focused on novel ventilation strategies. His current research focuses on developing less invasive and less damaging modes of ventilation for neonates, including nasal high-frequency ventilation, and testing these novel approaches. He has received research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has conducted several groundbreaking clinical trials.

Null received his medical doctorate from the West Virginia School of Medicine, completed his pediatric residency at Columbus Children’s Hospital, which is now Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and his fellowship at Wilford Hall at the U.S. Air Force Medical Center. He is board certified in pediatrics and neonatology.

Null receives an annual base salary of $250,600. Additional information about his compensation is available upon request.

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UCSF Fresno celebrates 40 years of training physicians


Fundraiser highlights impact on health in San Joaquin Valley.

UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program will celebrate 40 years of training physicians for the San Joaquin Valley at its biennial fundraiser “Valley Visions.”

The event will be held on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Fresno Convention Center New Exhibit Hall, located at 848 M St. in downtown Fresno. Hundreds of physicians, other health care professionals and community leaders are expected to attend.

Since it was established as a regional campus of UCSF in 1975, UCSF Fresno has trained approximately 3,000 physicians. Up to 40 percent of them stay in the San Joaquin Valley to provide medical care for community members.

“UCSF Fresno has grown significantly over the past four decades,” said Michael W. Peterson, M.D., interim associate dean and chief of medicine at UCSF Fresno. “Today, we are the San Joaquin Valley’s largest physician training program. Currently, we train about 600 physicians and future physicians through all of our medical education programs every year, right here in Fresno.”Growth at UCSF Fresno since 1975:
  • The number of core faculty at UCSF Fresno increased from one to 230
  • The number of medical residents and fellows trained on an annual basis rose from 102 to 300
  • Seventeen fellowship programs were established
The number of medical students that conduct clinical rotations at UCSF Fresno increased from 186 in 2003 to more than 300 currently.Since 1998, UCSF Fresno has attracted more than $85 million in research, public service and training grants and contracts.

“Our progress and success is a result of the hard work and dedication of our partners, donors, faculty and staff,” added Peterson. “Valley Visions is a celebration of them as much as it is recognition of our 40th anniversary. We look forward to continue working collaboratively well into the future.Working together is the most effective way to move forward our missions of providing medical education, clinical care and medical research to improve health and health care in the region.”

The 5th Valley Visions will honor UCSF Fresno’s ruby anniversary with premium food and beverage tastings from local culinary artisans, wineries and breweries. A sit-down dinner also will be served,followed by live music and dancing. In addition, the event will include a silent auction featuring vacation packages, autographed sports and celebrity memorabilia, designer fashions and jewelry, dinners and much more.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit UCSF Fresno’s many medical education programs.

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UCSF Medical Center, John Muir Health affiliate


Relationship to serve as cornerstone of Bay Area network to provide more integrated care.

By Karin Rush-Monroe, UC San Francisco

UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health have finalized an agreement that will serve as the foundation for a Bay Area health care network intended to provide patients with high quality care at an affordable price.

The two health systems also have formed a new development company that will enable them to collaborate on building new medical facilities, increase the number of physicians in the health care network, and provide physicians and patients new tools to improve coordination of care, with the ultimate goal of an enhanced patient experience.

Under the agreements, both organizations remain independent. Together, UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health:

  • Have invested in a collaborative effort, called the Bay Area Accountable Care Network, to form a regional health care network. Establishing a Bay Area-wide network will provide patients from throughout the Bay Area and Northern California with a competitively priced option to access, close to where they live or work, many of the Bay Area’s most trusted and respected hospitals, health systems and physician organizations.
  • Will equally own and operate a new development company. The formal affiliation will enable both organizations to build on their strengths and work together to develop joint initiatives and a shared services organization to support programs and initiatives focused on better health care, at lower costs, for Bay Area patients.

“UCSF Medical Center, and John Muir Health are leading the development of a comprehensive Bay Area network of providers who share a common commitment to providing safe, high quality, patient centered care at an affordable price. We intend to offer this network to health plans who serve patients throughout the Bay Area,” said Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals. “We look forward to working not just with each other, but with other health organizations throughout the Greater Bay Area, in order to provide an exceptional health care experience for patients.”

The two organizations will apply for a restricted Knox-Keene license effective in the Greater Bay Area. This license, which is issued by the California Department of Managed Health Care, would enable the Bay Area Accountable Care Network to contract directly with health plans to develop an insurance product that provides access to high-quality care at an affordable price.

As a next step, UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health will coordinate their Epic electronic medical record systems and patient communication portals to enable better physician and patient communications. UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health also anticipate, with other provider partners, building enhanced physician practice management services to create alternatives for physicians throughout the Bay Area who wish to be participating providers in the Bay Area Accountable Care Network.

“Our affiliation brings together two forward-thinking organizations that share a vision for how health care will be delivered in the future,” said Cal Knight, president and CEO of John Muir Health. “We’re pleased to have finalized our affiliation so we can further our joint initiatives and efforts to develop a Bay Area Accountable Care Network. We’re focused on meeting the needs of patients by providing better access to high-quality and affordable care throughout the Bay Area from trusted and respected physicians, hospitals, outpatient facilities and health systems.”

Both John Muir Health and UCSF Medical Center already have experience in successful care models developed under the Affordable Care Act, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), that have demonstrated lower health care costs and improved health care quality. These experiences, as well as those of other organizations that choose to be part of the provider network, will be translated into the Bay Area Accountable Care Network. The goal is to provide the right care at the right time and in the most appropriate setting, whether that is the primary care physician’s office, an outpatient center or a hospital. When better coordination of care results in lower costs, the savings achieved are passed along to consumers in the form of lower health care benefit premiums.

By working more closely, the two organizations also will offer more convenient access to care for patients in Northern California. For example, an outpatient clinic for liver transplant services will be established at the John Muir Health’s Walnut Creek Outpatient Center. This will allow patients who are waiting for transplants, or have recently received transplants, at UCSF Medical Center, which is nationally recognized for the quality of its program, to receive clinical services such as blood testing and monitoring at the new location. John Muir Health’s Physician Network is a comprehensive network of primary care and specialist physicians, covering virtually all conditions except transplants.

In addition, both organizations are widely recognized for the quality of care they provide. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked UCSF Medical Center, John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek and John Muir Medical Center, Concord as the top three hospitals in the San Francisco-Oakland area. In addition, the John Muir Physician Network recently received the highest possible “elite” ranking from the California Association of Physician Groups.

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UC San Diego Health Sciences appoints CFO


Mark Harrison named chief financial officer for health sciences.

Mark Harrison

By Jackie Carr, UC San Diego

Mark Harrison has been appointed as the new chief financial officer (CFO) for UC San Diego Health Sciences, effective today (March 23). As CFO, Harrison will collaborate with university leadership to ensure the strong financial health of the globally recognized UC San Diego Health Sciences enterprise, overseeing a budget of more than $2.4 billion.

“We are pleased to have Mark join UC San Diego Health Sciences at a critical juncture of growth and integration of the health system’s clinical network,” said Paul Viviano, CEO, UC San Diego Health System, and associate vice chancellor, UC San Diego Health Sciences. “Mark’s extensive experience as an accomplished leader in the complex sector of health, finance and performance management will enhance our financial stability and help preserve our academic mission while providing patients the best value for care.”

Harrison will develop and implement financial strategies and budgets to achieve UC San Diego Health Sciences’ financial goals and objectives, as well as consistent systems of financial reporting standards and controls across UC San Diego School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UC San Diego Medical Group, and UC San Diego Health System.

Harrison will be responsible for ensuring efficient and effective funds flow between UC San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Health System, as well as cost control and standardized reporting among the organizations. He also will oversee the implementation and operations of integrated financial support departments that will function as shared services for accounting, procurement, billing, decision support and contracting.

Previously, Harrison was principal and founder of Apex Healthcare Group, a company that advises boards and CEOs of health care companies, and the senior vice president, investments for growth, quality and total cost of care division at Accretive Health Inc., which focused on the development of population health offerings designed for health systems, medical groups and health plans.

In his prior role as CFO of DaVita, a Fortune 500 public company specializing in renal care, Harrison’s responsibilities included investor relations, general and administrative expense management, risk management and certain strategic roles, in addition to the finance functions. Prior to DaVita, he served as the CFO of Allina Hospitals and Clinics, a large integrated delivery system based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His executive oversight responsibilities at Allina included strategy and business development, internal consulting, supply chain, revenue cycle and payer contracting, as well as the finance function. Earlier in his career, Harrison was a founder and principal of Shattuck Hammond Partners, a health care specialty investment bank.

Harrison received his Master in Business Administration and Master in Public Health degrees from Columbia University in New York after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Psychology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He has been an active public speaker throughout his career and received the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s annual National Institute Distinguished Speaker Award in 2001. He has also produced many publications and was selected to receive a $570,000 research grant from the California Healthcare Foundation to assess the financial health of California’s hospitals.

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UC Irvine names dean of medicine


Georgetown Executive Vice President and Dean Howard Federoff will start July 1.

“I am quite excited to be joining UCI, which has a highly regarded history of medical care, education and research. I plan to bring a fresh perspective to this new position and guide our medical school and healthcare enterprise to new heights," Dr. Howard Federoff said. (Photo by Georgetown University Medical Center)

By Tom Vasich, UC Irvine

Dr. Howard Federoff – a nationally renowned clinical and research leader at Georgetown University and a groundbreaking investigator for neurological disorders – will join UC Irvine as vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.

In this position, Federoff will oversee and guide the development of UC Irvine Health. In addition to leading the School of Medicine, he will provide strategic direction for the clinical programs of UC Irvine Medical Center and all affiliated patient care centers and will ensure the alignment of the clinical enterprise and the physicians’ practice plan with the university’s academic and research missions. He also will provide guidance on the development and integration of UCI’s health-related academic programs in nursing science, public health and pharmaceutical sciences. He will begin July 1.

At Georgetown, Federoff is the executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine. He is responsible for advancing the educational and research missions of Georgetown University Medical Center and working effectively with the leadership of MedStar Health, its clinical partner. GUMC is a $274 million biomedical research and educational organization that accounts for more than 85 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.

“Howard brings unique and exceptional abilities to this position during an important moment in UCI’s distinguished story,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman. “UCI is one of America’s leading research universities, and UC Irvine Health is Orange County’s only academic medical center. Howard’s background, experience and leadership skills will ensure that UCI accelerates its contributions to human health and provides the people of this region with world-class patient care.”

“I am quite excited to be joining UCI, which has a highly regarded history of medical care, education and research,” Federoff said. “I plan to bring a fresh perspective to this new position and guide our medical school and healthcare enterprise to new heights.”

After earning master’s, doctoral and medical degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, Federoff held clinical and academic positions at Einstein and the University of Rochester before joining Georgetown in 2007. Board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology & metabolism, he also has advanced research in the areas of gene therapy and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and prion diseases. He holds a number of medical patents, with several other patents pending.

Federoff was lead author of a 2014 study – which included UCI researchers – that discovered and validated a predictive blood test for those at risk for Alzheimer’s.

“We reviewed many excellent candidates over several months, and the search committee was unanimous in its enthusiasm and support for Howard. His unique combination of leadership and experience in research, education, the clinical enterprise and philanthropy ensures that UC Irvine Health will continue to grow in national stature and impact. We are delighted that he has chosen to join our team,” said Bruce Tromberg, professor and director of the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic, who chaired the search committee.

“Dr. Federoff has demonstrable experience at one of the signature medical centers in the United States,” said Terry Belmont, CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center. “He is well-suited to assuming an important health care leadership position in Orange County, the region and the country.”

Federoff also will play a key role advancing philanthropic activities and community and industry partnerships for UC Irvine Health. He believes that patient-centered prevention, wellness and care delivery will be powered by the most compelling science.

“The current environment demands that we develop and translate our discoveries to promote wellness and deliver value-based medicine,” he said. “The health sciences, when effectively intertwined, enable providers to collaborate, ensuring that every patient receives the most compassionate and individualized care.”

“With his noteworthy accomplishments, Dr. Federoff will continue to enhance UCI’s growing achievements in advancing clinical and research breakthroughs that will improve and protect health, both in our community and around the globe,” said James Mazzo, chairman and CEO of AcuFocus and a UC Irvine Foundation trustee.

Federoff will replace Dr. Roger Steinert, the Irving H. Leopold Chair in Ophthalmology and director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, who has served as interim dean of the School of Medicine since Dr. Ralph Clayman retired from the positon in July 2014.

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Health Sciences and Services changes name to UC Health


Reflects role providing leadership to UC’s five med centers, 17 health professional schools.

The University of California Office of the President’s Division of Health Sciences and Services has changed its name to UC Health to reflect its role providing leadership and strategic direction for UC’s five academic medical centers and 17 health professional schools.

UC President Janet Napolitano approved the name change and promoted the head of UC Health, Dr. John Stobo, to executive vice president from senior vice president.

“UC’s campuses and medical centers are leaders in health education, research and patient care,” Stobo said. “Our new name recognizes our mission to bring together UC’s medical centers and health professional schools to create something where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Our central office at UC Health is small but mighty, providing leadership and strategic direction to advance health in California and beyond.”

UC’s five academic medical centers – Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco – rank among the nation’s best hospitals, not only providing care but also training tomorrow’s leaders and tackling health’s toughest challenges.

Meanwhile, UC has the largest health sciences instructional program in the nation. Its 17 health professional schools on seven campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and San Francisco – rank among the nation’s best graduate schools.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Graduate Schools rankings released today (March 10), five UC medical schools ranked in the top 50 nationally for research and four placed in the top 20 nationally for primary care rankings. Three UC nursing schools ranked in the top 50, including No. 2 UCSF, while UC Davis had the nation’s top veterinary school and in public health UC Berkeley ranked ninth and UCLA was 10th. In the most recent assessment (2012), UCSF ranked first in pharmacy. The surveys do not rank dental or optometry schools.

UC Health also provides oversight on the business and financial activities of the clinical enterprise and supports operational initiatives at individual UC campuses and development of systemwide initiatives. For example, the Leveraging Scale for Value initiative launched last year to collaborate as a system to reduce costs at UC medical centers. In addition, UC Health has shared responsibility for overseeing UC student health centers and self-insured plans for UC students and for UC employees.

For more information, visit UC Health.

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UC Davis biological sciences dean to lead Tennessee medical college


James Hildreth to become president of Meharry Medical College.

By Luanne Lawrence and Andy Fell, UC Davis

James E.K. Hildreth, dean of the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, has announced his resignation from the university effective June 30, 2015, leaving to become president of Meharry Medical College in Tennessee.

Hildreth, who joined the university in 2011, is an active researcher and also a member of the departments of molecular and cellular biology, and internal medicine. His contributions to research, both his own and that of his college, are numerous. Under his leadership, the college created a new biology postdoctoral program as well as the Kingdom Crossing program that funded collaborations between investigators who work on organisms from different kingdoms of life. He built a research infrastructure program for his college.

Among his many achievements while dean, he introduced formal fundraising to the college, more than doubling the amount of private funds raised, including the college’s largest gift of $1.5 million from an anonymous donor. Hildreth hired 16 new faculty and introduced a program to resolve salary inequity among faculty. Hildreth is a passionate advocate for students, creating mandatory advising for all new students, and he opened the first-of-its-kind on-campus student advising center for CBS undergraduate students. He oversaw the creation of cohorts for freshmen, creating learning communities and an array of growth opportunities. Hildreth funded a summer research program to bring underrepresented minority students to UC Davis for summer research internships. He also supported faculty applications for the UC system Historical Black College and University grant programs, earning two such grants, the only two awarded in the system.

“While we regret losing James as dean, we congratulate him on his presidency,” Ralph J. Hexter, provost and executive vice chancellor, said. “His vision for ‘new biology’ and his programming for students will remain as his legacy here at UC Davis.”

Hildreth is returning to Meharry, after a former appointment there from 2005 to 2011 as the director of the Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research. In his career, he also served as the founding associate dean for graduate studies and professor in pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his doctorate from Oxford University in immunology as a Rhodes scholar (the first African American from Arkansas to hold such an honor) and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award and serves on the Harvard University Board of Overseers.

Hexter will immediately begin a process to identify an interim dean and also will move quickly to initiate the search process for Hildreth’s successor.

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Partnership to broaden fitness opportunities for Los Angeles adolescents


UCLA Health System partners with Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation.

Students at East Valley High School workout on new equipment that was provided as part of a new program called UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind. (Photo by WorldWise Productions)

By Roxanne Moster, UCLA

UCLA Health System and the Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation have formed a partnership to provide practical ways to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles in Los Angeles. The new entity, UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind, funded by a $3 million pledge from Sound Body Sound Mind, will replicate the foundation’s existing program model.

The announcement was made today at North Hollywood’s East Valley High School during the unveiling of a new, state-of-the art fitness center provided by UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind.

“We are proud to establish UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind as a means of strengthening preventive health solutions for middle school and high school students,” said Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System. “By encouraging students to embrace fitness in their adolescent years, we intend to address bad habits and inactivity before they become an integral part of their lives.”

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every student has the opportunity, knowledge and tools to pursue a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness,” said Bill Simon, co-founder of Sound Body Sound Mind. “Our collaboration with UCLA Health System will allow us access to their world-renowned resources and personnel. Ultimately, we believe this partnership will allow us to reach our goals faster and more effectively as we bring to bear the experience of both our organizations on this challenge.”

UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind will provide under-resourced schools with commercial-grade fitness equipment and an innovative curriculum designed to build students’ competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. The $3 million gift will enable UCLA Health System to expand its preventive care solutions among the city’s most vulnerable adolescent populations. The project exemplifies UCLA Health System’s commitment to community engagement.

Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, a UCLA professor of urban planning and associate dean of the Luskin School of Public Affairs, also has collaborated with the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools to evaluate the effectiveness of the Sound Body Sound Mind curriculum and find ways to improve community health through additional research and publications.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 42 percent of children in L.A. County are overweight or obese and therefore have a higher risk for serious chronic health problems. More than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, according to a 2012 study by the Children’s Defense Fund.

UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind will give students the tools they need to take charge of their health by ensuring that they have access to fitness resources.

“Our population-based approach identifies and focuses on low-socioeconomic schools and formulates the best physical fitness resources for each school,” said Nathan Nambiar, executive director of the Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation. “This program will help to improve the health of thousands of young Angelenos, and over the long term it may drive down health care costs and help boost economic productivity.”

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Q&A with dean of UC San Diego’s pharmacy school


Skaggs School of Pharmacy is innovative in education and research, James McKerrow says.

UC San Diego

Last July, Dr. James H. McKerrow became only the second dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which opened its doors to its first class in the fall of 2002.

McKerrow is also an alumnus of UC San Diego — he earned his Ph.D. in biology in 1973, focusing on peptide chemistry and molecular genetics. He then went on to receive his M.D. from SUNY Stony Brook, with an internship in internal medicine. He completed his residency in pathology at UC San Francisco, then continued there as a postdoctoral fellow and clinical instructor, eventually becoming professor of pathology and most recently serving as director of the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases.

An expert in the area of neglected tropical diseases, McKerrow has brought a wealth of experience in natural product research and drug discovery and development to UC San Diego. His keen interest in these areas brings together cross-disciplinary researchers across our campus and in the community — in global health, biology, chemistry, engineering and drug development programs.

McKerrow is an active teacher and mentor in graduate and postdoctoral programs, lectures to medical and health profession students and has hosted underrepresented students each year for summer research internships. Committed to fostering science education in the community, he gives talks each year to elementary and high school students, and has presented several public lectures in the “Ask a Scientist” series in San Francisco.

At any given time, Skaggs School of Pharmacy faculty are teaching and training approximately 240 Pharm.D. students, 60 Ph.D. students and 30 pharmacy residents. The school offers an innovative and flexible curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, taught by health sciences faculty in close association with the clinical, research and academic programs of the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Q&A

What guided your transition from researcher to researcher-administrator? How do your experiences as a researcher inform your choices as a leader?

I think what attracted me to be involved in administration as well as research is the opportunity to build bridges, not only from laboratory to laboratory, which is how science is done, but from school to school. And so one of the things I wanted to do when I came here is break down any silos that might’ve existed not only between the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine, but between the pharmacy school and the campus as a whole.

How does being a UC San Diego alumnus help you in your current position?

As some people may know, I’m also an alumnus of UC San Diego — I got my Ph.D. here. So, I have connections with the Division of Biological Sciences and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry that other people might not have. And so that has made it a lot easier for me to reach out to colleagues across the campus and to foster what I would consider more interdisciplinary research than had occurred in the past.

What is unique about the Skaggs School of Pharmacy?

I think the important thing about the Skaggs School of Pharmacy is that it’s very innovative in two areas: the first is education and the second is research. It’s innovative in education because the role of pharmacists is rapidly changing. So now the pharmacist is becoming more of a primary health care provider. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy is at the forefront of understanding that and educating the pharmacists of the future, rather than the pharmacist of today.

The Skaggs School of Pharmacy is also one of few of what we’d call “research-intensive” pharmacy schools in the country. That means we have a very vibrant research program in drug discovery and development that goes hand-in-hand with our educational initiative.

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