Core Faculty/Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Davey Smith!

Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, and one of our amazing core faculty and alums (UCSD class of 1999, CMR 1999-2000), Dr. Davey Smith, and his team are leading UCSD’s research efforts focused on the testing, transmission, and treatment of COVID-19. Thanks to their efforts and progress, a generous $1 million donation was recently made by the John and Mary Tu Foundation, to help fund their continued work on the virus and disease. While the pandemic persists, it is this kind of research that allows us to try to stay ahead of the spread, and have hope for more treatment strategies in the future. Congratulations Dr. Smith, and thank you for all your hard work!!

UCSD IM Alumni Highlights

We wanted to highlight a few significant career achievements of UCSD Internal Medicine Alumni!

Sophie Patzek, MD (Graduate 2016), now faculty in Endocrinology at UCSF published a letter to the Editor in NEJM. Kim, S & Patzek S. Teprotumumab for active thyroid eye disease. NEJM 2020 May 14;382(20):1958-1959.


Kevin Shah, MD , FACC - American College of Cardiology

Kevin Shah, MD (Graduate 2015), now faculty at Univ of Utah was appointed as the new Social Media editor for JACC Case Reports.

Congratulations Alumni!

Alumni Shout-Out: Dr. Archana Nair

Dr. Archana Nair,  now an Ophthalmology resident at NYU (UCSD Prelim alum, class of 2018) gave me permission to share this:

Dear Dr. Jassal, 

I am writing to you today back on the wards as a medicine intern. I never thought that I would be back on the wards but such is the situation that we find ourselves in. As NYC is struggling to survive through this pandemic, we are all being asked as physicians to help where we can.  I am writing this email today to thank you for all the experiences and learning that UCSD provided me. I never thought that I would go back to using so much of my general medicine, and I just wanted to say thank you. 
I sincerely hope that no other part of the country faces a crisis to the extent of what we are facing in NYC, but it may be inevitable….
Archana Nair
PGY 3 | Ophthalmology | NYU
Archana, we are SO PROUD of you!! Thank you for being an amazing physician!!

Alumni Shout Out! AHA Heart Walk


UCSD IM Residency alums Calvin Yeang, Kay Yeung, Ann Kuo, and future UCSD IM resident Nate (? Class of 2045?) walked to support heart health in the 2019 American Heart Association Heart Walk at beautiful Balboa Park today! Calvin (Cardiology) and Kay (Oncology) are 2014 graduates of our PSTP program and are now physician scientist faculty at UCSD. Ann is a 2015 grad of our categorical program and a former Chief Resident (2016); she is now practices Primary Care & leads the Survivorship program at Scripps Clinic Medical Group.

Alumni Shout-out

446E16A4-DC8D-461E-896C-FF155406F9F1.jpegCongratulations to residency program alumna, and former Chief Resident, Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang for receiving the Lung Health Provider of the Year Award AND for being recognized as an Outstanding Mother by the American Lung Association! See her acceptance speech below: