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 Celebrates Women’s Herstory Month!

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in UC San
Diego’s Women’s Herstory Month Celebration throughout March.  This
important observance and celebration of diversity will feature a
wide-range of programs focused on women’s contributions to American
society and the world. This year’s theme is “Untold Stories: The 19th
Amendment and Beyond.”
We invite you to join us for programs that explore the 100th anniversary
of the passage of the 19th Amendment, with a specific focus on the
“Untold Stories” of the movement that highlight the voting rights
activism of women of color. In addition, this year’s theme has been
expanded to include Untold Stories of women’s activism and achievements
more broadly.

2019 Fellowship Match SUCCESS!!

Dear UCSD IM Family,

Please congratulate your friends on their awesome fellowship match results!

Advanced Heart Failure

  • Andrew Lin—UCSD


  • Omar Aldaas—UCSD
  • Ali Brann—UCSD
  • Shaun Giancaterino—UC Davis
  • Jeremy Kong—Kaiser San Francisco
  • Gary Ma—UCSD
  • Janet Ma—MGH (Boston)
  • Ibrahim Selevany—Montefiore (New York)
  • Justin Sharim—Harbor UCLA


  • Minhda Lee—UT Southwestern
  • Reema Patel—UCLA
  • Robert Thomas—UCSD


  • Holly Greenwald—Temple
  • Cynthia Hsu–UCSD 
  • Eric Low—UCSD
  • Kusuma Pokala—U Colorado (Denver)


  • Paulette Gabbai-Saldate—Scripps
  • Karen Yun—UCSD

Infectious Diseases

  • Rehan Syed—UCSD

Palliative Care

  • Shannon Devlin–U Utah

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

  • Victor Chun—UCLA
  • Allen Jiang—UCSD
  • Grant Senyei—UCSD


  • Paul Hsu–UCSD


  • Kim Kreitinger—Stanford

All Staff Holiday Meal & Gift

All health system team members are invited to this end-of-year thank you event. Please join us for a complimentary meal and special gift. Please select one meal that is most convenient for your schedule.

Hillcrest/UC San Diego Medical Center:

·         Tuesday, December 10 ­– Dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Arbor Café)

·         Wednesday, December 11 – Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Arbor Café)

La Jolla/Thornton Pavilion in Jacobs Medical Center:

·         Thursday, December 12 – Dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (The Cove Café)

·         Friday, December 13 – Breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (The Cove Café)

Nephrology & Physician Advocacy Friday School—10/4/2019

We had a terrific Friday school this afternoon! First a panel of patients who had undergone renal transplant shared their experiences with our residents, facilitated by transplant nephrologist Dr. Mita Shah. Next, Residents worked through advanced cases of Acute Kidney Injury with Dr. Tyler Woodell, while Interns talked through Acute Kidney Injury with Dr. Scott Mullaney.

Finally, UCSD Med/Peds 2019 graduate Dr. Grant Meyer, Med/Peds R2 Dr. Nicky Herrick, and UCSD GIM (4th & Lewis) attending Dr. Julie Sierra spoke to us about the important role physicians can play in Advocacy efforts.

COBRA. What is it and how much?

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) is a landmark federal law, passed in 1985, that provides for continuing group health insurance coverage for some employees and their families after a job loss or other qualifying event — think graduation! If you will be taking time off after graduation, please email the chief account for more information on cobra!

Grand Rounds – Geriatrics Chiefs Jean Guan & Shannon Devlin!

Our Chief Resident Grand Rounds series continued with two of our Geriatrics-fellowship bound (luckily for us, both at UCSD) chiefs Dr. Jean Guan & Dr. Shannon Devlin! Jean Guan – Aging in Place Why does this matter? Preventing a sense of loss of home and community as people age. Where is “home and community” for our older adults? Some are physical locations like senior apartments or retirement communities, but others are important services that allow patients to age-in-place (home health, adult day care, etc). Home and community can also be people! The average adult moves 3 times in the last 3 years of their life. Has important impacts on sense of community, can be tied to depression, increased financial burden and loss of personal possessions which can have an emotional impact. Those that live at home through the end of their life, has less acute hospitalizations and better control over chronic diseases. 79% of adults say they’d prefer to stay at home,

read more Grand Rounds – Geriatrics Chiefs Jean Guan & Shannon Devlin!