Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH

‚ÄčDouglas ZeidonisAssociate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences

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Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH, serves as associate vice chancellor (AVC) for health sciences at UC San Diego and is a tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry. As AVC, he has broad responsibilities in all mission areas, including strategic planning coordination, serving on the UC San Diego Health Executive Governing Board, and providing leadership, coordination, and evaluation to all professional schools, departments and divisions throughout Health Sciences, which includes the School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

His roles include overseeing Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Health Sciences International, Human Resources, Compliance, the cross-campus Institute of Public Health and leading the development of a new School of Public Health proposal. He has an oversight role for Health Sciences Education of coordinating education between medical, pharmacy, and public health studies with an emphasis on inter-professional education and has overseen Medical Education (undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education).  This work includes spearheading initiatives on equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as promoting wellness and engagement.

A distinguished physician-scientist and leader in the field of addictive disorders research, he was recruited to UC San Diego in 2017.  For 10 years prior he was chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and president of UMass Memorial Behavioral Health Services. Under his leadership, his department became one of the largest in the country, with over 375 faculty supported by 2,000 staff, and substantial growth in research, clinical services, and education.

Prior to UMass, Dr. Ziedonis had a series of increasingly complex leadership roles at UCLA in the 1980s, Yale University in the 1990s and then nine years at Rutgers / University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University Medical School and his master's of public health degree from Yale University. As an addiction psychiatrist, he has received the "Best Doctor" award for more than 10 years, with extensive clinical leadership oversight for all levels of behavioral health services.

Dr. Ziedonis is internationally recognized for his research in co-occurring mental illness and addiction, especially tobacco addiction and recovery-oriented interventions. His research has been continuously funded for more than 25 years and received over 110 grants (28 as principal investigator), resulting in over 300 publications and scholarly works.  He serves on multiple editorial boards, including The Scientific World Journal and the Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry. He is active in global initiatives, including current research in the UK, China, Latvia, Italy and Denmark.  

He was selected as a Council of Dean's Fellow for the Association of American Medical Colleges, advisor to President George W. Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, and senior fellow for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He also led and worked on numerous initiatives for the Veterans Administration, the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Institute of Medicine.