Academic Community Directors

Lori Wan, MD
Dr. Wan is dual-board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and has been the UCSD Combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program Director since 2001.

She is a UCSD School of Medicine alumnus, Class of 1995, after which she completed her combined medicine/pediatrics residency training at UCSD Medical Center followed by a Primary Care Womens Health fellowship.

Her interests are in medical education, mentorship and career development for both medical students and residents. She is also currently Vice Chair of the UCSD Graduate Medical Education Committee. Besides her clinical interest in taking care of patients of all ages, she also enjoys spending time with her own family.
Jorge Fenandez, MD
Dr. Fernandez is a board-certified emergency physician and has been a faculty and attending physician at the UC San Diego Department of Emergency Medicine since 2012. He went to college at Duke University, where he majored in Comparative Area Studies (a multidisciplinary major focusing on minority and international studies). He attended medical school and completed his internship training at UC San Francisco, and he completed his emergency medicine residency training followed by a medical teaching learning certificate program at the University of Southern California, where he subsequently served as director of emergency medicine medical student education, facilitated the 2nd year Integrated Case Series course, and co-directed 3rd year Intersessions 1 and 2 courses, at the USC Keck School of Medicine.

Since moving to UCSD, Dr. Fernandez has served as the assistant associate residency program director as well as the director of medical student education within the department of emergency medicine. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the California chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), as well as on the UCSD chancellors advisor committee on gender identity and sexual orientation. He completed the UCSD National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine certificate program in 2016 and the AAMC Medical Education Research Certificate program in 2018. His scholarly interests include medical education, physician wellness, diversity inclusion, environmental sustainability. For fun, he enjoys time with his wife young children, surfing, yoga, mindfulness meditation, bicycle riding, snowboarding, and other outdoor activities.

Joe Ciacci, MD
Dr. Ciacci is the program director for UCSD Neurosurgery residency and Chief of Neurosurgery at VASDHS.

Dr. Ciacci has extensive experience with neuro-oncology of the spine and brain. He has completed neuro-oncology fellowships at UCLA and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ciacci was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 9 years prior to joining the faculty at UCSD. Dr. Ciacci has been Visiting Professor and has given lectures throughout the United States and internationally.

Dr. Ciaccis primary interests are tumors of the spine and brain, complex spinal reconstruction, spinal cord injury, closed head injury, and stereotactic radiosurgery of the spine. Dr Ciaccis research focuses on stem cell modulation of spinal cord injury, and concussion in athletes.

Jim Murphy, MD MS
Dr. Murphy is a radiation oncologist and faculty member in the Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences where he sees patients, teaches, and conducts research. Prior to UC San Diego he completed his residency at Stanford, medical school at the University of Michigan, and undergraduate degree at Columbia University.

Dr. Murphy teaches in the Master of Advanced Study program at UC San Diego, and he oversees a research group that focuses on clinical epidemiology, health disparities, and health services research. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife Heidi Yeung (also a physician at UC San Diego) and their two young children.

Charles Goldberg, MD
Dr. Goldbergs clinical focus is Internal Medicine, where he cares for an array of patients at the VA medical center. Academically, his interest is in Medical Education at all levels (medical student thru residency), focusing on identifying/creating and delivering teaching techniques that effectively integrate clinical care, technology and science. In addition to serving as the Red Academic Community Leader, he is one of the co-directors of the Clinical Foundations course.

His life prior to coming to UCSD School of Medicine, was entirely based in the northeast. From Long Island, he attended Amherst College, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Beth Israel/Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston for training and early faculty career in Boston, at the VA/Harvard.
Sunny Smith, MD
Dr. Sunny Smith is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Medical Director of the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project. Her interests include underserved medicine, patient advocacy, increasing access to care, and medical student education. She combines these passions in her role at UCSD School of Medicine where she is involved in teaching several courses that range from the first through fourth year of medical school.

She is an alumna of UC San Diego School of Medicine, Class of 2001. She completed her internship at Santa Monica-UCLA and her residency at the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program.