Division Head & Professor of Medicine
Professor of Pulmonary Medicine
200 West Arbor Drive MC, 8415
San Diego, CA 92013-8415
Joe W. Ramsdell, MD, is Professor and Division Head of General Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. In this role, he has developed an expertise in multi-departmental coordination and leadership. He was the founder and past-director of the Geriatric Fellowship and Primary Care Fellowship Programs at UCSD, programs that train fellows from multiple departments including Preventive and Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Neuroscience and Psychiatry.
Research interests focus chronic diseases of aging including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and prostatic hyperplasia and outcomes of healthcare delivery systems serving frail elderly. The NIH funded Medical Therapy for Prostatic Symptoms (MTOPS) was a multi-center, randomized clinical trial for lasting seven year trial. It is an example of the collaboration between Geriatrics and Urology for studying outcomes of treatment of a geriatric medical complaint. Dr. Ramsdell is Co-Principal Investigator for the NIH sponsored Asthma Clinical Research Center & the American Lung Association sponsored Asthma Research Clinical Network.
As Director of the UCSD Clinical Trials Center (CTC), he maintains a core research pulmonary physiology laboratory conducting exercise stress testing, measurements in pulmonary physiology and mechanics, and measurements of inflammation. The staff of trained study research associates coordinates recruitment and execution of investigator-initiated and industry sponsored clinical trials
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