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Appointments and Recognition


Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Ryan, who received the F. Marian Bishop Educator of the Year Award, from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

Dr. Margaret Ryan received the F. Marian Bishop Educator of the Year Award from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) at the annual meeting in April. This award recognizes educators who have contributed to the instruction of students or residents in the field of public health and preventive medicine. APTR membership and accomplishments in teaching and research are considered. Read more

Caption: Margaret Ryan, MD, MPH accepting her award from the ​Planning Committee Chair, Billy Oglesby, PhD, MBA, FACHE  Photo credit

FMPH Staff Shining Stars

Pictured, From Left to Right: Heather Fagan (Jan), Marla Sklover (Feb), Lindsay Dillon (Mar)

FMPH Shining Stars

Pictured, From Left to Right: Lisa Deferville, Melody Bazyar, Hollie Ward, Dr. Cheryl Anderson, Mike Davison, Michael Higgins

Congratulations to our Department’s 2018 “Top Docs!”

Linda Hill, MD, MPH
For Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
David Bazzo, MD 
For Sports Medicine
Also recently appointed President of the San Diego County Medical Society
Alan Shahtaji, DO
For Sports Medicine
Kenneth Taylor, MD
For Sports Medicine
Suraj Achar, MD
For Family Medicine
Daniel Slater, MD
For Family Medicine

(Source: San Diego Magazine 2018 “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” survey)

Beck Congratulations to Ellen Beck, MD, Clinical Professor in the Family Medicine Division, for being named a “Woman of Valor” by the San Diego Repertory Theatre and Jewish Family Service of San Diego. Dr. Beck was celebrated for her years of leadership directing the Student-Run Free Clinic. With the contributions of its many dedicated faculty and student volunteers, the Clinic provides medical, dental and pharmacy services, as well as acupuncture services in collaboration with Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, social and community service referrals, and health counseling and education – which also provide pivotal training for the next generation of health providers. To learn more, visit the Clinic website.

Rosario Congratulations to Dr. Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, MPH, Professor of Epidemiology, who was recently appointed to a six-year term on the NIH “Council of Councils!” This interdisciplinary body is comprised of 27 members, selected from NIH Institutes and Centers (IC) Advisory Councils, representatives nominated by the Office of the Director program offices, and broad lay representation. The Council advises the NIH Director on matters related to the policies and activities of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI). The Council also acts as an external advisory panel to the IC Directors during the “concept approval” stage of the NIH Roadmap initiative review process.

The concept approval stage involves the consideration of a list of potential trans-NIH initiatives. The Council provides second-level review of: all grant and cooperative agreement applications assigned to the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, the All of Us Research Program, and selected applications for Common Fund support. On occasion, special working groups of the Council are formed to examine and address critical scientific or policy issues of importance to DPCPSI and the NIH.

Photo caption: New Council of Council Members pictured: (back row from left) Michael Lairmore, Bruce Tromberg, Gary Koretzky; (front row from left) Jean Schaffer, Paul Kenny, DPCPSI Director and Council of Councils Chair, James Anderson, Maria Rosario Araneta, Rick Horwitz. Not pictured: Bruce Ovbiagele. (Source:

Bazzo David Bazzo, MD, primary care and sports medicine physician, has been appointed as President of the San Diego County Medical Society. He is the first UC San Diego physician to hold this position. He was also recently recognized with a special service award from the High School Sports Association.!

Brouwer Kimberly Brouwer, PhD began her appointment as Interim Chief of the Division of Global Health, as of June 1, 2018. She has been conducting global health research since joining UC San Diego over 14 years ago. Currently, she collaborates with Mexican and Guatemalan officials on research addressing substance use, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections. Her research efforts also encompass the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, including studying Chagas disease among migrants in San Diego and being part of the Peru-Brazil International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research. Dr. Brouwer will continue to be involved in supporting the Department’s educational initiatives as the Vice Chair for Public Health Education, and through teaching in the BSPH and MPH degree programs.

Dr. Brouwer's global health-related academic service includes co-directing the Global Health track of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health. From 2012-2016, she served as a charter member of the NIH Fogarty International Collaborative Programs Study Section. She also served on the Faculty Advisory Committee on Public Health of the UC Education Abroad Program and the steering committee of the UC GloCal Health Fellowship program.

Dr. Brouwer will continue to be involved in supporting the Department’s educational initiatives as the Vice Chair for Public Health Education and through teaching in the BSPH and MPH degree programs. She is dedicated to supporting and mentoring faculty and has served as a mentor for numerous career development (K-grant) awardees and diversity scholars. As part of the leadership team of the San Diego Center for AIDS Research, she supports emerging HIV investigators. In the Interim Chief role, she will also apply the knowledge she gained about the academic review process while serving for 3 years on the Department of Medicine's Committee on Appointments and Promotions. Thank you for serving in this new role, Dr. Brouwer.

Elizabeth Barrett Connor, MD received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Endocrine Society, their top award. Per the Endocrine Society, “The hallmarks of Dr. Barrett-Connor’s enduring success — a driving quest for the truth, rigorous scientific discipline, and a joyful passion — have infused every aspect of her career, whether as investigator, lecturer, teacher, or mentor.” Congratulations, Dr. Barrett Connor! More details

Paul J. Mills, PhD has been appointed as Chief of the Division of Behavioral Medicine, following his service as Interim Chief of the Division since February, 2017. Thank you for your continuing leadership!

This year, the Preventive Medicine Residency was awarded one of only two USA American Cancer Society Fellowships. Further, this UC San Diego Residency is the only program in the country to have been awarded successive ACS Fellowships every year since the grant program began in 1995. This is a testament to the quality of the Residency and to Dr. Linda Hill's phenomenal leadership.

Congratulations to two Preventive Medicine residents, Dr. Emily McDonald and Dr. Amish Talwar, for selection by CDC to serve as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers, working on the front lines of the most important public health issues in the national and global community. More information on this highly competitive, CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program.

Dr. Jim Sallis and Dr. Cheryl Anderson, inducted to the National Academy of Medicine, October 2017 (featured with Dr Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine)

Jose Ricardo Suárez, MPH, MD, PhD Jose Ricardo Suarez, MPH, MD, PhD has been appointed by Governor Brown to serve as a member of the Biomonitoring California's Scientific Guidance Panel /CAL-EPA., He will be formally sworn in at the upcoming SGP meeting November 9, 2017 in Richmond, CA and serve for the term of 2017 through 2021. Dr. Suárez's research involves understanding the impacts of pesticides and persistent organic pollutants on brain development, metabolic alterations, and other health markers in children and adults, with a focus on disadvantaged communities. He also investigates ways to reduce chemical exposures, including testing methods to increase excretion of persistent pollutants.

The California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (also known as Biomonitoring California) is a collaborative effort of three departments in two State agencies:

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the Health and Human Services Agency. CDPH is the lead department for Biomonitoring California.

California Environmental Protection Agency's (Cal/EPA's) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). 

Matthew A. Allison, MD, MPH, FAHA, accepted an invitation from the NIH Center for Scientific Review, Department of Health and Human Services, to serve on the Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Sciences Study Section, beginning July 1, 2016.

Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline, as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Membership on a study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. The functions of the study sections are of great value to medical and allied research in this country. With this appointment, Dr. Allison will participate in assuring the quality of the NIH peer review process.

Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhDWael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD, Professor and Division Chief of Global Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, was elected Chair of the International Joint Policy Committee of Societies of Epidemiology (IJPCSE), for a two-year term commencing in April, 2016. IJPCSE is a Non-profit organization of a consortium of 20 Societies and Associations of Epidemiology from six continents.

Since its establishment in 2006, IJPCSE has focused on addressing policy issues that relate to the practice of epidemiologic research, find appropriate venues for the translation of current epidemiologic findings into policy, promote the professional interests of the discipline of epidemiology in governmental organizations, and identify the strategies and processes for shared decision-making among member organizations to develop rational, effective, and cost-conscious policies that serve the public interest. 

Camille Nebeker Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS, Assistant Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health (Divisions of Behavioral Medicine and Global Health), received the 2016 UC San Diego Research Integrity Faculty Award. Dr. Nebeker was one of five nominees and met goals related to research, teaching, and service, based upon 15+ years of nationally and internationally recognized research integrity work.

Her research portfolio focuses on both research ethics educational initiatives and on ethical dimensions of emerging technologies used in health research studies, as well as a newer line of research on the use of new technologies to monitor personal health data.

Dr. Nebeker furthers education on research integrity through course and seminar contributions, and also serves on the UC San Diego Institutional Review Board. She is the founding Director of the Collaborative for Professional and Research Integrity (CAPRI), which serves as a clearinghouse for research ethics educational materials and resources for academic and community partners.  Further, her solid body of innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research in bioethics and biomedical policy are ideally suited to this award.  Congratulations,  Dr. Nebeker!

Jose Ricardo Suárez, MPH, MD, PhD Jose Ricardo Suárez, MPH, MD, PhD, received the First Annual Carmel Prize for Research Excellence from the Western Societies of Medicine in January 2016. Dr. Suarez is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Global Health and was a Fellow of the JPB Environmental Health Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for the period 2014-2017. Dr. Suárez was awarded for his work in Environmental Health.

Key environmental health projects included:  NIOSH and NIH-funded ESPINA study of child development in relation to pesticide exposures; agricultural community-based participatory research on socio-economic and cultural determinants of health (including mental health) and healthcare barriers; the CARDIA study of persistent organic pollutants in relation to metabolic alterations in adults; and the on-going NO-POPs clinical trial, which investigates the effect of dietary interventions on enhancing the excretion of Persistent Organic Pollutants, such as PCBs, PBDE flame retardants and organochlorine pesticides among older adults in San Diego, CA. 

Tyson Ikeda, MD, MPH Public Health Tyson Ikeda, MD, was selected as UC San Diego Health Physician of the Year. Each year, the UC San Diego Health selects a Physician of the Year to recognize physicians for their superb contributions. Dr. Ikeda began his career at UC San Diego as a medical student in 1987. During his tenure at UC San Diego Health, he has served in multiple roles including residency director and Division Chief for the Division of Family Medicine.

Happy Araneta, PhD, Public Health Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta, PhD, was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to a 4 year term to serve on the NIH Advisory Council of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The Advisory Council is developing a transformational health disparities research agenda for the next decade, provides advice regarding the Institute's research and training activities, and conducts the second level of review and recommends approval of grant applications and cooperative agreements.

Ronghui Xu, MPH Public Health Ronghui (Lily) Xu, PhD has been honored by the ASA honored by the American Statistical Association (ASA) as a 2013 Fellow. Individuals are nominated by their peers, and honorees are recognized for outstanding professional contributions to and leadership in the field of statistical science.

Kevin Patrick Public Health Kevin Patrick, MD, MS has been selected as co-chair of one of four main subcommittees for the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative, a bold new research effort to build a cohort of 1 million individuals that will support discovery of new gene-drug-behavior-environment interactions. Read More...

Linda L. Hill, MD, MPH Public Health Linda L. Hill, MD, MPH , has been selected as the Individual Award Recipient of the 2014 Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Award. These awards were created as a component of the County of San Diego's Live Well San Diego initiative to recognize extraordinary achievements of individuals, organizations, and regions in areas of Public Health services that protect and promote the health and wellness of San Diego County residents. This year’s theme award recognized achievements related to National Public Health Week‘s (NPHW) 2014's theme: Public Health: Start Here! Today’s Public Health Professionals are Helping Individuals and Communities Navigate the Changing World of Public Health.

Linda L. Hill, MD, MPH and the UCSD Training, Research and Education for Driving Safety (TREDS) program were recently featured on PBS News Hour. Click to Watch Video

Ruth Heifetz, MD, MPH, was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) “Sp irit of Justice” Award. Dr. Heifetz is the founding board member of the EHC, an organization fighting toxic pollution and other environmental hazards in the San Diego/ Tijuana region. She was recognized at the 2014 Awards Celebration: Victory for Healthy Communities for her lifetime of dedication to raising awareness among students, professionals, workers and residents to the hazards of toxic pollution.

Michael H. Criqui, MD, MPH has received the 2013 Ancel Keys Memorial Lecture Award from the American Heart Association. This lecture was established in 1990 by the Council on Epidemiology (now the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention) to honor Dr. Ancel Keys, a founding member of the council, who had a long a distinguished scientific career in the study of cardiovascular diseases, their correlates, causes, and prevention in the United States and abroad. At the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions Annual Conference in Dallas on 11/19/13, Dr. Criqui presented the lecture “The Importance of Non-Coronary Atherosclerosis”, which focused on four measures of non-coronary atherosclerosis, each useful in predicting future cardiovascular disease events in apparently healthy persons, and also in predicting prognosis in patients with known cardiovascular disease.

Congratulations to Ellen Beck, MD who has been named the recipient of the 2012 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Trust Award. The award recognizes current or former teachers, professors or instructors who have inspired their former students to create an organization or establish a concept, procedure, or movement which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large. Ellen was also recognized by Health Leaders Media as one of their “Health Leaders20: 20 People Who Make Healthcare Better - 2012”, for individuals who are changing healthcare for the better.

John P. Pierce, PhD distinguished professor of Family Medicine and Public Health and director of population sciences at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center, has been awarded the 2013 AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Prevention Research. The award is presented annually to a researcher in honor of his or her seminal contributions to the field of cancer prevention. Studies must have had not only a major impact on the field, but must also have stimulated new directions in this important area. Dr. Pierce is being recognized for his work on the epidemiology of health behaviors, in particular on tobacco smoking and nutrition in cancer care.

The 2012 San Diego Business Journal “Women Who Mean Business” award, recognizing dynamic women business leaders who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s businesses. has been awarded to Dr. Bess H. Marcus, PhD.

Dr. Jim Sallis, PhD is the winner of the 2012 Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health.