Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego

Our mission is to improve public health through prevention research, education, and clinical care.

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Presentations and Publications

Dr. Andrea LaCroix has published a moving and informative personal essay on her emotional journey with her mother, diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, in, an online publication operated by PBS. The essay includes a heartfelt call for research volunteers to participate in clinical trials. The essay link is:

Andrea LaCroix's mother, Eve
(Photo courtesy of Andrea LaCroix)

Thank you for sharing this important message, Dr. LaCroix!

FMPH Faculty and Trainees present at the AHA’s 2018 Cardiovascular Epidemiology Meeting in New Orleans

Pictured, from left to right:   Erin Delker, Isac Thomas, Matt Allison, Interim Chair Cheryl Anderson, Andrea LaCroix, John Belletiere

Photo courtesy of thisweek@ucsandiego

First-Generation faculty member Becky Marquez, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Medicine, was one of three Panelists at a recent UC San Diego event entitled, “Failing Forward: Bouncing Back and Exploring Your Passions.”

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Drs. Cinnamon Bloss and Kimberly Brouwer

have recently published results of a research assessment, "Public Response to a "proposed Field Trial of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes in the United States" in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 

Press Release

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Aladdin Shadyab, with guidance from his mentor, Dr. Andrea LaCroix (Professor and Chief of Epidemiology and a Senior Investigator at the Women's Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center), just published the results of a large prospective study of reproductive factors in relation to survival to age 90. 

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womens-health-thumb.jpg Dr. Maria Rosario (Happy) Araneta had the honor of being invited as the Inaugural Lecturer at the Lawrence and Evelyn Wing Family Endowed Lectureship on Diabetes, established by Harvard's Joslin Diabetes Center.

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Professor Richard Kronick, a Health Policy Expert with the Obama Administration, shared his experience at the FMPH Public Health Grand Rounds on May 20, 2016.         

Journal supplement focuses on aging in women Veterans - Findings based on long-term Women’s Health Initiative

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Chair's Message

Since 1966, our Department of Family Medicine and Public Health has had a rich history of leadership and scholarly activities at the intersection of primary care and public health. Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are engaged in efforts locally, nationally, and globally that improve public health and health care delivery through research, teaching, and clinical care. 

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Appointments & Recognition

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.

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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.

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Wael Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD Wael 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.

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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.

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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.

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Research Awards

Dr. Armin Schwartzman, PhD received the 2017 UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) Award for his project to apply statistical image analysis methodology to automatically segment and assess liver tumors from CT scans, in coordination with the Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System.  The Project goal is to reproduce and to improve the LI-RADS protocol of liver cancer assessment.  

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