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Brian Clay, MD

HS Clinical Professor of Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Chief Medical Information Officer
Associate Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship

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Academic Profile

Dr. Brian Clay has been a member of the Division of Hospital Medicine faculty since 2003.

He coordinates and participates in numerous quality improvement projects, including projects related to medication reconciliation, clinical decision support, hospital clinical pathways, and physician documentation in the electronic medical record (EMR).

Dr. Clay has served as the Chief Medical Information Officer for UC San Diego Health since 2012.  As CMIO, he leads a team of physician informatics medical directors, who work with providers and our Information Services department to improve EMR knowledge amongst clinicians and direct optimization work in the EMR itself.  He also serves as an associate program director for UCSD's clinical informatics fellowship program.

Dr. Clay received his MD degree from the UCSD School of Medicine in 2000.  He completed his internal medicine residency training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2003.

Representative Publications

Technology-Enabled Consumer Engagement: Promising Practices At Four Health Care Delivery Organizations.  Tai-Seale M, Downing NL, Jones VG, Milani RV, Zhao B, Clay B, Sharp CD, Chan AS, Longhurst CA. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 Mar;38(3):383-390. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05027.

Adherence to recommended electronic health record safety practices across eight health care organizations.  Sittig DF, Salimi M, Aiyagari R, Banas C, Clay B, Gibson KA, Goel A, Hines R, Longhurst CA, Mishra V, Sirajuddin AM, Satterly T, Singh H.  J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018 Jul 1;25(7):913-918. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocy033.

Personal Health Records: More Promising in the Smartphone Era?  Dameff C, Clay B, Longhurst CA. JAMA. 2019 Jan 29;321(4):339-340. doi: 10.1001/jama.2018.20434. 

Integrated precision medicine: the role of electronic health records in delivering personalized treatment.  Sitapati A, Kim H, Berkovich B, Marmor R, Singh S, El-Kareh R, Clay B, Ohno-Machado L. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Syst Biol Med. 2017 May;9(3). doi: 10.1002/wsbm.1378.

Results of a medication reconciliation survey from the 2006 Society of Hospital Medicine national meeting.  Clay BJ, Halasyamani L, Stucky ER, Greenwald JL, Williams MV. J Hosp Med. 2008 Nov-Dec;3(6):465-72. doi: 10.1002/jhm.370.

I am proud to be a part of UC San Diego Health Hospital Medicine because our division continues to not only provide outstanding care for our patients, but to also work on improving quality and care delivery by improving processes throughout the organization.