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Joseph Avalos, MD

HS Assistant Clinical Professor, Academic Hospitalist

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Academic Profile

Dr. Avalos joined UC San Diego Health in 2016. He has been an academic hospitalist since 2014. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a BA in Philosophy and a BS in Biology. He graduated with his M.D. from the University of New Mexico and completed internal medicine residency at Tulane University in New Orleans. 

He proudly serves on the HM Clinical Operations Committee. His academic interests involve utilizing improved documentation practices to enhance patient care, and is currently studying new note-writing resident curriculum. He enjoys fostering new resident physicians, provides clinical instruction and precepting of UCSD medical students. His clinical interests are broad but also values his time working in the palliative unit at JMC.

His outside interests and hobbies include international travel, bass guitar, hiking, kayaking, SUPing, and is hoping to become proficient in surfing.

Representative Publications


Avalos, J. "Prostate Cancer." Clinical Decision Support in Hospital Medicine. Ed.: Auerbach, A. 2013-2014.

Cardinale, JP; Gentile, OO; Reddy, LM; Tran TN; Avalos, JA; Lopez, FA. Clinical Case of the Month: A 49-year-old Man with Fever, Headache, and Leg Weakness. Journal of Louisiana State Medical Society, 2015 Nov-Dec; 167 (6): 283-9.

Poster Presentations:

Lathrop, S; Avalos, J. "On the Job Truck Driver Deaths in New Mexico, 1986-2007."  Poster presentation at New Mexico Public Health Association Annual Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico April 27, 2011.

Avalos, J.  "Nothing in Isolation." Multiple myeloma case poster presentation at Society of General Internal Medicine 35th Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL May, 2012.

Avalos, J; Harlan, P. "My Intestinal DisMALS." Poster presentation at Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV March 24-27, 2014. Abstract 326. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2014; 9 (suppl 2).

Avalos, JA; Chace, C. Cancer Associated Immune Mediated Myopathy: Hard To Say, Hard To Swallow. Poster presentation at Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. March 26, 2019. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2019, March 24-27, National Harbor, Md. Abstract 538.

Awards and Honors

2015 - Clinical Documentation "Physician of the Year." Ochsner, New Orleans, LA

UC San Diego Health

02/2017 - Div Hospital Medicine "MVP"

07/2017 - Nurse recognition of excellent patient care and nursing collaboration

2017-2019 Hispanic Center of Excellence Faculty Scholar

2019 National Centers of Leadership in Academic Medicine, Graduate and Valedictorian

I am proud to be a part of UC San Diego Health Hospital Medicine because we strive to be at the forefront of medicine and medical education.