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August 2015 E-Newsletter


Message from the Chair

Gabriel G. Haddad, MD

Dear Department Members,
I'm delighted with the recent announcement that UCSD's Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) is to receive a five-year Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) for approximately $52 million from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, as part of the National Institutes of Health. The new award supports the expansion of the CTRI-mentored career development program to support young faculty members and funded research experiences for medical and pharmacy students; development of a Phase I unit at the Center for Clinical Research; expansion of biomarker and biocomputational capacity; new infrastructure to speed the regulatory processes for reviewing research involving human subjects; and new informatics solutions to help researchers recruit for clinical trials. Additionally, this grant will enable the creation of the Center for Lifespan Research, which will bring together investigators of childhood health, aging, and lifespan transitions. Led by our own faculty, Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH, the unit will develop infrastructure to support Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, the UC San Diego Women's Center of Excellence, the Stein Institute of Research on Aging, and numerous other centers such as those focused on autism and cystic fibrosis. To read the full story, click here.

Looking ahead,
Gabriel G. Haddad, MD
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Neurosciences
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego
Physician-in-Chief, Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego

Welcome to our New Physicians!


Please welcome our new faculty and MSP physicians who started with our department in August, 2015:




Rakesh Bhattacharjee, MD
Respiratory Medicine
August 10, 2015
Sydney Leibel, MD
August 1, 2015
Carlos Ramos, MD
August 1, 2015
Serena Sah, MD
August 1, 2015
Elise Zimmerman, MD
Emergency Medicine
August 1, 2015

To see photos of these new faculty and MSP physicians, click here.

Division Highlight: Division of Respiratory Medicine Introduces Sleep Medicine Clinical Director

Rakesh Bhattacharjee, MD

The Division of Respiratory Medicine is delighted to announce the addition of Rakesh Bhattacharjee, MD to its division effective August 1, 2015. Dr. Bhattacharjee is an expert in pediatric sleep medicine, and specializes in pulmonary disorders (including apnea and sleep-related breathing problems). To read more, click here.

Residency Program Corner

Mark Sawyer, MD

Mark Sawyer, MD
Vice Chair, Education
Director, Pediatric Residency Program

The academic year is well underway now with the residents settled into their new roles. I will be assigning general faculty mentors to all and for residents who have expressed an interest in research I will also try to pair them up with faculty engaged in research in the resident's area of interest. The mentor role is an important one at this stage in the residents' careers so I am hopeful that if you are asked to serve as a mentor you can find the time to meet with them regularly. I want to thank..... Read the full story here.

Faculty Salary Letters

Pen and Paper

Salary letters will be issued once the 1.5% general increase for eligible academic personnel is implemented. At this time, we do not know how salary components (X, X', Y, Y') will be impacted due to this adjustment. Due to further delays at the UC Office of the President, local implementation of the 1.5% increase was rescheduled. It is anticipated that the increase, including retroactive adjustments, will be reflected on the October 1, 2015 paychecks.

Click the link to view the original notice. Questions from Pediatrics faculty regarding the new scales may be directed to Sylvia Isaac (

Announcing...the Grand Rounds Schedule for 2015-16

Grand Rounds

The Department and programs have worked hard to create and exciting, varied and robust list of speakers for this new academic year. To view the schedule, click here.




RCHSD Research Department News

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Announcing....2nd Annual Ed Quigley Clinical Research Symposium & Call for Abstracts

  • Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00pm
  • At RCHSD's Acute Care Pavilion, in the Basement Conference Room
  • Submit an abstract to be considered for presentation (must submit by September 23, 2015). To view submission guidelines, click here.
  • To view the event flyer, click here.
  • For additional information, email

Coverage Analysis for Clinical Research Involving Tests & Procedures

RCHSD is implementing the coverage analysis process on new clinical studies involving research tests and procedures to ensure that all billing is in accordance with Medicare guidelines. Although UCSD performs coverage analysis for its faculty doing research at UCSD, it does not do so for studies in which RCHSD is the performance site.

Questions about RCHSD Research Procedures, Policies, and Services?

Contact RCHSD's Research Administration Help Desk at for assistance and information.

Release Time for UCSD Faculty to Teach at Perdana University

Perdana University

UCSD faculty/physicians may request release time to teach at Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine in Malaysia, though UCSD's Health Sciences International Center. Requests should be routed through the Division Chief for approval, and then to Dr. Haddad, with copy to Michelle De Guire. Note that the request must be cost neutral to the division and department. To read about the program, click here.

DEA Fee Exemptions (Updated Information)

Save Money

In our July issue of Peds e-News, we provided information on the DEA Fee Exemptions for UCSD faculty physicians and Advance Practice employees. To clarify, UCSD physicians practicing at RCHSD locations are also eligible for the fee exception.

Past Issues of E-News

To view the July issue of Pediatrics e-News, visit click here.

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