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July 2015 E-Newsletter


Message from the Chair

Gabriel G. Haddad, MD

Happy Summer to each of you! I'm pleased to introduce our new monthly e-newsletter. Look for it every month. Each issue will highlight a division (see below for this month's featured division). I hope you enjoy our e-newsletter.

As we enter another academic and fiscal year, we find our department incredibly busy with finalizing annual budgets, the start of new residents and fellows in our programs, meeting grant submission deadlines, and a very active year in faculty recruitment. I'm pleased to report that our department is experiencing a season of strong growth with the addition of many new faculty across divisions. Please see the article below listing our new academic personnel and MSP Physicians, and join me in welcoming our newest members!

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 July, 2015. To see the full list, click here.

2015 Academic Reviews

Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD

Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD
Chairman, Review and Appraisal Committee

As of July 1, 2015, 119 UCSD faculty files were up for review and/or advancement. Of those, 106 have been approved, with 13 submitted for committee review. To read the full report, click here.

Residency Program Corner

Mark Sawyer, MD

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

Our new intern class has started and they are hard at work. It is a fantastic group which includes 14 categorical pediatric residents, 4 combined Medicine-Pediatrics residents, and 2 Child-Neurology residents. They come from medical schools in 12 different states and proudly include 2 of our own UCSD medical school graduates. We have a very diverse class and some have traveled interesting paths on their way to UCSD. . . Read the full story here.

New Chief Named for Division of Hospital Medicine

Dr. Erin Fisher

Dr. Erin Fisher has been selected as Division Chief for Pediatric Hospital Medicine effective July 1, 2015. Dr. Fisher has been UCSD faculty since 1998. In 2011, Dr. Fisher was chosen as a Master in Hospital Medicine by the Society of Hospital Medicine, their highest honor and only presented to a few hospitalists each year as a lifetime achievement award. Dr. Fisher was preceded by Dr. Cynthia Kuelbs who served as Division Chief from 2009 to 2014. Additionally, the Department would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Kuelbs for her many years of service and leadership!

Awards and Achievements

Achievement Seal

Rob Knight Wins a 2015 NIH Award

Dr. Knight was named winner of a Creative Promise Prize in Biomedical Science for his groundbreaking research on microbial communities and the development of computational tools that honed the analysis of microbial data. The Vilcek Foundation awards annual prizes to immigrant biomedical scientists and artists. Prizewinners were honored at a ceremony in New York City in April 2015.

Dr. Tariq Rana Recipient of a 2015 NIH Award

NHI's Avant-Garde program recognizes researchers with merit able ideas in HIV/AIDS research. NIH's awards showcase potentially transformative research on prevention, immune system and drug development.

Division Highlight: Division of ACC Members Impact Children's Menus in San Diego Restaurants

Family Eating Dinner

Joining the two worlds of public health and business, members from the Department of Pediatrics Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Child Development, and Community Health (ACC) collaborated with colleagues at SDSU's Graduate School of Public Health and College of Business Administration to make recommendations for designing healthy children's menus in independent, full-service restaurants in San Diego. Division Chief Sheila Gahagan, MD, MPH, Section Chief Michelle Zive, MS, RD and Christine Williams, MPH.... Read more division news here.

DEA Fee Exemptions

Save Money Button

UCSD faculty physicians and Advance Practice employees, licensed in California, may apply for a fee exempted Drug Enforcement Administration certificate for sole use at UCSD locations. There is no charge for the DEA registration if a UCSD Medical Center address and mail code is used. Learn More

Mental Health Services Available

Mental Health

UCSD faculty, residents, fellows and medical students can access the HEAR (Healer Education Assessment and Referral) Program which offers confidential support and resources for those who may be dealing with personal and emotional challenges. The goals of the program are to educate medical students, house-staff and faculty members about burnout, depression, and suicide; provide confidential, online assessment of stress, depression and other related issues; make personalized referrals to local mental health clinicians and other community resources. Counselors may be accessed by calling (858) 642-2913 or via the HEAR website. Those wishing to remain anonymous may complete Stress & Depression Questionnaire, accessible from the web site. An experienced clinician will review questionnaires and will leave a personal response that will include an assessment and any recommendations for further evaluation or follow-up.

UCSD Staff and others can access the FSAP (Faculty and Staff Assistance Program) for similar services via the FSAP website.

Triton 5K 2015

Triton 5K Team

On Saturday, June 6th, over 3,000 UCSD students, staff and others showed up for this annual event to help raise money for scholarships. Team Pediatrics had 47 participants this year, raising an estimated $1,300 which goes to support UCSD scholarships. To see the larger photo, click here.

Submit Your Stories and Photos

Send your story suggestions and news to Melanie Marshall ( for possible inclusion in an upcoming edition.