Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research Monthly Newsletter January 2019
Welcome to the New Offices of GIM-HSR!
Happy New Year! The Division of GIM-HSR is starting off the year with a big move—after over 20 years in 911 Broxton and 7 years in the Tower Building, we are moving to 1100 Glendon under the careful guidance of Norma Vaquerano and her team. Keep an eye out for an Open House Date in March of 2019. Our Division owes a big thank you to Dr. Fogelman and the Department of Medicine for making this move possible.
Please extend warm welcome to new GIM faculty!
Dr. Lauren Wisk, PhD, joins the Division faculty, coming to us from Harvard where she was Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Research Associate in the Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wisk received a BS from UCLA and her PhD in Population Health from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wisk's research focuses on improving access to care, health outcomes, and quality of life for youth with chronic medical conditions. She has methodological expertise in analyzing 'big data' (including claims data and large survey data) and applying advanced statistical techniques to address multilevel research questions.
Dr. Emily Martin joined the UCLA Palliative Care faculty in our hospitalist section . She completed Internal Medicine residency and Palliative Medicine fellowship at UC San Diego, and is currently participating in UCLA’s Medical Education Fellowship. Her primary research and educational interests relate to the integration of palliative care and radiation oncology. She is the founding Chair of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Palliative Radiation Oncology Community. Since joining the UCLA faculty, she has presented her research at three national conferences and has received the American Society for Clinical Oncology’s 2018 Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Merit Award, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine’s Access Fund Scholarship, and the Society for Palliative Radiation Oncology’s inaugural Rising Star Award.
News from Women's Health
Dr. Jing Zhao has joined the Division faculty as a clinician educator at the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center. Dr. Zhao is a graduate of Dalian Medical University, China and completed her residency at New York Hospital. In 2006, she joined Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, California, where she served as a primary care physician and hospitalist, as well as a faculty member for the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, teaching medical students in clinical settings. Dr. Zhao is fluent in Chinese and Japanese.
Congratulations to Dr. Greendale!
Dr. Gail Greendale, Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been appointed the inaugural Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Endowed Chair in Women’s Health Research at the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center. As research director at the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center since 1995, she developed and administered a donor-funded pilot project program which has awarded over $1 million to UCLA investigators studying sex and gender based differences, since 2012 in partnership with UCLA CTSI.
Regarding an new initiative to increase the role of primary care and decrease unnecessary specialist visits, Dr. Tsugawa noted, "Good access to care leads to better health only when the quality of care is high.” He adds that a redesign of the health system “is imperative” for Japan to clamp down on overuse.
Dr. John Mafi was quoted in a Washington Post story looking at how increasingly common knee replacement surgeries may not be appropriate for all patients and could fail to remedy chronic pain and bring about complications.
Regarding inappropriate care in general, John points out, "Inappropriate treatment doesn’t harm only patients; it harms the health-care system by raising costs for everyone."
New Funding Awards in GIM
PI – Laura Wherry, PhD
Granting agency – RWJ Title – "Understanding the Effects of Expanded Health Coverage for Low-Income Women on Maternal and Newborn Health" Dates of award- 12/15/18-12/14/19 TDC (entire period) - $224,112
New GIM Recognition & Appointments
Dr. David Eisenman was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for significant contributions to a report, "Age-Friendly Action for the Los Angeles Region 2018-2022," for Purposeful Aging - L.A to Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and Los Angeles City Council. The report contains results of a survey made available in multiple languages, focused group discussion on eight domains of livability, and input from older adults and city/county staff. The recommendations contained in the report involved survey results, input from experts and community leaders, and more than 300 older adults from throughout the region.
Dr. Michael Ong has been reappointed to the State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, where he has served since 2007 and chaired since 2009. This Committee oversees the use of Proposition 99 and Proposition 56 tobacco tax revenues, which combined exceed $1.5 billion annually, for tobacco control and prevention education and for tobacco-related research.