Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
Monthly Newsletter
February 2019
UCLA Division of GIM-HSR Monthly Newsletter
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Remembering Dr. William Reid

Dr. William Reid

We mourn the passing of one of our most loved faculty members, Dr. William Reid. Bill began his UCLA career in 2006, when he matched into our Internal Medicine training program after graduating from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He immediately distinguished himself as a compassionate and skilled physician with a preternatural talent for teaching. He received commendation for excellence in Medical Student Teaching during all three years of residency. He led our Resident Medical Jeopardy team to first place at the American College of Physicians, Southern California Meeting in 2007 and a commendable second place at the ACP National Meeting in 2008. Unsurprisingly, he was named UCLA Internal Medicine Program Resident of the Year in 2009 as a Senior. Subsequently, as Hospitalist Faculty and attending physician on the wards at Ronald Reagan, Santa Monica and the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Hospital's he was the most sought-after teacher and mentor. He was awarded the Full-Time faculty teaching award an incredible seven times between 2010 and 2016.

Bill served the Department in many roles as a teacher, direct care attending and as a triage officer in the Reagan Emergency Department before moving to the Northwest Valley in 2016. He assumed the role of Head of the UCLA Hospitalist service at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and attending physician at Olive View UCLA Medical Center. Bill soon established himself in the North Valley and was nominated for the Physician Excellence Award at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in 2016 and won it in 2018. He was a highly rated and loved attending on the wards at Olive View as well. Bill made significant and lasting contributions to the educational mission of the School of Medicine, the training programs at Ronald Reagan and Olive View. He taught in the Simulation Lab, Problem-Based Learning, Doctoring, Acute Care College, Advanced Diagnostic Skills, Continuity Clerkship, Patient Encounters, the Healers Art, Foundations Week, noon conference, and literally every possible teaching opportunity offered in the residency and school of medicine.

Those of us who had the privilege to know him and work with him remember a selfless, tireless, dedicated, compassionate, sincere and loyal friend and colleague. He had an almost superhuman capacity to care for others and enrich and educate those around him in a warm and endearing way. He hated the limelight and shunned praise and accolades, preferring to quietly retreat to the embrace of the close knit and loving family he cherished so much. 

Bill is survived by his wife Fulvia Reid, his 18-year-old son Byron Daniel Reid, his 9-year-old son Guillermo Reid, and his 5-year-old daughter Eliana Reid and many other family members.

A Memorial Service is being planned in the coming months to honor his memory and details of a memorial fund in his name will be announced soon.

Dr. Soma Wali Profiled in ACP Online

Soma Wali, MDDr. Soma Wali, MD, MACP, Chair of the Department of Medicine at Olive View-UCLA was profiled in the January edition of the American College of the Physicians ACP Online magazine.  

The nice piece looks back at her history--what brought her to Olive View, her experiences in working on global health initiatives in many countries, her dedication to underserved populations, and her focus on primary care, leading to her establishing the new residency track in primary care at Olive View.  

GIM at the SGIM California-Hawaii Regional Meeting
Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, PhDMaggie Ptaszny, MDDr. Yusuke Tsugawa received the Award for Excellence in Clinician Investigation at the the SGIM California-Hawaii Regional Meeting.  

Dr. Magdalena Ptaszny received the Award for Excellence in Clinician Education.

Lucinda Leung, MD, PhDDr. Lucinda Leung won 1st place in the Scientific Abstracts Posters category for her poster, "Primary Care Provider Satisfaction with Mental Health Services: The Role of Care Management and Information Communication Technology in Collaborative Care."  (Click image for larger, readable version.)

Below: Internal Medicine residents (clockwise from top left) Drs. Sarah Snow, Nick Villano & Adam Custer, Jamie Yao and Joshua Khalli present posters at the SGIM CA-HI meeting.

Internal Medicine residents
Celebrating Fellows' Work
Tarak Trivedi, MDNational Clinician Scholar Dr. Tarak Trivedi was first author on a new study published in JAMA Network Open,"Injuries Associated With Standing Electric Scooter Use," which looked at patients presenting to an emergency department for injuries associated with electric scooter use. Injuries were common, ranged in severity, and suggest low rates of adherence to existing regulations around rider age and low rates of helmet use.  Fellow Scholar Dr. Charles Liu was a co-author and NCSP Director Dr. Joanne Elmore was senior author on the paper.
Eric Fein, MD
NRSA Primary Care Research Fellow Dr. Eric Fein was first author on a new article, "Phototherapy for Neonatal Unconjugated Hyperbilirubinemia: Examining Outcomes by Level of Care," published in the January issue of Hospital Pediatrics. The study found that for term newborns with jaundice who require blue-light therapy in a hospital, most received this care outside of an ICU. The authors hope that the findings convince hospitals to stop placing term newborns in the ICU for blue-light therapy without another clinical reason for them to be there.

Upcoming Events

Play 4 Kay Breast Cancer Awareness Game

Leah & Robert OyeUCLA Women’s Basketball hosts its 13th annual Play 4 Kay Breast Cancer Awareness game versus Stanford University. Funds raised at the event will support UCLA breast cancer research and services and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, established in honor of the former North Carolina State University women’s basketball coach, who died of breast cancer after 22 years as a breast cancer survivor.  The Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center is a co-sponsor for the game.

Friday, February 15, 6:00 pm
UCLA Pauley Pavilion, 301 Westwood Plaza

VIP tickets are available for Division Faculty and their guests, including children. Contact Janet Pregler,

Photo: Division member Robert Oye and his wife, Leah, attending the 2018 Play 4 Kay game

Luskin Conference Center

The 3rd Annual Department of Medicine Professional Group (DMPG) Faculty Retreat will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center at the UCLA campus in Westwood. 

The day will start with a GIM Division meeting, including a panel where faculty will review current and new quality improvement initiatives relevant to primary care and hospitalist Robert Wachter, MDpractice. The luncheon speaker, Robert M. Wachter, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF, is a  practicing hospitalist and internationally known innovator in patient care who will speak on the changing role of the physician in the digital era.  Multiple workshops relevant to clinical practice are available, including BLS and ACLS certification, and MOC, among many others. Childcare and lactation facilities are provided.  A wine and cheese reception will end the day. 

To register:
Upcoming GIM Seminars
GIM-HSR Friday Noon Seminar SeriesGIM Seminars
  • February 8 - David Zingmond, MD, PhD
  • February 15 - Corrina Moucheraud, ScD, MPH (School of Public Health)
  • February 22 - Nina Harawa, PhD, MPH
1100 Glendon Avenue, 7th floor, Suite 710, Conference Room 725.  Live streaming webinar and conference line at:

Gold Humanism Grand Rounds

Richard Tennant, MD"Communication and Education in an Increasingly Diverse Health Care Population"
Richard Tennant, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director, UCLA-Olive View Internal Medicine Residency
Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Asst. Clinical Professor of Medicine, DGSOM
Wednesday, February 13, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Tamkin Auditorium, B-130 RRUCLA


C-MORE Comparative Effectiveness Research Seminar Series

Jose L. Calderon, MD"The Need for a Cannabis Phyto-epidemiology: Public Health Consequences of  the Global Green Rush"
José L. Calderón, M.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, GIM-HSR
Co-lead, C-MORE Survey Research Group
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
1100 Glendon Avenue, Suite 850, Conference Room 852
Lunch Served

Live webinar and conference line at:
SGIM Annual Meeting Key Dates
SGIM 2019SGIM Annual Meeting | May 8-11, 2019 | Washington, DC

Early discounted registration deadline March 12

Hotel reservation deadline April 19 

Save the date: The GIM-HSR group dinner at SGIM will be on Thursday, May 9.  Info forthcoming.
Funding Opportunities

2019 David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) Seed Grant Program 

DGSOMIn collaboration with the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the DGSOM Research Themes and the IPH will focus the 2019 DGSOM Seed Grant Program on an effort to promote the assembly of new teams of scientists that are well-positioned to perform innovative, high-impact research and ultimately compete for large team science grants from federal agencies and private foundations.

Applications are encouraged from faculty throughout the UCLA campus in any biomedical or medical research area in which groundbreaking advances catalyzed by teams of researchers can be envisioned. Applications that take advantage of the infrastructures established by the IPH and CTSI are especially encouraged, as are applications that span disciplines or span the basic, translational, clinical, and community spectrum.

Planning grant applications due February 11.  Detailed information and application instructions can be found on the seed grant website:


Stakeholder-Partnered Implementation Research and Innovation Translation (SPIRIT) K12 Program

The Request of Applications (RFA) for the new AHRQ-PCORI K12 program in learning health systems are now open and available online.

This unique new partnership among UCLA, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services will collaboratively support mentored postdoctoral research career development, providing 2-3 years of salary and support for patient-centered outcomes research conducted within learning health systems.

Applications due February 15.  Contact Michael Ong or Franci Duitch for additional details or visit our new web page at

New GIM-HSR Publications

Structural Interventions to Reduce and Eliminate Health Disparities. Brown AF, Ma GX, Miranda J, Eng E, Castille D, Brockie T, Jones P, Airhihenbuwa CO, Farhat T, Zhu L, Trinh-Shevrin C. Am J Public Health. 2019 Jan;109(S1):S72-S78.  PMID: 30699019

Shining Light Into the Black Box of Machine Learning. Hsu W, Elmore JG. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2019 Jan 10. PMID: 30629201

Randomized prospective phase III trial of 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT molecular imaging for prostate cancer salvage radiotherapy planning [PSMA-SRT]. Calais J, Czernin J, Fendler WP, Elashoff D, Nickols NG. BMC Cancer. 2019 Jan 7;19(1):18. BMC Cancer. 2019 Jan 21;19(1):97. PMID: 30616601

Cross-sectional validation of the PROMIS-Preference scoring system. Hanmer J, Dewitt B, Yu L, ..., Hays RD, et al. PLoS One. 2018 Jul 31;13(7):e0201093. eCollection 2018. PMID: 30063733

Aiming for Quality Improvement: Aligning Population Health and Higher Education. Beech BM, Norris KC, Bruce MA. Popul Health Manag. 2018 Aug;21(4):255-257. Epub 2017 Oct 12. PMID: 29022769

Religiosity and Excess Weight Among African-American Adolescents: The Jackson Heart KIDS Study. Bruce MA, Beech BM, Wilder T, Burton ET, Sheats JL, Norris KC, Thorpe RJ Jr. J Relig Health. 2019 Jan 16. PMID: 30649707

Correction to: Randomized prospective phase III trial of 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT molecular imaging for prostate cancer salvage radiotherapy planning [PSMA-SRT]. Calais J, Czernin J, Fendler WP, Elashoff D, Nickols NG. BMC Cancer. 2019 Jan 21;19(1):97.  PMID: 30665383

The Effect of a Comprehensive Dementia Care Management Program on End-of-Life Care. Jennings LA, Turner M, Keebler C, Burton CH, Romero T, Wenger NS, Reuben DB. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Jan 24. PMID: 30675898

Detection and classification of cancer in whole slide breast histopathology images using deep convolutional networks. Gecer B, Aksoy S, Mercan E, Shapiro LG, Weaver DL, Elmore JG. Pattern Recognit. 2018 Dec;84:345-356. Epub 2018 Jul 20. PMID: 30679879

Lower Depression Scores among Walnut Consumers in NHANES. Arab L, Guo R, Elashoff D. Nutrients. 2019 Jan 26;11(2). pii: E275.  PMID: 30691167

Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: US Preventive Services Task Force Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement. US Preventive Services Task Force, Curry SJ, Krist AH, Owens DK, ... , Mangione CM, et al. JAMA. 2019 Jan 29;321(4):394-398. PMID: 30694327

Disparities in Diabetes Care Quality by English Language Preference in Community Health Centers. Leung LB, Vargas-Bustamante A, Martinez AE, Chen X, Rodriguez HP. Health Serv Res. 2018 Feb;53(1):509-531.  Epub 2016 Oct 21. PMID: 27767205

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act Evaluation Study: Impact on Mental Health Financial Requirements among Commercial "Carve-In" Plans. Friedman SA, Thalmayer AG, Azocar F, ... , Ong MK, Johnson LL, Ettner SL. Health Serv Res. 2018 Feb;53(1):366-388.  Epub 2016 Dec 12. PMID: 27943277

Menopause Management Knowledge in Postgraduate Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Kling JM, MacLaughlin KL, Schnatz PF, Crandall CJ, et al. Mayo Clin Proc. 2019 Feb;94(2):242-253.  PMID: 30711122

Aligning Delivery System and Training Missions in Academic Medical Centers to Promote High-Value Care. Gupta R, Sehgal N, Arora VM. Acad Med. 2018 Dec 31.  PMID: 30608267

Persistent vasomotor symptoms and breast cancer in the Women's Health Initiative. Chlebowski RT, Mortimer JE, Crandall CJ, et al. Menopause. 2018 Dec 28.  PMID:30601454

Is chronic kidney disease keeping the heart up all night? Shen JI, Norris KC. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2019 Jan;21(1):88-90.  PMID: 30597755

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