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October 2019
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Congratulations, Dr. Washington

Dr. Washington with Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA 02); Former Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY 13) Donna Washington, MD, MPH, received a 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award. This year’s awardees were selected based their unique support of women Veterans, as well as for their service to the wider Veteran community.

The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust (CBCVB) serves as an advisory group for the entire Congressional Black Caucus, members of Congress, and Veterans’ organizations on the many issues that specifically impact the African American Veteran community.  Each year, the CBCVB Forum provides Veterans and other stakeholders an opportunity to engage in a productive discussion with national leaders on the challenges that African American Veterans face both today as well as in the past. Dr. Washington was invited to speak about her research on quality of care, racial disparities, and women Veterans’ health as they relate to the experiences of African American women Veterans.

Photo: Dr. Washington with Representative Sanford Bishop (D-GA 02) & Former Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY 13) 

Faculty Executive Committee Elections

Dr. Michael LazarusDr. Janet PreglerMichael Lazarus, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, GIM/HSR, Chief, Section of Hospitalist Medicine was elected Officer/Vice Chair/Chair Elect

Janet Pregler, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, GIM/HSR, Director, Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center was elected member, Medical Sciences

The Faculty Executive Committee (FEC)  of the David Geffen School of Medicine is an elected group of faculty who participate in shared governance with UCLA administration. The FEC sets admissions, curricular, promotions, and graduation policy for the medical school, and participates in decisions related to faculty appointments, promotions, and welfare.  Thanks to all division members who voted in this important election.  More information about the FEC.

New GIM Honors

Dr. Rachel BrookDr. Casey KaneshiroHospitalists Drs. Rachel Brook and Casey Kaneshiro (VA) were elected as New Fellows of the American College of Physicians for the Southern California region.  
Welcome Dr. Kate Dovel

Kate Dovel & daughterWe would like to welcome Kate Dovel to the GIMHSR Glendon Offices.  Kate is a behavioral scientist and faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases. She has a Ph.D in Health and Behavioral Sciences and MPH in Community Health Sciences. Kate’s research focuses primarily on HIV services for men and youth in Sub-Saharan Africa and she is regularly involved in global policy development aiming to improve men’s engagement in health systems. She is the PI (Co-PI: Risa Hoffman) for two HIV self-testing (HIVST) trials in Malawi, where she has lived for the last 6-years leading implementation science studies focused on innovative HIV service delivery strategies. She recently received a K01 to develop and pilot a trial aimed at increasing ART initiation and retention among men who use HIVST in Malawi. Kate and her 8-year old daughter enjoy travelling and exploring their new city (Santa Monica) by roller blading on the boardwalk.  We are excited to have Kate as a colleague in the Glendon Building, much of her research is complementary to domestic HIV related projects that are underway in the division and we all are looking forward to learning more about her research.   

New GIM Funding Awards
Dr. Keith NorrisNational Institutes of Health
Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA
U54 5-year competitive renewal
09/23/19 - 06/30/24

PIs: Keith Norris, MD; Teresa Seeman, PhD; Steve Wallace, PhD
Upcoming GIM Events & Seminars
GIM Staff Ground Rounds 

GIM Grand RoundsWednesday, October 2, 1:30 pm
Suite 710, Conference room 725

Nancy Calderon & Team:
It Takes a Village: Coordination and Evaluation Center 

For staff by staff. Meet and greet, hear about projects and other staff-relevant topics. All are welcome. 

Every 1st Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm.

Next: November 6 - Michael Coffee - Community Engagement and Research Program

GIM Friday Noon Seminar Series 
Dr. Katherine Kahn
  • October 4 - Katherine Kahn, MD: "Evaluation of California’s Global Payment: How a New Payment Model is Changing Care for California’s Remaining Uninsured"
  • October 11 - Keith Norris, MD, PhD
  • October 18 - David Elashoff, PhD
  • October 25 - Carolyn Crandall, MD, MS

1100 Glendon, 7th floor, Suite 710, Conference Room 725. 
Lunch served. 
Live streaming webinar and conference line at: ; (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 588 355 752

UCLA RCMAR CHIME and CTSI Fall Scientific Retreat

Monday, October 21

RCMAR CHIMECTSIJoin us for our Fall Scientific Retreat where we highlight insightful guest speakers from the National Institute on Aging and our RCMAR community, podium presentations from our current CHIME scientists about their pilot projects, as well as a scientific writing workshop for proposals and publications. 

Monday, October 21, 2019, 8:00 am - 4:15 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, California Room, 480 Charles E. Young Dr. E, Los Angeles

Full agenda | Register to attend 

Questions and additional info:
Cristina Punzalan at or (310) 206-7668

New Articles of General Interest
Annals of Internal MedicineHigh-Intensity Versus Low-Intensity Surveillance for Patients With Colorectal Adenomas: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.
Meester RG, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, Winawer SJ, et al. 
Ann Intern Med. [Epub ahead of print 24 September 2019]
Effect of Linagliptin vs Glimepiride on Major Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: The CAROLINA Randomized Clinical Trial. Rosenstock J, Kahn SE, Johansen OE, et al.
JAMA. Published online September 19, 2019322(12):1155–1166.

JAMAAssociation of Treatment With Metformin vs Sulfonylurea With Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events Among Patients With Diabetes and Reduced Kidney Function.
Roumie CL, Chipman J, Min JY, et al.
JAMA. Published online September 19, 2019322(12):1167–1177. 
GIM Photo Album
3rd Annual Martin F. Shapiro Health Services Research Symposium, UCLA Faculty Center, September 27, 2019

Dr. Alan Fogelman
Dr. Kimberly NarainDr. Martin ShapiroGIM Faculty at Martin Shapiro Symposium
GIM Faculty at MFS SymposiumDr. Robert Brook

September Primary Care Journal Club group at Dr. Carol Mangione's home.  Articles discussed were "Prevalence of BRCA Mutations Among Women with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) in a Genetic Counseling Cohort" & "Evaluation of USPSTF Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Among African American Adult Smokers."

September Journal Club

Expectant parents Drs. Alejandra Casillas & Yusuke Tsugawa & spouses at their GIM baby shower

Drs. Tsugawa & Casillas & spouses
New GIM-HSR Publications

Treatment of Vulvovaginal Atrophy. Crandall CJ. JAMA. 2019 Sep 26. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.15100. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID: 31556910

Screening for Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in Adults: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. US Preventive Services Task Force, Owens DK, Davidson KW, Krist AH, Barry MJ, Cabana M, Caughey AB, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kubik M, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Pbert L, Silverstein M, Simon MA, Tseng CW, Wong JB. JAMA. 2019 Sep 24;322(12):1188-1194. PMID: 31550038.

Association between physician characteristics and payments from industry in 2015-2017: observational study. Inoue K, Blumenthal DM, Elashoff D, Tsugawa Y. BMJ Open. 2019 Sep 20;9(9):e031010. PMID: 31542759

Pathways to breast cancer screening artificial intelligence algorithm validation. Lee CI, Houssami N, Elmore JG, Buist DSM. Breast. 2019 Sep 9. pii: S0960-9776(19)30554-5. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31540699

Innovative Data Science to Transform Health Care: All the Pieces Matter. Masica AL, Escarce JJ. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2019 Aug 28;7(1):47. PMID: 31523696

"Call a Teenager… That's What I Do!" - Grandchildren Help Older Adults Use New Technologies: Qualitative Study. Portz JD, Fruhauf C, Bull S, Boxer RS, Bekelman DB, Casillas A, Gleason K, Bayliss EA. JMIR Aging. 2019 Jun 6;2(1):e13713. PMID: 31518274

Diabetes Prevention Program attendance is associated with improved patient activation: Results from the Prediabetes Informed Decisions and Education (PRIDE) study. Skrine Jeffers K, Castellon-Lopez Y, Grotts J, Mangione CM, Moin T, Tseng CH, Turk N, Frosch DL, Norris KC, Duke CC, Moreno G, Duru OK. Prev Med Rep. 2019 Jul 22;16:100961. eCollection 2019 Dec. PMID: 31516814

Impact of a Patient-Centered Behavioral Economics Intervention on Hypertension Control in a Highly Disadvantaged Population: a Randomized Trial. Shapiro MF, Shu SB, Goldstein NJ, Victor RG, Fox CR, Tseng CH, Vangala S, Mogler BK, Reed SB, Villa E, Escarce JJ. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31515735

Trends in Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes-Related Complications, 1997-2017. Chiou T, Tsugawa Y, Goldman D, Myerson R, Kahn M, Romley JA. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Sep 11.  [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID: 31512180

hs-CRP Is Associated With Incident Diabetic Nephropathy: Findings From the Jackson Heart Study. Sinha SK, Nicholas SB, Sung JH, Correa A, Rajavashisth TB, Norris KC, Lee JE. Diabetes Care. 2019 Sep 11. pii: dc182563. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31511234

Ethics of organ procurement from the unrepresented patient population. Raho JA, Brown-Saltzman K, Korenman SG, Weiss F, Orentlicher D, Lin JA, Moreno EA, Nuri-Robins K, Stein A, Schnell KE, Diamant AL, Weiss IK. J Med Ethics. 2019 Sep 10. pii: medethics-2019-105584. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31506293

Menopausal Estrogen-Alone Therapy and Health Outcomes in Women With and Without Bilateral Oophorectomy: A Randomized Trial. Manson JE, Aragaki AK, Bassuk SS, Chlebowski RT, Anderson GL, Rossouw JE, Howard BV, Thomson CA, Stefanick ML, Kaunitz AM, Crandall CJ, Eaton CB, Henderson VW, Liu S, Luo J, Rohan T, Shadyab AH, Wells G, Wactawski-Wende J, Prentice RL; WHI Investigators. Ann Intern Med. 2019 Sep 10. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31499528

A modeling framework to inform preexposure prophylaxis initiation and retention scale-up in the context of 'Getting to Zero' initiatives. Khanna AS, Schneider JA, Collier N, Ozik J, Issema R, di Paola A, Skwara A, Ramachandran A, Webb J, Brewer R, Cunningham W, Hilliard C, Ramani S, Fujimoto K, Harawa N; BARS Study Group and Getting to Zero IL Research Evaluation and Data (RED) Committee. AIDS. 2019 Oct 1;33(12):1911-1922. PMID: 31490212

Ensuring the Safety of Chronically Ill Veterans Enrolled in Home-Based Primary Care. Katzburg J, Wilson D, Fickel J, Lind JD, Cowper-Ripley D, Fleming M, Ong MK, Bergman AA, Bradley SE, Tubbesing SA. Prev Chronic Dis. 2019 Sep 5;16:E122. doi: 10.5888/pcd16.180501. No abstract available. PMID: 31489835

Population-Based Pragmatic Trial of Advance Care Planning in Primary Care in the University of California Health System. Walling AM, Sudore RL, Bell D, Tseng CH, Ritchie C, Hays RD, Gibbs L, Rahimi M, Sanz J, Wenger NS. J Palliat Med. 2019 Sep;22(S1):72-81. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2019.0142. PMID: 31486723

Low-Value Proton Pump Inhibitor Prescriptions Among Older Adults at a Large Academic Health System. Mafi JN, May FP, Kahn KL, Chong M, Corona E, Yang L, Mongare MM, Nair V, Reynolds C, Gupta R, Damberg CL, Esrailian E, Sarkisian C. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31486549

Quality of Mental Health Care in Integrated Veterans Affairs Patient-Centered Medical Homes: a National Observational Study. Leung LB, Post EP, Jaske E, Wells KB, Rubenstein LV. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Sep 4. PMID: 31485971

Medication Use to Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer: US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. US Preventive Services Task Force, Owens DK, Davidson KW, Krist AH, Barry MJ, Cabana M, Caughey AB, Doubeni CA, Epling JW Jr, Kubik M, Landefeld CS, Mangione CM, Pbert L, Silverstein M, Tseng CW, Wong JB. JAMA. 2019 Sep 3;322(9):857-867. PMID: 31479144

The association of neighborhood racial mix and ED visit count in a cohort of patients on hemodialysis. Golestaneh L, Farzami A, Madu C, Johns T, Melamed ML, Norris KC. BMC Nephrol. 2019 Sep 2;20(1):343. PMID: 31477043

Effectiveness of Shared Decision-making for Diabetes Prevention: 12-Month Results from the Prediabetes Informed Decision and Education (PRIDE) Trial. Moin T, Duru OK, Turk N, Chon JS, Frosch DL, Martin JM, Jeffers KS, Castellon-Lopez Y, Tseng CH, Norris K, Mangione CM. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Aug 30. PMID: 31471729

Risk estimation, anxiety, and breast cancer worry in women at risk for breast cancer: A single-arm trial of personalized risk communication. Xie Z, Wenger N, Stanton AL, Sepucha K, Kaplan C, Madlensky L, Elashoff D, Trent J, Petruse A, Johansen L, Layton T, Naeim A. Psychooncology. 2019 Aug 28. PMID: 31461546

Trends in the Use of Skilled Nursing Facility and Home Health Care Under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program: An Interrupted Time-series Analysis. Popescu I, Sood N, Joshi S, Huckfeldt P, Escarce J, Nuckols TK. Med Care. 2019 Oct;57(10):757-765. PMID: 31453891

Almond Snacking for 8 wk Increases Alpha-Diversity of the Gastrointestinal Microbiome and Decreases Bacteroides fragilis Abundance Compared with an Isocaloric Snack in College Freshmen. Dhillon J, Li Z, Ortiz RM. Curr Dev Nutr. 2019 Jul 3;3(8):nzz079.  eCollection 2019 Aug. PMID: 31528836

Which patients are persistently high-risk for hospitalization? Chang ET, Piegari R, Wong ES, Rosland AM, Fihn SD, Vijan S, Yoon J. Am J Manag Care. 2019 Sep 1;25(9):e274-e281. PMID: 31518099

Sequelae of an Evidence-based Approach to Management for Access to Care in the Veterans Health Administration. Kaboli PJ, Miake-Lye IM, Ruser C, Yano EM, Orshansky G, Rubenstein L, Curtis I, Kirsh S, Hempel S. Med Care. 2019 Oct;57 Suppl 10 Suppl 3:S213-S220. PMID: 31517790

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