Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
Winter 2023
UCLA Division of GIM-HSR Quarterly Newsletter
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Welcome to 2023!

Carol MangioneI hope that you all had a beautiful holiday season, it is hard to believe that January is wrapping up already. UCLA GIMHSR continues to thrive on all fronts and the newsletter only highlights only a small number of all of our numerous accomplishments. 

The bibliography of new publications is very emblematic of the depth and reach of the research in our division and I want to take a moment to congratulate everyone who has had publications in the last month. 

I hope to see many of you at the upcoming DOM Retreat and would like to personally thank Janet Pregler, Behi Rabbani (Division of Cardiology), Arielle Sommer, and members of the DMPG Board, including GIMHSR members Josh Khalili, Linda Czypinski (Section of Hospital Medicine) and Gifty Ntim (Section of Med Peds) for all of their work and the careful thought that they have put into planning such an important set of activities for all of us.

Cheers, Carol

DMPG Retreat Week Kicks off February 6

Dr. Keith NorrisAll GIM-HSR faculty are invited to the 2023 Department of Medicine Professional Group Retreat kick-off virtual session on Monday, February 6 at 12:10 pm.  Dr. Keith Norris and his team will present on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the UCLA Department of Medicine.  A webinar link has been distributed and will be sent again the morning of February 6. Contact Janet Pregler for more info. 

For faculty members of the DMPG (those who care for patients in UCLA Health), the retreat offers information pertinent to clinical care, quality improvement, and professional development.  GIM-HSR members Rachel Brook, Ale Casillas, Jennifer Chew, Eric Curcio, Anna Chirra, Evelyn Curls, Jeff Fujimoto, Sarah Goldgar, Russ Kerbel, Josh Khalili, Elizabeth Ko, Michael Lazarus, Jessica Liao, Adrian Mayo, Nathan Samras, Wendy Simon, Arielle Sommer, Sam Skootsky, Nisha Viswanathan, and Hawkin Woo will be presenting sessions at the retreat.

If you are a member of the DMPG and would still like to register for the retreat, please contact Janet Pregler.

DOMStat Data Core Launches

Yusuke TsugawaDr. Yusuke Tsugawa (Associate Professor of GIM-HSR and Director of DOMStat Data Core), and Dr. David Elashoff (Professor of Medicine and Director of DOMStat) have launched DOMStat Data Core, a comprehensive platform for investigators to store, analyze, and share secondary datasets.

Data Core offers a secure, HIPPA-compliant server equipped with statistical software such as SAS, Stata, and R, as well as administrative support (IRB, DUA, etc.), data management and programming assistance, and opportunities for faculty collaboration on research projects.

It currently hosts four databases: 100% Medicare claims data from 2016-2020, HCUP SID&SEDD from several states and years, Merative MarketScan data, and SEER-Medicare.

These databases can be accessed free of charge by any faculty and trainees affiliated with DOM. To access these databases, please contact

New Grants & Awards

Lucinda LeungGIM's Dr. Lucinda Leung received the California-Hawaii Regional SGIM Meeting Excellence in Clinician Investigation award for 2023.  It was presented during the Regional meeting ceremony on Saturday, January 21.
Ben Seligman
VA/Geriatrics HSR specialist, Dr. Benjamin Seligman, has been awarded a new Career Development Award from the VA Clinical Science and Research Development office.

Congratulations, Lucinda and Ben!

New GIM Faculty & HSR Specialist Publications
Association of Initial SARS-CoV-2 Test Positivity With Patient-Reported Well-being 3 Months After a Symptomatic Illness. Wisk LE, Gottlieb MA, Spatz ES, ... , Elmore JG, Nichol G; INSPIRE Group.JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Dec 1;5(12):e2244486.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is Not Associated with In-Hospital Mortality in COVID-19: An Observational Cohort Analysis. Toppen W, Yan P, Markovic D, Shover CMBuhr RG, Fulcher JA, Tashkin DP, Barjaktarevic I.Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2022 Dec 19;17:3111-3121. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S386463. eCollection 2022.PMID: 36570857 Free PMC article.

HSR Specialist Collaborators

Health Services in Huntington Disease: A Systematic Literature ReviewMendizabal A, Diaz JM, Bustamante AV, Bordelon Y. Neurol Clin Pract Feb 2023, 13 (1) e200108.

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