Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
Monthly Newsletter
August 2020
UCLA Division of GIM-HSR Monthly Newsletter
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Welcome to Our August Newsletter
Carol Mangione MDGreetings!  

I hope that you are all managing to stay safe and maintain your sanity with all of the stress and uncertainly that lies ahead as we move into month six of the pandemic. Hopefully, many if not all of you will be taking more than a couple of days away from work either for a “staycation” or travel elsewhere.  

As a division, I think that we have hit a record this summer with all of the newly funded grants and I want to congratulate members of our research faculty and share with you the array of important topics that they will be studying.

We also have 3 new research faculty joining us and would like to first introduce you to Dr. Melissa Wei who will be starting her appointment at both the Westwood campus and WLA VA this month.  My plan is to feature each of these in a separate newsletter.  

Please try to enjoy the remaining months of summer!


Welcome Dr. Melissa Wei to GIM Faculty
Melissa Wei, MDPlease welcome Melissa Wei, MD, MPH, MS, to the GIM faculty! 

Dr. Wei comes from us for University of Michigan where she was Assistant Professor in their Division of GIM. She completed a dual MD MPH in Medicine, Epidemiology and Statistics at Oregon Health and Science University.  Following residency at Emory, she went onto a fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Harvard, also completing a masters degree in nutritional epidemiology. 

Dr. Wei's research focuses on the measurement, management, prevention and policy implication of multimorbidity.  One of her goals is to identify risk factors for multimorbidity in order to implement interventions to prevent its progression and complications.
Dr. Russ Kerbel Named New Medical Director
for Sepsis Prevention
Russell Kerbel, MDWe are delighted that our hospitalist colleague, Dr. Russ Kerbel has been named Medical Director for Sepsis Prevention at UCLA Health. Since his arrival at UCLA in 2014 he has worked tirelessly to increase awareness and standardize sepsis treatment through his advocacy, interdepartmental collaboration and informatics knowledge. He has also been a role model and mentor in this regard for students, residents and fellow hospitalists.
2020 Josiah Brown Summer Research Poster Fair

Josiah Brown Research Poster Fair

Approximately 140 medical and dental students from various DGSOM summer research programs, including CTSI’s TL1 summer fellowship program, presented their research projects at the 2020 Josiah Brown Summer Research Poster Fair.

The poster fair, an annual event held virtually this year on Friday, July 24,  is a key educational event to learn from, celebrate, and connect with DGSOM and SOD students. Students shared their findings and experiences from an array of diverse research and community engagement projects to which they have dedicated their time and energy over the past few months. Abstracts from the event can be found here

The UCLA CTSI TL1 summer fellowship program provides mentored research opportunities, with a focus on health disparities, health inequities, and interdisciplinary, community-partnered translational or health services research. Fellows participate in weekly workshops and seminars, in which they learn to organize and report research findings. The program is led by Drs. Alejandra Casillas, Moira Inkelas, and Alex Bui

Report from the Quarterly Meeting

Michael Lazarus, MDMichael Lazarus, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Section Chief, Hospitalist Medicine, reported on the role of the Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) of the DGSOM and the Academic Senate as elected representatives of the faculty in shared governance as defined for the University of California and UCLA.  Dr. Lazarus is Chair Elect of the DGSOM FEC. 

The FEC sets policy and authorizes admission, promotion, and graduation of medical students, advises administration on faculty welfare, academic priorities, and planning and budget allocations within the DGSOM.  Janet Pregler, MDJanet Pregler, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, GIM-HSR is also currently elected to the FEC as a Medical Sciences representative. 

An election is currently being held for a representative from the Health Sciences!  All Health Sciences faculty are strongly encouraged to vote when you receive your ballot by e-mail later this month.

Meetings are open to all faculty, all faculty  receive monthly e-mail invitations to attend via Zoom.  Please contact Michael Lazarus or Janet Pregler with questions or suggestions.  For more information:

GIM Seminars & Events

Friday, August 7, 8:00am

Pediatrics Grand Rounds: "Schools and COVID-19"

Alice Kuo, MDNava Yageneh, MDAlice Kuo, MD
Professor and Chief

Nava Yeganeh, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor 
Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases

Please contact Jacquelyn Voet for Zoom password:

Congratulations to All with New Research Awards!

Kenrik Duru, MD
A Multi-Level Evaluation of California's New Medicaid Coverage for the Diabetes
Prevention Program
R18 grant
Dates of award- 07/27/2020 – 06/30/2025
UCLA-led Central Coordinating Center For The Natural Experiments Research Network
U18 grant
Dates of award- 09/30/2020– 09/29/2025

Tannaz Moin, MD
The UC DPP Study: Evaluating a Diabetes Prevention Initiative Across the University of California System
R01 Grant (First R01!)
Dates of award- 07/15/2020 - 03/31/2024

Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, PhD
The Impact of Surgeon Factors and Education/Training on Disparities in Surgical Care
R01 Grant (First R01!)
Dates of award- 06/12/2020-01/31/2025

Carol Mangione, MD and Kenrik Duru, MD
A Pragmatic Nationwide RCT of Coordinated Medical, Behavioral, and Social Services to Improve Care and Utilization among High-Cost, High-Need Insured Patients with Diabetes
U18 grant
Dates of award- 09/30/2020– 09/29/2025

New Supplement Awards

Alice Kuo, MD
T25 Addiction Medicine Fellowship supplement
UT2  Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health supplement 

Joseph Ladapo, MD, PhD
R01 supplement to “Financial incentives to help people with cognitive impairment quit smoking” project

David Zingmond, MD, PhD
R01 Impact of POLST Adoption and of Financial Incentives on Care Receipt and on Intensity of Care Preferences in Nursing Home Patients supplement 

Article of General Interest
NEJM"Covid-19 — Implications for the Health Care System"

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., Elizabeth J. Fowler, Ph.D., J.D., Melinda Abrams, M.S., and Sara R. Collins, Ph.D.

July 22, 2020
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsb2021088
New GIM Publications
Nurses should oppose police violence and unjust policing in healthcare
Kia Skrine Jeffers, Hafifa Siddiq, Adrienne S. Martinez-Hollingsworth, Shoshana V. Aronowitz, Laura Sinko, Jasmine L. Travers, D. Anthony Tolentino, Jade Burns, Sue Anne Bell, Dana C. Beck, Jose I. Gutierrez, Dominique Bulgin, Kirstin A. Manges, Lisa N. Mansfield, Amanda P. Bettencourt, Jin Jun, Alex J. Fauer, Rachele K. Lipsky, Gillian I. Adynski, Kristen R. Choi. (Recent & Current NCSP Scholars in bold.)  International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2020 Online pre-proof.  Contact or for final PDF shortly.

The nursing science behind nurses as coronavirus hospital heroes.  Kristen Choi and Anna Dermenchyen.  STAT Online, July 30, 2020.

Malpractice and Patient Safety Concerns. Reisch LM, Flores MJ, Radick AC, Shucard HL, Kerr KF, Piepkorn MW, Barnhill RL, Elder DE, Knezevich SR, Elmore JG. Am J Clin Pathol. 2020 Jul. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32651589.  Read the UCLA Newsroom Research Brief press release

An Untapped Potential in Primary Care: Semi-Structured Interviews with Clinicians on How Patient Portals Will Work for Caregivers in the Safety Net. Casillas A, Cemballi AG, Abhat A, Lemberg M, Portz JD, Sadasivaiah S, Ratanawongsa N, Semere W, Brown A, Lyles CR. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Jul 20;22(7):e18466. PMID: 32706709

Practice Leaders Report Targeting Several Types of Changes in Care Experienced by Patients During Patient-Centered Medical Home Transformation. Quigley, Denise D, Nabeel Qureshi, Luma Al-Masarweh, and Ron D Hays. Journal of Patient Experience, (June 2020). 

Serial Bone Density Measurement and Incident Fracture Risk Discrimination in Postmenopausal WomenCrandall CJ, Larson J, Wright NC, et al. JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 27, 2020.
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