Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
Monthly Newsletter
August 2019
UCLA Division of GIM-HSR Monthly Newsletter
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New DMPG Executive Board Officers
Adam CavalleroJanki Shah Adam Cavellero, MD
HS Assistant Clinical Professor, GIM-HSR,
Thousand Oaks Office

Janki Shah, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Cardiology/Cardiovascular Disease
Vice President
Evelyn CurlsKevin Ghassemi
Evelyn Curls, MD, MBA
HS Assistant Clinical Professor, GIM-HSR,
Redondo Beach Office

Kevin Ghassemi, MD
HS Assistant Clinical Professor, Digestive Diseases
New Board Member

Upcoming: Department of Medicine Professional Group Annual Meeting - November 22, 2019
Quarterly Division Meeting Recap

Maria HanDaniel CroymanChristine LamDavid Ganz

GIM-HSR faculty Maria Han, Daniel Croymans, Christine Lam, and David Ganz presented at the quarterly GIM-HSR Division meeting on Monday, July 29th.  The topic was outpatient quality initiatives for the new academic year. Both UCLA Health and the West Los a Angeles VA will be focusing on diabetes and colorectal cancer screening as major clinical initiatives.  (Click to enlarge)

New Awards & Honors

Carolyn Crandall Dr. Carolyn Crandall was awarded the NAMS/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Menopause journal Best Paper Award for her article "Breast cancer, endometrial cancer, and cardiovascular events in participants who used vaginal estrogen in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study"  The award will be acknowledged at the NAMS Annual Meeting in Chicago on September 26.

Dr. Arleen Brown was selected as a recipient of an inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Research.  This award funds courses where students will carry out research activities benefiting local community organizations while advancing their professor’s research goals. Dr. Brown’s students will work with community organizations and academic faculty to reduce chronic disease disparities in Los Angeles County through community-engaged collaborative projects.

GIM in the Media

Laura WherryA new National Bureau of Economic Research report, "Medicaid and Mortality: New Evidence from Linked Survey and Administrative Data," on which Dr. Laura Wherry was an author, regarding the life saving effects of Medicaid expansion, was cited by a Vox article  (and tweeted out by Barack Obama). Dr. Wherry was also interviewed regarding the report's findings for a Wall Street Journal piece, "When the Safety Net Pays for Itself":  “[The study] clearly shows that government programs that are targeted to low-income children are a smart investment.”
Joe Ladapo

Dr. Joseph Ladapo provided commentary for a MedPage Today article "Does Myocardial Ischemia Matter in Stable CAD?" looking at a new JAMA Internal Medicine investigation, "Association Between Stress Testing–Induced Myocardial Ischemia and Clinical Events in Patients With Multivessel Coronary Artery Disease?"  He notes, "Ultimately, patients with established coronary disease need to be on preventative medications, eat healthier, exercise more, and stop smoking regardless of whether they have documented ischemia."

GIM in the Community

Communities for Wellness Equity (C4WE): Community Voices 

Continuing the legacy of Dr. Loretta Jones, on July 12th, 2019, Healthy African American Families II (HAAF) and the National Clinician Scholars Cohort of 2018-2020 hosted a community partnered conference co-sponsored by the CTSI Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP) at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. 

With over 175 South Los Angeles community members, policy, and academic stakeholders voices were heard regarding the facilitators and challenges of social determinants of health impacting community.  Participants identified priority issues for which action-oriented work groups will be formed to address housing, education, violence & trauma/safety, and nutrition & food security.  Recap video here.  




If interested in getting involved in the next steps, please contact academic lead, Etsemaye Agonafer ( and community leads, Felica Jones ( and Andrea Jones (  
New Funding Awards in GIM

Dr. Ioana Popescu
"Physician Networks and the Racial Gap in Hospital Quality of Care for Coronary Heart Disease"
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa
UCLA Academic Senate Council on Research, Faculty Grants Program
"Predictive modeling for diabetes patients with high risk of adverse health outcomes—a machine learning analytic approach using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2015"

Upcoming GIM Events & Seminars
GIM Staff Ground Rounds 

GIM Grand RoundsNext Wednesday, August 7, 1:30 pm
Suite 710, Conference room 725

Kuhlwant Dosanjh:
RISE UP Study - A brief overview

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.


Save the Date!

3rd Annual Martin F. Shapiro HSR Symposium  

An Annual Health Services Research Symposium
In honor of the leadership, inspiration and scholarship of

Martin F. Shapiro, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research, UCLA Department of Medicine; and Professor of Medicine Division of General Medicine, 
Weill Cornell Medical School

Friday, September 27, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
with Breakfast, Lunch, and End of day reception
Half-day participants welcome
New GIM-HSR Publications
Alejandra Casillas, MDAlejandra Casillas, Li-Jung Liang, Stefanie Vassar, Arleen Brown
Trends in Memory Problems and Race/Ethnicity in the National Health and Examination Survey, 1999-2014
Ethn Dis. 2019;29(3):525-534.

"The prevalence of sub­jective cognitive concerns across time periods points to a need to engage patients – particularly older and less-educated Latinos – about warning signs for cogni­tive impairment. The impact of education on subjective cognitive concerns in older Latinos may be related to acculturation and warrant further investigation." 

Menopausal Hormone Therapy. Shifren JL, Crandall CJ, Manson JE. JAMA. 2019 2019;321(24):2458-2459. PMID: 31145419

How are medical groups identified as high-performing? The effect of different approaches to classification of performance. Ahluwalia SC, Damberg CL, Haas A, Shekelle PG. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jul 18;19(1):500. PMID: 31319830

Well-being for trainees caring for homeless veterans. Moore E, Soh M, Stuber M, Warde C. Clin Teach. 2019 Jul 11. PMID: 31297939

Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: US Preventive Services Task Force Reaffirmation Recommendation Statement. US Preventive Services Task Force, Owens DK, Davidson KW, ... , Mangione CM, et al. JAMA. 2019 Jul 23;322(4):349-354. PMID: 31334800

Use of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Among Black and White Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States. Nee R, Yan G, Yuan CM, Agodoa LY, Norris KC. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Aug 6;8(15):e012101. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.119.012101. Epub 2019 Jul 23. PMID: 31331221

Impact of improved price transparency on patients' demand of healthcare services. Kobayashi D, Goto R, Tsugawa Y. Soc Sci Med. 2019 Jul 9;235:112390. PMID: 31325901

Expanded Prospective Payment System and Use of and Outcomes with Home Dialysis by Race and Ethnicity in the United States. Shen JI, Erickson KF, Chen L, Vangala S, Leng L, Shah A, Saxena AB, Perl J, Norris KC. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 Jul 18. pii: CJN.00290119. doi: 10.2215/CJN.00290119. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31320318

The Effects of Three Kinds of Insurance Benefit Design Features on Specialty Mental Health Care Use in Managed Care. Friedman SA, Ettner SL, Chuang E, Azocar F, Harwood JM, Xu H, Ong MK. J Ment Health Policy Econ. 2019 Jun 1;22(2):43-59. PMID: 31319375

Hospital and Health System Policies Concerning the California End of Life Option Act. Cain CL, Koenig BA, Starks H, Thomas J, Forbes L, McCleskey S, Wenger NS. J Palliat Med. 2019 Jul 12. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2019.0169. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31298605

A Combination of Indoor Localization and Wearable Sensor-Based Physical Activity Recognition to Assess Older Patients Undergoing Subacute Rehabilitation: Baseline Study Results. Ramezani R, Zhang W, Xie Z, Shen J, Elashoff D, Roberts P, Stanton A, Eslami M, Wenger N, Sarrafzadeh M, Naeim A. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 Jul 10;7(7):e14090. doi: 10.2196/14090. PMID: 31293244

A modeling framework to inform PrEP initiation and retention scale-up in the context of Getting to Zero Initiatives. Khanna AS, Schneider JA, Collier N, Ozik J, ...  Cunningham W, et al; BARS Study Group and Getting to Zero IL Research Evaluation and Data (RED) Committee. AIDS. 2019 Jul 2. PMID: 31274533

High Quality of Care Persists With Shifting Depression Services From VA Specialty to Integrated Primary Care. Leung LB, Escarce JJ, Yoon J, Sugar CA, Wells KB, Young AS, Rubenstein LV. Med Care. 2019  Aug;57(8):654-658. PMID: 31259785

Researching the Appropriateness of Care in the Complementary and Integrative Health Professions Part 3: Designing Instruments With Patient Input. Whitley MD, Coulter ID, Gery RW, Hays RD, Sherbourne C, Herman PM, Hilton LG. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2019 Jun 26. pii: S0161-4754(18)30364-6. PMID: 31255308

Patients Managing Medications and Reading Their Visit Notes: A Survey of OpenNotes Participants. DesRoches CM, Bell SK, Dong Z, Elmore J, Fernandez L, Fitzgerald P, Liao JM, Payne TH, Delbanco T, Walker J. Ann Intern Med. Ann Intern Med. 2019;171(1):69-71.

GIM Photo Album
New Fellows Welcome Party, July 20, 2019

Fellows Orientation Party

1st Year NCSP, NRSA & VA Fellows at Orientation Luncheon, July 1, 2019 

NCSP, NRSA, VA 1st year fellows

Front row: Drs. Nicole Goodsmith, Elizabeth Moore, Hafifa Shabaik, Alisha Ranadive, Teresa Liu (NRSA); Middle row: Drs. Katherine Chen, Rivfka Shanoy, Carlos Irwin Oronce; Back Row: Drs. Vidit Sharma (VA HSR&D), Jacob Quinton, Kimon Ioannides, & Daisuke Furukawa (NRSA).
Photos by Samantha Chen
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