Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
Monthly Newsletter
October 2020
UCLA Division of GIM-HSR Monthly Newsletter
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Welcome Dr. Ben Meza to GIM Faculty
Ben Meza, MDDr. Benjamin Paolo Meza comes to GIM from Johns Hopkins where he completed his research postdoc fellowship and an MHS in Epidemiology. He received his MD from Pitt, followed by residency at University of Miami with a chief's year in Med-Peds.  Dr. Meza studies how social networks can be leveraged to improve care for patients from disenfranchised communities.  At Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, he served the local low-income Latinx community as a primary care physician in internal medicine. 

We welcome and look forward to collaborating with Dr. Meza in GIM!
Clinical Approach to Influenza and COVID: GIM Quarterly Meeting
October 12

The next GIM Quarterly Meeting will be on Monday, October 12th from 12-1:00pm via Zoom.  Please attend!  RSVP to the Outlook appointment on your calendars


Welcome and Announcements:  Dr. Carol Mangione, Professor and Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research

Influenza and COVID-19 Presentation:  Dr. Dan Uslan, HS Associate Clinical  Professor and Clinical Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases; Co-Chief Infection Prevention Officer


Dr. Michael Ayoub, HS Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Health System Hospitalist
Dr. Kelley Chuang, HS Assistant Clinical Professor, West LA VA Hospitalist
Dr. Sun Yoo, HS Assistant Clinical Professor GIM/HSR, Medical Director, UCLA Extensivist Program and Care Transitions

New GIM Report: COVID-19, Latino Working-Age Adults and Citizenship

David Hayes-Bautista, MDIn this report, GIM's Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista and colleagues Dr. Paul Hsu and Giselle D. Hernandez found that non-citizen Latino workers in California are among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic because of their concentration in essential employment, including the state’s agricultural industry that generates $50 billion per year.

Also, be sure to check out Dr. Hayes-Bautista's new podcast, Gente and Health, produced by the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC) at UCLA, which aims to unearth the voices of gente and health by highlighting Latino narratives and discussing the situation of Latinos in California. 

Gente and Health on Spotify | Gente and Health on Apple Podcasts | 

 Dr. Daniel Kozman Named Asst. Dean of EDI for DGSOM
Daniel Kozman, MDDaniel Kozman, MD, MPH, HS Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of GIM-HSR, has been named as an Assistant Dean of Equity and Diversity Inclusion (EDI) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, joining Dr. Kathleen Brown who also serves as Assistant Dean for EDI.

Dr. Kozman will work to advance equity and diversity inclusion with a focus on medical students. His primary responsibilities include developing and supporting programs that enhance the academic successes, inclusive climate, welcoming culture, and the medical school curriculum that are critical to support medical students through their professional journey.  Congratulations to Dr. Kozman!
Dr. Adriana Izquierdo to Direct Early Authentic Clinical Experience for DGSOM

Adriana Izquierdo, MDAdriana Izquierdo, MD, MS, Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of GIM/HSR and Staff Physician at the Greater Los Angeles VA, will serve as the inaugural Director for Early Authentic Clinical Experience (EACE), a key component of DGSOM curricular redesign. 

The primary goal of EACE is to provide students with an immersive, authentic and longitudinal clinical experience during their MS1 year. Through this activity, students will begin to develop their professional identities, learn to function as part of a multidisciplinary team and begin to understand the immense importance of structural determinants of health.

GIM in the Media
Joanne Elmore, MDLos Angeles Times, Washington PostDeadline, and Newsweek reported on research led by GIM's Dr. Joann Elmore published in Journal of Medical Internet Research.  The article, "Excess Patient Visits for Cough and Pulmonary Disease at a Large US Health System in the Months Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Time-Series Analysis," suggests that COVID-19 may have been circulating in the area months before the first definitive cases in the U.S. were identified. 
Congratulations on New Funding Awards in GIM!
John Mafi, MDJohn Mafi, MD
Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76), National Institute on Aging
"Leveraging Electronic Health Records to Measure and Reduce Harmful, Low-Value Care Among Older Adults"
09/15/2020 – 05/31/2025

Arleen Brown, MDArleen Brown, MD, PhDJoe Ladapo, MD
Joe Ladapo, MD, PhD

UG3 grant
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
"Multi-ethnic Multi-level Strategies and Behavioral Economics to Eliminate Hypertension Disparities in LA County"
09/10/2020 – 08/31/2023
GIM Seminars & Events

GIM Friday Noon Seminar Series

Katherine Kahn, MDFriday, October 2, 12pm
Katherine Kahn, MD
"Examination of a Research Study Reporting on Health Disparities: Re-examination, Lessons learned, and Where Next?"

Friday, October 9 - Catherine Sarkisian, MD
Friday, October 16 - Carolyn Crandall, MD

Live streaming webinar & phone conference line: | Password: uclagim
(669) 900-6833, Meeting ID 588 355 752


RCMAR CHIMERCMAR CHIME - CTSI Fall 2020 Scientific Retreat
Monday, Oct 19 @ 9:00am-12:10pm &
Wednesday, October 21 (New date!) @ 1:30-5pm

Register here to receive the Zoom and meeting details

For full details visit: 
or contact: 

2020 ACP Southern California Meeting: October 10

ACPJust a reminder that registration is now open for the 2020 ACP All Southern California Chapter Meeting!

The meeting will be held virtually on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The registration fee is only $10

The meeting will offer both CME credits and MOC points.

Full meeting program details will be available on the Chapter website shortly.

[Meeting registration]

Please contact Gus Chavez via e-mail at with any questions.

New Articles of General Interest
AAMCConsensus Guidance on Face Coverings 
Association of American Medical Colleges

New GIM Publications

Interventions Incorporating Therapeutic Alliance to Improve Hemodialysis Treatment Adherence in Black Patients with End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) in the United States: A Systematic Review. Blumrosen C, Desta R, Cavanaugh KL, Laferriere HE, Bruce MA, Norris KC, Griffith DM, Umeukeje EM.Patient Prefer Adherence. 2020 Aug 17;14:1435-1444.PMID: 32884245

Carve-out plan financial requirements associated with national behavioral health parity. 
Friedman S, Xu H, Azocar F, Ettner SL.Health Serv Res. 2020 Sep 2.PMID: 32880927
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