Bess Marcus, PhD,
has been appointed Senior Associate Dean for Public Health with the UC San Diego School of Medicine. This new appointment recognizes the rapidly growing field of public health in academic medicine and its pivotal role in protecting and improving the health of individuals and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, detection and control of infectious diseases and assessing hazardous environ-ments.
“The ultimate goal of this new role and the Institute is to help people achieve healthier, happier lives,” said Marcus who also serves as Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medi-cine. “The university wants its passionate and talented public health students to serve in the broader community where, mentored by our top-notch research faculty, they can help to imple-ment evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.”
Marcus will develop a Public Health Institute to serve as a home for all public health-oriented ef-forts at UC San Diego. This strategic role is designed to promote public health research and ed-ucation activities across the campus, foster interdisciplinary conversations and collaborations, focus the need for resources and oversee public health degree offerings at UC San Diego.
CONGRATULATIONS TO FPM'S TOP DOCTORS 2014!
Each year the San Diego County Medical Society (SDCMS) invites San Diego County Physicians to participate in the selection of "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence", Top Doctors.
Please join us in congratulating the following FPM physicians who were selected this year:
Suraj Arthur Achar, MD - Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
David Bazzo, MD - Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
Ellen Beck, MD - Family Medicine Gary Buckholz, MD - Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Lori Daniels, MD - Cardiovascular Disease
Linda Hill, MD, MPH - Public Health & Preventive Medicine Tyson Ikeda, MD - Family Medicine
Marianne McKennett - Family Medicine
William Norcross, MD - Family Medicine
Kevin Patrick, MD - Public Health & Preventive Medicine
Daniel Slater, MD - Family Medicine
Kenneth Taylor, MD - Family Medicine, Sports Medicine
Happy Araneta, PhD, is the 2014 recipient of the American Diabetes Association’s Vivian Fonseca Scholar Award. This award promotes and recognizes diabetes research focused on South Asian or Asian American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (AANHPI) populations and/or research by a scientist from South Asia or the AANHPI population. Dr. Araneta has been recognized at the 2014 Scientific Sessions in San Francisco for her abstract, “Optimum BMI Cutpoints to Screen Asian Americans for Type 2 Diabetes: The UCSD Filipino Health Study and the North Kohala Study”.
Ellen Beck, MD has been awarded the 2014 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teachers Award. This award celebrates the important role of teachers in society and seeks to inspire others to pursue a profession in teaching. Nominated by a former student, Dr. Beck is being honored for her contributions, dedication, and service as an educator and mentor.
Ruth Heifetz, MD, MPH was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) “Spirit of Justice” Award. Dr. Heifetz is the founding board member of the EHC, an organization fighting toxic pollution and other environmental hazards in the San Diego/ Tijuana region. She was recognized at the 2014 Awards Celebration: Victory for Healthy Communities for her lifetime of dedication to raising awareness among students, professionals, workers and residents to the hazards of toxic pollution.