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News from UC Davis Health System

News from UC Davis Health System

Facts and Figures

UC Davis Health System is committed to improving lives and and transforming health care around the globe.


Julie A. Freischlag, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences
Dean of the School of Medicine

David A. Acosta, M.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion

James E. Goodnight Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs
Director of the Practice Management Group
School of Medicine

Tim Maurice, M.B.A.
Chief Financial Officer, Health System

Frederick J. Meyers, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Vice Dean, School of Medicine

Michael Minear
Chief Information Officer, Health System

Thomas S. Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H
Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances, Health System

Chong Porter
Associate Vice Chancellor of Health Sciences Development and Alumni Relations

Ann Madden Rice
Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Medical Center

Heather M. Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing
Dean, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis

Faculty, staff and students

School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
and Medical Center
(Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013)
Faculty and other academic personnel, full- and part-time
Residents and Fellows 969
Students 795
Staff, full- and part-time


UC Davis Health System conducts collaborative, high-impact research in basic, translational and clinical sciences that is central to achieving its mission of improving lives and transforming health care. Partners include:

External Research Funding © 2013 UC Regents

Major areas of research growth include innovative programs that focus on improving individual, family, community and population health.

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center unites 225 scientists with $99 million in funds for 377 research projects to fight cancer through improved detection, better drug therapies and more effective approaches to treatment.
  • UC Davis emergency medicine physicians are nationally recognized for leading multicenter research that develops new standards of care for treating children at emergency departments.
  • The Institute for Population Health Improvement is leading efforts to improve the health of Californians, from catalyzing the adoption and implementation of health information exchange to exploring a new model of community-based care for paramedics.
  • The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research provides resources, mentoring and training to researchers focused on improving the quality and effectiveness of care for depression, pain, cancer, stroke, heart failure and more.
  • The Clinical and Translational Science Center advances laboratory findings into new treatments for patients, engages communities in clinical research efforts and leverages its network of scholars to educate the next generation of clinicians and scientists.
  • World-renowned scientists at the UC Davis MIND Institute are committed to finding better treatments and cures for autism, fragile X and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • The new Latino Aging Research Resource Center, one of seven such centers funded by the National Institute for Aging, responds to the burden of Alzheimer's disease and other age-related cognitive impairments faced by older Hispanics, their families and loved ones.
  • Researchers at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing apply the science of nursing to improve health and reshape health-care delivery, with emphasis on aging populations, rural health and diverse communities.
  • UC Davis has eight ongoing clinical trials focused on testing the benefits and potential of stem cell therapies.

Nearly 1,000 basic science, translational and clinical research studies are underway, funded by federal and state governments; private foundations; pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; and philanthropy. Research strengths include:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Epidemiology
  • Evidence-based clinical care
  • Health disparities
  • Health policy
  • Human molecular genetics
  • Infectious disease
  • Injury and healing
  • Neurosciences
  • Regenerative medicine


UC Davis Health System is a leader in providing tomorrow's health-care workforce with the skills and values needed to improve health for all. Through its  Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, School of Medicine, master's programs in public health and health informatics, and other key teaching programs, UC Davis promotes an educational environment that encourages and supports diversity, learning and hands-on experience.

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the medical school among the best in the country for primary care and research.
  • Physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals in the region have access to lifelong learning with more than 300 seminars, workshops, onsite hospital tutorials, distance learning, online classes, special lectures and medical grand rounds.
  • In addition to an M.D. dgree, the School of Medicine offers fully accredited master's degree programs in health informatics, public health and clinical research, and an M.D.-Ph.D. program for physician-scientists.
  • For more than 35 years, UC Davis students have volunteered hundreds of hours a year in free community clinics delivering sensitive health-care servcies for under-served populations.
  • Four degrees are now offered at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing through the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program. Degrees include Ph.D., M.S. – Leadership, and masters' degrees for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
  • With a focus on improving access and quality of care in geographically diverse regions of the state, the School of Medicine's PRIME and TEACH-MS initiatives partner with communities and local physicians to prepare students to practice in sparsely populated and urban locales that are medically underserved.
  • The American Association of Family Physicians has recognized UC Davis School of Medicine as one of the nation’s top 10 schools for graduating medical students who go on to family medicine residencies.
  • Select applicants to the School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing participate in team-oriented, interactive, problem-solving admissions interviews to better identify future health-care leaders and engaged providers.

Community Engagement

UC Davis actively engages with the diverse communities it serves in Sacramento, Northern California and beyond.

  • As an engine of prosperity fueling the economies of the Sacramento region and Northern California, UC Davis Health System generates more than 20,000 jobs and more than $3.4 billion a year in economic output.
  • UC Davis is part of national initiatives to improve lives, including the Association of American Medical Colleges' Best Practices for Better Care and the White House's Joining Forces.
  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center's WeCARE! Community-Based Cancer Peer Navigator program matches newly diagnosed patients with specially trained cancer survivors who provide information and compassionate support.
  • UC Davis trains health-care providers, community college instructors, public safety and county health officers, local librarians and the general public in using technology-enabled health care.
  • UC Davis encourages high school, college and graduate students encourage youth from diverse backgrounds to seek clinical, research amd other allied health careers.
  • As an integral part of the region's emergency preparedness and response network, UC Davis advises agencies and takes the lead in responding to bioterrorism and mass-casualty events to ensure public safety. Trauma prevention specialists also partner with firefighters, law enforcement and other groups to reduce preventable injuries, accidents and violence.
  • The UC Davis Cancer Care Network unites four hospital-based cancer centers in Northern and Central California, offering patients leading-edge care in their own communities.
  • Thousands of community members attend free and low-cost community forums and lectures offered annually to increase health and science literacy, including annual deans’ lectures at sponsored by the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the School of Medicine..

Patient care

UC Davis Health System provides person- and family-centered care, offering access to the latest discoveries and best treatments for patients in Northern California and around the globe.

  • UC Davis operates the only Level 1 trauma centers for both adult and pediatric emergencies in inland Northern California, as re-verified by the American College of Surgeons in 2012. 
  • A leader in defining innovative uses for technology to transform health and health care, UC Davis provides expertise in more than two dozen clinical specialties using telehealth technology to reach patients and health-care providers throughout the state.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis Children's Hospital among the nation's best and UC Davis Medical Center among top hospitals in orthopaedics, and number one in the Sacramento region with several high-performing specialties. 
  • UC Davis Medical Center is a leading referral center for the most seriously injured or ill patients, and the most medically complex cases, in a region covering 33 counties, more than 65,000 square miles and 6 million residents.
  • A leader in information technologies, UC Davis Medical Center earned national distinction in 2013 when it was selected for the prestigious HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society) Davies Enterprise Award for utilizing health IT to improve patient care.
  • The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the 41st "comprehensive" cancer center in the U.S as designated by the National Cancer Institute. The designation recognizes the center's excellence in laboratory, clinical, population-based and transdisciplinary research, as well as professional and pubic education and outreach.
  • UC Davis Medical Center earned its 15th consecutive Consumer Choice Award in 2013. The award recognizes a single hospital in each of 300 markets nationwide that health-care consumers choose as providing the highest-quality health care, based on results of the National Research Corporation’s annual nationwide survey.
  • The nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization recognized UC Davis Medical Center for three years in a row as a Leader in Healthcare Equality.

Hospital, patient statistics

Licensed beds 619
ER visits* 61,527
Clinic/office visits* 860,828
Admissions* 32,625

* For year ending June 30, 2013