Timothy E. Albertson, a pulmonary, critical care and toxicology specialist, has been named chair of the UC Davis Department of Internal Medicine.
Albertson has served as the department's interim chair since 2009. As chair, he oversees UC Davis Health System's largest department, comprising 11 divisions and more than 500 physicians, researchers, clinicians, fellows and other staff. The department provides a wide range of general medicine and specialty care services, from cardiovascular medicine and infectious diseases to pulmonary and critical care medicine.
"Dr. Albertson provides an outstanding record of experience and expertise that benefits our entire health system," said Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and dean of the School of Medicine. "His highly regarded leadership skills complement his excellent clinical care, research and teaching capabilities. We are proud to have him leading our Department of Internal Medicine."
Prior to becoming chair of the department, Albertson served as chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine for 23 years. He began his medical career at UC Davis Medical Center in 1983, and today he is a professor of medicine, pharmacology and toxicology, anesthesia, and emergency medicine. He also serves as medical director of the Sacramento Division of the California Poison Control System and has served as associate dean for academic and clinical programs at UC Davis School of Medicine.
"It's an honor and a real challenge to serve as chair of Internal Medicine," said Albertson. "Our department consists of people who are dedicated to advancing health and health care for all. Our faculty, staff, programs and research activities play a crucial role in making UC Davis Health System an outstanding institution and an integral part of the communities we serve."
In addition to being a longtime physician leader at UC Davis, Albertson has been a member of the California National Guard for 23 years and served as its state surgeon and medical detachment commander for three years. In 2004, Albertson went to Iraq as battalion surgeon for the California National Guard Armor Unit that was providing security in that country. Albertson also is a flight surgeon and chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine for the Veterans Administration Northern California Health Care System.
Albertson is a 1977 graduate of UC Davis School of Medicine. He completed a doctoral degree in pharmacology and toxicology in 1980 from UC Davis. He also has a master's degree in public health from UC Berkeley. Albertson is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and was elected to fellowship in the England's Royal College of Physicians in 2005.
As chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, Albertson receives an annual base salary of $260,300. Additional information about his compensation is available upon request.