Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean | UC Davis Health

Welcome Dr. David Lubarsky to UC Davis Health!

David A. LubarskyUC Davis Chancellor Gary May has appointed David A. Lubarsky to the position of vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health, which includes the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 627-bed acute-care hospital. Lubarsky will join UC Davis on July 2, 2018.

Lubarsky most recently served as the chief medical and systems integration officer with the University of Miami Health System, a position he has held since 2012. As a leader within the system, he has overseen the system’s four hospital and practice chief medical officers as well as patient safety and quality. In addition, he led the university’s self-insured malpractice program, which focuses on prevention, and patient and visitor services, including patient experience. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Lubarsky integrated programs to create system-wide consistent approaches to care and quality improvement, including a new central safety and quality office, a system-wide safety and quality governing board, a system-wide chief medical officer council, a system-wide infection control and antibiotic stewardship program, and a central PI and project management office.

"David brings to UC Davis broad experience and proven results in a major healthcare market," May said. "He has an impressive record of sound financial management and innovative practices for a high functioning health care system that has gained national attention. His success in raising funds to meet pressing needs, including for enhanced access to Medicaid and indigent patients, aligns well with our values at UC Davis Health."

Lubarsky has been recognized for his success in helping establish a centralized scheduling system, improving infrastructure, and improving performance across many areas of the University of Miami health system. He raised more than $100 million annually for the University of Miami from state and federal funding sources to aid enhanced access for Medicaid and indigent patients. Previously, as CEO of the 1,100-physician practice, he turned a $100 million loss into a $32 million surplus in one year by growing patient volumes and optimizing the revenue cycle while making sure already high patient experience scores were maintained. Of note, every one of his major initiatives has explicitly prioritized quality and empathetic patient care.

In his efforts to meet community needs, Lubarsky has worked with the state of Florida and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand access to Medicaid, forging a close partnership with the other major academic centers in Florida in pursuit of this goal. He has also been working with Florida’s state and congressional representatives to expand existing graduate medical education programs that would best meet the state’s needs and to secure the necessary federal funding which has been frozen for more than 20 years.

For the last 16 years, Lubarsky has been chief of service of anesthesia and pain management for the largest safety net hospital in the U.S., Jackson Memorial Hospital. He served on their board overseeing safety and quality, and throughout his tenure has been a forceful advocate for a uniform high quality of care.

"It is a privilege to join this highly regarded, progressive and nationally recognized health system," Lubarsky said. "I look forward to working closely with the accomplished faculty and staff, and routinely interacting with Davis’ talented students and trainees. I have already heard many great ideas about how to catapult Davis to greater heights, and I hope to harness those ideas to catalyze innovation so that we better serve our patients, our local community and our academic mission."

UC Davis School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. Ranked 34th in National Institutes of Health funding in 2013, it is designated as one of the nation’s inaugural Clinical Translational Science Centers.

A few highlights include:

  • A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries
  • A passion for clinical care and a commitment to engaging people from underserved communities and advancing rural health
  • Fully accredited master’s degree programs in public health and in informatics
  • A combined M.D.-Ph.D. program that is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care

The Dean’s Departments and Offices include:

Additional departments:

To learn more, visit the medical school site.

UC Davis Medical Center, based in Sacramento, Calif., is a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health.

A few highlights:

  • A 627-bed multispecialty academic medical center
  • Serves 33 counties covering a 65,000-square-mile area north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada
  • Recognized as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the U.S.
  • Recognized by The Leapfrog Group as a “Top Hospital” for delivery of high-quality care
  • Ranked Sacramento's top hospital by U.S. News & World Report

Centers of excellence include:

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers nationwide
  • State-of-the-art emergency departments that include the region's only Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers
  • The internationally recognized UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders
  • UC Davis Children's Hospital, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital with more than 120 physicians in 33 pediatric subspecialties
  • A pioneering telehealth program, which gives remote, underserved communities access to academic specialty and subspecialty care

To learn more, visit the medical center site.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis cultivates academic excellence and addresses urgent, societal needs through leadership development, interprofessional education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. The school plays a critical role in preparing nurse leaders who will shape the future of health care and inform health policy.

The School of Nursing has five research focus areas: chronic disease management, health technology, pain management, Healthy People and Healthy Systems. Faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, business administration, sociology, gerontology, medicine, information technology and psychology. School of Nursing students engage in classroom and clinical environments with students in the School of Medicine, health informatics and other health-related programs.

A few highlights include:

To learn more, visit the School of Nursing’s website.

The Practice Management Group (TPMG) represents all organized medical group practices of UC Davis Health System’s primary and specialty care faculty physicians. The group's purpose is to serve the health system’s missions through high-quality, cost-effective care delivery. By delegation from the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean, TPMG has shared responsibility for the clinical operations of the health system's professional practice activities.

The formation of TPMG is an important step in formalizing the leadership of the health system's medical group practices and in refining the role of its group practice in achieving the health system's research, teaching, patient care and community engagement goals. Its primary goal is to maintain a clinical practice that distinguishes UC Davis Health System as a leading faculty and academic health center.

Specific goals of TPMG include:

  • Increasing efficiency of practice and revenue
  • Decreasing practice expenses
  • Reducing silos and improving integration
  • Identifying areas to increase quality
  • Aligning incentives

David H. Wisner is the executive director of the Practice Management Group, overseeing faculty practice operations as well as the overall vision and strategic direction of TPMG and its day-to-day activities. Wisner collaborates with the leadership of the School of Medicine and medical center to set and achieve joint strategic goals across the health system.

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Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean | UC Davis Health

Welcome Dr. David Lubarsky to UC Davis Health!

David A. LubarskyUC Davis Chancellor Gary May has appointed David A. Lubarsky to the position of vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health, which includes the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 627-bed acute-care hospital. Lubarsky will join UC Davis on July 2, 2018.

Lubarsky most recently served as the chief medical and systems integration officer with the University of Miami Health System, a position he has held since 2012. As a leader within the system, he has overseen the system’s four hospital and practice chief medical officers as well as patient safety and quality. In addition, he led the university’s self-insured malpractice program, which focuses on prevention, and patient and visitor services, including patient experience. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Lubarsky integrated programs to create system-wide consistent approaches to care and quality improvement, including a new central safety and quality office, a system-wide safety and quality governing board, a system-wide chief medical officer council, a system-wide infection control and antibiotic stewardship program, and a central PI and project management office.

"David brings to UC Davis broad experience and proven results in a major healthcare market," May said. "He has an impressive record of sound financial management and innovative practices for a high functioning health care system that has gained national attention. His success in raising funds to meet pressing needs, including for enhanced access to Medicaid and indigent patients, aligns well with our values at UC Davis Health."

Lubarsky has been recognized for his success in helping establish a centralized scheduling system, improving infrastructure, and improving performance across many areas of the University of Miami health system. He raised more than $100 million annually for the University of Miami from state and federal funding sources to aid enhanced access for Medicaid and indigent patients. Previously, as CEO of the 1,100-physician practice, he turned a $100 million loss into a $32 million surplus in one year by growing patient volumes and optimizing the revenue cycle while making sure already high patient experience scores were maintained. Of note, every one of his major initiatives has explicitly prioritized quality and empathetic patient care.

In his efforts to meet community needs, Lubarsky has worked with the state of Florida and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand access to Medicaid, forging a close partnership with the other major academic centers in Florida in pursuit of this goal. He has also been working with Florida’s state and congressional representatives to expand existing graduate medical education programs that would best meet the state’s needs and to secure the necessary federal funding which has been frozen for more than 20 years.

For the last 16 years, Lubarsky has been chief of service of anesthesia and pain management for the largest safety net hospital in the U.S., Jackson Memorial Hospital. He served on their board overseeing safety and quality, and throughout his tenure has been a forceful advocate for a uniform high quality of care.

"It is a privilege to join this highly regarded, progressive and nationally recognized health system," Lubarsky said. "I look forward to working closely with the accomplished faculty and staff, and routinely interacting with Davis’ talented students and trainees. I have already heard many great ideas about how to catapult Davis to greater heights, and I hope to harness those ideas to catalyze innovation so that we better serve our patients, our local community and our academic mission."

UC Davis School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. Ranked 34th in National Institutes of Health funding in 2013, it is designated as one of the nation’s inaugural Clinical Translational Science Centers.

A few highlights include:

  • A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries
  • A passion for clinical care and a commitment to engaging people from underserved communities and advancing rural health
  • Fully accredited master’s degree programs in public health and in informatics
  • A combined M.D.-Ph.D. program that is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care

The Dean’s Departments and Offices include:

Additional departments:

To learn more, visit the medical school site.

UC Davis Medical Center, based in Sacramento, Calif., is a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health.

A few highlights:

  • A 627-bed multispecialty academic medical center
  • Serves 33 counties covering a 65,000-square-mile area north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada
  • Recognized as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the U.S.
  • Recognized by The Leapfrog Group as a “Top Hospital” for delivery of high-quality care
  • Ranked Sacramento's top hospital by U.S. News & World Report

Centers of excellence include:

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers nationwide
  • State-of-the-art emergency departments that include the region's only Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers
  • The internationally recognized UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders
  • UC Davis Children's Hospital, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital with more than 120 physicians in 33 pediatric subspecialties
  • A pioneering telehealth program, which gives remote, underserved communities access to academic specialty and subspecialty care

To learn more, visit the medical center site.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis cultivates academic excellence and addresses urgent, societal needs through leadership development, interprofessional education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. The school plays a critical role in preparing nurse leaders who will shape the future of health care and inform health policy.

The School of Nursing has five research focus areas: chronic disease management, health technology, pain management, Healthy People and Healthy Systems. Faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, business administration, sociology, gerontology, medicine, information technology and psychology. School of Nursing students engage in classroom and clinical environments with students in the School of Medicine, health informatics and other health-related programs.

A few highlights include:

To learn more, visit the School of Nursing’s website.

The Practice Management Group (TPMG) represents all organized medical group practices of UC Davis Health System’s primary and specialty care faculty physicians. The group's purpose is to serve the health system’s missions through high-quality, cost-effective care delivery. By delegation from the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean, TPMG has shared responsibility for the clinical operations of the health system's professional practice activities.

The formation of TPMG is an important step in formalizing the leadership of the health system's medical group practices and in refining the role of its group practice in achieving the health system's research, teaching, patient care and community engagement goals. Its primary goal is to maintain a clinical practice that distinguishes UC Davis Health System as a leading faculty and academic health center.

Specific goals of TPMG include:

  • Increasing efficiency of practice and revenue
  • Decreasing practice expenses
  • Reducing silos and improving integration
  • Identifying areas to increase quality
  • Aligning incentives

David H. Wisner is the executive director of the Practice Management Group, overseeing faculty practice operations as well as the overall vision and strategic direction of TPMG and its day-to-day activities. Wisner collaborates with the leadership of the School of Medicine and medical center to set and achieve joint strategic goals across the health system.

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Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean | UC Davis Health

Welcome Dr. David Lubarsky to UC Davis Health!

David A. LubarskyUC Davis Chancellor Gary May has appointed David A. Lubarsky to the position of vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health, which includes the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 627-bed acute-care hospital. Lubarsky will join UC Davis on July 2, 2018.

Lubarsky most recently served as the chief medical and systems integration officer with the University of Miami Health System, a position he has held since 2012. As a leader within the system, he has overseen the system’s four hospital and practice chief medical officers as well as patient safety and quality. In addition, he led the university’s self-insured malpractice program, which focuses on prevention, and patient and visitor services, including patient experience. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Lubarsky integrated programs to create system-wide consistent approaches to care and quality improvement, including a new central safety and quality office, a system-wide safety and quality governing board, a system-wide chief medical officer council, a system-wide infection control and antibiotic stewardship program, and a central PI and project management office.

"David brings to UC Davis broad experience and proven results in a major healthcare market," May said. "He has an impressive record of sound financial management and innovative practices for a high functioning health care system that has gained national attention. His success in raising funds to meet pressing needs, including for enhanced access to Medicaid and indigent patients, aligns well with our values at UC Davis Health."

Lubarsky has been recognized for his success in helping establish a centralized scheduling system, improving infrastructure, and improving performance across many areas of the University of Miami health system. He raised more than $100 million annually for the University of Miami from state and federal funding sources to aid enhanced access for Medicaid and indigent patients. Previously, as CEO of the 1,100-physician practice, he turned a $100 million loss into a $32 million surplus in one year by growing patient volumes and optimizing the revenue cycle while making sure already high patient experience scores were maintained. Of note, every one of his major initiatives has explicitly prioritized quality and empathetic patient care.

In his efforts to meet community needs, Lubarsky has worked with the state of Florida and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand access to Medicaid, forging a close partnership with the other major academic centers in Florida in pursuit of this goal. He has also been working with Florida’s state and congressional representatives to expand existing graduate medical education programs that would best meet the state’s needs and to secure the necessary federal funding which has been frozen for more than 20 years.

For the last 16 years, Lubarsky has been chief of service of anesthesia and pain management for the largest safety net hospital in the U.S., Jackson Memorial Hospital. He served on their board overseeing safety and quality, and throughout his tenure has been a forceful advocate for a uniform high quality of care.

"It is a privilege to join this highly regarded, progressive and nationally recognized health system," Lubarsky said. "I look forward to working closely with the accomplished faculty and staff, and routinely interacting with Davis’ talented students and trainees. I have already heard many great ideas about how to catapult Davis to greater heights, and I hope to harness those ideas to catalyze innovation so that we better serve our patients, our local community and our academic mission."

UC Davis School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. Ranked 34th in National Institutes of Health funding in 2013, it is designated as one of the nation’s inaugural Clinical Translational Science Centers.

A few highlights include:

  • A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries
  • A passion for clinical care and a commitment to engaging people from underserved communities and advancing rural health
  • Fully accredited master’s degree programs in public health and in informatics
  • A combined M.D.-Ph.D. program that is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care

The Dean’s Departments and Offices include:

Additional departments:

To learn more, visit the medical school site.

UC Davis Medical Center, based in Sacramento, Calif., is a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health.

A few highlights:

  • A 627-bed multispecialty academic medical center
  • Serves 33 counties covering a 65,000-square-mile area north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada
  • Recognized as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the U.S.
  • Recognized by The Leapfrog Group as a “Top Hospital” for delivery of high-quality care
  • Ranked Sacramento's top hospital by U.S. News & World Report

Centers of excellence include:

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers nationwide
  • State-of-the-art emergency departments that include the region's only Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers
  • The internationally recognized UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders
  • UC Davis Children's Hospital, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital with more than 120 physicians in 33 pediatric subspecialties
  • A pioneering telehealth program, which gives remote, underserved communities access to academic specialty and subspecialty care

To learn more, visit the medical center site.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis cultivates academic excellence and addresses urgent, societal needs through leadership development, interprofessional education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. The school plays a critical role in preparing nurse leaders who will shape the future of health care and inform health policy.

The School of Nursing has five research focus areas: chronic disease management, health technology, pain management, Healthy People and Healthy Systems. Faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, business administration, sociology, gerontology, medicine, information technology and psychology. School of Nursing students engage in classroom and clinical environments with students in the School of Medicine, health informatics and other health-related programs.

A few highlights include:

To learn more, visit the School of Nursing’s website.

The Practice Management Group (TPMG) represents all organized medical group practices of UC Davis Health System’s primary and specialty care faculty physicians. The group's purpose is to serve the health system’s missions through high-quality, cost-effective care delivery. By delegation from the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean, TPMG has shared responsibility for the clinical operations of the health system's professional practice activities.

The formation of TPMG is an important step in formalizing the leadership of the health system's medical group practices and in refining the role of its group practice in achieving the health system's research, teaching, patient care and community engagement goals. Its primary goal is to maintain a clinical practice that distinguishes UC Davis Health System as a leading faculty and academic health center.

Specific goals of TPMG include:

  • Increasing efficiency of practice and revenue
  • Decreasing practice expenses
  • Reducing silos and improving integration
  • Identifying areas to increase quality
  • Aligning incentives

David H. Wisner is the executive director of the Practice Management Group, overseeing faculty practice operations as well as the overall vision and strategic direction of TPMG and its day-to-day activities. Wisner collaborates with the leadership of the School of Medicine and medical center to set and achieve joint strategic goals across the health system.

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Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean | UC Davis Health

Welcome Dr. David Lubarsky to UC Davis Health!

David A. LubarskyUC Davis Chancellor Gary May has appointed David A. Lubarsky to the position of vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health, which includes the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 627-bed acute-care hospital. Lubarsky will join UC Davis on July 2, 2018.

Lubarsky most recently served as the chief medical and systems integration officer with the University of Miami Health System, a position he has held since 2012. As a leader within the system, he has overseen the system’s four hospital and practice chief medical officers as well as patient safety and quality. In addition, he led the university’s self-insured malpractice program, which focuses on prevention, and patient and visitor services, including patient experience. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Lubarsky integrated programs to create system-wide consistent approaches to care and quality improvement, including a new central safety and quality office, a system-wide safety and quality governing board, a system-wide chief medical officer council, a system-wide infection control and antibiotic stewardship program, and a central PI and project management office.

"David brings to UC Davis broad experience and proven results in a major healthcare market," May said. "He has an impressive record of sound financial management and innovative practices for a high functioning health care system that has gained national attention. His success in raising funds to meet pressing needs, including for enhanced access to Medicaid and indigent patients, aligns well with our values at UC Davis Health."

Lubarsky has been recognized for his success in helping establish a centralized scheduling system, improving infrastructure, and improving performance across many areas of the University of Miami health system. He raised more than $100 million annually for the University of Miami from state and federal funding sources to aid enhanced access for Medicaid and indigent patients. Previously, as CEO of the 1,100-physician practice, he turned a $100 million loss into a $32 million surplus in one year by growing patient volumes and optimizing the revenue cycle while making sure already high patient experience scores were maintained. Of note, every one of his major initiatives has explicitly prioritized quality and empathetic patient care.

In his efforts to meet community needs, Lubarsky has worked with the state of Florida and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand access to Medicaid, forging a close partnership with the other major academic centers in Florida in pursuit of this goal. He has also been working with Florida’s state and congressional representatives to expand existing graduate medical education programs that would best meet the state’s needs and to secure the necessary federal funding which has been frozen for more than 20 years.

For the last 16 years, Lubarsky has been chief of service of anesthesia and pain management for the largest safety net hospital in the U.S., Jackson Memorial Hospital. He served on their board overseeing safety and quality, and throughout his tenure has been a forceful advocate for a uniform high quality of care.

"It is a privilege to join this highly regarded, progressive and nationally recognized health system," Lubarsky said. "I look forward to working closely with the accomplished faculty and staff, and routinely interacting with Davis’ talented students and trainees. I have already heard many great ideas about how to catapult Davis to greater heights, and I hope to harness those ideas to catalyze innovation so that we better serve our patients, our local community and our academic mission."

UC Davis School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. Ranked 34th in National Institutes of Health funding in 2013, it is designated as one of the nation’s inaugural Clinical Translational Science Centers.

A few highlights include:

  • A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries
  • A passion for clinical care and a commitment to engaging people from underserved communities and advancing rural health
  • Fully accredited master’s degree programs in public health and in informatics
  • A combined M.D.-Ph.D. program that is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care

The Dean’s Departments and Offices include:

Additional departments:

To learn more, visit the medical school site.

UC Davis Medical Center, based in Sacramento, Calif., is a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health.

A few highlights:

  • A 627-bed multispecialty academic medical center
  • Serves 33 counties covering a 65,000-square-mile area north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada
  • Recognized as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the U.S.
  • Recognized by The Leapfrog Group as a “Top Hospital” for delivery of high-quality care
  • Ranked Sacramento's top hospital by U.S. News & World Report

Centers of excellence include:

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers nationwide
  • State-of-the-art emergency departments that include the region's only Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers
  • The internationally recognized UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders
  • UC Davis Children's Hospital, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital with more than 120 physicians in 33 pediatric subspecialties
  • A pioneering telehealth program, which gives remote, underserved communities access to academic specialty and subspecialty care

To learn more, visit the medical center site.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis cultivates academic excellence and addresses urgent, societal needs through leadership development, interprofessional education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. The school plays a critical role in preparing nurse leaders who will shape the future of health care and inform health policy.

The School of Nursing has five research focus areas: chronic disease management, health technology, pain management, Healthy People and Healthy Systems. Faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, business administration, sociology, gerontology, medicine, information technology and psychology. School of Nursing students engage in classroom and clinical environments with students in the School of Medicine, health informatics and other health-related programs.

A few highlights include:

To learn more, visit the School of Nursing’s website.

The Practice Management Group (TPMG) represents all organized medical group practices of UC Davis Health System’s primary and specialty care faculty physicians. The group's purpose is to serve the health system’s missions through high-quality, cost-effective care delivery. By delegation from the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean, TPMG has shared responsibility for the clinical operations of the health system's professional practice activities.

The formation of TPMG is an important step in formalizing the leadership of the health system's medical group practices and in refining the role of its group practice in achieving the health system's research, teaching, patient care and community engagement goals. Its primary goal is to maintain a clinical practice that distinguishes UC Davis Health System as a leading faculty and academic health center.

Specific goals of TPMG include:

  • Increasing efficiency of practice and revenue
  • Decreasing practice expenses
  • Reducing silos and improving integration
  • Identifying areas to increase quality
  • Aligning incentives

David H. Wisner is the executive director of the Practice Management Group, overseeing faculty practice operations as well as the overall vision and strategic direction of TPMG and its day-to-day activities. Wisner collaborates with the leadership of the School of Medicine and medical center to set and achieve joint strategic goals across the health system.

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NEWS | October 26, 2012

Autism early intervention found to normalize brain activity in children as young as 18 months

(SACRAMENTO)

An intensive early intervention therapy that is effective for improving cognition and language skills among very young children with autism also normalizes their brain activity, decreases their autism symptoms and improves their social skills, a nationwide study has found. The researchers said the study is the first to demonstrate that an autism early intervention program can normalize brain activity.

Sally Rogers © UC Regents Sally Rogers © UC Regents

"We know that infant brains are quite malleable and previously demonstrated that this therapy capitalizes on the potential of learning that an infant brain has in order to limit autism's deleterious effects," said study author Sally Rogers, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a researcher with the UC Davis MIND Institute.

"The findings on improved behavioral outcomes and the ability to normalize brain activity associated with social activities signify that there is tremendous potential for the brains of children with autism to develop and grow more normally," Rogers said.

Published online today in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the randomized, case-controlled, multi-centered study titled "Early behavioral intervention is associated with normalized brain activity in young children with autism," found that the children who received the intervention exhibited greater brain activation when viewing faces rather than objects, a response that was typical of the normal children in the study, and the opposite of the children with autism who received other intervention.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children born today will be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Hallmarks of the neurodevelopmental condition include persistent deficits in social communication and relatedness, and repetitive or restrictive patterns of interest that appear in early childhood and impair everyday functioning.

Named the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), the intervention method was developed by Rogers and  Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer of the research and advocacy organization Autism Speaks. The therapy fuses a play-based, developmental, relationship-based approach and the teaching methods of applied behavioral analysis.

"This may be the first demonstration that a behavioral intervention for autism is associated with changes in brain function as well as positive changes in behavior," said Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, which funded the study. "By studying changes in the neural response to faces, Dawson and her colleagues have identified a new target and a potential biomarker that can guide treatment development."

For the present study, the researchers recruited 48 diverse male and female children diagnosed with autism between 18 and 30 months in Sacramento, Calif., and in Seattle, as well as typically developing case controls. The ratio of male-to-female participants was more than 3-to-1. Autism is five times more common among boys than girls.

Approximately half of the children with autism were randomly assigned to receive the ESDM intervention for over two years. The participants received ESDM therapy for 20 hours each week, and their parents also were trained to deliver the treatment, a core feature of the intervention. The other participants with autism received similar amounts of various community-based interventions as well as evaluations, referrals, resource manuals and other reading materials.

At the study's conclusion, the participants' brain activity was assessed using electroencephalograms (EEGs) that measured brain activation while viewing social stimuli -- faces -- and non-social stimuli -- toys. Earlier studies have found that typical infants and young children show increased brain activity when viewing social stimuli rather than objects, while children with autism show the opposite pattern.

Twice as many of the children who received the ESDM intervention showed greater brain activation when viewing faces rather than when viewing objects -- a demonstration of normalized brain activity. Eleven of the 15 children who received the ESDM intervention, 73 percent, showed more brain activation when viewing faces than toys. Similarly, 12 of the 17 typically developing children, or 71 percent, showed the same pattern. But the majority -- 64 percent -- of the recipients of the community intervention showed the opposite, "autistic" pattern, i.e., greater response to toys than faces. Only 5 percent showed the brain activation of typical children.

Further, the children receiving ESDM who had greater brain activity while viewing faces also had fewer social-pragmatic problems and improved social communication, including the ability to initiate interactions, make eye contact and imitate others, said MIND Institute researcher Rogers. Use of the ESDM intervention has been shown to improve cognition, language and daily living skills. A study published in 2009 found that ESDM recipients showed more than three times as much gain in IQ and language than the recipients of community interventions.

"This is the first case-controlled study of an intensive early intervention that demonstrates both improvement of social skills and normalized brain activity resulting from intensive early intervention therapy," said Dawson, the study's lead author and professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "Given that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all 18- and 24-month-old children be screened for autism, it is vital that we have effective therapies available for young children as soon as they are diagnosed."

"For the first time," Dawson continued, "parents and practitioners have evidence that early intervention can alter the course of brain and behavioral development in young children. It is crucial that all children with autism have access to early intervention which can promote the most positive long-term outcomes."

Rogers, Dawson and Laurie A. Vismara, also a researcher with the MIND Institute, have authored two books on the intervention. One for professionals is titled "Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism: Promoting Language, Learning, and Engagement" and one for parents titled "An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn."

The ESDM intervention is available in Sacramento through the MIND Institute and in a number of locations throughout the U.S. and other nations. For further information regarding its availability at the MIND Institute, please contact Megan Devitt at 916-703-0465. Training in delivering the ESDM method is provided through the MIND Institute and the University of Washington.

Other study authors include Emily J.H. Jones, Kaitlin Venema, Rachel Lowy, Susan Faja, Dana Kamara, Michale Murias, Jessica Greenson, Jamie Winter, Milani Smith and Sara J. Webb, all of the University of Washington, and Kristen Merkle of Vanderbilt University.

The study was funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health and by a postdoctoral fellowship to Jones from Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

At the UC Davis MIND Institute, world-renowned scientists engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary research to find the causes of and develop treatments and cures for autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), fragile X syndrome, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, Down syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders. For more information, visit mindinstitute.ucdavis.edu

Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean | UC Davis Health

Welcome Dr. David Lubarsky to UC Davis Health!

David A. LubarskyUC Davis Chancellor Gary May has appointed David A. Lubarsky to the position of vice chancellor of human health sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health, which includes the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 627-bed acute-care hospital. Lubarsky will join UC Davis on July 2, 2018.

Lubarsky most recently served as the chief medical and systems integration officer with the University of Miami Health System, a position he has held since 2012. As a leader within the system, he has overseen the system’s four hospital and practice chief medical officers as well as patient safety and quality. In addition, he led the university’s self-insured malpractice program, which focuses on prevention, and patient and visitor services, including patient experience. During his tenure at the University of Miami, Lubarsky integrated programs to create system-wide consistent approaches to care and quality improvement, including a new central safety and quality office, a system-wide safety and quality governing board, a system-wide chief medical officer council, a system-wide infection control and antibiotic stewardship program, and a central PI and project management office.

"David brings to UC Davis broad experience and proven results in a major healthcare market," May said. "He has an impressive record of sound financial management and innovative practices for a high functioning health care system that has gained national attention. His success in raising funds to meet pressing needs, including for enhanced access to Medicaid and indigent patients, aligns well with our values at UC Davis Health."

Lubarsky has been recognized for his success in helping establish a centralized scheduling system, improving infrastructure, and improving performance across many areas of the University of Miami health system. He raised more than $100 million annually for the University of Miami from state and federal funding sources to aid enhanced access for Medicaid and indigent patients. Previously, as CEO of the 1,100-physician practice, he turned a $100 million loss into a $32 million surplus in one year by growing patient volumes and optimizing the revenue cycle while making sure already high patient experience scores were maintained. Of note, every one of his major initiatives has explicitly prioritized quality and empathetic patient care.

In his efforts to meet community needs, Lubarsky has worked with the state of Florida and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to expand access to Medicaid, forging a close partnership with the other major academic centers in Florida in pursuit of this goal. He has also been working with Florida’s state and congressional representatives to expand existing graduate medical education programs that would best meet the state’s needs and to secure the necessary federal funding which has been frozen for more than 20 years.

For the last 16 years, Lubarsky has been chief of service of anesthesia and pain management for the largest safety net hospital in the U.S., Jackson Memorial Hospital. He served on their board overseeing safety and quality, and throughout his tenure has been a forceful advocate for a uniform high quality of care.

"It is a privilege to join this highly regarded, progressive and nationally recognized health system," Lubarsky said. "I look forward to working closely with the accomplished faculty and staff, and routinely interacting with Davis’ talented students and trainees. I have already heard many great ideas about how to catapult Davis to greater heights, and I hope to harness those ideas to catalyze innovation so that we better serve our patients, our local community and our academic mission."

UC Davis School of Medicine is one of the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its research and primary-care programs. Ranked 34th in National Institutes of Health funding in 2013, it is designated as one of the nation’s inaugural Clinical Translational Science Centers.

A few highlights include:

  • A national reputation for life-changing biomedical discoveries
  • A passion for clinical care and a commitment to engaging people from underserved communities and advancing rural health
  • Fully accredited master’s degree programs in public health and in informatics
  • A combined M.D.-Ph.D. program that is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care

The Dean’s Departments and Offices include:

Additional departments:

To learn more, visit the medical school site.

UC Davis Medical Center, based in Sacramento, Calif., is a nationally renowned academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health.

A few highlights:

  • A 627-bed multispecialty academic medical center
  • Serves 33 counties covering a 65,000-square-mile area north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada
  • Recognized as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals in the U.S.
  • Recognized by The Leapfrog Group as a “Top Hospital” for delivery of high-quality care
  • Ranked Sacramento's top hospital by U.S. News & World Report

Centers of excellence include:

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers nationwide
  • State-of-the-art emergency departments that include the region's only Level I adult and pediatric trauma centers
  • The internationally recognized UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders
  • UC Davis Children's Hospital, a nationally ranked pediatric hospital with more than 120 physicians in 33 pediatric subspecialties
  • A pioneering telehealth program, which gives remote, underserved communities access to academic specialty and subspecialty care

To learn more, visit the medical center site.

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis cultivates academic excellence and addresses urgent, societal needs through leadership development, interprofessional education, transformative research, cultural inclusiveness and innovative technology. The school plays a critical role in preparing nurse leaders who will shape the future of health care and inform health policy.

The School of Nursing has five research focus areas: chronic disease management, health technology, pain management, Healthy People and Healthy Systems. Faculty come from a wide range of backgrounds including nursing, business administration, sociology, gerontology, medicine, information technology and psychology. School of Nursing students engage in classroom and clinical environments with students in the School of Medicine, health informatics and other health-related programs.

A few highlights include:

To learn more, visit the School of Nursing’s website.

The Practice Management Group (TPMG) represents all organized medical group practices of UC Davis Health System’s primary and specialty care faculty physicians. The group's purpose is to serve the health system’s missions through high-quality, cost-effective care delivery. By delegation from the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean, TPMG has shared responsibility for the clinical operations of the health system's professional practice activities.

The formation of TPMG is an important step in formalizing the leadership of the health system's medical group practices and in refining the role of its group practice in achieving the health system's research, teaching, patient care and community engagement goals. Its primary goal is to maintain a clinical practice that distinguishes UC Davis Health System as a leading faculty and academic health center.

Specific goals of TPMG include:

  • Increasing efficiency of practice and revenue
  • Decreasing practice expenses
  • Reducing silos and improving integration
  • Identifying areas to increase quality
  • Aligning incentives

David H. Wisner is the executive director of the Practice Management Group, overseeing faculty practice operations as well as the overall vision and strategic direction of TPMG and its day-to-day activities. Wisner collaborates with the leadership of the School of Medicine and medical center to set and achieve joint strategic goals across the health system.

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