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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Study finds that a subset of children often ...
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 | September 17, 2013

Study finds that a subset of children often considered to have autism may be misdiagnosed

UC Davis MIND Institute research finds rigorous evaluations are needed to accurately diagnose autism in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome

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Children with a genetic disorder called 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, who frequently are believed to also have autism, often may be misidentified because the social impairments associated with their developmental delay may mimic the features of autism, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute suggests.

Researchers Tony Simon and Kathleen Angkustsiri with Mariana Syed, a child with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. © UC Regents Researchers Tony Simon and Kathleen Angkustsiri with Mariana Syed, a child with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. © UC Regents

The study is the first to examine autism in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, in whom the prevalence of autism has been reported at between 20 and 50 percent, using rigorous gold-standard diagnostic criteria. The research found that none of the children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome “met strict diagnostic criteria” for autism.

The researchers said the finding is important because treatments designed for children with autism, such as widely used discrete-trial training methods, may exacerbate the anxiety that is commonplace among the population.

Rather, evaluations should be performed to assess autism and guide the selection of appropriate therapies based on the children’s symptoms, such as language and communication delay, the researchers said. The study, “Social impairments in Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q11.2DS): Autism Spectrum Disorder or a different Endophenotype?” is published online today in Springer's Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

A high prevalence of autism spectrum disorder has been reported in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome – as high as 50 percent based on parent-report measures. Children diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome – or 22q – may experience mild to severe cardiac anomalies, weakened immune systems and malformations of the head and neck and the roof of the mouth, or palate. They also experience developmental delay, with IQs in the borderline-to-low-average range. They characteristically experience significant anxiety and appear socially awkward.

“The results of our study show that of the children involved in our study no child actually met strict diagnostic criteria for an autism spectrum disorder,” said Kathleen Angkustsiri, study lead author and assistant professor of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at the MIND Institute.

“This is very important because the literature cites rates of anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of children with the disorder also have an autism spectrum disorder. Our findings lead us to question whether this is the correct label for these children who clearly have social impairments. We need to find out what interventions are most appropriate for their difficulties.”

The disorder’s name also describes its location on the 22nd chromosome as well as the nature of the genetic mutation, which is associated with a variety of anatomical and intellectual deficits.  It has previously been known as Velocardiofacial Syndrome and Di George Syndrome, for the pediatric endocrinologist who described it in the 1960s.

The risk of 22q is about 1 in 2000 in the general population. The condition is seen in individuals of all backgrounds. Notably, people with 22q are at significantly heightened risk of developing mental-health disorders in adolescence and young adulthood. A person with 22q has a 30 times greater risk of developing schizophrenia than individuals in the general population.

“Because of the high rates of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adulthood, 22q is a very special population for prospective study looking at what’s happening throughout childhood that might either increase risk or provide protection against some of the later developing serious psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia, that are associated with the disorder,” said Tony J. Simon, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the chromosome 22q11.2 deletion program at the MIND Institute.

The study was conducted among individuals recruited through the website of the Cognitive Analysis and Brain Imaging Laboratory (CABIL), which Simon directs. Simon and Angkustsiri said that the parents of children with 22q deletion syndrome often had commented that their children “seemed different” from other children with autism diagnoses, but that they hadn’t discovered a better diagnosis.

The clinical impression of the MIND Institute’s 22q deletion syndrome team, which includes psychologists Ingrid Leckliter and Janice Enriquez, was that the children were experiencing significant social impairments, but their presentation diverged from that of children with autism. To determine whether the children met the criteria for classic autism, they decided to test a subset of the children recruited from participants in a larger study of neurocognitive functioning, based on stringent methods and using multiple testing instruments.

The researchers selected 29 children –16 boys and 13 girls – for additional scrutiny, administering two tests. The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), a gold-standard assessment for autism, was administered to the children. The Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ), a 40-question parent screening tool for communication and social functioning based on the gold-standard Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, was administered to their parents.

Typically, a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder requires elevated scores on both a parent report measure, such as the SCQ, and a directly administered assessment such as the ADOS.  Prior studies of autism in chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome have only used parent report measures.

Only five of the 29 children had scores in the elevated range on the ADOS diagnostic tool. Four of the five had significant anxiety. Only two – 7 percent – had SCQ scores above the cut off. No child had both SCQ and ADOS scores in the relevant ranges that would lead to an ASD diagnosis.

 “Over the years, a number of children came to us as part of the research or the clinical assessments that we perform, and their parents told us that they had an autism spectrum diagnosis. It's quite clear that children with the disorder do have social impairments,” Simon said. “But it did seem to us that they did not have a classic case of autism spectrum disorder. They often have very high levels of social motivation. They get a lot of pleasure from social interaction, and they’re quite socially skilled.”

Simon said that the team also noted that the children’s social deficits might be more a function of their developmental delay and intellectual disability than autism.

“If you put them with their younger siblings’ friends they function very well in a social setting,” Simon continued, “and they interact well with an adult who accommodates their expectations for social interaction.”

Angkustsiri said that further study is needed to assess more appropriate treatments for children with 22q, such as improving their communication skills, treating their anxiety, helping them to remain focused and on task.

 “There are a variety of different avenues that might be pursued rather than treatments that are designed to treat children with autism,” Angkustsiri said. “There are readily available, evidence-based treatments that may be more appropriate to help maximize these children’s potential.”

Other study authors are Beth Goodlin-Jones, Lesley Deprey, Khyati Brahmbhatt and Susan Harris, all of UC Davis.

The study is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (R01042974), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (UL1 TR000002), Children’s Miracle Network, the Dempster Family Foundation, and the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute (90DD0670).

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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