Vice Chancellor and Dean Claire Pomeroy shares the 2006 annual report

UC Davis Health System Vice Chancellor and Dean Claire PomeroyI'm very pleased to share the 2006 annual report with you. UC Davis Health System is making important advances in education, research, clinical care and community engagement — the four pillars of our strategic plan.

Regarding our core educational mission, I'm proud to announce the opening of our new Education Building and F. William Blaisdell, M.D., Medical Library on the Sacramento campus on December 11, 2006. The new state-of-the-art facility serves all four years of medical students, giving them the tools, opportunities and healthy learning environment they need to succeed as physicians and leaders in health.

In the research arena, our funding has reached an all-time high of more than $120 million, with nearly $87 million coming from the National Institutes of Health. (In the past five years, we jumped from 62nd to 44th in the NIH rankings of 123 medical schools.) In addition, we recently received one of the first twelve nationwide NIH grants to ensure that medical research remains focused on its end goal: improved patient care. This prestigious award allowed us to create our new Clinical and Translational Science Center, initially funded for five years at $25 million.

In terms of clinical care, our hospital served more patients in 2006 than ever before. Importantly, our efforts in quality assurance and patient safety are rising in tandem. We were recognized by the influential Leapfrog group in Washington, D.C., who put our medical center on its “top 50” list from a quality survey of 1,263 U.S. hospitals.

Photo from education building opening
UC Davis School of Medicine celebrated the opening of the new Education Building on Dec. 11, 2006. The building unites all four years of medical school, providing students with a more collaborative and dynamic educational environment.

We continue to reach out to engage our community in order to work together to improve public health and reduce health disparities in the geographically and culturally diverse region we serve.

In this year's report, you'll see a perfect example of how we're leveraging our four-fold mission to advance health through our new Vascular Center, led by renowned interventional cardiologist John Laird.

Vascular disease impacts us all. High blood pressure, peripheral vascular problems, heart disease, obesity and diabetes affect more people every day. Minority communities are especially hard-hit, making our work here even more important.

Under Laird's guidance, we have brought together outstanding vascular specialists, cutting-edge techniques and innovative, comprehensive and interdisciplinary approaches to care. This collaborative team of physicians, researchers and community members will work together to understand and treat vascular problems from a broader perspective than ever before.

Photo of Drs. Huser and Rutledge
UC Davis Health System physicians and researchers like Thomas Huser and John Rutledge are working together to understand and treat vascular problems from a broader perspective than ever before.

In the report, you'll read about an endovascular specialist whose virtual training courses for new surgeons are resulting in better patient outcomes.

You'll learn about a cardiologist who is reaching out to prevent heart disease among women-at-risk, especially, the elderly, minorities and those living in rural areas.

And you'll discover more about the unique collaborations that are happening here at UC Davis. For example, a physicist and an endocrinologist are working side-by-side to use laser technology to understand cholesterol's role in deadly atherosclerotic plaque formation. Their goal is to identify ways to diagnose vascular disease earlier, when it is most treatable.

All of these efforts are happening right here, right now, and it's just the beginning.

I'm proud of what we've accomplished in the past year. Our future is exciting because of the people who work here and the individuals in our community who support us. Together, we bring caring and hope to those we serve.

I am convinced that our new Vascular Center's efforts — and the efforts of the entire UC Davis Health System family — will continue to uncover global solutions that help patients everywhere.


Claire Pomeroy, M.D., M.B.A.
Vice Chancellor, Human Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine