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Office of the Vice Chancellor

Office of the Vice Chancellor

Facts and Figures

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


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

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

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

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

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

Michael Minear
Chief Information Officer, Health System

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

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

Ann Madden Rice
Chief Executive Officer, UC Davis Medical Center

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

Faculty, staff and students

School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and Medical Center (Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014)
Faculty and other academic personnel, full- and part-time 1,506
Residents and Fellows 872
Students 800
Staff, full- and part-time 10,155


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

External Research Funding © 2013 UC Regents

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

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center unites over 200 scientists with $85 million in funds for 384 research projects to fight cancer through improved detection, better drug therapies and more effective treatments.
  • UC Davis emergency medicine physicians are nationally recognized for leading multicenter research that develops new standards of care for treating children at emergency departments.
  • The UC Davis MIND Institute has been named an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center through a prestigious grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
  • The Center for Healthcare Policy and Research provides resources, mentoring and training to researchers focused on improving the quality and effectiveness of care for depression, pain, cancer, stroke, heart failure and more.
  • The Clinical and Translational Science Center advances laboratory findings into new treatments for patients, engages communities in clinical research efforts and leverages its network of scholars to educate the next generation of clinicians and scientists.
  • World-renowned scientists at the UC Davis MIND Institute are committed to finding better treatments and cures for autism, fragile X and other neurodevelopmental disorders. 
  • Researchers at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing apply the science of nursing to improve health and reshape health-care delivery with an emphasis on  aging populations, rural health and diverse communities.
  • UC Davis has 10 ongoing or recently completed clinical trials using stem cells, with another 18 in the pipeline.

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

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


Through its Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, School of Medicine, master's degree programs in public health and health informatics, and other learning opportunities, UC Davis Health System promotes an educational environment that encourages and supports diversity, learning and hands-on experience.

  • Six new students committed to primary care careers are the first to be enrolled in California's only accelerated three-year medical degree program, a collaboration between UC Davis and Kaiser Permanente Northern California.
  • The Institute for Population Health Improvement is leading efforts to develop an interdisciplinary educational program that addresses global and population health.
  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the medical school among the best in the country for primary care and research.
  • Physicians, nurses and other health-care professionals in the region have access to lifelong learning with more than 300 seminars, workshops, onsite hospital tutorials, distance learning, online classes, special lectures and medical grand rounds.
  • In addition to an M.D. degree, the School of Medicine offers fully accredited master's degree programs in health informatics, public health and clinical research, and an M.D.-Ph.D. program for physician-scientists.
  • For more than 40 years, UC Davis students have volunteered hundreds of hours a year in free community clinics delivering sensitive health-care services for underserved populations.
  • Four degrees are now offered at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing through the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program, including a Ph.D. and three master's degrees in leadership, nurse practitioner and physician assistant studies. Development of an entry-level master's degree program to prepare new nurses is underway.
  • The nation's accrediting authority for M.D. programs has reaccredited UC Davis School of Medicine for a full eight years.
  • The School of Medicine's PRIME and TEACH-MS initiatives partner with communities and local physicians to prepare students to practice in sparsely populated and urban locales that are medically underserved.

Patient care

UC Davis Medical Center, the teaching hospital for the UC Davis School of Medicine, provides person- and family-centered care, offering access to the latest discoveries and best treatments for patients in Northern California and around the globe.

  • UC Davis operates the only level 1 trauma centers for both adult and pediatric emergencies in inland Northern California. 
  • A leader in defining innovative uses for technology to transform health and health care, UC Davis provides expertise in more than two dozen clinical specialties using telehealth technology to reach patients and health-care providers throughout the state.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis Medical Center and Children's Hospital among the nation's best.  UC Davis Medical Center ranked among top hospitals in 10 specialties and is the top-ranking hospital in the Sacramento region for 2014-2015. 
  • UC Davis Medical Center is a leading referral center for the most seriously injured or ill patients, and the most medically complex cases, in a region covering 33 counties, more than 65,000 square miles and 6 million residents.
  • All 18 UC Davis Medical Group primary care clinics were recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance in 2014 as Patient-Centered Medical Homes, a designation that rewards primary care providers for quality, efficiency and innovation.
  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, through its National Center for Reducing Asian Health Disparities, has vaccinated more than 1,000 Asian Americans against hepatitis B to reduce liver cancer risk. 
  • For the fourth consecutive year, the health system was designated among the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals in the 2014 by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Hospital, patient statistics

Licensed beds 619
ER visits* 67,537
Clinic/office visits* 945,961
Admissions* 33,685

* For year ending June 30, 2014

Community engagement

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

  • UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center's WeCARE! Community-Based Cancer Peer Navigator program matches newly diagnosed patients with specially trained cancer survivors who provide information and compassionate support.
  • UC Davis trains health-care providers, community college instructors, public safety and county health officers, local librarians and the general public in using technology-enabled health care.
  • UC Davis encourages high school, college and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to consider clinical, research and other allied health careers.
  • As an integral part of the region's emergency preparedness and response network, UC Davis advises agencies and takes the lead in responding to bioterrorism and mass-casualty events to ensure public safety. Trauma prevention specialists also partner with firefighters, law enforcement and first responders to reduce preventable injuries, accidents and violence.
  • The UC Davis Cancer Care Network unites four hospital-based cancer centers in Northern and Central California, offering patients leading-edge care in their own communities.
  • UC Davis partners with community organizations and sponsors events, including the new Sacramento Republic FC professional soccer club and the California International Marathon.
  • Thousands of community members attend free and low-cost community forums and lectures offered annually to increase health and science literacy, including a mini medical school and annual deans’ lectures at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the School of Medicine.
  • In partnership with Kohl's, UC Davis provided families with 1,437 child safety seats, 4,295 bicycle helmets and 306 life jackets over the past year.