Teacher Spotlight


The Department of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego School of Medicine is committed to academic excellence and diversity within our faculty, staff and student body. We seek to recruit and retain leaders who are a reflection of our strong commitment to achieving excellence. Our faculty continuously demonstrate their commitment to maintain the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities while developing a climate that supports learning, equality, and diversity. They are leaders in their field, providing exceptional mental health care and training, and they exemplify this through their everyday duties in clinics, teaching, and mentorship.

Our clinician-educators are an integral part of the Department, and it is an honor to showcase a top member of our team each month who demonstrates leadership qualities through our monthly “Teacher Spotlight.” We want to acknowledge and thank them for their hard work and continuous efforts in the field of Psychiatry, and for their commitment to educating our trainees.

 The Office of Psychiatry Education & Training

May 2017 Teacher Spotlight:

Vanessa L. Lauzon, M.D. Vanessa L. Lauzon, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor

“Teaching is my core mission and the central reason that I choose to work at UCSD, so it is a great honor to be chosen as the teacher of the month. I feel so fortunate to work with residents, medical students, and allied mental health professions students who are deeply curious and eager to challenge themselves. They constantly challenge me to find new ways to communicate complex ideas, and show me fresh perspectives on old problems. As a consult-liaison psychiatrist, I am also constantly teaching and learning from my colleagues in other medical specialties so that we can figure out the best ways to help our patients together".
"I was inspired to become a clinician-educator when I realized that my medical school professors, in addition to the patient lives that they changed through their direct clinical work, had indirectly touched the lives of innumerable patients through the thousands of physicians they trained over the course of their careers. I wanted to find a way to pay it forward and help as many patients as possible".

"My teaching and learning philosophy is that people learn best when they are challenged to stretch a little beyond their comfort zone, with the knowledge that they have back-up available if they need it. So I emphasize trainee autonomy on my clinical service, along with the responsibility to be able to say "I don't know" and ask for help when needed -- something we all need to continue doing throughout our careers. My goal is to help all of my learners develop robust clinical reasoning skills, critically apply the literature to practical clinical problems, and "think outside the box" when needed in order to craft individualized treatment plans for patients".



Past Teacher Spotlights

March 2017

Stephen Groban, MD, H.S.Stephen Groban, MD, H.S. Clinical Professor

July 2016

Dan Sewell, M.D.Dan Sewell, M.D., Clinical Professor

June 2016

Alana Iglewicz, M.D.Alana Iglewicz, M.D., Associate Residency Training Director; Assistant Clinical Professor

May 2016

Terry Schwartz, M.D.Terry Schwartz, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor

April 2016

Larry Malak, M.D.Larry Malak, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor

March 2016

Sanjai Rao, M.D.Sanjai Rao, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor

February 2016

Louisa Steiger, M.D.Louisa R. Steiger, M.D., M.P.H., HS Clinical Assistant Professor

January 2016

David Lehman, M.D.David Lehman, M.D., H.S., Associate Clinical Professor