University and Medical Center Overview

University of California

The University of California (UC) http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu was chartered in 1868. As a whole, the UC is one of the largest Universities in the world consisting of UC Campus Map.png over 7,000 faculty members, 160,000 students and employs approximately 121,000 faculty, staff and academics statewide. The UC system is currently comprised of 10 separate campuses: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz. In 2014, there were over 183,000 student applications.

UC is affiliated with the Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories and the Los Alamos Facility. Each campus boasts a unique environment, and a variety of achievements, honors and academic disciplines.

There are 6 medical centers in the UC system: Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.  A medical center in Riverside is the most recent addition in 2013. The UC Medical Centers support the clinical teaching programs of the medical and health sciences schools and receive more than 138,000 inpatient discharges, 261,000 emergency room visits and more than 3.6 million outpatient visits per year.  Collectively, these centers comprise the largest health care system in California.

UC San Diego http://www.ucsd.edu/  occupies 1200 acres along the Pacific coast in La Jolla, California.  One of the premiere campuses of the UC system, UC San Diego is also one of the youngest (founded in 1960).  The first graduate student was admitted in 1960 and the first undergraduate in 1964. UC San Diego is thus one of the youngest major Universities in the United States.

UCSD Pic.png Since its beginnings, the focus of UC San Diego has been on science and engineering and over its short history 18 faculty members have awarded Nobel Prizes, including 3 in Medicine and Physiology: George Palade (1974), Renata Dulbecco (1975) and Sydney Brenner (2002). Roger Tsien PhD, a member of the UCSD Cancer Center and collaborator with Dr. Sunil Advani, was the most recent Nobel Laureate receiving his Prize in Chemistry in 2009.

UC San Diego is affiliated with several prestigious research neighbors, including the Salk Institute http://www.salk.edu/, the Burnham Institute http://www.burnham.org/ and the Scripps Research Institute http://www.scripps.edu/e_index.html. The collective biomedical facilities are known in San Diego as "Bio Tech Beach". The Salk Institute is pictured below.

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In 2013, the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, the Salk Institute and the Burnham Institute formed the "San Diego National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council".  This council brings together a leading NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center with two of the seven NCI-designated basic science cancer centers in the country. 

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The UC San Diego annual research funding currently exceeds $1 billion, making UCSD one of the highest funded research universities in the country.

In recent years, UC San Diego has received multiple prestigious awards. In 2012, Department of Bioengineering Professor (and Cancer Center member) Shu Chien PhD was awarded the National Medal of Science from President Obama.


Fox Obama Pic.pngHis research has led to improved testing and treatment of atherosclerosis. The prior year, Chancellor Marye Ann Fox, also received a National Medal of Science award, making UC San Diego the first University ever to receive back-to-back National Medals of Science.

UC San Diego has been named one of the Top-Ranked "Happiest" colleges as well as a top-ranked college for nightlife, organizations, retention and sunny days.  UC San Diego has also been named one of the Top Green Universities in the world due to its extensive initiatives in energy preservation and conservation.

Student Pic2.png Several years in a row, UC San Diego has even been named a Top-Ranked "Surf" University in the country. This recognition was based not only on its proximity to world-class beaches and surfing but also to its commitment to the "academics" of surfing. The Department of Physics offers a well-attended Physics of Surfing Class.

Surfer Pic.pngUnder the leadership of Dean David Brenner (formerly Chair of Medicine at Columbia University), UC San Diego Health Sciences is an integral part of the University as a whole. Dr. Brenner oversees the Medical Center, the Clinical and Basic Science Departments, the UC San Diego Medical School and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

The School of Medicine currently enrolls 120 students per year and is consistently ranked among the top American Medical Schools by the U.S. News World Report. Despite its short history, the UC San Diego School of Medicine is consistently ranked among the Top 15 Research Medical Schools and the Top 15 NIH funded Medical Schools in the country.

UCSD Medical Center and Affiliated Hospitals

The UC San Diego Medical Center is currently a two hospital system.  The 422-bed, 11-floor Hillcrest Medical Center is located in the Hillcrest neighborhood near downtown San Diego (photo below right).

Hillcrest Pic.pngA 10 story Medical Center located in La Jolla recently opened. Named after the founder of Qualcomm, the 500,000 square foot Jacobs Medical Center (below left) consists of 3 separate hospitals including a dedicated Cancer Hospital and a Center for Advanced Surgery.

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Several hospitals are closely affiliated with the UC San Diego Medical Center including the VA San Diego Hospital (La Jolla) (below upper right) and Rady Children's Hospital (below lower left) www.chsd.org. In addition, UC San Diego has an exclusive radiation oncology contract with Kaiser Permanente San Diego (below lower right).


Affiliated Centers and Institutes

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Several other facilities are located on the UC San Diego campus adjacent to the Medical Center in La Jolla. These include several research facilities where many cancer center researchers have labs. In addition, a new 300,000 square foot Clinical and Translational Research Institute is currently under construction and set to open in Spring 2016.

CTRI pic.pngOther new building projects include the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine and the new Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center. Brachy-therapy (eye plaques) is commonly performed for choroidal melanoma in the Shiley Eye Institute adjacent to the Cancer Center.

UC San Diego is set to break ground in Spring 2016 for the new Center for Novel Therapeutics adjacent to the Moores Cancer Center (see below). Effectively a basic science extension of the Cancer Center, approximately one-half of the building will be occupied by local biotech companies that work closely with the UC San Diego Cancer Center.

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Center for Novel Therapeutics

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Adjacent to the Moores Cancer, a new outpatient Pavilion is also under construction which will house the new dedicated Breast Center as well as the Urology Institute. Multi-disciplinary Breast and GU Oncology clinics will be held in this facility. In addition, plans are underway to perform breast IORT in the new Breast Center operating suites.