A sampling of recent major achievements and developments from UC Davis Health System. For more listings and news, please visit our website or subscribe to UC Davis Health System news feeds with an RSS reader such as Google Reader or My Yahoo!

Julie Freischlag at the White House

Freischlag part of White House roundtable on climate change and health

Julie Freischlag, dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, in April took part in a roundtable discussion at the White House on educating tomorrow’s health leaders about the impacts of climate change on human health. Freischlag, who also is vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences, was among more than 30 deans of medical, nursing and public health schools at the roundtable. They signed a statement signifying their commitment “to ensuring that we train the next generation of health professionals to effectively address the impacts of climate change.” UC Davis was one of eight medical schools invited to attend and sign.

UC Davis Medical Center

Medical center rated among the nation’s high-performing hospitals

New U.S. News & World Report hospital ratings for five common procedures and conditions show that UC Davis Medical Center is a “high performer” for heart bypass surgery, hip replacements, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Only about 10 percent of the 4,500 hospitals evaluated in the new “common care” rankings rated as high performers for any category or procedure.

Kenneth W. Kizer

Evaluating the Census Bureau

Kenneth W. Kizer has been appointed by the National Academy of Public Administration to a five-member panel of management experts to evaluate the planned restructuring of the national Bureau of the Census. The bureau is the nation’s leading source of quality data about the U.S. population and the nation’s economy, and is perhaps best known for conducting a census of the nation’s population every 10 years. It also conducts dozens of other censuses and surveys. The expert panel will evaluate a planned restructuring of the bureau that aims to address multiple fiscal and technologic challenges, including the rising cost of conducting its various censuses.

UC Davis School of Medicine graduate Brittany Lewis

The power of perseverance

“Perseverance is all-important, and with it you can do anything,” says Brittany Lewis, shown graduating in UC Davis School of Medicine’s Class of 2015 as her son, Santana Lewis Jones, and her mother, Rebecca Lewis, look on (Brittany’s father Quintin is capturing the moment on film from the Mondavi Center audience). Pregnancy at 19 and a divorce in college once threatened Brittany’s longtime goal of becoming a doctor, but through determination and some well-placed parenting support from her mother and father, she now moves forward toward a career in radiology.

Medical student selected for Soros Fellowship

Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo

Lucy Ogbu-Nwobodo, a second-year student at the UC Davis School of Medicine, is a 2015 recipient of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, the premier graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants. Soros Fellows are chosen for “their potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture or their academic field.” The 30 Fellows for 2015 were selected from among a pool of 1,200 applicants.

Lim honored by American Psychiatric Association

Russell Lim

Russell Lim, director of Diversity Education and Training for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is the 2015 recipient of the Kun-Po Soo Award from the American Psychiatric Foundation for his contributions to understanding the importance of addressing culture in mental-health issues. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to understanding Asian cultural heritage in psychiatric practice.

Pain Center honored

Scott Fishman

The American Pain Society has selected the UC Davis Center for Pain Medicine as a 2015 Clinical Center of Excellence. The award recognizes pain-care teams that provide outstanding, exemplary care. Designation as a clinical center of excellence is the highest recognition a pain center can receive nationally. UC Davis also received the honor in 2010. Shown here: Scott Fishman, chief of pain medicine.

Honor for ALS Clinic

clinic director Björn Oskarsson and co-director Nanette Joyce

The UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic has been named an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence, acknowledging it meets the highest national care standards for management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Shown here: clinic director Björn Oskarsson and co-director Nanette Joyce.

Huntington’s Disease Center declared ‘excellent’

director Vicki Wheelock

The Huntington’s Disease Society has designated the UC Davis Huntington’s Disease Center as a Level 1 Center of Excellence. The designation recognizes the center’s service to more than 300 families coping with the disease and its plan to provide services to a large number of underserved families coping with Huntington’s who are affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. The UC Davis center has been designated as one of 21 Huntington’s Disease Centers of Excellence since 2001. Shown here is the center’s director Vicki Wheelock.

Children's Hospital ranked among nation’s best

U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital in five specialties in its 2015–16 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings. Together with Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California, its partner in caring for pediatric burns, spinal injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders, UC Davis Children’s Hospital ranked 29th in orthopaedics and 20th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 17th in neonatology, 33rd in diabetes and endocrinology and 45th in neurology and neurosurgery.

Jagdeo awarded by American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery

Jared Jagdeo

Jared Jagdeo, assistant professor of dermatology, received the 2015 Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Jagdeo previously has been awarded for developing new technology and approaches for increasing ablative laser patient safety and optimizing patient-treatment outcomes.

Hagerman receives international award for fragile X work

Randi Hagerman

Randi Hagerman, medical director of the UC Davis MIND Institute, has received the prestigious International Sisley-Lejeune Award 2014 from the Paris-based Jerome Lejeune Foundation for her groundbreaking work developing targeted treatments for individuals with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of intellectual disability and the leading single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder.