Clinical Care: The Heart of Our Work

reprinted from Issue 17, Fall 2013 of Frontiers of Medicine (PDF)

Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD, Chair, Department of Medicine

Providing excellent clinical care is the foundation for everything that we do in the Department of Medicine, and supports our other interrelated missions of research, education and policy. Our clinicians treat thousands of patients with common conditions, and also see many patients with rare diseases that doctors in community settings may see only a few times in their careers. Our physicians are deeply grounded in real-world experience and see many intriguing variations of disease that lie at the margins of medical knowledge. By applying their intense intellectual curiosity to the questions they confront in their daily care of patients, these clinicians are discovering the origins of disease, and how we can better treat these conditions.

In this issue of Frontiers of Medicine, we proudly profile this year’s Master Clinicians, some of the incredible physicians we are fortunate to have as members of our Department. While they each have distinct styles, they all share a love of caring for patients, a commitment to continual self-improvement, and a passion for advancing their respective fields. This year’s Master Clinicians all happen to be alumni of our residency program, and are now mentoring and inspiring the next generation of physicians. You can also hear audio interviews of these Master Clinicians on our website at medicine.ucsf.edu.

The Health eHeart Study, described in our cover story, is led by a team of clinician-researchers who wanted to discover more about the diseases affecting their patients. The study brings together the extensive clinical experience of our physicians with mobile health apps developed by innovative start-ups – a partnership that we hope will break new ground in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

This issue also highlights another of our distinguished alumni, Ambassador Eric P. Goosby, MD. Goosby is currently Ambassador-at-Large and United States Global AIDS Coordinator. His experiences caring for patients with HIV/AIDS since the earliest days of the epidemic have helped him to successfully scale up innovations in AIDS, both nationally and internationally. His leadership efforts have helped to turn the tide of the disease worldwide.

In addition to serving as the kinds of physicians that we would all want for our families and ourselves, the Department of Medicine’s clinical alumni and faculty bring their expertise in medicine to their leadership roles in research, education and policy. As part of our strategic planning efforts, the Department of Medicine is striving to provide our outstanding clinicians with the support and tools they need to do their best work. We are deeply grateful for your generous help in these efforts. Thank you so much.

Sincerely,

Talmadge E. King, Jr., MD
Chair, Department of Medicine
Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professorship in Internal Medicine




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