UC San Diego History & Timeline

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  • Metro San Diego ranks UC San Diego #1 Again!

    - UC San Diego Health System is ranked #1 in the San Diego metropolitan area for the third consecutive year and #5 in California according to U.S. News & World Report’s 24th annual “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital has to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

    - UC San Diego Health System is ranked in the annual U.S. News & World Report‘s “Best Hospitals” issue for the 20th consecutive year and consistently ranks among the best in multiple specialties, including cancer (#42), cardiology and heart surgery (#42), diabetes and endocrinology (#29), ear, nose and throat (#48), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal (GI) surgery (#31), geriatrics (#20), nephrology (#17), neurology and neurosurgery (#42), pulmonology (#9) and urology (#22). The following specialties are ranked as “highperforming”: gynecology, orthopedics, psychiatry and rheumatology.

    - UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is named the first and only San Diegobased National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) Member Institution dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of care provided to patients with cancer.

    - UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center joins the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Sanford- Burnham Medical Research Institute to form a novel collaboration — the San Diego National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council, or C3. The C3 partnership allows for greater interaction between the cancer centers and increased research efforts leading to better treatments.

  • Ranked #1 in Metro San Diego!

    - UC San Diego Health System’s cardiology team performs its 100th lead extraction surgery — a delicate procedure to replace the thin wiring of lifesaving heart devices such as pacemakers or implantable defibrillators (ICDs). The collaborative program, pioneered at UC San Diego Health System, has a 100 percent success rate.

    - Construction officially begins on UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center in January and an official groundbreaking ceremony is held in April. (See Fact Sheet: Facilities.)

    - UC San Diego Health System is ranked #1 in the San Diego metropolitan area for the third consecutive year and #5 in California according to U.S. News & World Report’s 23rd annual “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. To be ranked in its metro area, a hospital has to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

    - UC San Diego Health System is ranked in the annual U.S. News & World Report's “Best Hospitals” issue for the 19th consecutive year and is consistently ranked among the best in multiple specialties. Recognized in four specialties: geriatrics (#37), nephrology (#32), pulmonology (#22) and urology (#37), and ranked as “high-performing” in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, psychiatry, and rheumatology.

    - UC San Diego Health System’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center is named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2013 by Truven Health Analytics.

    - UC San Diego Health System’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute is recognized as a fully accredited Level 1 Bariatric Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network (ACS BSCN).

  • 2012 Continued

    - UC San Diego Health System’s Center for Transplantation is recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a heart-lung transplant Center of Excellence.

    - UC San Diego Health System’s Birth Center, the only place of its kind on the West Coast where women can have a natural birth experience with minimal medical intervention within a hospital setting, welcomes baby number 4,000 on August 6.

    Moores Cancer Center

    - UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is one of the first oncology practices in the nation to be recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) certification program — a new initiative to certify oncology practices that meet rigorous standards for high-quality cancer care.

    - The Department of Radiation Medicine and Applied Sciences (RMAS) is an official academic department within UC San Diego School of Medicine.

    - A transplant team at UC San Diego Health System successfully performed the West Coast’s first ex-vivo liver resection.

    - A UC San Diego Health System surgeon is the first in the United States to successfully implant the new FDAapproved LINX™ Reflux Management System in a patient suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  • Magnet Status, Best Hospitals and More

    - UC San Diego Health System is granted Magnet® status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in nursing practice.

    - The Joint Commission approves Disease Specific Care (DSC) certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) destination therapy at UC San Diego Health System. Fewer than 110 facilities are approved for VAD destination therapy. UC San Diego Health System is one of only two San Diego-based health systems and one of only eight California based health systems offering this option.

    - UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center officially opens its doors as San Diego’s first and only dedicated cardiovascular center, combining groundbreaking research and lifesaving care under one roof.

    - The UC San Diego Medical Education and Telemedicine building opens. This new, state-of-the-art building houses the Center for the Future of Surgery, one of the largest, most comprehensive training facilities for surgeons in the world.

    - The East Campus Office Building opens, providing space and support for clinical trials.
    (See Fact Sheet: Facilities.)

  • 2011 Continued

    - Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine (CALM) opens, with high-tech diagnostic services for clinically applied translational research. (See Fact Sheet: Facilities.)

    - The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, which brings together five of the world’s top research institutions — UC San Diego, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Scripps Research Institute and La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology — opens a $127 million facility on the campus of UC San Diego to house stem cell researchers from these organizations under one roof.

    - UC San Diego Health System achieves Stage 7 of electronic medical record (EMR) adoption — a ranking devised by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics group; achieved by only 1.1 percent of hospitals in the United States in 2011.

    - UC San Diego Health System performs the West Coast’s first implant of the world’s only FDA-approved total artificial heart in a four-hour procedure.

    - Steve and Lisa Altman pledge $10 million toward the planned Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute building in La Jolla, which will include research laboratories and clinical research space to support UC San Diego medical and bioengineering investigators. It is slated for completion in early 2016.

    - UC San Diego Health System is ranked first in San Diego in U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever “Best Hospitals” metro rankings — a prestigious ranking that requires a hospital to score in the top 25 percent among its peers in at least one of 16 medical specialties.

    - UC San Diego School of Medicine is among 27 research institutions selected across North America to be part of the Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network, funded by the National Cancer Institute, to establish a network of top academic immunologists to conduct multicenter research on agents that boost patients’ immune systems in order to fight their cancer.

    - The National Institutes of Health awards UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers an inaugural grant designed to fast-track development of a novel Alzheimer’s disease therapy as part of its $50 million Blueprint for Neuroscience Research.

  • Ranked in Nation's Top 15 Major Teaching Hospitals, Jacobs pledge $75 Million

    - UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology — a designation given to fewer than 6 percent of the imaging centers in California.

    - UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center begins participating in a statewide University of California collaboration called the ATHENA Breast Health Network. This groundbreaking project involved 150,000 women who will be screened for breast cancer and followed for decades through the five UC medical centers.

    UC San Diego School of Medicine

    - Joan and Irwin Jacobs pledge $75 million to build UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, which will include four hospitals: Thornton Hospital, the hospital for advanced surgery, the hospital for cancer care and the hospital for women and infants.

    - UC San Diego Health System is honored as one of the nation’s top 15 major teaching hospitals by Thomson Reuters for the first time.

    - The Joint Commission awards UC San Diego Health System’s Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Program its Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality, making it the first program of its kind in the nation to receive this disease-specific certification.

  • 2010 Continued

    - UC San Diego Health Sciences and its expanding Clinical Translational Research Institute (CTRI) receive a $37.2 million Clinical and Translational Science Award grant to speed up the development of laboratory discoveries into effective treatments for patients.

    - UC San Diego Health System receives a $15.3 million Beacon Community Collaborative award on behalf of a broad collaboration of San Diego health care providers and other community partners — one of only 17 communities across the country selected for this award, designed to pilot the wide-scale use of health information technology and health information exchanges to improve quality of care and efficiency.

    - UC San Diego Health System is named a Designated Hospital by Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) — the only national geriatric initiative dedicated to improving the care of older hospitalized adults.

    - UC San Diego Health System surgeons achieve what is believed to be the nation’s first stomach reduction via the mouth. This novel weight loss procedure is known as a sleeve gastrectomy.

    - The name of UCSD Medical Center is changed to UC San Diego Health System.

  • Leading Edge Procedures

    - UCSD Medical Center is the first hospital in the region to offer microwave technology to destroy liver tumors.

    - The Breast Center at Moores Cancer Center is the first hospital-based program in California to receive accreditation from the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

    Center for the Future of Surgery

    - Surgeons remove a patient’s diseased kidney through a single incision hidden in the belly button. This groundbreaking procedure is the 15th in a series of single-incision clinical trial surgeries performs by the UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery.

    - The San Diego Epigenome Center at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at UC San Diego is established and is one of four National Institutes of Health (NIH) Reference Epigenome Mapping Centers (REMC).

    - UC San Diego Health System has more Alzheimer’s disease researchers on the top 100 list than any other institution in the world, according to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

    - The Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center is established. The first program of its kind in southern California, it is dedicated to the prevention, advanced surgical treatment and research of kidney stone disease.

  • An Extremely Busy Year

    - Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System’s Center for the Future of Surgery are the first in the United States to remove an appendix and a gallbladder through the mouth and the first in the U.S. to remove an appendix through the vagina. UC San Diego Health System is leading the way in minimally invasive surgery techniques, such as natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES).

    - UCSD’s new Institute of Engineering in Medicine is created.

    - UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest celebrates the expansion of the Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    - UC Regents approve planning for a new health sciences biomedical research building in La Jolla.

    - UCSD and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies establish a center to formally explore the origins of humanity.

    Roger Tsien, PhD

    - Roger Tsien, PhD, professor of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry at UCSD School of Medicine, shares the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his role in helping develop and expand the use of green fluorescent proteins.

    - UCSD Medical Center receives the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Performance Achievement Award for the first time for using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible heart disease and stroke care to patients. (Awarded again in 2009, 2010 and 2011.)

    - UCSD Medical Center is the first hospital in California to enroll patients in a multicenter clinical trial to examine the safety and feasibility of administering adult stems cells to treat congestive heart failure.

    - The Stroke DOC trial proves the effectiveness of remote-site diagnosis of stroke patients through the use of telemedicine.

  • Further Plans of Expansion

    Thornton Hospital

    - UC Regents approve planning for a new inpatient bed tower to expand UCSD Medical Center in La Jolla.

    - Ground is broken for the new Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and the expansion of Thornton Hospital in La Jolla.

    - The School of Medicine expands its class size from 122 to 134 students.

    - One of six Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) in the country is established at UCSD.

    - UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is one of the first medical facilities in the nation to offer the SAVI™ breast brachytherapy applicator.

  • Welcome Skaggs School of Pharmacy
    and Center for Regenerative Medicine

    Skaggs Pharmacy School

    - Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences officially opens its doors.
    (See Fact Sheet: Facilities.)

    - UC San Diego Medical Center receives prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. The award recognizes birth facilities that actively encourage breastfeeding as the primary source of newborn nutrition. The Medical Center is now one of only 110 birth facilities in the United States with this designation.

    - UCSD joins with the Burnham Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Scripps Research Institute to form the San Diego Center for Regenerative Medicine.

  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
    Opens Its Brand New Doors

    Moores Cancer Center

    - Dedication ceremonies mark the opening of the new Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center building in La Jolla (now known as UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center).
    (See Fact Sheet: Facilities.)

    - Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Building opens with state-of-the art lab and instructional facilities for UC San Diego’s pharmacy program.

    - Groundbreaking is held for La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology and Gemini Science.

    - $10 million leadership gift from the Sulpizio family supports the new cardiovascular center project.

  • Stroke Center Recognized and Further Expansion Plans

    - UCSD Stroke Center is the first in San Diego to receive a Gold Seal from The Joint Commission.

    - UCSD Stroke Center is first in San Diego to receive certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

    - $30 million gift from the Skaggs Institute for Research is given to the pharmacy school.

    - UC Regents approve planning for a new cardiovascular center and the expansion of Thornton Hospital in La Jolla.

    - UCSD Medical Center dedicates new state-of-the-art glaucoma and retina centers to expand the Shiley Eye Center complex.

    - Interventional cardiologists perform the first FDA-approved carotid stent to prevent stroke in San Diego County.

  • New Buildings on Campus

    - Ground is broken on the new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences building.

    - UCSD names the new biomedical research building on the School of Medicine campus the Leichtag Family Foundation Biomedical Research Building. (See Fact Sheet: Facilities.)

  • New UC San Diego Pharmacy School

    - Palmer Taylor, PhD, chair of pharmacology, is named founding dean of the new UCSD Pharmacy School; the first class enters pharmacy school.

    - UCSD Medical Center opens a dedicated center for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

  • National Recognition and Novel Surgery

    - UCSD Moores Cancer Center is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Moores Cancer Center is now the only NCI-approved Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego and one of only 41 in the nation.

    - UCSD Medical Center team performs a historic first surgery in an experimental protocol using gene therapy to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Teaming Up and Grand Donations

    - UCSD’s Department of Pediatrics establishes a formal affiliation with Children’s Hospital and Health Center.

    - $20 million gift from Rebecca and John Moores boosts philanthropic efforts toward a new cancer center facility.

  • Joint Ventures and Grand Openings

    - UCSD Medical Center and Sharp HealthCare combine forces to establish a joint Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program that is managed by both organizations.

    - UCSD Medical Center opens the region’s first Women’s Incontinence Center.

    - UCSD Medical Center opens a new family-centered birthing unit called The Birth Center.

  • Holding Strong

    - UCSD Blood and Marrow Transplant Program is designated as the only National Marrow Donor Program-approved transplant center in San Diego.

    - UCSD Thornton Hospital introduced the Hospitalist Program.

    - UCSD Medical Center team performs its 1,000th pulmonary thromboendartectomy procedure (PTE).

    - The Women’s Pelvic Medicine Center is established, becoming the region’s first center dedicated exclusively to the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders.

  • Congratulations on 25 Years!

    - More than 100 UCSD Medical Center physicians are included in The Best Doctors in America: Pacific Region 1996-1997 published by Woodward/White.

    - UCSD School of Medicine celebrates the 25th anniversary of the charter class graduation.

    - UCSD School of Medicine establishes a new center for AIDS research, the Owen Clinic.

    - The Cancer Center is designated a Specialized Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

  • Grants and Twins

    - UCSD School of Medicine receives a $2.6 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

    - Conjoined twins who are born attached at the chest and abdomen are discharged from UCSD Medical Center after being separated.

  • La Jolla Campus Expands

    - The Anne and Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center opens as an extension of the Shiley Eye Center, providing specialized care for children.

    - Construction of the Cellular and Molecular Medicine East (CMM East) Building is completed.

  • Housing and Transplant Breakthroughs

    - The Bannister Family House in Hillcrest opens, providing affordable lodging for families of patients from outside the area.

    - UCSD Medical Center Heart/Lung Transplant team performs the first infant heart transplant in San Diego history.

  • La Jolla Expansions

    Perlman Hospital

    - The John M. and Sally B. Thornton Hospital and Perlman Ambulatory Care Center opens in La Jolla (now known as UC San Diego Thornton Hospital and Perlman Medical Offices).
    (See Fact Sheet: Facilities.)

  • Great Transplantation!

    - The first pancreas-kidney transplant in the region is performed on a man with diabetes and kidney failure at UCSD Medical Center.

    - Several thousand staff members, physicians and community members attend opening ceremonies for the completion of the UCSD Medical Center-Hillcrest expansion project.

    - Transplant surgeons perform UCSD Medical Center’s 1,000th kidney transplant surgery and celebrate the Kidney Transplant Center’s 25th anniversary.

  • Expansion

    - Region’s first double-lung transplant is performed at UCSD Medical Center.

    - The Donald P. and Darlene V. Shiley Eye Center opens, consolidating patient care and research programs in a state-of-the-art facility (now known as UC San Diego Shiley Eye Center).

    - Stein Clinical Research Building opens. Established with a gift from Sam and Rose Stein, it houses the university’s leading-edge research laboratory and includes the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging.
    (See Fact Sheet: Facilities.)

  • Inaugural Surgery

    - First heart and heart-lung transplants are performed at UCSD Medical Center.

  • Welcome Stuart Jamieson, MD

    - Heart-lung Transplant Program is established with the recruitment of Stuart Jamieson, MB, an innovator in the field.

  • Liver Transplant Program Begins

    - Liver Transplant Program is inaugurated.

  • National AIDS Research Center

    - UCSD is designated as one of eight national centers for research and treatment of AIDS.

  • The First Level 1 Trauma Center for San Diego County

    - Hyperbaric Medicine Center opens.

    - The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment is established.

    - UCSD Medical Center is designated the only Level I Trauma Center in San Diego County.

    - UCSD is designated as one of the original five national Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers by the National Institute on Aging.

  • Welcome Stroke Center

    - A Stroke Hot Line begins operating; a stroke unit is dedicated.

  • Lease to Own

    - UC purchases University Hospital and the adjacent County Mental Health complex from San Diego County.

  • Midwives and Helicopters

    - The Nurse Midwife Program is the first in California to be fully accredited.

    - The Life Flight helicopter-ambulance program is inaugurated.

  • Cancer Center Established

    - The Cancer Center is designated a Specialized Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

  • A Year of Development

    - The Outpatient Center is completed.

    - The Teratogen Birth Defects Registry is made a statewide service.

  • Regional Trauma Center

    - The Regional Trauma Center opens.

  • General Clinical Research Center

    - The federally sponsored General Clinical Research Center is established.

  • Regional Burn Center

    - The Regional Burn Center opens.

  • Firsts

    - The first class enters the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

    - San Diego’s first kidney transplant operation is performed at University Hospital.

  • UC Leases University Hospital

    - The University of California assumes the lease of the former county hospital and begins operating the newly named University Hospital as its primary clinical teaching facility (now known as UC San Diego Medical Center).
    (See Fact Sheet: Facilities.)

  • Welcome UC San Diego School of Medicine

    - University of California Regents grants approval for a medical school at the San Diego campus.