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Thomas McAfee, MD, is dean of Clinical Affairs for UC San Diego Health Sciences and chief executive officer for UC San Diego Faculty Practice. He provides leadership for UC San Diego Medical Group, an inpatient and outpatient physician practice, as well as for the advancement of the clinical enterprise vision. Dr. McAfee is responsible for outreach to support the growth of the clinical enterprise in the San Diego market, as well as regionally and internationally. Additionally, he is responsible for ensuring that UC San Diego Health System’s clinical practice is achieving the highest standards of service, quality, safety, compliance and overall performance, and assures that clinical programs and activities are integrated to support our clinical, research and academic missions. He is also president of UC San Diego Ambulatory Surgery Center.
Dr. McAfee was recruited in 2002 as UC San Diego Health Sciences’ first physician-in-chief. Previously, he served as executive vice president, chief medical officer and vice president of Quality Improvement for Brown & Toland Medical Group in San Francisco, vice president at UC-Stanford Health Care and associate chief medical officer at UC San Francisco.
Dr. McAfee’s accomplishments at UC San Diego Health System include work to create a clinical culture of referral-based practice and patient-centered care. He has expanded primary care and established four community-based satellite locations in San Diego County. He is an active member of key executive leadership committees at UC San Diego, as well as nationally. He also chairs the Board of Governors for UC San Diego Faculty Practice and the annual Health Sciences Clinical Symposium Series.
Dr. McAfee completed his medical internship and residency at the Internal Medicine Program at Georgetown University Hospital and earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pomona College in California. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
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