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The team members of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center offer comprehensive patient care, with highly trained physicians who are supported by specialized hemophilia nurses and a physical therapist, social worker, and medical assistant. Meet each member of the team below.
Annette von Drygalski, MD, Pharm D
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Director, Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center
Dr. Von Drygalski received her Doctorates of Medicine and Pharmacy from the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin and her Hematology/Oncology fellowship at UC San Diego. Dr. von Drygalski is dedicated to diagnosis and care of patients with hemophilia and other bleeding and thrombotic disorders. Her clinic locations are at the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center at Medical Offices South in Hillcrest, and the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Dr. von Drygalski also has a strong interest in bringing state-of–the-art research to the center, and providing the hemophilia and thrombosis community with access to clinical trials and translational science. Dr. von Drygalski was the recipient of an American Society of Hematology Research Training Award for Fellows and will continue basic research in hemostasis and thrombosis at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, in the laboratory of Dr. John Griffin.
Sanford Shattil, MD
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division Hematology/Oncology
Dr. Shattil graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and received training in internal medicine and hematology on the Harvard Medical Service and Thorndike Memorial Laboratory of the Boston City Hospital. Previously, he was a Professor of Medicine and Chief of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania and a Professor of Cell Biology at the Scripps Research Institute. Currently, he is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Chief of Hematology-Oncology at UC San Diego. His research interests are in cell adhesion and signaling mechanisms in platelets, vascular cells and cancer. His clinical interests are in bleeding disorders and thrombosis.
John W Adamson, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section Hematology/Oncology, VA Medical Center
Dr. Adamson graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine before moving to the University of Washington in Seattle for residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology. He has held faculty and research positions at the University of Washington, the New York Blood Center, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin, before assuming his current position as Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego in 2007. His major clinical interests are in disorders of iron metabolism, anemias and their management, and platelet production problems.
Shirley R. Wycoco, RN, BSN, OCN
Shirley graduated from the Philippine Women's University and started her nursing career at UC San Diego Medical Center in 1988. Over the past 25 years Shirley gained extensive experience in nursing through her work in the Medical-Surgical Oncology Unit, with Pharmacy Home Care Infusion, with Triage in Internal Medicine, and for the last many years as a nurse case manager in bone marrow transplantation at UC San Diego Health System and Rady Children’s hospital. Shirley brings tremendous knowledge and passion for the care of very sick patients with chronic conditions, and has completed successfully several important quality improvement projects in nursing for UC San Diego Health System. Shirley has received a number of awards demonstrating her excellence, such as the Exemplary Employee of the Year 2005 or the Medal Of Excellence Hon. Mention 2009. Most recently she received the Nursing Excellence Award in Community Service in her function as the Director of the Board the San Diego--Filipino American Foundation, which supports charity causes, disasters, orphanages and medical missions to the her native country. Shirley is excited to contribute her profound nursing knowledge and impeccable work ethics to the Hemophilia Community, supporting outreach and research programs, facilitating transition of youth with hemophilia to our adult center, thereby providing life-long care for our patients with Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders.
Cathy Glass, RN
Cathy received her nursing degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and had worked in a variety of different positions and disciplines prior to becoming the hemophilia nurse at UC San Diego Health System in 1989. Cathy worked in that capacity for almost 20 years until her retirement in 2008, extremely dedicated to the lives and the well-being of our patients with hemophilia and bleeding disorders. Cathy has recently returned to our center, offering an array of enhanced services and benefits to all of our patients. Her broad experience and knowledge will benefit the hemophilia community tremendously, and is part of the many stimulating advancements that are planned for the center. We are excited to have Cathy back.
Tonya Tucker, AA
Hemophilia Study Coordinator
Tonya has an AA degree in nursing (LVN), and is certified in phlebotomy and hemodialysis. Tonya has a long-standing career in research administration and coordination, being involved in the coordination of numerous clinical trials at UC San Diego in psychiatry and pulmonary diseases. She was the lead coordinator for several asthma studies with the Asthma Clinical Research Center (ACRC) and a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) study. She also contributed her expertise to therapeutic trials in blood disorders and to endocrine studies. Tonya was promoted to run the Clinical and Translational Trial Program at the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center at UC San Diego. We are excited to have Tonya and treasure her expertise to facilitate and coordinate clinical trials and research for our hemophilia community. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her grandchildren.
Sally Holle -Taylor, RN
Administrative Nurse, Ambulatory Services
Sally is an experienced, Masters prepared Registered Nurse who joined UC San Diego Health System in November, 2010. She has a diverse background within nursing administration. Sally accepted the position of Administrative Nurse with Ambulatory Care Services and oversees the administrative operations and staff at the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center. Sally's primary focus is to promote operational efficiency, service and clinical excellence, and develop strong partnerships that facilitate administrative, nursing and physician services. With her education and experience, she will assist the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center to continuously improve the quality of services provided with the aspiration to exceed our patients’ expectations.
Jason van Dyke, MSPT
Jason received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami, Florida. Jason has many years of experience in orthopedic physical therapy, working as the lead Physical Therapist for the Navy at Camp Pendleton in Sports Medicine. He has become the Supervisor of Physical Therapy at the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, and has joined the Hemophilia Treatment Center in August 2011. Jason is a sports enthusiast who is dedicated to the advancement of functional rehabilitation programs that focus on returning and/or maximizing each patients’ recovery to their previous level of function. Jason is especially attuned to hemophilic arthropathy and the special care and needs of our patients. Jason is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and passion for physical rehabilitation to the hemophilia and community of San Diego.
Leonora Calsada, LCSW, MPH
Clinical Social Worker
Leonora is a licensed Social Worker and received her Master’s in Social Work and Master’s in Public Health from San Diego State University. Leonora has worked for many years in hospital-based health care settings, helping patients and training new interns. She is dedicated to the provision of quality social services at our center. Leonora is focused on assisting patients with psychosocial adjustment strategies to their chronic health condition, linkage with needed resources and assistance, and the management of barriers to access to care. Leonora speaks Spanish fluently, and is especially cognizant of the importance of cultural awareness, cultural behavior, and cultural sensitivity in working with our patients.
Diona (Sonni) Fowler, AAI
Sonni is the Center’s data administrator, being responsible for data collection of our patients with rare bleeding disorders for the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Human Resource Service Administration (HRSA). Sonni has worked 30 years in adminstration in San Diego. First at NTC San Diego as a member of the United States Navy, then for several Oral Surgery, Periodontal, and General Practice offices in the San Diego area. Sonni spent most of her professional career, 18 years, as a clinical manager/chair side assistant/operating room assistant/trainer for the UC San Diego Dental Care Center at UC San Diego Medical Center-Hillcrest. This was where she first came in contact with the hemophilia community. She does volunteer work with the Hemophilia Association of San Diego and is a strong supporting member of the hemophilia community.
Arina is our administrative assistant to the center. Arina has been with UC San Diego Temporary Services for 6 years obtaining diverse training from all aspects of the University with emphasis in clinical administration. Arina supports the flow of patient care and assists our hemophilia patients with their special needs. She has a passion for patient care and is currently working on her BA for Healthcare Administration at Southwestern College. She is excited and dedicated to assisting the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center Team with its expansion and growth on many different levels. On her spare time she enjoys being a mother, spending time with family and friends as well as being outdoors and traveling.
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