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Contacts for Journalists

Each member of our press team oversees a number of specialties, serving as the first point of contact for reporters seeking experts and faculty and staff seeking public relations advice. For areas outside of these specialties, please use the contact information to the right.

Beat List

Jackie Carr 

Jackie Carr

Assistant Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations

Beat Areas

  • Clinical Radiology
  • Crisis Communications Issues Management
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Hepatology
  • Hospital Affiliations and Sponsorships
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Jacobs Medical Center
  • Labor Relations
  • Nephrology
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Surgery (general and abdominal transplant)
  • Volunteer Services
Scott LaFee 

Scott LaFee

Director of Media Relations

Beat Areas

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Autism (Autism Center of Excellence)
  • Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI)
  • HIV/AIDS (Owen Clinic, AIDS Research Institute, AntiViral Research Center, Center for AIDS Research, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program)
  • Neurosciences
  • Ophthalmology (Shiley Eye Institute)
  • Psychiatry
  • Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
  • Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Stein Institute for Research on Aging
Heather Buschman 

Heather Buschman, PhD

Senior Public Information Officer

Beat Areas

  • Biomedical Informatics
  • CARTA (Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny)
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine
  • Center for Microbiome Innovation 
  • Drug Discovery Institute
  • Genomics
  • Glycobiology Research and Training Center
  • Institute for Genomic Medicine
  • Medical Genetics
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Sports Medicine
Yadira Galindo 

Yadira Galindo

Public Information Officer

Beat Areas

  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • CLL Research Consortium
  • Dermatology
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Moores Cancer Center
  • Neurology (Cancer)
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Surgery (Cancer)
  • Urology
Michelle Brubaker 

Michelle Brubaker

Senior Public Information Officer

Beat Areas

  • Cardiovascular and heart surgery (includes transplant and endovascular surgery)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family and Preventive Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology (Stroke)
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Care
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Trauma and Burn Unit
  • Women and Infants

General Contact Info

Fax:  858-249-0453

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San Diego, CA 92103-8907

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