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Each member of our press team oversees a number of specialties, serving as the first point of contact for reporters seeking experts and for faculty and staff seeking public relations advice. For areas outside of these specialties, please call our main media line at 858-249-0456.

Beat List

Jackie Carr 

Jackie Carr

Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations

Beat Areas

  • Crisis Communications / Issues Management
  • Hospital Affiliations and Sponsorships
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Information Systems
  • Labor Relations
  • Regulatory Affairs

Jacobs Medical Center, UC San Diego Health, Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Scott LaFee 

Scott LaFee

Director of Communications and Media Relations

Beat Areas

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anesthesiology / Pain Management
  • Autism
  • Clinical Trials
  • Neurosciences
  • Ophthalmology
  • Psychiatry (including cancer-related issues)
  • Sleep
  • Palliative care

ACTRI, Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics, Autism Center of Excellence, Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research

Michelle Brubaker

Michelle Brubaker

Associate Director

Beat Areas

  • Addiction
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gastrointestinal Cancers (Liver, Pancreatic, Colorectal, Stomach)
  • Geriatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (including Gynecologic Oncology)
  • Neonatology
  • Infertility / Reproductive Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Urology
  • Genitourinary Cancers (Prostate, Kidney, Bladder, Testicular)
  • Transplant (except Cardiac)

Stein Institute for Aging, Mother-Milk-Infant CORE, Center for Healthy Aging

Heather Buschman 

Heather Buschman, PhD

Assistant Director

Beat Areas

  • Bioinformatics / Data Science
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Research)
  • Drug Discovery
  • Genetics
  • Microbiome
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
  • Pathology (including any cancer-related issues)
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology
  • Stem Cells

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Center for Microbiome Innovation, Institute for Genomic Medicine, Institute for Engineering in Medicine, CARTA, Center for Drug Discovery Innovation, Center for Network Medicine, Center for Network Medicine, Sanford Consortium, Sanford Clinical Stem Cell Center

For information and media assistance regarding the subject areas below, please contact either Jackie Carr or Scott LaFee (above).

Beat Areas
  • Global Public Health
  • Family Medicine and Public Health
  • Volunteer Services
  • Primary / Express / Urgent Care
  • Cancer Experimental Therapeutics (clinical trials)
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Head & Neck Cancers
  • Central Nervous System cancers (neurology)
  • Ear, Nose & Throat (including cancers)
  • Breast cancers
  • HIV/AIDS (including related cancers)
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Nutrition/Obesity/Weight Management/Eating Disorders
  • Radiation Oncology

Moores Cancer Center, Center for Translational Imaging and Precision Medicine, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center, Antiviral Research Center, Center for AIDS Research, HIV Institute

Jeanna Vazquez

Jeanna Vazquez

Communications and Media Relations Manager

Beat Areas

  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Hematology (including blood cancers)
  • Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
  • Cardiovascular and Heart Surgery (includes Transplant and Endovascular)
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Lung cancers
  • Hepatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology (Stroke)
  • Poison/Toxicology
  • Dermatology (related cancers, including cutaneous oncology)
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Trauma and Burn
  • Nursing

California Poison Control System  - San Diego Division, Center for the Future of Surgery

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  • Phone: 858-249-0456
  • Pager: 619-290-2688


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