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 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

Assistant Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations

Beat Areas

  • Crisis communications / issues management

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

Scott LaFee 

Scott LaFee

Director of Media Relations

Beat Areas

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism
  • Clinical trials
  • Neurosciences
  • Ophthalmology
  • Anesthesiology/pain management
  • Psychiatry
  • Sleep

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

Heather Buschman 

Heather Buschman, PhD

Senior Public Information Officer

Beat Areas

  • Bioinformatics / data science
  • Cellular and molecular medicine (research)
  • Drug discovery
  • Microbiome
  • Nanomedicine
  • Orthopedic surgery and sports medicine
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacy and pharmacology
  • Stem cells
  • Genetics

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

Yadira Galindo 

Yadira Galindo

Public Information Officer

Beat Areas

  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Cancer
  • Dermatology
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Hematology
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Neurology (cancer)
  • Radiation oncology
  • Surgery (cancer)
  • Urology
  • Nutrition

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

Michelle Brubaker

Senior Public Information Officer

Beat Areas

  • Eating disorders
  • Addiction
  • Obesity/weight management and loss
  • Family medicine and public health
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neonatology
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary care/Express and Urgent care
  • Pulmonary and critical care medicine
  • Infertility/reproductive medicine
  • Aging
  • Senior medicine/health care
  • Transplant (except cardiac)

Rady Children’s Hospital, Stein Institute for Aging, Mother-Milk-Infant CORE, Center for Healthy Aging

General Contact Info

During Business Hours:

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


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Fax: 858-249-0453

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