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The safety and well-being of our patients and staff are our top priority.

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
jcarr@health.ucsd.edu
858-344-3799

Beat Areas

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

Schools/Institutes/Centers:
Jacobs Medical Center, UC San Diego Health, Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Scott LaFee 

Scott LaFee

Director of Communications and Media Relations
slafee@health.ucsd.edu
619-889-2368

Beat Areas

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

Schools/Institutes/Centers:
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
mmbrubaker@health.ucsd.edu
858-249-0416

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)

Schools/Institutes/Centers:
Stein Institute for Aging, Mother-Milk-Infant CORE, Center for Healthy Aging

Jeanna Vazquez

Jeanna Vazquez

Senior Communications and Media Relations Manager
jbvazquez@health.ucsd.edu
858-249-0428

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

Schools/Institutes/Centers:
California Poison Control System  - San Diego Division, Center for the Future of Surgery

General Contact Info

During Business Hours:

  • Phone: 858-249-0456
  • Fax: 858-249-0453

UC San Diego Health
Marketing and Communications
200 West Arbor Drive # 8907
San Diego, CA 92103-8907

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