David Allen Brenner, M.D.

Vice Chancellor for UCSD Health Sciences and Dean of the UCSD School of Medicine

David Brenner, M.D., a distinguished physician-scientist, is Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, effective February 1, 2007. In this role, Dr. Brenner leads the UC San Diego School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSD Medical Center and UCSD Medical Group. He has oversight of over 900 faculty physicians, pharmacists and scientists; 7,500 staff; over 600 medical and pharmacy students, and a health system that cares for approximately 125,000 patients annually.

Dr. Brenner is a leader in the field of gastroenterological research, specializing in diseases of the liver. He is widely respected as a translational scientist whose work bridges the laboratory and clinical settings. He has focused on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of fibrotic liver disease and the genetic basis of liver disorders as the foundation for improving prevention and treatment of liver disease. He is recognized as an outstanding clinician and teacher. For five years he was Editor-in-Chief of Gastroenterology, the premier journal in the field.

He was recruited to UC San Diego from the Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons, where from 2003-2007 he was Samuel Bard Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, a Member of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, a Member of the Columbia University Institute of Nutrition, and Physician-in-Chief of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia.

He earned his M.D. from theYale University School of Medicine. After completing his residency at Yale-New Haven Medical Center, he served as a research associate in the Genetics and Biochemistry Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. He first joined UC San Diego in 1985 as a gastroenterology fellow, later joining the medical school faculty, and serving as a physician at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. He also served as a Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences and a Clinical Investigator in the VA system. In 1993 he became Professor and Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he continued to earn accolades for his patient care and research.

Dr. Brenner’s professional memberships include the American Society for Clinical Investigation; the Association of American Physicians, for which he is the secretary; the American College of Physicians; the American Gastroenterological Association, for which he is chair of the Research Policy Committee, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He is also on the board of directors of two philanthropic foundations, the AlphaOne Foundation and the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation. He also serves on numerous editorial boards.



Vice Dean for Medical Education
UCSD School of Medicine

After receiving a B.A. from Wellesley College and a M.D. from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Savoia completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at UCSD Medical Center. She served as Co-director of the Medicine core clerkship and as Assistant Chief, Acting Chief of Medicine at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine until she joined the Dean’s Office as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Student Affairs in 1990.

She currently is Vice Dean forMedical Education in the School of Medicine, a position with programmatic responsibility for Admissions, Financial Aid, Diversity and Community Partnerships, Student Affairs, Undergraduate, Graduate and Continuing Medical Education, and Alumni Relations.

In addition to working full-time in the above areas, Dr. Savoia is involved in infectious disease research and maintains her clinical practice with the Infectious Disease Division of the UCSD Department of Medicine. She has served as National Chair of the Group on Student Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges and has been on Advisory Boards of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the National Residency Match Program. Dr. Savoia is also a Site Visitor ofthe Liaison Commission on Medical Education, the accrediting body for medical schools.


Carolyn J. Kelly, M.D.

Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Kelly joined the Division of Medical Education as Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs in October 2004.  She earned her B.A. in Biochemistry at Brown University and her M.D. at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Kelly completed residency/training in Internal Medicine, and subspecialty fellowship training in Nephrology, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  From 1987-1992, she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, overseeing an NIH-funded laboratory focused on the immunopathogenesis of autoimmune renal disease, and engaged in preclinical and clinical teaching.  In 1992, she was recruited to the UCSD School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare System as an Associate Professor of Medicine, becoming a full Professor in 1997. From 1992-2004, she continued her basic research in renal immunology and immune regulation, with funding support through the VA and the NIH.  In 2001, Dr. Kelly was selected to serve as the Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the VASDHS, overseeing all basic and clinical research activities for VASDHS based investigators.  She served in this capacity until joining the Division of Medical Education as Associate Dean.

As the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, Dr. Kelly oversees the offices of Admissions and Student Affairs, Financial Aid, and the Medical Scholars program.


Jess Mandel, M.D.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education

UCSD School of Medicine

Dr. Mandel joined the UCSD School of Medicine as Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Medicine in July 2006.  He earned his B.A. at Brown University and his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at Beth-Israel Hospital in Boston and his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital.  He joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 1997 and moved to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2001, where he served as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum and directed Iowa's Pulmonary Hypertension Program. He has an extensive background in medical student counseling, mentoring, and both preclinical and clinical teaching


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