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UC San Diego Health Care students

UC San Diego Health—the region’s only academic health system—is dedicated to clinical, research and teaching excellence. For decades, UC San Diego Health and its schools of medicine and pharmacy have been advancing medicine through breakthrough discoveries — including pioneering firsts in surgery, imaging, cancer treatment and cardiovascular care. And with more than 1,500 doctors and scientists who are published experts in their fields, UC San Diego Health is well equipped to deliver the highest quality patient-centered primary and specialty care.

By the Numbers
7th UC San Diego Health is ranked the 7th best hospital in California (U.S. News and World Report, 2018).
10th in the nation for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding.
17th best school of medicine in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, 2019)
100 physicians named Top Docs (San Diego Magazine, 2018)
1,547 School of Medicine faculty members.
2,846 School of Medicine students, postdocs, residents and fellows.
7,000+ Patients receiving treatment in clinical trials.
8,900+ UC San Diego Health employees.
749,500+ Total yearly outpatient visits to UC San Diego Health
800+ Beds at UC San Diego Health medical centers.
$260 Million UC San Diego Health provides over $260 million in benefits to the community, including $49 million in charity health care. (FY 2017).
$659 Million Faculty research awards (FY 2017).
Top 100 Named among “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review. Read more
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U.S News and World Report “Best Hospitals” 2018-19


UC San Diego ranks in the top 50 nationally in six specialties. More than 4,500 hospitals across the nation were ranked. Read more

17th Pulmonology
36th Geriatrics
40th Cardiology and Heart Surgery
45th Cancer
46th Neurology and Neurosurgery
49th Orthopedics

UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project

For two decades, the Student-Run Free Clinic Project has helped people of all ages and circumstances access high-quality health care, regardless of their ability to pay. The project assists community members with a range of critical health services, including psychiatric care. Learn more

UC San Diego Health Firsts

  • Discovered insulin resistance is a primary cause of Type II diabetes.
  • First to show that memory could be enhanced in Alzheimer’s disease patients by stopping the action of a brain chemical called acetylcholinesterase (AChE). These findings led to the development of some of the first treatments.
  • Performed the first pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), an operation for removing blood clots from the pulmonary arteries to treat chronic pulmonary hypertension.
  • First to learn of associations between a lack of Vitamin D and breast and other cancers.
  • Uncovered the first direct evidence of how a cancer gene works.
  • First to identify the neurobiological early-warning signs of autism during a child’s first year of life, a finding that offers the potential for earlier diagnosis, intervention and improved clinical outcomes for autistic children.
  • The Hamilton Glaucoma Center, founded in 2004, is the first facility in the world dedicated solely to glaucoma clinical and laboratory research.
  • First to define the concept of gene therapy as a way to treat diseases by using gene transfer techniques.

UC San Diego Health Academics

As part of our academic enterprise, UC San Diego Health has two professional schools, both located on the university campus in La Jolla.

UC San Diego School of Medicine

UC San Diego School of Medicine building

Founded in 1968, the UC San Diego School of Medicine accepts 125 students each year out of approximately 5,000 applicants.

The Integrated Scientific Curriculum combines clinical medicine and medical science. Students get hands-on clinical instruction at institutions including UC San Diego Health hospitals, the VA San Diego Medical Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Learn more

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences building

Founded in 2000, the Skaggs School enrolls an average of 240 Pharm.D. students, 60 Ph.D. students and 30 pharmacy residents yearly.

The innovative and flexible curriculum leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree, taught by a stellar health sciences faculty in a program closely associated with the outstanding clinical, research and academic programs in the School of Medicine. Learn more

UC San Diego Health Clinical Facilities

To fulfill our mission, UC San Diego Health maintains a two-campus strategy integrating research, teaching and clinical care at locations in Hillcrest and La Jolla. Each medical complex supports acute in-patient care and a spectrum of outpatient primary and specialty medical and surgical services, including ambulatory and emergency patient care.

UC San Diego Medical Center at Hillcrest
UC San Diego Medical Center—Hillcrest
Opened in 1966 | 390 beds | Comprehensive Stroke Center | Area’s only Regional Burn Center | Level I Trauma Center | Owen Clinic for HIV/AIDS Learn more
Jacobs Medical Center building
Jacobs Medical Center
Opened in 2016 | 364 beds | Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and hospital-based Birth Center | Advanced surgical, cancer and cardiac rehabilitation care Learn more
Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center building
Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
Opened in 2011 | 54 beds | San Diego’s first Ccmprehensive cardiovascular center | Global leader in pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) Learn more
Moores Cancer Center building
Moores Cancer Center
Opened in 2005 | Region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center Learn more
Shiley Eye Institute building
Shiley Eye Institute
Opened in 1991 | Anne and Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center | Joan and Irwin Jacobs Retina Center | Hamilton Glaucoma Center Learn more
Clinic members working
Community-based clinics and specialty services
Our work often focuses on outreach to underserved communities and members of health disparity groups.