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Dermatology offices located on University Center Lane in La Jolla, CA
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The Role of the Skin Microbiome in Health and Disease

The diversity of microbial species on the human skin is daunting, and a few hundred species have been identified on it. It is estimated that the human body is composed of 10% of human cells and 90% of bacteria. Human skin cells are outnumbered 33 to 1. To discuss the interaction between the human skin and the bacterial environment surrounding it, Richard L. Gallo, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Chief of the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Diego, gave a talk at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s 2015 annual conference in Houston, TX. More

UC San Diego School of Medicine Named One of Nation's Top
Residency Programs

Recognized by physicians for training leadership in Doximity report

January 13, 2015 

UC San Diego School of Medicine was today named one of the nation’s top residency training programs in 10 specialties by Doximity. The Doximity report included more than 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified US physicians, and evaluated 3,691 residency training programs across 20 specialties. More

Fat Isn’t All Bad: Skin Adipocytes Help Protect Against Infections

Dr. Gallo When it comes to skin infections, a healthy and robust immune response may depend greatly upon what lies beneath. In a new paper published in the January 2, 2015 issue of Science, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report the surprising discovery that fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria.

Richard Gallo, MD, PhD, professor and chief of dermatology at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and colleagues have uncovered a previously unknown role for dermal fat cells, known as adipocytes: They produce antimicrobial peptides that help fend off invading bacteria and other pathogens...More

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Dr. Tissa Hata Granted Membership to the ADA

Dr. Hata

The American Dermatological Association (ADA) is the oldest and most prestigious Dermatology organization in the US. Membership is by invitation only and based on a highly competitive election process. Total members at one time is limited to 250 and includes recognized leaders in the field. Dr. Hata is the 4th member of the current UCSD Dermatology faculty to be awarded membership. Other members include Dr. Richard Gallo, Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield and Dr. Sheila Friedlander.

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