General Information

The Office of Academic Affairs for the David Geffen School of Medicine provides School of Medicine departments with the following services:

  • Proper implementation of academic personnel policies for the UC system and for UCLA specifically
  • Review and approval of academic recruitment, appointment, merit, and promotion actions
  • Faculty development and mentoring
  • Health Sciences Compensation Plan administration
  • Review, approval, and implementation of annual departmental budgets for Health Sciences Compensation Plan faculty
  • Provide forms and links for academic actions, policy, and forms

Who We Are

Joaquín (Quim) Madrenas, MD, PhD

Joaquin Madrenas, MD, PhD
Vice Dean for Faculty
(310) 825-4802

Dr. Joaquín (Quim) Madrenas is Professor-in-Residence of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases), and Vice Dean for Faculty in the DGSOM. Previously, he was Professor and Canada Research Chair in Human Immunology and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University, and more recently Chief Scientific Officer at The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. 

Dr. Madrenas received an MD degree at the University of Barcelona, specialized in Nephrology and Transplantation at the University Autónoma of Barcelona, obtained a Ph.D. degree in Immunology at the University of Alberta, and was a visiting associate at the NIH.  

Dr. Madrenas is an active educator in immunology and an accomplished investigator whose research has identified different signaling patterns through the T cell antigen receptor, the mechanisms of CTLA-4 signaling, and novel mechanisms of pathobiosis by Staphylococcus aureus. He is the author of more than 140 scientific papers in high impact journals, and over 40 reviews and book chapters.  He has also served in the editorial board of six journals.  Dr. Madrenas has received numerous awards including a Canada Foundation for Innovation Researcher Award, a Premier’s Research Excellence Award, an Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award, The John B. Dossetor Mission Award in Research from The Kidney Foundation of Canada, and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Madrenas founded the Centre for Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapeutics in London, ON, the first FOCIS Centre of Excellence in Canada, and the Microbiome and Disease Tolerance Centre at McGill University. He led the establishment and was Executive Director of the Canadian Human Immunology Network, a peer-reviewed funded initiative to promote research and career development in the field of Human Immunology. More recently, he started the Annual Implementation Science Workshops at The Lundquist Institute in partnership with academic, non-profit, public and private sector institutions.

Robert A. Whittington, MD

Robert A. Whittington, MD
Sr. Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Mentorship, and Recognition

Dr. Robert A. Whittington is Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Mentorship, and Recognition in the DGSOM. In this role, Dr. Whittington leads activities related to academic career development and recognition in the office of the Vice Dean for Faculty. Dr. Whittington is also a member of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the DGSOM.

Dr. Robert A. Whittington is Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Mentorship, and Recognition in the DGSOM. In this role, Dr. Whittington leads activities related to academic career development and recognition in the office of the Vice Dean for Faculty. Dr. Whittington is also a member of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the DGSOM. Previously, he was Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and Assistant Dean for Academic Development, Faculty Diversity, and Inclusion in the Office of Academic Affairs of Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Whittington received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology at Presbyterian Hospital in New York, where he also served as chief resident, followed by an NIH T32 clinician-scientist research training fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology at CUIMC.

As a clinician, Dr. Whittington has primarily served as an adult general and neuro-anesthesiologist with a major clinical interest in geriatric anesthesia. In addition, he was a member of the clinical anesthesiology team that successfully launched the liver transplantation program at Columbia in the late 1990s and from 2005-2017 served as Associate Program Director for the Residency Training Program in Anesthesiology. In 2017, Dr. Whittington was inducted into the Academy of Clinical Excellence at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Whittington's primary research interest has been in postoperative disorders of cognition in older adults. He is an NIH-funded investigator, and his pre-clinical research has focused on how anesthetics and surgery-induced inflammation impact tau-related neurofibrillary pathology. His research had been published in high-impact journals and presented at prestigious national and international meetings. Dr. Whittington recently served as a principal investigator on an NIA-funded project examining the impact of the tau pathology burden on incident postoperative delirium in older adult spine patients. Dr. Whittington is an executive section editor for the geriatric anesthesia section of Anesthesia and Analgesia, has served as an NIH study section member, and currently serves on leadership committees in the American Society of Anesthesiology, International Anesthesia Research Society, Society for the Advancement of Geriatric Anesthesia, and the Association of University Anesthesiologists.

Since 2013, Dr. Whittington has been actively involved in faculty development and academic career advancement programming at Columbia. As Assistant Dean for Academic Development, Faculty Diversity, and Inclusion, he developed programs that facilitated faculty mentoring, fostered academic career advancement, and expanded leadership and management training for faculty. Moreover, he helped launch career development programs promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic medicine. Dr. Whittington has also helped develop innovative mentoring programs specifically designed for women, underrepresented minority, and LGBTQ+ faculty.

Dr. Whittington comes to the Dean’s Office as a distinguished clinician, researcher, and educator, with a strong commitment to supporting faculty and a demonstrated track record of doing so. He embodies the principles of the Cultural North Star.

 

John Colicelli, PhD
Assistant Dean

Richard Gold, MD
Assistant Dean

Arlene Feliciano
Director, Academic Affairs
(310) 794-8193

Cindy Cordova
Assistant to the Vice Dean for Faculty
(310) 206-9204

Joan Cerera
Assistant Director, Visa and Special Programs

Denise Burnett
Sr. Analyst, Visa and Special Programs

Cynthia Guzman
UCPath SME

Sarah Lawson
Review Analyst 

Mariel Nario
Review Analyst 

Allison (Allie) Ouchi
Sr. Review Analyst 

Michael Ruan
OATS and FEC Staff Administrator

Atiyah Sherriff-Edwards
Review Analyst

Jocelyn Tieman
Sr. Review Analyst

Department Chairs and Academic Personnel Contacts

DEPARTMENT CHAIR PERSONNEL CONTACT DO SR. ANALYST
Clinical Departments
Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD Eli Paray (mgr)
Anabel Barajas
Alison Ouchi
Emergency Medicine Greg Hendey, MD Bonnie Cheung (CAO)
Jasmine Bermudez
Alison Ouchi
Family Medicine Gerardo Moreno, MD (Interim) Audra Potz
Rita Dartt
Alison Ouchi
Head & Neck Surgery Maie St. John, MD, PhD Sandybeth Munoz
Nancy Gutierrez
Melissa Artis
Alison Ouchi
Medicine E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD Arlene Bieschke (Dir)
Myrabelle Costanzo
Jocelyn Tieman
Neurology S Thomas Carmichael, MD, PhD Jackelyn Shinn
Davis Del Pino
Alison Ouchi
Neurosurgery Linda Liau, MD, PhD Jackelyn Shinn
Davis Del Pino
Jocelyn Tieman
Obstetrics & Gynecology Deborah Krakow, MD Sandybeth Munoz
Nancy Gutierrez
Melissa Artis
Jocelyn Tieman
Ophthalmology Bartly Mondino, MD Trashon Fearington (Dir)
Peter Lopez
Jessica Stolyarskaya
Alison Ouchi
Orthopaedic Surgery Nicholas M. Bernthal, MD (Interim) Christine Lazok-Torres (Dir)
Carmen Chiuco
Cristina Gomez
Stephanie Auste
Alison Ouchi
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Sarah Dry, MD Bernadette Sandoval (Mgr)
Rachel Romero-Ledezma
Kristine Fisher
Jocelyn Tieman
Pediatrics Sherin Devaskar, MD Ivonne Castaneda
Shonte Williams-Bell
Laura Guerrero
Alison Ouchi
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Alexander S. Young, MD (Interim) Mary Raz (Dir)
Kyna Williams
Nathalie Haller
Alison Ouchi
Radiation Oncology Michael Steinberg, MD Sandybeth Munoz
Nancy Gutierrez
Melissa Artis
Alison Ouchi
Radiological Sciences Dieter Enzmann, MD Kristine Yee
Sarah Ruffner
Alison Ouchi
Surgery Joe Hines, MD (Interim) Christine Lazok-Torres (Dir)
Carmen Chiuco
Cristina Gomez
Stephanie Auste
Alison Ouchi
Urology Mark Litwin, MD Christine Lazok-Torres (Dir)
Carmen Chiuco
Cristina Gomez
Stephanie Auste
Jocelyn Tieman
Basic Science Departments
Biological Chemistry Siavash Kurdistani, MD Brian Pham
Stacey Chiong
Jocelyn Tieman
Computational Medicine Eleazar Eskin, PhD Mark Lucas
Catherine Weston
Alison Ouchi
Human Genetics Leonid Kruglyak, PhD Brian Pham
Issa Lutfi
Jocelyn Tieman
MIMG Jerome Zack, MD Wendy Flores
Lorena Rodriguez
Alison Ouchi
Molecular & Medical Pharmacology Stephen Cannon, MD, PhD (Interim) Bernadette Omote Alison Ouchi
Neurobiology Paul Micevych, PhD Mark Lucas (CAO)
Catherine Weston
Jocelyn Tieman
Physiology Stephen Cannon, MD, PhD Brian Pham
Issa Lutfi
Emma Planas
Jocelyn Tieman