Gerardo Moreno, MD, MSHS has been appointed chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Moreno has successfully led the Department of Family Medicine as Interim Chair for the past year.
Dr. Moreno is Associate Professor of Family Medicine and serves as Director for UCLA’s Program in Medical Education, also known as PRIME-Leadership and Advocacy—a dual degree MD/master’s program that trains medical students to be leaders and advocates for underserved and vulnerable populations.
Dr. Moreno received his medical degree from UCLA and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He joined the UCLA Department of Family Medicine faculty after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA. While an RWJ Foundation clinical scholar, Dr. Moreno received advanced training in research methods, community-based participatory research and obtained a Master of Science in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The National Academy of Medicine selected Dr. Moreno as the 2015 James C. Puffer, MD/American Board of Family Medicine Fellow.
Dr. Moreno co-leads the new federally funded DGSOM UCLA Center of Excellence for Underrepresented in Medicine, and the evaluation of a multi-county novel primary care program for undocumented California residents. Throughout his career as a clinician, researcher, and educator at DGSOM, Dr. Moreno has mentored numerous medical students, residents, and junior faculty.
A clinician, educator and investigator, his areas of expertise include diabetes in older adults, the evaluation of health system and community level interventions for vulnerable populations, physician workforce diversity, social and structural determinants of health, language-based disparities in healthcare and medical education programs. Dr. Moreno has published clinical guidelines on diabetes among older adults and studies that have increased our understanding of health disparities and the social determinants of health, and has published on other important issues addressing physician workforce diversity, family medicine and medical education. He is a recipient of a prestigious National Institute of Health Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research and co-directs the Community Liaison Core for the NIH-funded UCLA Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research. He currently serves on the NIH Clinical Aging study section and as chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and a number of ABFM Committees.