The UC Irvine School of Medicine advances medical knowledge and clinical practice through scholarly research (Discover), physician education (Teach) and high-quality care (Heal). The medical school nurtures the development of medical students, resident physicians and scholars in the clinical and basic sciences and supports the dissemination of research advances for the benefit of society. It educates more than 500 medical students and trains more than 700 residents and fellows at the UC Irvine Medical Center and affiliated institutions. Its 560 full-time and 1,300 volunteer faculty are involved in teaching, providing medical care and conducting research on the health challenges facing the 21st century. The school offers an M.D. degree, a combined M.D./Ph.D. medical scientist training program, a master’s degree in genetic counseling, a combined M.D./M.B.A. program with The Paul Merage School of Business, and a unique combined M.D./master’s program called the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC).
The School of Medicine features 25 departments ranging from basic science research to clinical medical and surgical specialties. It has research, clinical and teaching relationships with the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, among others. Areas of groundbreaking research and teaching take place in state-of-the-art laboratories in the Biomedical Research Center, the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Beckman Laser Institute, the Institute for Clinical & Translational Science, the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, the Brain Imaging Center, the Reeve-Irvine Research Center for spinal cord injury, The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, the Center for Diabetes Research & Treatment, the Institute for Immunology, the Center for Virus Research, the Genetic Epidemiology Research Center, the Health Policy Research Institute, the John Tu & Thomas Yuen Center for Functional Onco Imaging, the Center for Occupational & Environmental Health, UCI MIND and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Roger Steinert, M.D., Interim Dean
Renowned eye surgeon Dr. Roger Steinert is interim dean of the UC Irvine School of Medicine. The current Irving H. Leopold Chair in Ophthalmology and founding director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, he oversees the academic and research missions of the medical school.
Steinert came to UCI in 2004 as professor of clinical ophthalmology and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He’s a pioneer in laser surgery, most notably in LASIK and excimer laser refractive surgery and in corneal transplantation, developing techniques that have improved the vision of millions.
Steinert has repeatedly been recognized for advancing eye care, including being named one of America’s top ophthalmologists by Becker’s ASC Review and receiving the 2008 Barraquer Award, refractive surgery’s highest honor. The UCI Academic Senate honored him with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in 2008-09.
Steinert also serves as chief of ophthalmology at UC Irvine Medical Center, where he’s the current president of the medical staff and has been a member of the Governing Body Advisory Council since 2009. He helped lead the effort to establish UCI’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, Orange County’s only academic vision care institute, and oversaw the opening of the state-of-the-art, 70,000-square-foot research and clinical facility on campus in September 2013.
- The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the nation and the only one in Orange County.
- UC Irvine is one of 15 institutions nationwide funded and recognized as a Cancer Genetics Network center. The program is sponsored by the NCI to support collaborative investigations into the genetic basis of cancer susceptibility, explore mechanisms to integrate this new knowledge into medical practice, and identify ways of addressing the associated psychosocial issues.
- The Chao Center as one of six in the nation to conduct studies on promising new cancer prevention drugs, and it is the only one in Orange County to meet stringent standards of the American Society of Clinical Oncology as an exemplary clinical trial site.
- The Institute for Translational & Clinical Sciences received a prestigious Clinical & Translational Science Award of $20 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to speed the transformation of scientific discoveries into medical advances for patients.
- UC Irvine opened the first building in Southern California funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine solely dedicated to stem cell research, education and treatments. It is home to the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center.
- The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute is the only Orange County vision-care center to advance research, training and patient care in a state-of-the-art facility on campus.
- UC Irvine pediatric researchers are helping refine and field test the initial protocol for the National Children’s Study, planned as the largest and most comprehensive long-term study of environmental effects on child development and health in U.S. history. Orange County was named as one of six initial national Vanguard Centers for the study.
- UC Irvine brain imaging researchers are directing the Biomedical Informatics Research Network, a multi-million dollar, nationwide effort to standardize imaging methods that will allow for large-scale studies on brain disease and illness.
- UC Irvine vector biologists are leading an international effort funded by the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative to develop new genetic methods to control the transmission of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease affecting tens of millions of people worldwide.
- UC Irvine is one of only seven institutions nationwide to be named a Level I Accredited Educational Institute by the American College of Surgeons.
- UC Irvine Medical Center has consistently been ranked among the top three percent of hospitals nationwide by U.S. News & World Report.
- UC Irvine is rated as having among the top 50 U.S. medical schools for research, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings. School of Medicine researchers received more than $140 million in research funding in 2012-13, nearly half of the campus total.
- As part of its innovative iMed Initiative, UCI is the first medical school in the country to offer its entire first-year curriculum on the iPad tablet computer platform and train students with portable, hand-held ultrasound units.
- Distinguished Researcher-in-Residence Irwin A. Rose received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- Faculty members named to the National Academy of Sciences include Michael Cahalan, Anthony James, Dr. William H. Daughaday, Masayasu Nomura and Irwin A. Rose.
- Faculty members named to the Institute of Medicine include Dr. William E. Bunney, Zang-Hee Cho and Dr. Sheldon Greenfield.