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The UC San Diego Division of Hospital Medicine is comprised of 39 faculty hospitalist and nocturnist physicians providing inpatient care for the UC San Diego Health System medical centers in Hillcrest and La Jolla.

The Chief of Hospital Medicine is Health Sciences Clinical Professor Daniel Bouland, MD, MS, FACP.  Dr. Bouland joined the Department of Medicine faculty in 2006. His training and career history are replete with administrative, clinical, and academic excellence.

Pictured in right-hand image in the banner above:
From left, Doreen Nguyen, MD; Health Sciences
Clinical Professor Daniel Bouland, MD;
Joshua Sternbach, MD; Waheed Murad, MD

What Is a Hospitalist?

The Society of Hospital Medicine has adopted the following official definition of "hospitalist."

Hospitalists are physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, teaching, research and leadership related to hospital medicine.

The term "hospitalist" was first used in a New England Journal of Medicine article in August of 1996.  Learn more

Our Vision

To revolutionize the hospital care experience

Our Mission

To provide outstanding clinical care, teaching, leadership and innovation in the field of Hospital Medicine

Our Core Values

  • Compassionate, high quality, evidence-based, safe, efficient patient-centered care
  • Enthusiastic customer service (patients, referring and consulting physicians, nurses, ancillary staff, hospital, learners)
  • Excellence in medical education
  • Meaningful, effective quality improvement aligned with institutional goals
  • Leadership in the field of Hospital Medicine




San Diego's Top Docs 2015

Gregory Seymann, M.D.

Hospitalists Gregory B. Seymann, MD, SFHM, is among the UC San Diego Health System physicians honored as "Top Doctors" on the 2015 "Physicians of Exceptional Excellence" list from the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine.


Excellence in Teaching

Jay Varughese, M.D. Dr. Jay Varughese has received the 2014 Excellence in Teaching award for his outstanding contributions in teaching the Medicine 401 clerkship course this academic year.




Rescue 30,000 Feet Up

Dr. Deepak AsudaniAs featured on UC San Diego Health System’s Facebook page, Dr. Deepak Asudani’s story. A local family is truly grateful to Dr. Asudani of UC San Diego Health System after he came to the aid of their loved one during a recent US Airways flight. The passenger was unresponsive when Dr. Asudani sprang to action from two rows behind. Shortly after medical attention, the passenger was lucid with normal vital signs. Dr. Asudani was rewarded by the airlines with a heartfelt letter thanking him for his compassion, integrity and experience during the medical emergency.