UC San Diego Division of Hospital Medicine Faculty


Brian Clay, M.D.
Dr. Clay


Dr. Clay was named
one of San Diego's
Top Doctors in 2011
and 2012



Brian Clay, MD
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Inpatient and Hospital Affiliations


Telephone (619) 471-9186

Mail Code 8485



Academic Profile

Dr. Brian Clay has been a member of the Division of Hospital Medicine faculty since 2003.

He coordinates and participates in numerous quality improvement projects, including projects related to medication reconciliation, hospital discharge processes, resident handoffs, clinical decision support, and physician documentation in the electronic medical record.

Dr. Clay was named the Chief Medical Information Officer for UCSD in 2012. He also currently serves as one of the associate program directors for the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program, and is a member of the IT Leadership and Education Committee for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Clay received his MD degree from the UCSD School of Medicine in 2000. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2003.

Highlighted Publications

  • Smitherman K, Clay BJ, Martin-Armstrong LM. Causes of Short-Term Hospital Medicine Readmission at an Academic Center. Abstract, Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, April 23-26, 2014, San Diego. PDF
  • Lovetro B, Popa AS, Lane J, Ha D, Martin L, Jenkins I, Bordin-Wosk T, Clay BJ, James C. Clinical Predictors Associated with Proton Pump Inhibitor Guideline Adherence. Abstract, Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, March 24-27, 2014, Las Vegas. J. Hospital Med 2014; 9 (S2): 121. Abstract
  • Clay BJ, Lee J, Zelazny Z, Maynard G. Indication-Based Ordering: A New Paradigm for Glycemic Control in Hospitalized Patients. Abstract, Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, April 3-5, 2008, San Diego. J Hospital Med 2008; 3(S1):55.   PDF (see PDF document p. 7)
  • Clay BJ, Martin-Armstrong L. Contributing Factors to Short-Term Readmissions to an Academic Center Hospital Medicine Program. Abstract, Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, April 3-5, 2008, San Diego. J Hospital Med 2008; 3(S1):54-55.   PDF (see PDF document pp. 6-7)