Brad Spellberg, MD

TitleProfessor of Clinical Medicine
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
Address1500 San Pablo Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
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    TitleAssociate Dean For Clinical Affairs (LAC+USC)

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    University of California, Berkeley1991  - 1994Dean's List
    University of California, Berkeley1994Summa Cum Laude
    Phi Beta Kappa1994Elected Member
    UCLA School of Medicine1996First STAR Summer Fellowship Award
    Alpha Omega Alpha1998Elected Member
    UCLA Alpha Omega Alpha1998  - 1999Chapter Co-President
    American College of Physicians1999Outstanding Student in Internal Medicine at UCLA
    UCLA Department of Medicine1999Faculty Award for Outstanding Junior Medicine Clerk
    UCLA School of Medicine1999Stafford Warren Award
    Harbor-UCLA Medical Center2004Subspecialty Fellow of the Year
    LA Biomedical Research Institute 2007Liu Young Investigator's Award
    Choice Magazine2010Outstanding Academic Title Award for Rising Plague
    Department of Medicine, UCLA2011Kouichi R. Tanaka Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award
    LA BioMed Research Institute2013Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Prize for Meritorious Research

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    Dr. Spellberg is Chief Medical Officer at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center. He is also a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He received his BA in Molecular Cell Biology-Immunology from UC Berkeley. He then attended medical school at UCLA, where he received numerous academic honors, including serving as the UCLA AOA Chapter Co-President, and winning the prestigious Stafford Warren Award for the topic academic performance in his graduating class. Dr. Spellberg completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and subspecialty fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

    Dr. Spellberg has extensive administrative, patient care, and teaching activities. His NIH-funded research interests are diverse, ranging from basic immunology and vaccinology, to pure clinical and outcomes research, to process improvement work related to delivery of care, focusing on safety net hospitals. His laboratory research has focused on developing a vaccine that targets the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and the fungus Candida; the vaccine is undergoing clinical development. Dr. Spellberg is currently working on the immunology, vaccinology, and host defense against highly resistant Gram negative bacilli, including Acinetobacter and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infections.

    Dr. Spellberg has worked extensively with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to attempt to bring attention to the problems of increasing drug resistance and decreasing new antibiotics. His research regarding new drug development was a cornerstone of the IDSA’s white paper, Bad Bugs, No Drugs, and has been cited extensively in medical literature and on Capitol Hill. He first-authored numerous societal position papers and review articles relating to public policy of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic development. Dr. Spellberg is the author of Rising Plague, which he wrote to inform and educate the public about the crisis in antibiotic resistant infections and lack of antibiotic development. He has appeared on TV programs including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Katie Couric, and has given numerous radio and news interviews.

    Outside of medicine, he enjoys intergalactic hyperspace travel, dinosaur cloning, and going after bad guys while dressed up in a Kevlar suit with a cool utility belt. He has also been known to split an atom or two from time to time when bored. Sometimes, he reads non-medical textbooks and lifts weights.

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