National Clinician Scholars Program

National Clinician

Scholars Program


Program Background

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

UCLA is committed to solving the most pressing societal challenges of our timeā€”not least among them, addressing disparities and quality of care in an ever-changing healthcare landscape. Inspired by the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (CSP), which for more than 40 years fostered the development of physician-leaders able to transform health and healthcare, the university proudly launched a new UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program in 2016. This post-residency training initiative builds upon the CSP legacy, with early-career physicians and nurses participating in an intensive, highly-customized, two-year program that places them in community settings to conduct priority research directly benefiting the health of Southern California residents.

Contact Information

The National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA joins forces with a broad array of private and public Southern California partners to create the UCLA National Clinician Scholars Program. Our goal is to train the clinician workforce needed to address the most pressing health problems in our region.

Joann Elmore, MD, MPH
Program Director
Linda Sarna, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN
Program Director
Debra Saliba, MD, MPH, AGSF
Associate Director - VA Liaison
MarySue Heilemann, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Director
Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH
Associate Director
Rebecca Dudovitz, MD, MSHS
Associate Director
Keith Norris, MD, PhD
Associate Director
Casey Covarrubias, MPH
Administrative Director
1100 Glendon Ave, Suite 900
Los Angeles, Ca 90024
Phone: (310) 794-2268
Affiliated VA Medical Center:
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System