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Published: August 31, 2020

San Diego Family Physician Leads California Organizations

David Bazzo, MD of San Diego Named Interim Chair, UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, and as President, California Academy of Family Physicians

David Bazzo, MD, a family physician who practices in San Diego, recently began his tenure as president of the 11,000-member California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). Bazzo has also been named the Interim Chair for UC San Diego’s Department of Family Medicine and Public Health. In his one-year term at CAFP, Dr. Bazzo is leading the organization through changes in practice related to COVID-19. He is working with colleagues, educators, lawmakers and others to support and sustain California’s primary care infrastructure; advocating for patient access to primary care; and helping family physicians navigate a changing health care landscape.

“The need for family physicians has never been higher,” Dr. Bazzo said. “Primary care practices have been essential in the COVID-19 pandemic to educate, diagnose and treat COVID-19, as well as to provide preventive care and manage chronic conditions to keep Californians healthy.”

Family physicians are specialists in providing primary care across the life span. They are trained to provide a broad spectrum of care from prenatal care and pediatrics to women’s health and geriatrics.

Dr. Bazzo is a national and internationally recognized expert in physician assessment and communication skills.  He serves as the Co-Director of the Primary Care Core Clerkship in addition to his clinical teaching roles for medical students, family medicine residents and sports medicine fellows.

He brings years of leadership experience to the role of CAFP President, including as past president of the San Diego County Medical Society, and in a leadership role for the UC San Diego Physician Assessment and Clinical Education (PACE) program.

Dr. Bazzo lives and works in San Diego. His practice includes a focus on primary and preventive care and sports medicine. He has been a part of the UC San Diego community for the past 30 years. Dr. Bazzo earned his medical degree from Chicago Medical School and completed a residency and fellowship at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine.

For more information about Dr. Bazzo, visit www.familydocs.org/bazzo.

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