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University of California, San Diego

Cal San Diego 



Robert L. Fitzgerald, PhD, DABCC
Telephone: 858-657-5733
Fax: 858-657-5807

UCSD Center for Advanced Lab Medicine
10300 Campus Pt Dr, Suite 150
San Diego, CA 92121

Faculty and Research Interests

University of California, San Diego

Robert Fitzgerald, PhD, DABCC

Mass spectrometry, cardiac markers, toxicology

Judith Stone, PhD, DABCC

Mass spectrometry, toxicology, clinical chemistry

Michael Kelner, MD

Novel anticancer compounds based on natural products

David Herold, MD, PhD, DABCC

Clinical applications of mass spectrometry

John Thorson, MD, PhD

Molecular diagnostics

David Bailey, MD, PhD

Clinical Toxicology, clinical chemistry

Ronald McLawhon, MD, PhD

Biochemistry of membrane receptors and signal transduction

Amadeo Pesce, PhD Pain Management, clinical toxicology
Marie Dell'Aquila, PhD Cytogenetics
Iain McIntyre, PhD Forensic Toxicology
Denise Malicki, MD, PhD Pediatric Pathology

Program Listing:

Level(s) of training:


Number of positions available per year:


Duration of program:

2 years

Approximate annual salary or stipend:

Consistent with first year resident salaries

Source of funding:


Current number of trainees:


Number of past graduates:


Application Procedures:


Applicants must have an earned Doctor of Medicine degree or Doctor of Philosophy (or an equivalent doctoral degree) in the basic sciences; chemistry, biology, pharmacology, or toxicology from an accredited university or college. Applicants should have successfully completed enough chemistry courses to apply to the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, i.e., 24 semester-hours (or equivalent) in undergraduate and/or graduate level chemistry courses plus a minimum of 4 semester-hours (or equivalent) in biochemistry courses at the graduate level.


Send statement of interest and copy of CV to Dr. Fitzgerald


Please submit required information in the first two weeks January for consideration of a September (same year) start date.

Program Description:

The primary objective of this program is to train individuals with a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD degree to become competent laboratory directors in the fields of clinical chemistry and/or clinical toxicology. Trainees are expected to become certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry in chemistry or toxicological chemistry, and to compete for positions as director or associate directors of medical schools, hospital-based clinical chemistry laboratories, reference laboratories, or industrial positions. This objective is achieved through training in clinical chemistry, laboratory administration, and research.

This program emphasizes a combination of training in classical clinical chemistry (e.g., blood gases, electrolytes, enzymes, proteins, endocrinology, therapeutic drug monitoring) and specialty areas (clinical toxicology and molecular diagnostics). A particular strength of this program is in the area of toxicology where there are collaborations with the California Poison Control Center and UC San Diego Medical Toxicology Fellowship program. The UC San Diego program also benefits from the Center for Advanced Laboratory Medicine (CALM), a 90,000 square foot facility that serves as a central reference laboratory for the UCSD Healthcare system. At the CALM, fellows will have access to automated chemistry, toxicology, hematology, microbiology, flow cytometry, molecular diagnostics, cytogenetics, and information systems.