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Lindia J. Willies-Jacobo, MD

Associate Dean for Admissions; Professor

Dr. Lindia Willies-Jacobo joined Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine as Associate Dean for Admissions from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine where she served as Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships, and Director of the Program in Medical Education-Health Equity (PRIME-HEq). Her scholarly interests are in the areas of healthcare workforce diversity, cultural competence in the practice of medicine, advocacy for underserved populations, and combating health inequities. These are reflected in her written work as well as her extensive contributions to medical education and the medical community. Dr. Willies-Jacobo has instructed and directed a variety of courses; presented lectures; mentored students, residents and faculty; and served on a wide range of committees. She is Principal Investigator on two Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants, which are focused on developing a diverse healthcare workforce. She serves as an ad hoc journal reviewer for both Academic Medicine and Pediatrics and is the Western Regional Representative for the Association of American Medical Colleges Group Student Affairs Committee on Student Diversity Affairs.

Education and Training

  • BA, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • MD, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
  • Internship and Residency, Pediatrics, UCSD Medical Center
  • Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics, UCSD Medical Center

Year

Selected Prior Positions

2000-2009 Co-Director
UCSD Pediatrics Continuity Clinic
2003-2009 Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
2004-2009 Director, Pediatrics Clerkship Program
UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
2009-present Director, PRIME-HEq Program
UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
2009-present Health Sciences Professor of Pediatrics
UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
2009-present Assistant Dean for Diversity and Community Partnerships
UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
2010-2013 Program Director
UCSD Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE)
2017-present Principal Investigator
UCSD Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE)

Years

Selected Honors and Awards

2014 Faculty Service Award
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
2014 Women Who Mean Business Award
San Diego Business Journal
2014 AMSA Local Golden Apple Award (Education and Advocacy)
2015 MedEd Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action and Diversity Award
UCSD
2016-present Master Clinician
Rady Children’s Hospital
2017 Herbert W. Nickens Award nominee
2017 Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award
2017 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award, Health Sciences

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts

  • Taylor L, Willies-Jacobo LJ. The culturally competent pediatrician: respecting ethnicity in your practice. Contemporary Pediatrics 2003;20:6:83-105.
  • Stein MT, Flores G, Graham EA, Magana L, Willies-Jacobo L. Cultural and linguistic determinants in the diagnosis and management of developmental delay in a 4-year-old. Supplement to Pediatrics 2004;114:5 part 3 of 3, 1442-47.
  • Stellwagen L, Hubbard E, Vaucher Y, Willies-Jacobo L, Boies E. Crow J, Pickering B. Concerns about routine pacifier recommendation. Letter Pediatrics 2005;116:1245-1255.
  • Taylor L, Willies-Jacobo LJ, Dixon SD. Cultural dimensions in child care 2006. In Dixon SD, Stein MT (eds): Encounters with children: Pediatric Behavior and Development. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Mosby, Inc.
  • Willies-Jacobo L. Susto: Acknowledging patients' beliefs about illness. Virtual Mentor 2007;9(8):532-536.
  • Willies-Jacobo L. Pharyngitis in children. In: Ebell MH, ed. Evidence at Hand 1st ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons 2008.
  • Willies-Jacobo L, Stein MT. Headaches: in The Chicago Companion to the Child. Chicago IL: The University of Chicago Press 2008.
  • Siegel B, Chan C, Willies-Jacobo L, Stein MT. Culture clash: a missed opportunity. The Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2009;30:2:154-57.
  • Bailey J, Willies-Jacobo L. Are disadvantaged and underrepresented minority applicants more likely to apply to the program in medical education-health equity (PRIME-Heq)? Academic Medicine 2012.
  • Powell T, Garcia K, Lopez A, Bailey J, Willies-Jacobo L. University of California San Diego’s program in medical education health equity: training future physicians to care for underserved communities. The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2016 Volume 27:937-946.

Abstracts, posters, and workshops

  • Wilkins y Martinez L, Burton B, Garcia K, Willies-Jacobo L. University of California, San Diego SNMA/LMSA mock multiple-mini interviews for underrepresented minority pre-medical students. National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) 21st Annual Conference. Washington, DC May 2017.
  • Willies-Jacobo L, Hernandez RA, Sandhu A, Daley S. Addressing the shortage of primary care physicians: outcomes from two programs at UC San Diego School of Medicine. NAMME Conference. Long Beach, CA September 2017.
  • Hernandez RA, Willies-Jacobo L, Rivera L, Sandhu A, Daley S. Developing a diverse healthcare workforce to address health inequalities. NAMME Conference. Long Beach, CA September 2017.
  • Vuong C, Nguyen J, Garcia K, Willies-Jacobo L. Doc-4-a-day: early exposure to health careers for underprivileged students in the San Diego area. AAMC Learn Lead Serve Annual Meeting. Boston, MA November 2017.
  • Bailey J, Desai M, Willies-Jacobo L. Effects of the program in medical education-health equity on matriculation of underrepresented minorities in medicine. BNGAP Conference FIU. Miami, FL February 2018.
  • Burton BN, Anders A, Garcia K, Willies-Jacobo L. A single institution experience with socioeconomic status and mock medical school interview performance. WGEA 2018 Training the Physician of the Future. Denver, CO March 2018.
  • Anders A, Law-Arriaga I, Asmerom B, Akabike E, DeVries J, Bassiouni S, Willies-Jacobo L. What happened, and is it racist? WGEA 2018 Training the Physician of the Future. Denver, CO March 2018.