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Laura Mosqueda named Family Medicine chair

Dr. Laura Mosqueda, geriatrics specialist and department chair

Dr. Laura Mosqueda, an internationally-known geriatrics specialist, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at UC Irvine School of Medicine. 

Mosqueda, who has led the department as acting chair, is the director of the  school’s Program in Geriatrics and the Ronald W. Reagan Endowed Chair in Geriatrics.

“Dr. Mosqueda's impact on patients and families is extraordinary, “ said Ralph V. Clayman, dean of the School of Medicine. 

"Her passion and leadership continually inspire our organization. She truly embodies our mission of Discover. Teach. Heal.”

Since her arrival at UC Irvine in 1998, Dr. Mosqueda has fostered several initiatives to improve the care of older adults and their families. She continues to be the driving force behind the School of Medicine geriatrics program and the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect.

Through her guidance, UC Irvine was the recipient of the prestigious Donald W. Reynolds Foundation grant, which enhances medical education in the care of older adults.

In 2003, the Program in Geriatrics and the UC Irvine School of Medicine collaborated with other Orange County organizations to open the first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in the country. The center seeks to ensure that cases of elder abuse are identified and understood by law enforcement and social services and aids in the prosecution of elder abuse cases.

As a result of these efforts, agencies throughout the world have been inspired to establish similar centers.

For creating the model program and for inspiring others to do the same, Dr. Mosqueda was recognized this year by the U.S. Department of Justice with the Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services.

Dr. Mosqueda is a board-certified family physician and is one America's Best Doctors®. She received her bachelor's degree at Occidental College in Los Angeles and received her medical degree at the University of Southern California, where she also completed her residency and fellowship in geriatrics.