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George Tolomiczenko, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
KAM B6 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 774 1442


Experience as a clinician, researcher, teacher and administrator informs the multifaceted role I have with HTE@USC. After earning an undergraduate degree at Caltech, I left LA, for graduate study in the Boston area where I earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at Boston University and a master's in public health at Harvard. As both a scientist and clinician working at medical institutions, my focus shifted to public health and policy issues involving homelessness and mental illness. I am now returning to LA from Toronto where I worked on technology-enabled approaches to healthcare management.

In Canada my work building research capacity was broadened to include directorships in technology-based regional economic development, medical research funding and non-profit organizations. I have always been devoted to creating and funding programs and partnerships enabling research, knowledge translation and chronic disease management. I have done this through energizing interactions with students, faculty, staff and clinical personnel in a variety of settings. I am thrilled to be part of HTE@USC's leadership team re-designing medical and graduate engineering education to train front-line innovators. We'll make sure that HTE@USC graduates will be leaders among interdisciplinary thinkers and inventors in healthcare.
You can reach me through HTE@USC.edu.


Tolomiczenko G, Sanger T. Linking Engineering and Medical Training: A USC program seeks to introduce medical and engineering students to medical device development. IEEE Pulse. 2015 Nov-Dec; 6(6):32-6. View in: PubMed

Adamson K, Bains J, Pantea L, Tyrhwitt J, Tolomiczenko G, Mitchell T. Understanding the patients' perspective of emotional support to significantly improve overall patient satisfaction. Healthc Q. 2012; 15(4):63-9. View in: PubMed

Hwang SW, Ueng JJ, Chiu S, Kiss A, Tolomiczenko G, Cowan L, Levinson W, Redelmeier DA. Universal health insurance and health care access for homeless persons. Am J Public Health. 2010 Aug; 100(8):1454-61. View in: PubMed

Grinman MN, Chiu S, Redelmeier DA, Levinson W, Kiss A, Tolomiczenko G, Cowan L, Hwang SW. Drug problems among homeless individuals in Toronto, Canada: prevalence, drugs of choice, and relation to health status. BMC Public Health. 2010; 10:94. View in: PubMed

Hwang SW, Kirst MJ, Chiu S, Tolomiczenko G, Kiss A, Cowan L, Levinson W. Multidimensional social support and the health of homeless individuals. J Urban Health. 2009 Sep; 86(5):791-803. View in: PubMed

Hwang SW, Colantonio A, Chiu S, Tolomiczenko G, Kiss A, Cowan L, Redelmeier DA, Levinson W. The effect of traumatic brain injury on the health of homeless people. CMAJ. 2008 Oct 7; 179(8):779-84. View in: PubMed

Lefebvre LG, Ordean A, Midmer D, Kahan M, Tolomiczenko G. Physicians' knowledge of alcohol, tobacco and folic acid in pregnancy. Subst Abus. 2007 Mar; 28(1):3-9. View in: PubMed

Hwang SW, Tolomiczenko G, Kouyoumdjian FG, Garner RE. Interventions to improve the health of the homeless: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2005 Nov; 29(4):311-9. View in: PubMed

Tolomiczenko GS, Kahan M, Ricci M, Strathern L, Jeney C, Patterson K, Wilson L. SARS: coping with the impact at a community hospital. J Adv Nurs. 2005 Apr; 50(1):101-10. View in: PubMed

Hwang SW, Martin RE, Tolomiczenko GS, Hulchanski JD. The relationship between housing conditions and health status of rooming house residents in Toronto. Can J Public Health. 2003 Nov-Dec; 94(6):436-40. View in: PubMed

Seidman LJ, Schutt RK, Caplan B, Tolomiczenko GS, Turner WM, Goldfinger SM. The effect of housing interventions on neuropsychological functioning among homeless persons with mental illness. Psychiatr Serv. 2003 Jun; 54(6):905-8. View in: PubMed

Lieff SJ, Tolomiczenko GS, Dunn LB. Effect of training and other influences on the development of career interest in geriatric psychiatry. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2003 May-Jun; 11(3):300-8. View in: PubMed

Goering P, Tolomiczenko G, Sheldon T, Boydell K, Wasylenki D. Characteristics of persons who are homeless for the first time. Psychiatr Serv. 2002 Nov; 53(11):1472-4. View in: PubMed

Eynan R, Langley J, Tolomiczenko G, Rhodes AE, Links P, Wasylenki D, Goering P. The association between homelessness and suicidal ideation and behaviors: results of a cross-sectional survey. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2002; 32(4):418-27. View in: PubMed

Tolomiczenko G, Goering P. Gender differences in legal involvement among homeless shelter users. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2001 Nov-Dec; 24(6):583-93. View in: PubMed

Tolomiczenko GS, Goering PN, Durbin JF. Educating the public about mental illness and homelessness: a cautionary note. Can J Psychiatry. 2001 Apr; 46(3):253-7. View in: PubMed

Tolomiczenko GS, Sota T, Goering PN. Personality assessment of homeless adults as a tool for service planning. J Pers Disord. 2000; 14(2):152-61. View in: PubMed

Goldfinger SM, Schutt RK, Tolomiczenko GS, Seidman L, Penk WE, Turner W, Caplan B. Housing placement and subsequent days homeless among formerly homeless adults with mental illness. Psychiatr Serv. 1999 May; 50(5):674-9. View in: PubMed

Seidman LJ, Caplan BB, Tolomiczenko GS, Turner WM, Penk WE, Schutt RK, Goldfinger SM. Neuropsychological function in homeless mentally ill individuals. J Nerv Ment Dis. 1997 Jan; 185(1):3-12. View in: PubMed

Goldfinger SM, Schutt RK, Seidman LJ, Turner WM, Penk WE, Tolomiczenko GS. Self-report and observer measures of substance abuse among homeless mentally ill persons in the cross-section and over time. J Nerv Ment Dis. 1996 Nov; 184(11):667-72. View in: PubMed

Goldfinger SM, Schutt RK, Turner W, Tolomiczenko G, Abelman M. Assessing homeless mentally ill persons for permanent housing: screening for safety. Community Ment Health J. 1996 Jun; 32(3):275-88. View in: PubMed

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