Keck School Faculty

Brad Spellberg, MD
Brad Spellberg, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine;Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs (LAC+USC)
1500 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Dr. Spellberg is Chief Medical Officer at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center. He is also a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He received his BA in Molecular Cell Biology-Immunology from UC Berkeley. He then attended medical school at UCLA, where he received numerous academic honors, including serving as the UCLA AOA Chapter Co-President, and winning the prestigious Stafford Warren Award for the topic academic performance in his graduating class. Dr. Spellberg completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and subspecialty fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Spellberg has extensive administrative, patient care, and teaching activities. His NIH-funded research interests are diverse, ranging from basic immunology and vaccinology, to pure clinical and outcomes research, to process improvement work related to delivery of care, focusing on safety net hospitals. His laboratory research has focused on developing a vaccine that targets the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and the fungus Candida; the vaccine is undergoing clinical development. Dr. Spellberg is currently working on the immunology, vaccinology, and host defense against highly resistant Gram negative bacilli, including Acinetobacter and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infections.

Dr. Spellberg has worked extensively with the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to attempt to bring attention to the problems of increasing drug resistance and decreasing new antibiotics. His research regarding new drug development was a cornerstone of the IDSA’s white paper, Bad Bugs, No Drugs, and has been cited extensively in medical literature and on Capitol Hill. He first-authored numerous societal position papers and review articles relating to public policy of antibiotic resistance and antibiotic development. Dr. Spellberg is the author of Rising Plague, which he wrote to inform and educate the public about the crisis in antibiotic resistant infections and lack of antibiotic development. He has appeared on TV programs including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Katie Couric, and has given numerous radio and news interviews.

Outside of medicine, he enjoys intergalactic hyperspace travel, dinosaur cloning, and going after bad guys while dressed up in a Kevlar suit with a cool utility belt. He has also been known to split an atom or two from time to time when bored. Sometimes, he reads non-medical textbooks and lifts weights.

LA BioMed Research Institute: Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Prize for Meritorious Research, 2013

Department of Medicine, UCLA: Kouichi R. Tanaka Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, 2011

Choice Magazine: Outstanding Academic Title Award for Rising Plague, 2010

LA Biomedical Research Institute : Liu Young Investigator's Award, 2007

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center: Subspecialty Fellow of the Year, 2004

UCLA Department of Medicine: Faculty Award for Outstanding Junior Medicine Clerk, 1999

UCLA School of Medicine: Stafford Warren Award, 1999

American College of Physicians: Outstanding Student in Internal Medicine at UCLA, 1999

UCLA Alpha Omega Alpha: Chapter Co-President, 1998-1999

Alpha Omega Alpha: Elected Member, 1998

UCLA School of Medicine: First STAR Summer Fellowship Award, 1996

University of California, Berkeley: Summa Cum Laude, 1994

Phi Beta Kappa: Elected Member, 1994

Phi Beta Kappa: Ooops. Something went wrong., 1994

University of California, Berkeley: Dean's List, 1991-1994

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