For Immediate Release Tuesday, January 18, 2011  

CDU Faculty Member, Dr. Jasminka Criley, Selected Among Top 10 Hospitalists in U.S.


LOS ANGELES - Jasminka M. Criley, M.D., an associate professor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, recently was chosen as one of the nation's 10 best hospitalists.

In the November issue of the ACP Hospitalist, a magazine published by the American College of Physicians, Dr. Criley was selected by the periodical as the only doctor from California.

“This recognition for Dr. Criley is well-deserved,” said Richard S. Baker, M.D., Provost and Dean, College of Medicine, Charles Drew University. “Her success stems from a commitment to excellence, innovation, leadership and a heart-felt passion for helping others. In doing so, she demonstrates an outstanding commitment to practicing medicine and teaching students.”

Jasminka Criley,M.D., FACP

The candidates, nominated by peers, mentors, administrators and supervisors, were picked for their notable contributions to the field. Those qualities include: clinical skills, innovation, community involvement, improved work flow, patient safety, research, teamwork, leadership, mentorship and quality improvement. A hospitalist is a physician who cares for patients’ in the hospital, taking over for their primary care physician.  

The magazine said a record number of nominations were received. “The breadth and depth of candidates spoke to the impressive work being done in U.S. hospital medicine, making the decision to pick only 10 far from easy.”

The nominations were reviewed by the magazine’s editorial board, which made the selections. “All have contributed enormously to the field of hospital medicine. We’re excited to recognize the work of these extraordinary individuals,” according to the magazine article.

Dr. Criley, who completed her medical degree in Croatia, was chosen as a research fellow in oncology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and later joined the faculty. Finishing her residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, she moved to the Bay Area about a decade ago, and helped create a hospitalist program at the Palo Alto Medical Clinic. Now in Southern California, she also serves as the associate residency program director for internal medicine residents and director of inpatient services for graduate medical education at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach.

Dr. Criley, whose role at the university includes serving as the clerkship site director for third-year medical students in the UCLA/Charles Drew University Medical Education Program, advocates taking a thorough approach to patients, in both exams and interpreting clinical data. In a recent interview, she said she enjoyed advising students and young doctors.

"Mentoring is listening and learning what a person's goals are and pulling in resources to help them where they want to go," she said. "It's a lot like patient care—listening and finding out what's important to the patient helps you craft a better plan of care."


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About Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information, visit .