November 19, 1999

San Diego Physician Named National Clinician of the Year

Southern California Doctors Win Honor 3 of Last 4 Years

Dr. Gonzalo Ballon-Landa, an infectious disease specialist in San Diego, CA, was honored this week with the Clinician Award, at the annual national meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Philadelphia, PA. The Clinician Award honors excellence inpatient care and is presented to IDSA fellows or members who are renowned for clinical care, patient education, compassion, patient advocacy, clinical research and community service.

"Throughout his career, Dr. Ballon-Landa has demonstrated his commitment to serving the needs of the community," says IDSA President John G. Barlett, MD.

This is the third year of the last four years that a member of the Southern California chapter —the Infectious Disease Association of California (IDAC)— has won this award. In 1996, Dr. Ellie J.C. Goldstein of Santa Monica, CA received this honor, as well as Dr. Ramon Moncada of Coronado, CA in 1998.

"Winning this prestigious award three of the last four years demonstrated the regard which Southern California infectious disease physicians are help by their national colleagues," says IDAC President Chris Bailey of Laguna Niguel, CA.

Dr. Ballon-Landa was one of the first physicians in the private practice of infectious diseases in San Diego. He currently practices at Scripps Mercy, Sharp Grossmont and Alvarado Hospitals, and he chairs or is a member of the Infection Control, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Antibiotics, Infusion Care, and Quality Improvements committees at most of these hospitals.

Dr. Ballon-Landa is head of Infectious Diseases Section at Scripps Mercy Hospital. In 1990, the hospital's residents voted for him to receive the "Sustained Excellence in Teaching" award. He is a founding member and immediate Past President of IDAC, and currently heads its Continuing Medical Education committee.

Dr. Ballon-Landa is a member of the Group to Eradicate Resistant Microorganisms (GERM) Commission of the San Diego County Medical Society. GERM endeavors to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics, and to help in the implementation of the country's Emergency Preparedness Plan in case of a bioterrorist attack.

In 1997, he and his wife, Linda, jointly chaired "Tan-go!" a successful fund-raising gala for the benefit of the Mercy Clinic, which serves many of San Diego's poor.

Dr. Ballon-Landa was born in Arequipa, Peru, to a family of physicians. He went to Chicago to attend Loyola University and graduated magna cum laude in chemistry. He obtained his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School, where he discovered his love for the subject of infectious diseases. Upon completion of his internal medicine residency at Northwestern, he embarked on a fellowship at the University of California, San Diego.

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