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Dr. Spellberg is Chief Medical Officer at the Los Angeles General Medical Center.  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 focuses on the immunology, vaccinology, and host defense against highly resistant bacterial and fungal infections.

Dr. Spellberg is the author of the award-winningbook, Rising Plague, which he wrote to inform and educate the public about the crisis in antibiotic resistant infections and lack of antibiotic development.  His most recent book, Broken, Bankrupt, and Dying, is a critical look at the US healthcare system, and how it can be transformed to improve health and markedly reduce cost, while boosting economic competitiveness.

He can be reached by e-mail (  Follow him on Twitter @BradSpellberg

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