Dr. Vivian Reznik started her career as a trailblazer when she was part of the first female class to be admitted to Yale University--a feat that resulted in her graduation from the university's medical school. Dr. Reznik went on to become a Pediatric Nephrologist and is now the Vice Chair of the UC San Diego School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. She is also the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor of Pediatrics and Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD.
For years Dr. Reznik has been instrumental in developing community programs to ensure better healthcare delivery to San Diego County's diverse communities and has received many federal and private grants. In 1997 she utilized a grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop an after school program that included dance, computer games and nutrition education for students in City Heights. In addition she received a grant from the Community Outreach Partnership Centers Program New Directions that allowed UC San Diego to work with its community partners to increase the safety of City Heights.
Currently Dr. Reznik is using a 2.5 million dollar grant from the Dyson Foundation to help young physicians learn how to effectively communicate and provide medical care to various cultures throughout the county. These young physicians are enabled to become directly involved in providing healthcare to various communities in San Diego such as Latinos, Native Americans and others. In addition, Dr. Reznik is an advocate for faculty development and mentoring of women, as the Director of the National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine, originally funded by the U.S. Public Health Services, Office of Women's Health. It is her mission to promote gender equality in medicine and leadership advancement of junior faculty in academic medicine.
Going beyond her love of medicine, Dr. Reznik is also committed to preventing youth violence. She is the co-director for UC San Diego's National Academic Center of Excellence on Youth Violence funded by the Centers for Disease Control. The center brings together university researchers and community groups to develop programs that address the public issues of youth violence.
If her commitment to medicine and the community were not enough, Dr. Reznik is also passionate about the arts and was a San Diego City Commissioner for Arts and Culture. Finally, in addition to all her accomplishments, Dr. Reznik is also a proud mother of three and the wife of a UC San Diego Pulmonologist.