School of Medicine - University of California Irvine



Ranked as one of the top 50 U.S. medical schools for research by U.S. News & World Report, UC Irvine Health School of Medicine is dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and clinical practice through scholarly research, physician education, and high-quality care.

The medical school nurtures the development of medical students, resident physicians, and scholars in the clinical and basic sciences and supports the dissemination of research advances for the benefit of society.

School of Medicine Facts

  • Each year, the school educates more than 400 medical students and trains more than 600 residents and fellows at UC Irvine Medical Center and affiliated institutions.
  • The school’s 560 full-time and 1,300 volunteer faculty members are involved in teaching, providing medical care and conducting research into the health challenges facing the 21st century.
  • The school has 26 departments, ranging from basic science research to clinical medical and surgical specialties. It has research, clinical and teaching relationships with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
  • The school offers an MD degree, a combined MD/ Ph.D. medical scientist training program, a master’s degree in genetic counseling, a combined MD/MBA program with the Paul Merage School of Business and a unique combined MD/master’s program called the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC).

UC Irvine Medical Center is the principal clinical facility for UC Irvine Health and the UC Irvine Health School of Medicine’s teaching and research programs. For 16 consecutive years, the medical center has been rated among the nation's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and among the top 50 U.S. medical centers for orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. It is the only Orange County hospital to be listed consistently.

In early 2009, UC Irvine Health opened UC Irvine Douglas Hospital, a modern facility for conducting the latest medical research and training future and practicing physicians. The seven-story hospital has spacious, mostly private rooms and 15 state-of-the-art operating rooms. In addition, the hospital provides an environment for translational research — allowing more opportunities for researchers and clinicians to collaborate on patient care.

The medical center is also home to the UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Orange County, and one of only 48 such high-level centers in the nation.

The School of Medicine’s close research, clinical and teaching relationship with the medical center has helped position our clinical enterprise as a regional and national leader in translational medicine. UC Irvine Health uses the latest clinical research, including studies pioneered by our researchers, to provide patients with the most advanced therapies and treatments.

Department of Pharmacology

The UC Irvine School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology is home to research and teaching in the fields of:

  • Molecular pharmacology
  • Cellular regulation
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Cardiovascular biology
  • Behavioral pharmacology
  • Drug development

Emphasis is placed on studies on the actions of neurotransmitters and neuropeptides in vitro and in vivo and the discovery of novel signaling pathways and their physiological roles.

Our Mission

The mission of the department is to develop research directions that will translate into therapeutic applications and to mentor the next generation of researchers devoted to pharmaceutical discovery.



School of Medicine - University of California Irvine