Charles P Vega, MD

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Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
School of Medicine
Director, UC Irvine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC), Family Medicine
School of Medicine
Associate Dean
School of Medicine
M.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1996
B.A., Harvard University, 1992, Biology
Family Medicine Residency, UC Irvine, 1999
Phone: (714) 456-5171
University of California, Irvine
The City Drive South
Bldg 200, Suite 835, Rt. 81
Mail Code: 2975
Orange, CA 92868
Academic Distinctions

1. Chair of Faculty Advisory Group, GE National Medical Fellowships Primary Care Leadership Program, 2015
2. Chair, Expert Meeting on the Effectiveness, Safety and Appropriate Use of Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen. Denver, CO, 2015


1. Orange County Physician of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014,2016, 2017
2. AAMC Health Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, 2016
3. Harvard - Macy Institute Faculty Scholar, 2015
4. Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar Award, 2015
5. Elected to Steering Committee of Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative, 2014
6. National Hispanic Medical Association California Leadership Fellowship award. Elected Chair of Cultural Education Sub-Committee, 2014
7. UCI Representative to the American Association of Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion, 2009 - 2010
8. Special Recognition Award for teaching contribution to the UCI Clinical Foundation Course, 2009
9. Named as "One of America's Top Family Doctors" bu the Consumers' Research Council of America, 2008
10. Clinica Carino MVP Award for Outstanding Service and Teaching, 2007
11. UC Irvine College of Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 2004, 2007
12. UC Irvine ARISE Award for Academic Achievement
13. UCI Representative to the American Association of Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion, 2009- 2010
14. Outstanding Teacher of the Year, UC Irvine Department of Family Medicine, 2003
Short Biography
Chuck grew up in Northern California and completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University. He attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and completed residency training in Family Medicine at UC Irvine. He stayed on as faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at UCI and now holds the title of Health Sciences Clinical Professor. He is the Executive Director of UCI’s Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community and won a Macy Faculty Scholarship to improve patient-centered health education at UCI. He currently serves as Assistant Dean for Culture and Community Education in the UC Irvine School of Medicine.
Dr. Vega has seen patients and taught medical students and residents at UC Irvine’s Family Health Center – Santa Ana for the past 20 years. This clinic is a federally-qualified health center and the largest safety-net clinic for Orange County. Dr. Vega’s academic interests are focused on access to quality, compassionate medical care for underserved populations, and the development of training programs to promote this vision of healthcare.
CME News and Best Evidence Reviews on Published continually since 2003, these articles achieve a readership of over 5 million physicians annually worldwide.

Vega C. “Creating a patient-centered system.” Featured editorial in The Orange County Register. 9/21/2013.

Manetta A, Stephens F, Rea J, Vega C. Addressing health care needs of the Latino community: one medical school’s approach. Acad Med 2007; 82: 1145-51.

Brown AE, Simon SN, Schneider MA, Vega CP. Alcohol recovery and spirituality: strangers, friends, or partners? Southern Medical Journal 2006; 99: 654-7.

Vega CP, Lavine S, Kwoon J. Intrancranial aneurysms: current evidence and clinical practice. American Family Physician 2002; 66: 601-608.
Invited Presentations:

“The First Wave: Career Paths of PRIME Physicians.” Western Group on Educational Affairs Annual Meeting. Honolulu, HI, 3/25/14.
“UC PRIME: what’s new and challenges ahead.” Western Group on Educational Affairs conference, 5/2/13.
“Supporting Diversity in Medical Education.” Panel presentation at the National Hispanic Medical Association Annual Conference, 4/27/13.
“Teaching cultural competence and reducing health disparities across the trainee continuum: A multi-institutional perspective.” Western Group on Educational Affairs annual meeting. Stanford, CA. 5/2/11. Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting. Washington DC. 11/10/10.
Professional Societies
American Academy of Family Practice
California Academy of Family Physicians
California Medical Association
National Hispanic Medical Association
Other Experience
GE-National Medical Fellowship Advisory Board 2012
Faculty Scholar
Macy Foundation 2014—2016
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