Rancho Santa Fe doctor inducted into UCLA hall of fame


Dr. Fred Wasserman of Rancho Santa Fe is being honored by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health on April 1.

The UCLA Fielding School of Public Health Alumni Association is honoring its 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees at the 41st Annual Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecture from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, with a reception to follow. The event will be at the UCLA Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium, 635 Charles E. Young Drive South, Los Angeles.

Wasserman formed a group practice of community physicians in Hawthorne, Calif., in 1973 and developed one of the early federally qualified HMOs. The HMO grew to 2 million members in 26 different states and created the model that is now known as the “Accountable Care Organization.”

During this time, he introduced family and ob-gyn nurse practitioners, nutritional counseling for pregnant patients, prospective review and quality assurance programs, and established a research program focused on quality and satisfaction with care in an HMO setting.

Wasserman, along with his wife Pamela, also taught the first class on HMOs at the Fielding School. He served on the Dean’s Advisory Board for more than 20 years and is a member of the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology.