Brad Spellberg is Chief Medical Officer at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center, USA, one of the largest public hospitals in the US. He is also Medical Director of Biosciences for Los Angeles County.
Brad has worked for the last six years to transform the quality and efficiency of care delivered at LAC+USC Medical Center. His National Institute of Health (NIH) funded research interests are diverse, ranging from basic immunology and vaccinology to pure clinical and outcomes research as well as process improvement work related to the delivery of care, focusing on safety-net hospitals. Brad has also co-founded three biotechnology start-up companies.
At the national level, Brad has worked extensively to attempt to bring attention to the problems of increasing drug resistance and a lack of new antibiotics. He is now working to raise attention to the need for a national healthcare reform. He has testified before congress and participated in numerous national meetings on antibiotic-resistant superbugs and how to combat them. In 2009, he published the book ‘Rising Plague’ to inform and educate the public about the crisis of antibiotic-resistant infections and lack of antibiotic development. His latest book ‘Broken, Bankrupt, and Dying: How to Solve the Great American Healthcare Rip-Off’, was published in June 2020.
Brad received his first degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He then attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and completed his residency in internal medicine and a subspecialty fellowship in infectious diseases.