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Ruth Covell Portrait

Ruth Covell, M.D.

A devoted educator, scholar and administrator, Dr. Ruth Covell joined the university in 1969 as UC San Diego School of Medicine welcomed its first class of students. She has had a long-standing career on campus, retiring as associate dean of UC San Diego School of Medicine in 2013. Her accomplishments include spearheading the establishment of the Academic Geriatric Resource Center and mentoring undergraduates within the UC San Diego Emeriti Mentor Program. In 2016, she was honored with the Edward A. Dickson Award for her commitment to serving students, promoting faculty development and supporting the community. She helped establish the board of San Ysidro Health Centers and currently serves on the boards of the Epilepsy Foundation, San Diego Border Area Health Education Center, Project Concern International, Mental Health America, Women’s Empowerment, La Jolla Historical Society, and the National Center of Leadership in Academic Medicine program.

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