David Bailey, M.D.

David Bailey, M.D.

  • Distinguished Professor (Pathology and Pharmacy)
  • Emeritus Professor of Pathology
  • Vice Chair for Education and Academic Affairs(Pathology)
  • Deputy Dean (Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences)
  • M.D. - Yale University
  • Clinical Specialty: Clinical and Analytical Toxicology; Chemical Pathology

Research Interests

  • Analytical Toxicology
  • Drug Binding
  • Drug Metabolism

Representative Publications

  1. Effect of parenterally administered atropine on the percutaneous absorption of phencyclidine and methadone. Life Sci 37: 417-423 (1985).
  2. Cocaine and cocaethylene binding to human placenta in vitro. Am J Obstet Gynecol 177: 527-531 (1997).
  3. The effect of parenteral nutrition fluids on the binding of therapeutic drugs to human serum in< vitro. Ther Drug Monit 24: 31-34 (2004).
  4. Studies of the inhibition of human pseudocholinesterase activity in vitro by commonly used drugs. Am J Clin Pathol 2005; 124: 226-28.
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David N. Bailey received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry "with high distinction" from Indiana University and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Yale University.  He completed a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship in Laboratory Medicine and a residency in Clinical Pathology, both at Yale, serving as Chief Resident in his final year.  He is certified in Clinical Pathology and Chemical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

Dr. Bailey joined the University of California (UC) San Diego faculty in 1977 and served as Director of the Toxicology Laboratory of UC San Diego Medical Center (1977-2007), Head of the Division of Laboratory Medicine (1983-1989, 1994-1998), Acting Chair (1986-1988) and permanent Chair of the Department of Pathology (1988-2001),  Director of the Pathology Residency Program (1986-1999), Director of Clinical Laboratories of UCSD Medical Center (1982-1999), Interim Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the UC San Diego School of Medicine (1999-2000 and 2006-2007), Deputy Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences (2001-2007), and Dean for Faculty & Student Matters in UC San Diego School of Medicine (2003-2007).  From 2007 to 2009, he was Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Dean of the School of Medicine, and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Bailey was recognized by the Institute of Scientific Information as one of the world’s ten most cited authors in forensic sciences (1981-93). He received the Gerald T. Evans Award from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists in 1993 for his leadership and service to the Academy.  Dr. Bailey has served as President of the California Association of Toxicologists (1981-1982), President of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (1988-89), and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Pathology Chairs (1996-99).  He has also served on the Chemical Pathology Test Development and Advisory Committee of the American Board of Pathology; the Editorial Boards of Clinical Chemistry, the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, and the American Journal of Clinical Pathology; the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research Board of Directors; the Board of Directors of the George G. Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers, Inc.; the Board of Directors of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County; the Board of Directors of Children’s Healthcare of California; the Board of Directors of the Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego; the Board of Directors of the Veterans Medical Research Foundation (San Diego); and the Executive Committee and Governing Board of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology, among others.

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