August 19, 2022
Dear partners and friends of the PACE Program,
Well into my 73rd lap of the Sun and five years after retiring from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, I thought it would be wise to transfer the Directorship of the UC San Diego PACE Program to Dr. David Bazzo.
Dr. Bazzo is abundantly well prepared for this position by dint of his long service to PACE, his well-honed leadership skills and his superb clinical acumen. He is well-loved and trusted by everyone in our organization, faculty and staff alike.
Dr. Bazzo received his M.D. from the Chicago Medical School and matriculated into the UC San Diego Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Bazzo was an outstanding resident in all ways: hard-working, dedicated, honest, friendly, and well-liked by all. He subsequently completed the UC San Diego Sports Medicine Fellowship and for over 20 years has been active in the UC San Diego PACE Program.
Throughout his tenure at PACE, Dr. Bazzo has assessed hundreds of physicians and provided remedial education to several thousand. He has served in various roles including Director of PACE Continuing Medical Education Programs, Director of PACE’s Fitness for Duty Program, and Director of Quality Improvement in Correctional Medicine.
Perhaps the single most important attribute that Dr. Bazzo brings is his ability to create an environment that is supportive and warm, yet disciplined and clear. This is the key to PACE. Our task is to measure a physician’s clinical competence and performance when he or she is in optimal physical and mental health. An environment that creates unnecessary stress makes it more difficult for all to attain our goals. Dr. Bazzo is superb at creating an atmosphere that increases everyone’s chance for success.
I am looking forward to my remaining years at UC San Diego and will continue involvement at PACE as Emeritus Director and advisor.
I am very proud of my first 26 years as Founding Director, and especially of being at the helm for those first few very difficult years when we were bit-by-bit garnering acceptance of our important, but novel, mission. I am grateful to everyone who stood by me during this time.
With much gratitude,
Dr. William (Bill) A. Norcross
PACE Director Emeritus