Dr. Sally Baxter


UCSD Profile

Assistant Professor Ophthalmology
9415 Campus Point Drive,
MC0946, La Jolla, CA 92093


I am a comprehensive ophthalmologist and informaticist at UCSD. My research interests include health information technology integration into clinical workflows; predictive modeling utilizing traditional statistical methods, machine learning/deep learning, and natural language processing; implementation and clinical translation of these models; and integrating sensors, wearables, and other digital health technology for supporting clinical care. I am especially interested in how to leverage technology to improve care for special populations such as older individuals, individuals with disabilities (e.g. visual impairment), and minority groups.

Education and Training

  • Undergraduate: B.S. in Biology, Minor in Physics, Certificate in Genome Science and Policy, Duke University
  • Graduate: Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) in Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Medical School: M.S., Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Internship: Preliminary Internal Medicine, University of California San Diego
  • Residency: Ophthalmology, University of California San Diego
  • Fellowship: National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics, University of California San Diego

Selected Honors and Awards

  • NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (2020)
  • Veterans Affairs Systems Redesign Award (2019)
  • Lamont Ericson, MD Award for Outstanding Patient Care by a Resident (2018)
  • Heed Fellowship (2018)
  • Charles A. Oliver Memorial Prize for Highest Record of Performance in Ophthalmology at Penn Med (2014)
  • Gamble Scholarship/21st Century Scholarship – Full tuition scholarship at Penn Med (2010-2014)
  • United States Marshall Scholarship (2009)
  • Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship – Full academic merit scholarship for undergraduate study at Duke (2005-2009)

Research Activities and Funding

  • Multi-modal Health Information Technology Innovations for Precision Management of Glaucoma
    NIH DP5OD029610
    Role: Principal Investigator
  • Consortium Phase II Demonstration Project: Validation of Published Clinical Descriptive and Predictive Models on All of Us Data
    NIH All of Us Research Program
    Role: Project Principal Investigator
  • Rapid Response Data for Discoveries: COVID-19 Clinical data Collection to Promote Better Outcomes
    Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Recruitment & Retention Doctoral Diversity (R2D2) Initiative in Informatics
    UC Office of the President
    Role: Co-Investigator
  • Racial differences in smoking-related glaucoma progression: Effects on neural and vascular tissue
    University of California Tobacco-related Disease Research Program
    Role: Co-Investigator