Jacqueline F. Close, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA
Jacqueline Close is a clinical associate professor in the Master's Entry Program in Nursing and in the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at the University of San Diego. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Corpus Christi State University, and her master of science in nursing degree from Point Loma Nazarene University. Additionally, she received her doctor of philosophy in nursing from the University of San Diego.
Dr. Close has been a practicing nurse for more than 30 years, and has been a gerontological clinical nurse specialist for the last 10 years. Her experience has covered a number of specialties, including medical, surgical, orthopedic, critical care, gastroenterology, psychiatry and gerontology. For her dissertation, Dr. Close focused on delirium in the hospitalized older adult. Her other interests include dementia, fall prevention, geriatric pharmacology and abuse and neglect in the older adult. Dr. Close is active both locally and nationally in professional organizations related to gerontology and serves on the board of directors of the National Gerontological Nursing Association, as well as serving on the American Nurses Association Gerontological Scope & Standards of Practice Revision. She is a member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Sigma Theta Tau International, National League for Nursing, American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Dr. George Mueller, FACS
Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery, Sharp Memorial Hospital
Dr. Mueller is a board-certified surgeon, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He was past chairman of the department of surgery at Sharp Memorial Hospital and is the current director of the bariatric surgery department at the hospital. He has extensive experience in bariatric surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques.