"Cardiothoracic surgeon Pierre Theodore, MD, goes into the operating room with one main goal: getting his patient in and out of surgery safely and efficiently. Technology has offered vast improvements to that process and a new technology gadget, the Google Glass, is taking that a giant step further.................Theodore is the first surgeon to receive clearance for the use the tech device as an auxiliary surgical tool in the operating room, by a local Institutional Review Board (IRB), an independent ethical review board designated to approve, monitor and review biomedical research involving human subjects. He was introduced to the idea by Nate Gross, MD, co-founder and medical director of Rock Health, a San Francisco-based startup company focused on the future of digital health." Excerpts above from UCSF News
New York Times Health & Science - October 21, 2013
Dr. Rochelle Dicker, a trauma surgeon at the University of California, San Franciscocares for victims of the worst bicycle injuries, people who might need surgery and often end up in intensive care. So she decided to investigate those crashes.
Ankit Sarin, M.D., MHA Joins Department of Surgery Faculty
UCSF Department of Surgery - October 08, 2013
Ankit Sarin, M.D., MHA recently jointed the Department as a member of the Division of General Surgery and Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Sarin is colorectal surgeon specializing in the surgery of the colon, rectum, anus and related GI tract. His surgical practice is based primarily at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at UCSF Mt. Zion. His areas of expertise include colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, benign anal & rectal disease and pelvic floor disorders. He also specializes in advanced minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopy, robotics, transanal endoscopic microsurgery and sacral nerve stimulation in the treatment of such disorders.
Gene Breakthroughs Spark a Revolution in Treatment for Lung Cancer
Wall Street Journal Online - August 13, 2013
The Wall Street Journal today highlighted major breakthroughs in the treatment of lung cancer, a disease with an historically poor prognosis. By using precision medicine, each mutation-driven variant of lung cancer is treated a unique disease and then matched to a therapy that targets that mutation. Trever G. Bivona, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine and member of the UCSF Thoracic Oncology Program, discussed the challenges of acquired resistance when using a drug that attacks only a single mutation. "The tumor will keep evading our best therapies," ...... "Ultimately we're going to have to get to combination approaches." The WSJ discussed the difficulty of finding an appropriate trial given that only two lung-cancer mutations, the ALK and EGFR-gene mutations, have FDA-approved drugs targeting them. Patients with different mutations must then find a drug in development and try to join its trial. Dr. Bivona told how he treated a patient this year who died a month before the launch of a clinical trial for a drug that matched the patient's mutation. "We were in a black hole," he says. "Getting drugs to the patients who need them will take an entire remodeling of the drug-development system."
Rajalingam Raja, Ph.D., D(ABHI) Appointed Director of Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory
UCSF Department of Surgery - August 09, 2013
Rajalingam Raja, Ph.D., D(ABHI) was recently named Director of the Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory. ITL provides cutting edge histocompatibility testing service for solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Dr. Raja's current research centers on understanding the complex relationship between polymorphic NK cell receptors and HLA class I ligands in human health and disease.
"This issue of Inside Surgery highlights the UCSF Lung Transplant Program and the new technology called ex vivo lung perfusion that will help to increase the availability of donor lungs. It also features the Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program as well as the Pediatric Heart Failure and Pediatric Heart and Lung Transplant Program. Read an update by Nancy Ascher, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery.........."
Endocrine Society Highlights Mentorship Commitment of Dr. Aditi Bhargava
Endocrine Society, UCSF Department of Surgery - August 01, 2013
Aditi Bhargava, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Center for the Neurobiology of Digestive Diseases, recently shared her perspective on engaging young people through mentoring and committee service. Bhargava, a dedicated mentor to students participating in the Society’s early career programs, currently serves as a member of the Research Aff airs Core Committee and previously served on the Minority Aff airs Committee (MAC).
"On the morning of July 6, M. Margaret Knudson, M.D., chief of surgery at SFGH, worked with Campbell and others on site to begin assembling a team that would be ready to triage patients upon their arrival. Knudson used lessons she learned as a visiting surgeon treating injured soldiers at both Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Balad Air Force Hospital in Iraq to quickly treat the most critically injured."
Fast Thinking by Dr. Frank Primus, UCSF General Surgery Resident, Stops Runaway Bus
KTVU.com and Wires - June 20, 2013
Frank Primus, M.D., a general surgery resident at UCSF, acted decisively, if not heroically, in stopping a runaway Muni bus after it was clipped by a car near the San Franciso's Panhandle district last Thursday evening. Dr. Primus, a passenger on the bus, saw that despite the impact of the collision, the bus continued to glide towards Fell St., a busy thoroughfare. Primus then ran to the front of the bus and applied the brakes himself after determining the bus driver was too dazed to do so. He then instructed the driver to to turn off the ignition and put the bus in park. Dr. Primus' fast and decisive thinking averted the potentially serious injury to other passengers and those in the path of the bus.
Carlos Corvera, M.D. Installed as 64th President of UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society
UCSF Department of Surgery - June 15, 2013
Carlos Corvera, M.D. was recently installed as the 64th President of the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society. The Society, an organization dedicated to surgical excellence, is comprised of graduates of the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program and other Department of Surgery faculty who joined at the invitation of the Society. The Naffziger Society has long served as a forum that fosters collaboration between surgeons in diverse settings, from academic medicine to bustling community practices, nationally, internationally, and in the developing world.
Doctor: 'No problems' after Antioch toddler undergoes kidney and liver transplant
Silicon Valley MercuryNews.com - June 05, 2013
"The sun wasn't up at 5 o'clock Wednesday
morning, but a new day had already dawned for Matthew
Ouimet. Matthew, a 2-year-old
Antioch boy who had waited 15 months for a life-sustaining kidney
and liver transplant, had his new organs. Dr. John
Roberts took the lead on the liver transplant, and Dr.
Peter Stock, who handled the kidney procedure in a 12-hour
surgery that began around 6 p.m. Tuesday, delivered the good news
to parents Kristi and Kelly Ouimet and a half-dozen family members
who spent the night at UCSF Benioff Children's
Hospital. "They look pretty good," Stock said of the
transplanted organs. "There were no problems. He's very
stable." Excerpts from story at
Silicon Valley MercuryNews.com
Chair Portrayed in Synapse Article as Exceptional Mentor
UCSF Synapse - June 01, 2013
Ascher excels in her role as Chair of Surgery, not
only for her inexplicable foresight, but because she stays
connected to trainees and students. This year, Dr. Ascher received
the Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in the Field of
Transplantation Surgery Award from the American Society of
"Residents and fellows noted that Dr. Nancy Ascher is an
effective mentor because she treats them like colleagues and not
just trainees. Residents and fellows felt "immersed and integral in
the program which empowered them and helped their growth." Dr.
Ascher emphasizes that a meaningful mentor-mentee relationship
allows an honest exchange about the student's career path and the
mentor's willingness to be that student's advocate."
"Early Riser" - A Day in the Life of Dr. Nancy Ascher
UCSF Magazine, Spring 2013 - May 30, 2013
"It was 1975 when Nancy Ascher, MD, PhD, chose surgery, a specialty shoulder-deep in men. Then again, so was medical school - Ascher was one of 20 women in her class of 180. After her residency, she blew past every gender barrier to become the first woman to perform a liver transplant, garnering enough speed to break through the stainless-steel ceiling to serve as UCSF's first female chair of surgery - one of three women holding that title in the country. The pace at which Ascher propels through every day is the velocity required for the steep ascent of a remarkable career." Excerpt from UCSF Magazine, Spring 2013
18th Annual Chris Mudge UCSF Pediatric Transplant Picnic
University of California, San Francisco - May 29, 2013
UCSF is pleased to announce its annual Pediatric Transplant Picnic at McNears Beach in San Rafael, CA on Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 10 am - 4 pm, a celebration in honor of children who have been patients in the transplant program and their families. Attendees will be treated to music, dancing, kayaking, face-painting, piñatas, and more. Food and drinks will be provided, but guests are also encouraged to bring potluck dishes corresponding to the first letter of their last name: Veggies (A-G), Snacks (H-P) and fruit (Q-Z). Please, no dogs or alcohol. RSVP email@example.com (415) 476-8636 by 8/9
Excellence of UCSF Bariatric Surgery Highlighted in Moving Patient Story
UCSF News - May 16, 2013
The story of James Dials', a gregarious 62-year-old limousine driver who weighed 400 lbs. and was down on his luck is riveting. “My life was very uncomfortable,” Dials said. “I was a diabetic and I injected insulin. I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol. I was on all kinds of medications.” That’s when he discovered the UCSF Bariatric Surgery Program, a Level 1 accredited center for weight-loss surgery by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network of the American College of Surgeons. “James had relatively advanced obesity,” says Stanley Rogers. M.D., chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery and director of the Bariatric Surgery Center and Liver Tumor Ablation Program at UCSF Medical Center. “And we know that weight loss either with or without surgery can significantly impact those medical problems, and can make these medical problems called co-morbidities go away as weight loss occurs.” “I have all sorts of choices now,” he said. “It’s like a kid getting a new toy on Christmas. That’s how life is to me now. Everything is new in life now. I have more self-esteem and I care more about myself."