Julius Guccione "Mesmerized" by Virtual 3D Image of Beating Heart
Forbes.com - January 16, 2014
Dr. Julius Guccione, a biomedical engineer and co-director of the UCSF Cardiac Biomechanics Lab, lauded the development of technology rendering a virtual image of a beating heart by Dassault Systèmes, a French design and simulation software company. Dassault has developed a complete, three-dimensional view of the electrical impulses and muscle-fiber contractions that enable the human heart to function seamlessly. Guccione, a Professor in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCSF and Principal Investigator on multiple NIH grants developing virtual tools to aid cardiac surgeons in better treating heart disease, spoke enthusiastically to Forbes Magazine, "This is something doctors have been trying to get to since before the 1900s”. He described the advent of technologies like MRI and echocardiography as a “dream come true” for measuring abnormal motion in a patient’s heart.
"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
Serious Bicycle Accidents May Be Dramatically Underreported
New York Times Health & Science - October 21, 2013
Many in the bicycling and public health community view bicycling as no more dangerous than other sports. Rochelle Dicker, M.D. a trauma surgeon in the UCSF Department of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) decided to put the conventional wisdom to the test. She and colleagues, who treat some of the worst bicycling injuries, reviewed hospital and police records for 2,504 bicyclists treated at SFGH. Notably, they found an underreporting of serious bicycling accidents in police records, the primary source of statistics on injury data.
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