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Minnie Sarwal and Tara Sigdel Join Deparment of Surgery Faculty - New Lab Website Launched

UCSF Department of Surgery, Transplant Surgery - July 11, 2014

Minnie M. Sarwal M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, DCH and Tara Sigdel, Ph.D. have joined the Department of Surgery faculty in the Division of Transplant Surgery, and launched a new website showcasing their research, the Sarwal Lab. Dr. Sarwal is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the fields of renal and transplant medicine, genomics, proteomics and immunology. Prior to joining UCSF, Dr. Sarwal was Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Immunology at Stanford University, Medical Director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital and Director of the Sarwal Lab. In 2009, Dr. Sarwal founded, Organ-i (subsequently acquired by Immucor, Inc.), a Stanford University spin-out to develop and commercialize her pioneering work. She is credited with the introduction of (k-SORT), a Kidney Solid Organ Rejection Test as well as a pipeline of molecular assays focused on post-transplant rejection monitoring and allograft tolerance. Dr. Sigdel obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Miami University (OH) followed by postdoctoral training in biomarker discovery, immunology, and organ transplantation at Stanford University.

Dr. Andrew Posselt Jumpstarts Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy Program in Cali, Colombia

UCSF Department of Surgery, Transplant Surgery - July 07, 2014

In another demonstration of the Department of Surgery's commitment to global health and outreach, UCSF transplant surgeon Andrew M. Posselt, M.D., Ph.D., recently travelled to Cali, Colombia to help lay the groundwork for a laparoscopic donor nephrectomy program at the Fundacion Clinica Valle del Lili, a leading hospital in the region. Working with the transplant division chief Dr. Juan Pablo Carbonell Caicedo and his colleague Dr. Gabriel Jaime Echeverri, Dr. Posselt and the hospital’s transplant team successfully performed six (6) laparoscopic donor nephrectomies in a five-day span. These were the first ever total laparoscopic donor nephrectomies performed in Colombia, and the first right laparoscopic donor nephrectomy in that country. The local surgeons in Cali marvelled at the improved recovery time compared with the traditional open procedure. Post-operative pain was dramatically lessened and the average hospital stay was reduced from nearly a week to 2-3 days. After patients heard the group would be performing transplants using a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach, potential donors quickly surfaced, all eager to participate. Dr. Posselt and his fellow surgeons thus established a solid foundation for the Foundation's program to grow, a successful innovative effort showcasing UCSF as a leader in global surgery and global health.

19th Annual Chris Mudge UCSF Pediatric Transplant Picnic

University of California, San Francisco - June 25, 2014

2014 Picnic Flyer FinalUCSF is pleased to announce its annual Pediatric Transplant Picnic at McNears Beach in San Rafael, CA on Saturday, August 23, 2014, 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 to
 aurora.bermudez@ucsfmedctr.org or (415) 476-8636 by 8/9

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Peter C. Muskat, M.D., FACS Begins Tenure as Chief of the UCSF Department of Surgery at SFGH

UCSF Department of Surgery - June 18, 2014

Peter C. Muskat, M.D. FACSrecently assumed the leadership of the UCSF Department of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH) as its new Chief of Surgery. Dr. Muskat has also been appointed as Vice-Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Muskat has had an extraordinary military career, serving as chief surgical consultant for development of the Expeditionary Medical Support hospital (used extensively during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars), and as Chief of General Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, 59th Medical Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Dr. Muskat became the Trauma Director for the University of Cincinnati Medical and Associate Professor of Surgery, guiding them through two successful verifications as a Level 1 trauma center by the American College of Surgeons.

Pierre Theodore M.D. a Trailblazer for Google Glass in the Operating Room

NY Times - June 01, 2014

For the second time in as many months, the NY Times has highlighted the pioneering work of UCSF cardiothoracic surgeon Pierre Theodore M.D. in introducing Google Glass into the operating room. Dr. Theodore "calls wearable computers “a game changer.” “In surgery, Google Glass is incredibly illuminating,” said Dr. Theodore, who uses Glass to float X-rays and CT scans in his field of view at the operating table. “It helps you pinpoint what you’re looking for, so you don’t have to shift your attention away from the operation to look at a monitor somewhere else.” Theodore's trailblazing work was also the subject of an extensive story in UCSF News earlier this year.

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UCSF Transplant Faculty Among Leaders at World Transplant Congress

UCSF Department of Surgery, Transplant Surgery - May 30, 2014

WTCThe UCSF Transplant Program will have a strong presence at the World Transplant Congress (WTC), to be held July 26–31, 2014 at Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The WTC brings together the members of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), The Transplantation Society (TTS) and the American Society of Transplantation (AST), providing a forum for the exchange of new scientific and clinical information relevant to solid organ and tissue transplantation. UCSF Transplant Program faculty presenting and/or moderating symposium sessions at WTC include: Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D.Sandy Feng, M.D., Ph.D.Andrew M. Posselt, M.D., Ph.D.John P. Roberts, M.D.Peter G. Stock, M.D., Ph.D.Qizhi Tang, Ph.D.Claus Niemann, M.D.Norah A. Terrault, M.D., M.P.H., and Flavio Vincenti, M.D. Other UCSF faculty presenting and/or moderating include: Jeffrey Bluestone, Ph.D.Jason Cyster, Ph.D.Peter Chin-Hong, M.D.Lewis Lanier, Ph.D.Michael Keiser, Ph.D., Teresa De Marco M.D., and A. Mark Ansel, Ph.D.

Gregory Victorino, MD Receives Siren Award for Emergency Lifesaving Heroism

UCSF Department of Surgery - May 30, 2014
Victorino AwardGregory P. Victorino, M.D.Professor of Clinical Surgery in the UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program, received the Siren Award from the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency. Dr. Victorino, head of Highland’s Surgical Trauma Center, accepted the award that recognizes action, expertise and care. Here, those heroic actions not only saved a young father’s life, but restored him to a promising recovery from severe head and chest trauma. The 41-year-old father of three, who was struck and run over by a massive water truck, is driving again now and is fully mobile. In a striking moment in a day full of emotion, he thanked the Highland Trauma Team and the EMS personnel who got him safely to the hospital. “Thank you,” he said, “for making me able to hold my baby.” Dr. Victorino also expressed gratitude to EMS: “We couldn’t do what we do,” he said, “if you didn’t do what you do so well.”

General Surgery Residents Bian Wu, Victoria Lyo, and Evan Werlin Winners in 1st NorCal ACS Laparoscopic Competition

Department of Surgery Residency Program - May 22, 2014

Nor Cal Lap Bowl 2014 - CopyGeneral surgery residents Bian Wu, M.D. (left), Evan Werlin, M.D. (center) and Victoria Lyo, M.D. (right), coached by Matthew Y.C. Lin, M.D., Assistant Professor Surgery, Division of General Surgery, were winners of the the first laparoscopic competition held at the Northern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons educational meeting on May 17, 2014. The event was a regional competition between teams consisting of three residents from UCSF, Stanford, UC Davis, UCSF East Bay and UCSF Fresno. The surgical techniques were variations on tasks from the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Curriculum. Residents were graded on time and precision by attending surgeons. The group ably represented the Department Surgery with distinction, reflecting the Department's commitment to rigorous training as underscored by its Surgical Skills Center.

Awards Announced for 27th Annual J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium

UCSF Department of Surgery - May 20, 2014

RRD2014_winnersThe 27th Annual J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium was held on April 25, 2014 at Toland Hall with Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS of UCLA giving the keynote presentation. Best Basic Science Presentation James Gardner, M.D., Ph.D.; Best Clinical Science Presentation Emily Huang, M.D.; Outstanding Basic Science Presentation Chris Derderian M.D. (Emory University surgical resident); Outstanding Clinical Science Presentation Carolyn Seib, M.D;. Best Basic Science “Quick-Shot Cerine Jeanty, M.D.; Best Clinical Science “Quick-Shot Adam Laytin, M.D.

Dr. Peggy Knudson turns pedestrian safety into children's game

SFGate.com - May 20, 2014

A group of third-graders waved their hands and screamed - "Stop!" - as a car slowly backed toward them from a garage.The children weren't in danger of becoming San Francisco's latest pedestrian casualties, though. They were one of many groups of students who gathered at Lakeshore Elementary in San Francisco to try out an innovative workshop that melds video gaming and real-world traffic safety lessons........"The ambitious, game-centered approach is far more effective than traditional methods of teaching traffic safety to children, said Dr. Peggy Knudson, the game's creator and a trauma surgeon at San Francisco General Hospital. "It's designed to teach them in a fun way," she said. "We wanted to demonstrate that what they learn in the game actually translates to behavior. We've done testing both before and after, and the data shows that it does."
* Excepts above from SFGate.com article referenced below

Rosenman Institute Launch Symposium - Empowering The Next Generation Of Medical Innovators

UCSF Department of Surgery - April 30, 2014

Rosenman Institute

UCSF Mission Bay, Genentech Hall, Byers Auditorium 

SF trauma surgeon reaches out to young offenders

Trauma System News - April 28, 2014

Wraparound Project, a violence prevention program founded by trauma surgeon Rochelle Dicker, MD, was profiled in a recent KPIX report. Dicker founded the program in 2002 to address the risk factors that lead to repeat violence. The program focuses on young trauma patients who are victims of violent injury. Case managers leverage this critical moment to help patients change their lives. The Wraparound Project is based at San Francisco General Hospital, a Level I trauma center. Since its launch, the program has graduated 350 participants and cut reinjury rates from 16% to 4%
Note: Quoted text from Tramua System News.

UCSF Kidney Transplant Program Now Top in the Country for Transplant Volume

UCSF Department of Surgery - April 19, 2014

UCSF's Kidney Transplant Program has ranked number one in the country for transplant volume, according to the newest data just released by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). The program, led by John Roberts, M.D., Chief of the Transplant Service and Division of Transplant Surgery at UCSF, transplanted a total of 355 adult and pediatric kidney patients from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 (this includes living donor and deceased donor transplants). Established in 1964, UCSF's Kidney Transplant Program has performed more kidney transplants than any other hospital in the world. As a major transplant center for the West, UCSF's kidney team evaluates about 1,200 patients a year as potential transplant candidates.This was made possible by the remarkable efforts of the entire Kidney Transplant Program team who have worked tirelessly to make a difference in so many lives. 

Jefferson Award Winner Dr. Rochelle Dicker Helps Young Offenders Move Away From Violence

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) - April 14, 2014

"San Francisco General Hospital said a third of the shooting, stabbing and beating victims it treats return to the emergency room, injured from yet another crime. But one doctor has come up with a way to stop the revolving door of violence. This week’s Jefferson Award winner, (Rochelle Dicker, M.D.), said there is a teachable moment when a badly injured young offender is open to change." The Jefferson Award is given for public service. 
Note: Quoted text from KPIX article other than the supplied link.

UCSF Lung Transplant Program Ranked No. 1 in U.S. for Outcomes

UCSF Medical Center, UCSF Department of Surgery - April 09, 2014

The UCSF Lung Transplant Program, has once again achieved "statistically significant" higher than expected outcomes for both patient survival and graft survival*, according to the newest data just released by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Last year, SRTR ranked UCSF among the top three lung transplant programs in the U.S. for higher than expected outcomes. This year, however, UCSF was ranked first.The UCSF program is a true multi-disciplinary collaboration that includes surgeons, pulmonologists, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, administrative staff and others. "Teamwork is critical to the success of our program," said Jasleen Kukreja, M.D., MPH, Surgical Director of the Lung Transplant program. “The success is multifactorial and a multidisciplinary effort that starts with excellent anesthetic management, meticulous surgical technique and perioperative surgical care, and long-term close surveillance.” 

* Graft survival is an indicator of the number of patients who are re-transplanted in a program within a specific timeframe.
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