19th Annual Chris Mudge UCSF Pediatric Transplant Picnic Held and Featured in Marin IJ
UCSF Department of Surgery, Transplant Surgery - August 27, 2014
"Dr. Phil Rosenthal looked around at the gaggles of happy kids playing together at the 19th annual Chris Mudge UCSF Pediatric Transplant Picnic at McNears Beach Park in San Rafael on Saturday and issued a challenge:
'I defy you to tell me who has a transplant and who doesn't have a transplant," he said. "You can't tell just by looking, and that's the whole idea of it.' "
The annual picnic was held at McNears Beach in San Rafael, CA on Saturday, August 23, 2014. About 350 attendees joined in the celebration of children who are patients in the transplant program, along with their families. Attendees were treated to music, dancing, kayaking, face-painting, piñatas, bubbles, and more. Food and drinks were provided by UCSF, with potluck dishes provided by the guests. (quoted excerpts above from Marin IJ)
Toward Personalized Medicine for Kidney Transplant Recipients; UCSF is Lead Institution on Multicenter Study to Improve Long-Term Survival
UCSF News - August 27, 2014
Flavio Vincenti, M.D., UCSF Professor of Medicine and Surgery and a kidney and pancreas transplant specialist, is the principal investigator on a new seven-year, $17 million multicenter study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the study is to determine if certain immune system cells (regulatory T cells) and/or a drug used for treating rheumatoid arthritis can reduce or eliminate inflammation in kidney transplants thereby improving long-term health outcomes for kidney transplant recipients.
“This grant allows us to work toward achieving two important advances in the transplant field,” said Vincenti. “We can introduce personalized medicine by treating patients based on molecular profiling of their kidney. We also can allow control of the response to the transplant by the patients’ own immune systems by regulatory T cells, either through infusions or pharmacologically.” (quoted section from UCSF News story)
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.
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. FACS, recently 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.
Gregory Victorino, MD Receives Siren Award for Emergency Lifesaving Heroism
UCSF Department of Surgery - May 30, 2014
Gregory 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
General 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
The 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
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.