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DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY NEWS
SEPTEMBER 2018

Department of Surgery
Department of Surgery Welcomes New Clinical Fellows for the 2018-19 Academic Year
September 03, 2018 - By Richard Barg
The Department of Surgery warmly welcomes our new clinical fellows for the 2018-19 academic year, a diverse group of accomplished surgeons bringing a rich array of experiences from leading institutions. The UCSF Department of Surgery is one of the leading surgical departments in the world with a rich history of scientific, educational, and clinical advancements. It is also one of the largest clinical services at UCSF. In this rarefied [...]
Surgical Innovations
FDA Awards UCSF and Stanford 5-year $6.7M P50 Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) Grant
August 31, 2018 - By Stacy Kim
Michael Harrison, MD, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Shuvo Roy, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences at UCSF, and James Wall, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Stanford University have been awarded a five-year $6.7 million Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) P50 grant from the U.S. Food and [...]
The Chang Laboratory for Liver Tissue Engineering
Tammy T. Chang, MD, PhD Awarded NASA and National Science Foundation Grants to Study Microgravity in Biological Systems
August 26, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Surgeon-scientist Tammy T. Chang, MD, PhD, principal investigator in the The Chang Laboratory for Liver Tissue Engineering, has been awarded grants by two prestigious federal funders of research, the NASA Space Biology Program, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).  Dr. Chang is a gastrointestinal surgeon who takes care of patients primarily in an acute [...]
Breast Care Surgery
Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA Selected as 2018 OncLive Giant of Cancer Care in Cancer Diagnostics
August 25, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA was selected as the 2018 OncLive® "Giant of Cancer Care" in Cancer Diagnostics. Dr. Esserman is professor of Surgery and Radiology at UCSF and director of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. She was chosen by an elite committee of her peers based on her long history of outstanding work in the field as noted in the announcement: Dr. Esserman led efforts to address harms of screening [...]
Department of Surgery
Groundbreaking Military Health System Partnership Led by Dr. Peggy Knudson Reports on New Projects and Initiatives
August 25, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Fostering Military Medical Readiness and Rapid Civilian Mass Casualty/Disaster Response  The Military Health System Strategic Partnership with the American College of Surgeons (MHSSPACS) has advanced multiple projects designed to improve military readiness and bolster the performance of permanent civilian trauma institutions.  UCSF trauma surgeon M. Margaret "Peggy" Knudson, M.D., FACS is the partnership's medical director. Based [...]
Department of Surgery
Dr. Victoria Lyo First General Surgery Trainee in UC System to Earn Robotic Qualification Equivalency Certificate from Intuitive Surgical
August 24, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Victoria Lyo, M.D., MTM, a recent graduate of the UCSF General Surgery Residency and now a minimally invasive surgery and foregut fellow at OHSU, was the first trainee in the UC system to receive the Robotic Qualification Equivalency Certificate (QEC) from Intuitive Surgical. The development of the UCSF Resident Robotic Curriculum was spearheaded by senior resident Courtney A. Green, M.D., MAEd. working closely with a group of multidisciplinary [...]
Department of Surgery
UCSF General Surgery Residency Program Ranked No. 1 in Western U.S. in Annual Doximity Survey
August 23, 2018 - By Richard Barg
The UCSF General Surgery Residency was ranked No. 1 in research output and by reputation among sister programs in California and across the western U.S. in the Doximity 2018-19 annual survey. Nationally, the program placed in the 99th percentile for research output.  The residency program is led by Department Chair Julie Ann Sosa, M.D., M.A., FACS, Program Director Linda M. Reilly, M.D., Associate Directors Ryutaro Hirose, M.D., Kenzo [...]
Center for Limb Preservation & Wound Care
Hoping to Save Limbs and Toes, California Moves to Curtail Diabetes
August 23, 2018 - By David Gorn and
Dr. Alexander Reyzelman treats diabetes patient Michael Rubenstein. Photo by David Gorn/CALmatters The word "amputation" threw a chill down Michael Rubenstein's spine. The 67-year-old diabetic from San Mateo still winces at the thought. "They told me I'd need to cut it off right about here," he said, sawing his hand across his left shin. Two months after that diagnosis, he's on an exam table at the Center for Limb Preservation at UC [...]
Zuckerberg San Francisco General
The New Transportation Revolution: UCSF Research Team to Track Injuries Involving Electronic Scooters
August 22, 2018 - By Richard Barg
"When technology enters transportation, people forget that it also becomes public health. It becomes something where human lives are at stake." --- Dr. Catherine Juillard, UCSF trauma surgeon at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) The New York Times, NBC Nightly News and UCSF News Center report on the controvery surrounding the influx of new vehicles such as motor-assisted scooters and mopeds into urban areas, and their impact [...]
Endocrine Surgery
Endocrine Surgeon Insoo Suh, MD Pioneers New Hybrid Surgical Option for “Hidden Scar” Thyroidectomy
July 19, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Insoo Suh, M.D., FACS, assistant professor of endocrine surgery and noted surgical innovator, presented his experiences using "scarless" transoral endoscopic thyroid and parathyroid surgery to a national audience at the 2018 meeting of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons (AAES). Minimally invasive and remote access thyroid surgery has been evolving with the transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy vestibular approach (TOETVA) emerging [...]
Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Trauma Surgeon Lucy Kornblith, M.D. Recipient of (EAST) Trauma Research Scholarship
July 14, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Trauma Surgeon Lucy Kornblith, M.D. has been awarded the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) Trauma Research Scholarship to study post-injury platelet biology. Dr. Kornblith is a graduate of the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program and subsequently completed fellowships in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Surgery, and Trauma and Emergency Care at UCSF. She will be joining the UCSF General Surgery Faculty August 1, 2018 [...]
Transplant Surgery
Survivor On the Margins: Historic UCSF Transplant Patient and His Pioneering Surgeon
April 27, 2018 - By Kacey Berry, UCSF Medical Student
Survivor on the Margins I first noticed Richard on a Wednesday before my 8am lecture, sitting in a corner of the nursing building's food court. Or rather, it was the first time I really noticed him, because I realized I had seen him sitting there before, looking ahead contentedly with his hands folded on the table in front of him. Richard, it turns out, is a historic patient at UCSF; one of the first people worldwide to receive a [...]
 
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