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Welcome to the inaugural issue of UCSF Department of Surgery News, which highlights advances in research and clinical care, as well as achievements of our faculty, general surgery residentsplastic surgery residents, clinical fellows, and research fellows. This issue includes a wealth of news stories from January through mid-August, 2017. Future updates will be monthly. I hope you enjoy reading about these exciting developments in the Department of Surgery. 
John P. Roberts, M.D.

Professor & Interim Chair
UCSF Department of Surgery
Endowed Chair in Abdominal Transplantation

UCSF Department of Surgery News
Department of Surgery

Center for Mindfulness in Surgery Announces New Funding and Plans for Faculty Study in Fall

The UCSF Center for Mindfulness in Surgery was recently awarded grants by the Physicians Foundation and UCSF Medical Center "Excellence Fund" to support a study of mindfulness training of faculty in the Departments of Surgery and Anesthesia. The program, led by Carter Lebares, M.D., Principal Investigator on the study, is also funded by the Department of Surgery, which has supported a similar study by Dr. Lebares in surgical interns.  Physician burnout, which comprises emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and diminished satisfaction with one's work, has been documented in medical students, trainees and every medical specialty examined, and has been growing across specialties. [...]
Department of Surgery

Inside Surgery Spring/Summer 2017

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The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Inside Surgery is now available online. Inside Surgery is a Department of Surgery brochure showcasing the clinical and research advances of our faculty. The edition highlights minimally invasive bariatric surgery to treat metabolic disease, and robotic surgery deployed across a variety of surgical specialties within the Department. The newsletter begins with a tribute to the outgoing Chair, Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D. via a letter from the Interim Chair: UCSF Medical Center has long been at the forefront of innovation in every facet of surgery. Our outgoing chair of the Department of Surgery, Nancy L. Ascher, MD, PhD, led our team to new heights. [...]
Transplant Surgery

Donor-Intervention Research Slowed Amidst Issues of Informed Consent and Conflicts Among Disparate IRBs

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The Atlantic reports on the difficulties in the current climate of conducting donor-intervention research due to issues of informed consent, disagreements over what constitutes human subject research, and conflicting views of Institutional Review Boards (IRB) spread across multiple centers with patients putatively impacted by the research protocol. Moreover, doctors must test the experimental interventions designed to improve outcomes within the crucible of a short time window, given that a donated organ is suitable for transplantation for only a limited mumber of hours.  Doctors have a short window of time to experiment on brain-dead donors to improve procedures—and that's if they can [...]
Department of Surgery

Jeffrey Pearl, Outstanding Surgeon, Dedicated Teacher and Valued Colleague Passes Away

The UCSF Community and the Department of Surgery are saddened to announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Jeffrey Pearl, Professor Emeritus of Surgery. Jeffrey Pearl was raised in San Francisco, attended UC Berkeley for his undergraduate studies, and earned his M.D. at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency training at UC San Diego with Dr. Marshall Orloff, followed by appointments as a major in the U.S. Army and instructor in surgery at Johns Hopkins University. In 1978, Dr. Pearl began his surgical practice at Mount Zion Hospital where his father, Dr. Milton Pearl, became Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff. Dr. Pearl joined the [...]
Department of Surgery

Traveling to Mars Will Wreak Havoc on Our Bodies — Can We Prevent It?

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UCSF News reports on research into the effects of space travel, known and unknown, to the physiology and bodies of astronauts traveling about the international space station (ISS). The research has profound implications for longer trips to distant planets, notably NASA's goal of flying a manned spacecraft to Mars. Research into the novel and myriad effects of space travel on humans will be critical to the success of this endeavor. Three faculty in the UCSF Department of Surgery and an esteemed collaborator in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, were among the researchers profiled in this story. Marlene Grenon, M.D., C.M., a vascular surgeon and Director of the Grenon [...]
Department of Surgery

Medical Student Gabrielle LaBove Selected as Inaugural Recipient of Haile T. Debas Diversity Fellowship Award

Gabrielle LaBove, a 4th year medical student from Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Haile T. Debas Diversity Fellowship. As part of her fellowship, she will be taking an elective course and doing a rotation in Plastic Surgery in September 2017.  The UCSF Department of Surgery established the Haile T. Debas Diversity Fellowship to foster its goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minority academic surgeons. The namesake of the award, Dr. Haile T. Debas, is Professor Emeritus of Surgery, a former Department of Surgery Chair, and Director Emeritus of the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI). Dr. Debas [...]
NIH T32 Research Training in Gastrointestinal Surgery

Department of Surgery Launches Website for NIH T32 Research Training Grant in GI Surgery

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The UCSF Department of Surgery has launched a new website for its NIH T32 Research Training Program in Gastrointestinal Surgery. The program, led by Hobart W. Harris, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chief of the Division of General Surgery, was originally established in 1987 by Dr. Haile T. Debas, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, a past Chair of the Department of Surgery, and currently Director Emeritus of the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI).  The T32 Research Training Grant in Gastrointestinal Surgery has supported the training of general surgeons treating diseases of the gastrointestinal tract for three decades, providing them with rigorous research training and the tools necessary [...]
Department of Surgery

Johannes Kratz and Yeranuí Ledesma Recipients of UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Awards

Johannes R. Kratz, M.D. and Yeranuí Ledesma, M.D. are among this year's recipients of the 2017 UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award. Dr. Kratz, now a member of the Thoracic Oncology Program and Assistant Professor in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Dr. Ledesma, a Senior Resident in General Surgery, were among 8 winners out of 61 nominees, notably the only clinical fellow and resident, respectively, at UCSF to receive the award, and the only recipients not on the faculty.  The official announcement reads: We are delighted to announce the 2017 UCSF Health Exceptional Physician Award Winners.    These eight physicians display the characteristics of our core values [...]
Center for Hernia Repair & Abdominal Wall Reconstruction

Hobart Harris to Chair International Symposium on Incisional Hernia Prevention

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Hobart W. Harris, M.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Division of General Surgery and Director often UCSF Center for Hernia Repair and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, will Chair the International Symposium on Incisional Hernia Prevention, sponsored by the UCSF Department of Surgery, to be held October 19-20, 2017 in San Francisco, CA. UCSF is the leading tertiary referral center in the region for hernia surgery, performing nearly 700 procedures annually, 350 of those for ventral (incisional) hernias that are frequently the most challenging.  Dr. Harris, a pioneer in the management of complex ventral hernias, stated:  Interest in the prevention of incisional hernias is growing at a rapid [...]
San Francisco Wraparound Project

ZSFG Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Wraparound Mural

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Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the debut of the Wraparound mural, a profound expression of art and healing that proudly hangs on a wall near the Wraparound Project offices at ZSFG. The mural is the creation of Marco Razo, a noted artist, who first learned of the Wraparound Project after he lost a family member to violence in 2016. The core mission of the Wraparound Project is the prevention of violence thorough culturally sensitive community interventions and support of its victims through proactive outreach, empathy and emotional sustenance. Razo's mural was inspired by the artistic genre of "magical realism", a realistic view [...]
Resident Research

James Gardner and Nicole Conkling Awarded 2017 ASTS Research Grants

James M. Gardner, M.D., Ph.D. and Nicole Conkling, M.D. have been awarded prestigious research grants by the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) for its 2017 funding cycle.  Dr. Gardner, who just completed his Chief Residency in General Surgery at UCSF and is a rising fellow in the Division of Transplant Surgery, was the only transplant fellow in the country to receive the prestigious ASTS-Astellas Fellowship. The award will fund Dr. Gardner's research, which he pursued throughout his residency with the support of Department of Surgery funding, during his clinical fellowship years.  Dr. Gardner's work, conducted in mentored collaboration with the Mark Anderson Lab at the [...]
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Three New Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeons Join Department of Surgery Faculty

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The Department of Surgery welcomes three new pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons who recently joined the faculty: Peter Kouretas, M.D., Ph.D., Shunji Sano, M.D., Ph.D., and Naveen Swami, MCh Dr. Shunji Sano is a world-renowned pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, the pioneer of an innovative surgical procedure to treat hypoplastic left heart syndrome, now known as the "Sano Procedure", an established surgical intervention used by pediatric cardiac surgeons throughout the globe. After graduating from Okayama University Medical School, Dr. Sano spent 8 years as a resident at Okayama University Medical School and Hiroshima City Hospital. He later became Professor and Chairman [...]
San Francisco Wraparound Project

BBC Documentary Short Focuses on San Francisco Wraparound Project

The San Francisco Wraparound Project, led by Catherine Juillard, MD, MPH, was recently featured on BBC's World hacks – a program which explores innovative ways to solve the world's problems. The moving documentary highlights some of the achievements of the Wraparound Project as well as one of its core components – using the period immediately following injury as a teachable moment, a golden opportunity to provide transformative interventions to victims of violent injury. Darius, a former Wraparound client, takes viewers on a journey through the neighborhood where he was shot and the hospital where he received care and met with members of the Wraparound Project. Also featured are [...]
Tang Lab

Leonardo Ferreira Receives Best Poster Award from Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies

Leonardo M.R. Ferreira, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar and molecular immunologist in the Tang Lab and Bluestone Lab at UCSF, received the "Best Poster Award" from the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) at the organization's 2017 annual meeting in Chicago. The Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) exists to improve human health through immunology by fostering interdisciplinary approaches to both understand and treat immune-based diseases.  Dr. Ferreira also received a travel award from the FOCIS Center of Excellence and was selected to present his work at the program session, "The Forefront of Immune Regulation".  His presentation, "Designing the [...]
Breast Care Surgery

Laura Esserman Discusses "Ultralow-Risk" Breast Cancer Study on NPR

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Laura Esserman, M.D., MBA, Professor of Surgery and Radiology at UCSF, and Director of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, was recently interviewed by NPR about a study she led utilizing MammaPrint, a diagnostic assay (test), which appears to precisely distinguish between "ultralow-risk" breast tumors and more aggressive ones. This test could inform the decision to whether to recommend adjuvant (post-surgical) therapy, potentially sparing patients from the toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiation.  For years, doctors have focused on detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible moment after a tumor develops so treatment can start right away. But more and more studies [...]
Pediatric Surgery

CIRM Awards Tippi MacKenzie, MD $12.1M to Treat Fetuses in the Womb Alpha Thalassemia Major

Pediatric Surgeon Tippi MacKenzie, MD was awarded $12.1 million by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to treat fetuses in the womb suffering from alpha thalassemia major, a blood disorder that is only detected in the last few months of pregnancy and is almost uniformly fatal.  Dr. MacKenzie, an associate professor in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Surgery and co-Director of the UCSF Center for Maternal-Fetal Precision Medicine, is using hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), taken from the mother's bone marrow, and transplanting them into the fetus before birth. The fetus's immune system is able to tolerate the mother's cells, increasing the chances of a healthy birth, and [...]
Willenbring Lab

Holger Willenbring Receives Discovery Stage Research Projects Award from CIRM

Holger Willenbring, MD, PhD is the receipient of a Discovery Stage Research Project award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The project "Preclinical development of AAV vector-mediated in vivo hepatic reprogramming of myofibroblasts as a therapy for liver fibrosis" was approved for $1.6M in funding through the Discovery Quest Awards Program, which promotes the discovery of promising new stem cell-based technologies that could be translated to enable broad use and, ultimately, improve patient care. Dr. Willenbring's project aims to develop a therapy for liver fibrosis based on converting myofibroblasts, the cells that make the scars that are characteristic [...]
Surgical Innovations

Isabelle Chumfong and Claire Graves Tackle Biodesign Challenges through Innovation Pathway

From developing sensors to detect pressure ulcers to conducting pre-clinical studies for novel magnetic therapies, Isabelle Chumfong, MEng, MD, and Claire Graves, MD took the unconventional route during their research years, electing to pursue cutting-edge research through the Innovation Pathway, one of five such pathways open to surgery and visiting residents during their research years.  The purpose of the resident research program is to encourage trainees to hone their skills as physician-scientists by asking critical questions and gaining the expertise needed to pursue answers to them. UCSF offers five research pathways for surgical residents: basic biomedical and [...]
Thoracic Oncology Program

Johannes Kratz Joins Department Faculty and Thoracic Oncology Program

The Department of Surgery welcomes Johannes R. Kratz, M.D. to the faculty as Assistant Professor in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery and member of the Thoracic Oncology Program.
Dr. Kratz was a surgical research fellow in the UCSF Thoracic Oncology Laboratory from 2008-2011 where he played a key role in the research leading to the development of a prognostic assay for early-stage lung cancer by a team led by David M. Jablons, M.D. and Michael Mann, M.D., a test now in widespread clinical use. He returned to UCSF in 2014, completing his advanced training as a clinical fellow in thoracic surgery in June 2017.
Dr. Kratz was recently honored with the 2017 UCSF Health [...]
Resident Portal

Evan Werlin Recipient of Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff

Evan C. Werlin, M.D., a Resident Research Fellow in General Surgery, is the recipient of the The Teaching Excellence Award for Cherished Housestaff (T.E.A.C.H.) from the UCSF School of Medicine. The official announcement reads: Each year the graduating UCSF medical school class presents the T.E.A.C.H. award to only five residents who have been outstanding teachers, mentors, and role models to medical students during their clinical years at UCSF. On behalf of the UCSF School of Medicine Class of 2017, Evan Werlin was chosen among the many very impressive nominees. This award speaks highly of Evan's dedication and positive contribution to education and learning which deserves [...]
Transplant Surgery

Moving Mountains: A Surgeon’s Fight to Legalize HIV-to-HIV Organ Transplants

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Endocrine Surgery

UCSF Endocrine Surgeons Perform First “Scarless” Transoral Thyroid Removal in Western U.S.

UCSF endocrine surgeons Insoo Suh, M.D. and Quan-Yang Duh M.D. performed the institution's first "scarless" thyroidectomy – removal of the thyroid gland – on April 17th at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, the first surgeons in the western U.S. and among the first in the world to perform the surgery with a new technique using small incisions in the mouth and leaving no visible surgical scar in the neck.  "The procedure was developed due to increased demand and emphasis on minimizing the visible evidence of surgery for patients", said Suh. "For many patients, a scar on the front of the neck from standard thyroid or parathyroid surgery causes significant concern and fear, no matter how well [...]
San Francisco Wraparound Project

UCSF Trauma Recovery Center - "A Haven from Trauma’s Cruel Grip"

The New York Times reports on the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center (TRC), a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals that helps trauma victims "surmount the psychic hurdle between 'victim' and 'survivor'. For survivors of violent injury, the psychological effects often outlast the physical damage. Mental health issues like PTSD, anxiety, and depression can be significant barriers to recovery from traumatic injury. Moreover, the fear of the stigma sometimes associated with seeking out mental health treatment makes treatment even more difficult.  Partnering with TRC, the San Francisco Wraparound Project at ZSFG utilizes community-based interventions tailored to the unique culture [...]
Transplant and Stem Cell Immunobiology (TSI) Lab

Sonja Schrepfer Receives CIRM Grant to Develop Hypo-Immunogenic Cardiac Patches for Myocardial Regeneration

Sonja Schrepfer, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the UCSF Transplant and Stem Cell Immunobiology (TSI) Lab, was recently awarded a grant  by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to engineer a "Hypo-Immunogenic Cardiac Patches for Myocardial Regeneration". The funding is part of CIRM's Discovery: Inception program is for seed funding for great ideas that have the potential to impact human stem cell research, funding that will enable the researchers to test their ideas, and generate preliminary data to support for greater funding. Dr. Schrepfer proposed the idea of engineering a hypo-immunogenic cardiac PATCH to reduce the world-wide burden of [...]
Vascular & Endovascular Surgery

Vascular Surgeon Tim Chuter Honored with 2017 Jacobson Innovation Award

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Timothy A.M. Chuter, BM BS, DM, FACS, Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, has been honored with the 2017 Jacobson Innovation Award by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for his pioneering work, spanning many decades, in the field of endovascular aneurysm repair. Dr. Chuter received the award, which honors living surgeons who have been innovators of a new development or technique in any field of surgery, at a dinner held in his honor by the ACS on June 9 in Chicago.  The award is made possible through a gift from Julius H. Jacobson II, MD, FACS, a general vascular surgeon known for his pioneering work in the development of microsurgery, and his wife [...]
Pomerantz Lab

Regenerating Small Human Muscles Holds Potential for Dramatic Improvements in Craniofacial Reconstruction

UCSF News reports on research in the UCSF Program in Craniofacial Biology using stem cells from patients with craniofacial deformities to better understand how these design flaws occur in fetal development. Among other research projects, the article reported on the work of Jason H. Pomerantz, M.D., Surgical Director of the UCSF Craniofacial Center, who is using stem cells and regenerative techniques to reconstruct tiny muscles in the face using a humanized organ in a mouse model. Together, these members of the UC San Francisco faculty are cultivating organs of the craniofacial complex – the skull and face – which too often go terribly wrong during fetal development. Deformities of [...]
Surgical Oncology Program

Eric Nakakura and Research Group Awarded $1.2M Grant to Study Small Intestinal Neuroendocrine Tumors

Eric Nakakura, M.D., Ph.D.Associate Professor of Surgery at UCSF and a leading authority on neuroendocrine tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas, is among a team of researchers awarded $1.2M grant by the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) to elucidate the causes of small intestinal neuroendocrine tumors (SI-NETs). Dr. Nakakura said the research would help to unlock the mysteries of the disease and lead to more effective potentially curative treatments: "This project arose from unexpected clinical observations of a rare disease, which has puzzled all for over a century. We are using these new insights into SI-NETs to find out how and why they occur, so we can [...]
Transplant Surgery

UCSF Clarifies Policy on Marijuana Use and Transplant Eligibility

ABC News San Francisco (KGO) reports on the case of a Utah man, recovering from a lung transplant in Pennsylvania after a Utah hospital refused to put him on their transplant list because of past marijuana use. (The man subsequently died after the airing of the KGO story.) UCSF transplant surgeon, Ryutaro Hirose, M.D., was interviewed by KGO and regarding the policy on this is issue at UCSF. "We've recently liberalized our criteria regarding marijuana," said Dr. Ryutaro Hirose who is a transplant surgeon at UCSF, the country's busiest transplant center. Unlike the hospital in Utah, UCSF and other medical centers in California are forbidden by state law to deny a patient solely [...]
Department of Surgery

Class Warrior: Robert Reich Cites Political Malaise as Threat to Democracy at Maurice Galante Lecture

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Professor Robert Reich believes that the greatest current threat to our democracy is not our president, not congressmen, and not the bureaucracy of our political system. It is that Americans have lost faith in the strength of their country's democratic institutions. UCSF held its 20th annual Maurice Galante lecture at Genentech Hall on Thursday, April 27 in honor of its namesake, a late renowned professor of surgery. Past guest speakers for the Galante lecture have included popular figures such as Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, and Neal Benezra, the director of SFMOMA. Reich, currently a Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, delivering a seminar entitled [...]
Surgical Innovations

NIH Awards Department of Surgery R25 Training Grant for Biodevice Innovation

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has awarded the UCSF Department of Surgery a five-year interdisciplinary R25 research education grant for its Biodevice Innovation Training Program. The grant will fund up to two surgical residents each year with an interest in pursuing translational medicine, medical device development, and entrepreneurship during their dedicated research years. The Biodevice Innovation Training Program is led by Professors Hanmin Lee, MD, and Shuvo Roy, PhD, who are also co-directors of the Surgical Innovations Program. Research mentors for the program are drawn from numerous UCSF departments including Surgery, Radiology, [...]
Department of Surgery

Female Surgeons Recreating Iconic New Yorker Cover Sweeping Bay Area

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The Chang Laboratory for Liver Tissue Engineering

Tammy Chang and Boris Rubinsky Develop Novel Surgical Technique for Restoring Failing Organs

UCSF News Reports on a novel surgical approach to transplanting cells into diseased organs developed by Tammy T. Chang, MD, PhD, a gastrointestinal and acute care surgeon and principal investigator in the The Chang Laboratory for Liver Tissue Engineering, and Boris Rubinsky, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. The technique isn't called irreversible electroporation, or IRE, and enables newly transplanted clusters of liver cells, or hepatocytes to thrive and proliferate in a mouse liver. The research, reported in the May issue of the journal BioTechniques, could one day lead to a minimally invasive stem cell transplantation procedure to restore function to [...]
Resident Research

Awards Announced for 30th Annual J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium

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The 30th Annual J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at UCSF Mission Bay Hospital, Oberndorf Auditorium.  The symposium showcases the laboratory research of residents, fellows and medical students in the Department of Surgery, and honors the life and accomplishments of J. Engelbert Dunphy, M.D., a legendary surgeon and former Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery. Winners for the best presentations were awarded at the conclusion of the program.
Conte Lab

Conte Lab Awarded Multiple Grants to Develop Drug-Device Preventing Restenosis in Cardiovascular Patients

Michael S. Conte, M.D., Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery  and Director of the Conte Lab, has been awarded two grants to develop a prototype medical device that will deliver bioactive lipid mediators to prevent "restenosis", the recurrent narrowing of blood vessels following interventions such as angioplasty, stenting, and bypass surgery. The bioactive compounds are being developed in the Conte Lab.  The first grant, a $200.000 Technology Development Award from the UC Center for Accelerated Innovation, is funded through a combination of grants and matching funds from a group comprised of National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (UC CAI), UCSF School [...]
Surgical Innovations

Accelerator Awards Presented at 2nd Annual Surgical Innovations Shark Tank

Six UCSF faculty pitched their medical device ideas to a panel of industry experts for the chance to win seed funding, engineering support, and product development advising at the Surgical Innovations Shark Tank on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at UCSF's Mission Bay campus. This was the 2nd Shark Tank hosted by Surgical Innovations, an internal incubator/accelerator for early-stage medical devices ideas, and the first to be open to faculty in all UCSF schools and departments. The initiative was launched 3 years ago by the Department of Surgery in partnership with the Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences.
Resident Portal

Department of Surgery Holds Surgical Education Retreat

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The Department of Surgery held a Surgical Education Retreat at the San Francisco Zoo on October 29, 2016. The objectives of this retreat included:
  1. Assessing the current state of resident education
  2. Generating ideas and concrete recommendations for improvement
  3. Identifying the priority for high impact projects that can lead to this improvement
  4. Reinvigorating and engaging faculty in their commitment to the teaching mission
Over 20 faculty and 12 residents participated. The strengths and achievements of the department and residency were outlined. The challenges and opportunities were identified, including resident morale, the high cost of living in the Bay Area, the competing [...]
Department of Surgery

Haile T. Debas Diversity Fellowship Established to Increase Ranks of Minority Academic Surgeons

The UCSF Department of Surgery has established the Haile T. Debas Diversity Fellowship to foster its goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minority academic surgeons. Haile T. Debas, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Surgery and Director Emeritus of the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI), is world-renowned for his contributions to academic medicine and widely consulted on issues of global health. His storied career as a physician, researcher, professor, and academic leader spans over four decades in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Debas previously served as Chair of the Department of Surgery, Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor, Chancellor, and was Founding Executive Director [...]
Center for Global Surgical Studies

Lauren Eyler and Catherine Juillard Develop Algorithm to Facilitate Health Disparities Research

UCSF General Surgery Resident, Lauren Eyler, MD, MPH, in collaboration with UC Berkeley's Alan Hubbard, PhD and one of the Center's Co-Directors, Catherine Juillard, MD, MPH, worked together to develop an algorithm that facilitates health disparities research in the context of low- and middle-income countries. The algorithm can define population-specific models of economic status using variables from the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) household assets data. The use of DHS data makes it easy to track the economic status of injured patients and to compare the economic status of injured patients with that of the general population. Using the algorithm allows investigators to track [...]
Department of Surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General

Amanda Sammann Launches The Better Lab to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery

Amanda Sammann, M.D., M.P.H., a UCSF trauma surgeon based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, recently launched The Better Lab, an innovative research program based on human-centered design in healthcare. With her co-founders, Design Director Susan Dix Lyons and Researcher Lara Chehab, The Better Lab is focused on addressing health care challenges through greater empathy and better design using rigorous public health methodologies. A recent blogpost on the site by Susan Dix Lyons, How The Better Lab Got Started, traces Dr. Sammann's journey from a Stanford graduate working in finance to the trauma surgeon of today and tells the story about how she became inspired to rethink the [...]
Department of Surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General

Peggy Knudson Receives 2017 Heroes & Hearts Award from San Francisco General Hospital Foundation

UCSF News reports on this year's Heroes & Hearts Award ceremony at which UCSF trauma surgeon M. Margaret "Peggy" Knudson, M.D., FACS and three other recipients where honored. The Heroes & Hearts program, is celebrated "as a way to bring the community together to celebrate the essential role Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital plays in the city and to honor local heroes whose actions improve the community." The award recognizes extraordinary heroes in the San Francisco Bay Area who exemplify the "go above and beyond" spirit of the Foundation, and the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG).  UC San Francisco physicians [...]
Surgical Innovations

New Collaboration Launched to Advance Technology for Children’s Health

On January 12, clinicians, engineers, scientists, and administrators from UCSF, UC Berkeley. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) convened at the Mission Bay campus for the inaugural Engineering for Children's Health Symposium. The event, reported in UCSF News, marked the launch of a collaborative effort dedicated to developing innovative technological solutions to improve patient safety, eliminate health disparities, cure disease, and end disability for children. UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks delivered opening remarks, alongside UCSF School of Medicine Dean Talmadge King and UC [...]
Surgical Innovations

Technology Developed by Michael Harrison for Sunken Chest Repurposed as Novel Therapy for Sleep Apnea

A novel device to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea was profiled in a recent story on ABC7/KGO News Bay Area. The technology was developed by Michael R. Harrison, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Surgery, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and Director Emeritus of the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center. The surgery to implant the device was performed by Jolie Chang M.D., Assistant Professor in the divisions of General Otolaryngology, Salivary Gland Surgery and Sialendoscopy, Snoring and Sleep Apnea, and Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at UCSF. For most of us, eight hours of sleep [...]
Transplant Surgery

UCSF Kidney, Liver and Lung Transplant Programs Earn Highest SRTR Score for Risk Adjusted Outcomes

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Becker's Hospital Review reports that the UCSF Kidney, Liver, and Lung Transplant Programs each received the highest score "5", "Better than Expected" for transplant outcomes*, based on the most recent data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). These scores were evaluated using SRTR's new "5-Tier Outcome Assessment".  The number of organ transplants performed in the U.S. hit a record high in 2016, with 33,606 transplants performed, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. But not all transplant centers were created equal — some have much better patient outcomes than others. Using data collected from other organizations, the Scientific Registry [...]
Scientific Publications Office

Pamela Derish Instructs International HIV Researchers in Scientific Writing

UCSF Global Health Science's International Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Studies Program (ITAPS) is a training program for international scientists. Its mission is to provide training and conduct research on the prevention of HIV transmission in low- and middle-income countries. Pamela Derish, M.A., Scientific Publications Manager for the UCSF Department of Surgery, is teaching a series of sessions for ITAPS' Mentoring-of-Mentors and Scientific Writing Program in Fall 2016 and Summer 2017.
Transplant Surgery

NIH Awards Department of Surgery T32 Training Grant for Transplant Surgery

The NIH has awarded the UCSF Department of Surgery a T32 training grant, "Filling a Void of Research Training for Transplant Surgeons" (FAVOR). The grant, awarded in August 2016, provides annual funding in the amount of $156,602 for in-depth training of three general surgery residents with an interest in transplant surgery during their two research years, the training to be focused on translational immunology. The program is led by Professors Peter G. Stock, M.D., Ph.D. and Minnie M. Sarwal M.D., Ph.D., the principal investigators on the grant. A diverse and distinguished faculty will provide Clinical Translational Research Training (CRT) and Scientific Translational Research Training (SRT) [...]
Surgical Oncology Program

Eric Nakakura and Emily Bergsland Discuss Carcinoid Syndrome Treatment on "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind" Series

Bergsland And Nakakura
Eric Nakakura, M.D., Ph.D., a UCSF gastrointestinal cancer surgeon and Emily Bergsland, M.D.. a UCSF gastrointestinal oncologist, recently discussed the treatment of carcinoid syndrome on "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind", a series hosted by Information Television Network (ITV), a PBS content affiliate. Dr. Nakakura is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Surgery and Dr. Bergsland a Professor in the UCSF Department of Medicine. The ITV episode, which portrays the struggles of Ray Martz with carcinoid syndrome, recounts the situation he initially faced - that his condition was inoperable, that he would be on a liquid diet indefinitely, and that "nothing further could be [...]
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