UCSF Department of Surgery News | September - December  2017 View this email in your browser

This issue of Department of Surgery News highlights recognition of our programs for excellence by accrediting organizations and national surveys. In addition, our faculty received notable awards and were recognized for their distinguished careers in academic surgery. Our surgical trainees earned important seed grants and presented exceptional papers. Several of our basic scientists won multi-million dollar NIH grants. And to help showcase these news stories, our websites now sport a vibrant new look with visually engaging slideshows, reflecting our mission as seen through the eyes of our clinicians, researchers, and surgical trainees. 

John P. Roberts, M.D.
Professor of Surgery & Interim Chair
Endowed Chair in Abdominal Transplantation
UCSF Department of Surgery
Department of Surgery
UCSF Medical Center Earns Highest Performance Rating for Procedures Performed by Department of Surgery
December 29, 2017 - By Richard Barg
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UCSF Medical Center earned "high performance" ratings – the highest ratings possible – in eight common conditions and procedures within specialties in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Survey for 2017-2018, seven of within the UCSF Department of Surgery: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair Aortic Valve Surgery Colon Cancer Surgery Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Heart Bypass Surgery Heart Failure Lung [...]
Center for Surgery in Older Adults
Patient Frailty Associated with Increased Morbidity for Common Ambulatory Surgeries in Older Adults
December 28, 2017 - By Richard Barg
A new research study shows that patient frailty should be assessed in preoperative planning for surgery in older adults, even for common ambulatory general surgery operations. The study, led by principal investigator and lead author, Carolyn D. Seib, M.D., MAS, a general and endocrine surgeon at UCSF, was reported on in the journal JAMA Surgery and highlighted by the NY Times in a subsequent article. Importantly, the study found that frailty is [...]
Resident Research
Courtney Green Awarded CESERT Robotic Grant from Association for Surgical Education (ASE) Foundation
December 27, 2017 - By Richard Barg
Courtney A. Green, M.D., research fellow in the General Surgery Residency program, has been awarded a CSERT (Center for Excellence in Surgical Education, Research and Training) grant from the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) Foundation. Her research project is entitled, "Investigation into the Perceptual Expertise of a Robotic Surgeon: How do we learn to feel what we see?" Surgical education grants are among the most difficult [...]
UCSF East Bay Surgery Program
American College of Surgeons Verifies Highland Hospital as Adult Level 1 Trauma Center
December 26, 2017 - By Richard Barg
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has verified Highland Hospital, the flagship facility in the Alameda Health System, as an adult Level 1 Trauma Center, affirming the earlier designation by the state of California through a local Emergency Medical Services Agency (LEMSA). Practically speaking, the imprimatur of the ACS is the last critical and essential step for a hospital to be   recognized as a Level 1 Trauma Center, the [...]
Bariatric Surgery
UCSF Medical Center Reaccredited as "Comprehensive Center" for Bariatric Surgery by American College of Surgeons, MBSAQIP and ASMBS
December 26, 2017 - By Richard Barg
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UCSF Medical Center has been reaccredited as a "Comprehensive Center" for bariatric surgery by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The UCSF Bariatric Surgery Center offers a full range of surgical weight-loss options, including laparoscopic and open Roux-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve [...]
Department of Surgery
Department of Surgery Welcomes New Clinical Fellows
December 23, 2017 - By Richard Barg
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The Department of Surgery proudly welcomes our new clinical fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. Clinical fellows receive state-of-the-art subspecialty training, an enriching mentorship experience, and the opportunity to work as integral members of a multidisciplinary clinical team led by world-class attending surgeons. This training supports the Department's threefold mission to develop the next generation of leaders in surgery, [...]
Endocrine Surgery
Quan-Yang Duh Receives 2017 Paul Starr Award from American Thyroid Association
December 20, 2017 - By Richard Barg
Quan-Yang Duh M.D., professor and chief of endocrine surgery at UCSF, and a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the field, is the recipient of the 2017 Paul Starr Award from the  American Thyroid Association (ATA). The Paul Starr Award Lecture recognizes an outstanding contributor to clinical thyroidology. Dr. Duh delivered the 2017 lecture for this award entitled, "Technical and Technological Advances that Changed [...]
Bariatric Surgery
"Top Ten" Paper by Sandhya Kumar Headlines Strong Showing by UCSF Bariatric Surgery During Obesity Week
December 19, 2017 - By Richard Barg
Sandhya Kumar, M.D., MIS/Bariatric Surgery clinical fellow at UCSF, presented her "Top 10" paper, Is laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy safer than laparoscopic gastric bypass? A comparison of complications and mortality using the MBSAQIP data registry, at the 34th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) during "Obesity Week". Kumar was the lead-off presenter in the ASMBS abstracts 2017 paper sessions [...]
Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Trauma Surgeon Peggy Knudson Tells Vox News How Doctors Save Lives After a Mass Shooting
December 14, 2017 - By Richard Barg
In the wake of October's mass shooting at a Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Vox News reached out to UCSF trauma surgeon M. Margaret "Peggy" Knudson, M.D., FACS for her thoughts on how doctors manage an influx of mass shooting victims, and the critical techniques for ensuring their patients' survival. Knudson, a professor in the UCSF Department of Surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG), is a nationally recognized [...]
Surgical Innovations
Pediatric Device Consortium Holds Inaugural Pediatric Device Accelerator Pitch Competition
November 30, 2017 - By Stacy Kim
On Tuesday, November 14, the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium (PDC) held its inaugural Pediatric Device Accelerator Pitch Competition at UCSF's Mission Bay campus. The competition awarded a total of $252,500, funded by FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development and the UCSF Department of Surgery, to teams developing novel medical devices for children. Eight finalists, selected from a pool of 55 applicants from across the world, had [...]
Center for Mindfulness in Surgery
Burned Out Trainee Surgeons at High Risk for Alcohol Abuse, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts
October 31, 2017 - By Richard Barg
UCSF News reports on the results of study led by Carter Lebares, M.D., assistant professor and director the UCSF Center for Mindfulness in Surgery, to assess burnout in general surgery residents. An online survey was distributed in September, 2016, to all ACGME-accredited general surgery programs. Stress, anxiety, depression, resilience, mindfulness, and alcohol use were assessed and analyzed for prevalence. The results, published online in [...]
Department of Surgery
Kevin Hiler and Lawrence Sue, Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Receive Distinguished Teaching Awards
October 21, 2017 - By Richard Barg
Kevin L. Hiler, M.D., associate clinical professor in the UCSF Department of Surgery and Lawrence Sue, M.D., assistant clinical professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco, Fresno, are recipients of 2017 Distinguished Teaching Awards from the UCSF Center for Faculty Educators (CFE), part of the Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by the UCSF School [...]
Medical Student Portal
Medical Students Ammar Joudeh and Carolyn Rennels Develop Project to Reduce Surgical Site Infections
October 21, 2017 - By Richard Barg
The October 2017 Update of the UCSF Bridges Curriculum highlights a project of UCSF medical students Ammar Joudeh and Carolyn Rennels to reduce surgical site infections by distributing chlorhexidine wipes to patients before elective surgery at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The project is part of a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Microsystems Clerkship (CMC). Jennifer Kerns, MD, MS, MPH, assistant professor in obstetrics and [...]
Surgical Innovations
Surgical Innovations Accelerator Projects Harness Unique Talents of MTM Student Teams
October 05, 2017 - By Stacy Kim
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At the heart of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) program is a hands-on capstone project, where student teams work on developing medical technologies from idea to bedside. Three Surgical Innovations Accelerator projects from the Spring 2017 cycle have been selected to participate in the program this year: Percutaneous AV Fistula, Tracheostomy Alarm, and Augmented Surgical Vision, adding to a lengthy list of [...]
Sarwal Lab
Minnie Sarwal Co-Leader of 5-year $8M NIH Grant to Study Role of CMV Infection in Kidney Transplant Rejection
October 03, 2017 - By Richard Barg
UCLA, UCSF and City of Hope have received a five-year, $8 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study how a common virus called cytomegalovirus may provoke the immune system to reject transplanted kidneys. Minnie M. Sarwal M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, DCH, professor and director of Precision Transplant Medicine in the UCSF Department of Surgery, is co-leader and principal investigator on the grant, which [...]
Gastrointestinal Surgery
UCSF Hosts First Advanced Laparoscopic Course in N. California for Senior Residents and Fellows
October 02, 2017 - By Richard Barg
The first advanced laparoscopic course in Northern California, dedicated to the training of Minimally Invasive Surgery fellows and surgical senior residents, was held at the UCSF Anatomy Learning Center on Saturday, August 12, 2017. The course, jointly developed by UCSF and Stanford, and co-chaired by Matthew Lin, M.D. and John Morton, MD respectively, provided a one-day comprehensive experience for senior trainees that included a [...]
Department of Surgery
UCSF Department of Surgery Faculty Honored with Excellence in Teaching Awards
October 02, 2017 - By Richard Barg
The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators presented seven Department of Surgery faculty with the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2017 at a ceremony on September 11th at the UCSF School of Nursing, held in conjunction with the Academy's induction of new members. The Academy's Excellence in Teaching Awards are peer-nominated, and honor outstanding front-line teachers of medical students, residents, and fellows who often go [...]
Surgical Innovations
NIH Awards Shuvo Roy Three-Year $2.4M Grant to Develop Bioartificial Pancreas for Type 1 Diabetes
September 29, 2017 - By Stacy Kim
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The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), one of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded bioengineering professor Shuvo Roy, PhD, a three-year, $2.4 million grant to develop a bioartificial pancreas for treatment of Type 1 Diabetes. The project is a collaboration between the Department of Surgery, Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, and Diabetes Center at UCSF. Co-investigators [...]
Surgical Innovations
First-In-Human Pilot Trial for Magnetic Compression Anastomosis Device Reports Encouraging Results
September 28, 2017 - By Stacy Kim and Richard Barg
Results from the first-in-human clinical trial of a magnetic compression anastomosis device known as "Magnamosis" were recently reported on in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  The study, led by Principal Investigator Michael Harrison, MD, is a prospective, single-center, first-in-human pilot clinical trial to evaluate the feasibility and safety of creating an intestinal anastomosis using the Magnamosis [...]
Surgical Innovations
Benjamin Padilla and Michael Harrison Awarded NIH R03 for Cryoanalgesia Study
August 29, 2017 - By Stacy Kim
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Children Health & Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded pediatric surgeons Benjamin Padilla, MD, and Michael Harrison, MD, a two-year grant to study the use of cryoanalgesia as a novel method of pain control in the Nuss Procedure. The research team includes Sunghoon Kim, MD, and Jill Imamura-Ching, RN. Claire Graves, MD, played a key role in [...]
UCSF East Bay Surgery Program
Gregory Victorino Named Outstanding Physician of the Year by Alameda Health System
July 14, 2016 - By Richard Barg
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Gregory P. Victorino, M.D., Professor of Surgery and Director of Trauma Services for the UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program*, was named Named Outstanding Physician for 2016 by Alameda Health System. The award was presented at the AHS Foundation's Annual Gala on May 7, 2016. The Alameda Health System Foundation wrote on its website: Dr. Gregory P. Victorino planted his roots in the Bay Area after completing his surgical internship and residency [...]
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The mission of the UCSF Department of Surgery is threefold: to develop the next generation of leaders in surgery; to provide outstanding quality clinical care that is cost effective, yet compassionate; and to make significant advances in scientific knowledge and clinical practice through basic and clinical research. Care of patients is what attracted our faculty and residents to surgery, and it continues to be our main focus.

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