UCSF Department of Surgery News - March 2018 View this email in your browser

Endocrine Surgery
Quan-Yang Duh, MD Recounts Iconic Immigrant Journey in Address to Pacific Coast Surgical Association
February 28, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Quan-Yang Duh M.D., professor and chief of the section of endocrine surgery at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and outgoing President of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, told a rapt audience of attendees at the organization's annual meeting of his journey as an immigrant, his rescue by a Greek family in 1971, and his work as endocrine surgeon, encapsulated in an inspirational story spanning multiple cultures. Dr. Duh [...]
Breast Care Surgery
Renowned Breast Surgeon Laura J. Esserman Discusses Her Life and Research at Department of Surgery Staff Engagement Event
February 28, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Renowned breast surgeon Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA gave a captivating talk about her richly textured life and innovative research at a Staff Engagement Event hosted by the Department of Surgery on February 9th at UCSF Mount Zion. The research portion of her talk focused on two landmark clinical trials she serves as principal investigator on. The first, the WISDOM Study (Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measures of Risk (WISDOM), is [...]
Center for Mindfulness in Surgery
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Legendary Mindfulness Instructor, Lauds Department of Surgery Efforts Studying MBSR in Surgical Interns and Faculty
February 27, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, the universally acclaimed mediation instructor and Professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, recently gave the "Second Annual Ellen Hughes Lectureship" in Herbst Hall at UCSF Mount Zion, "The Key to Clinician Wellbeing through Mindfulness: Embodied Practice, Embodied Presence". Kabat-Zinn is world-renowned for developing the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, a fixture [...]
Breast Care Surgery
The WISDOM Study: Breaking the Deadlock In the Breast Cancer Screening Debate
February 27, 2018 - By Richard Barg
An article commentary recently published in NPJ Breast Cancer, a Nature Research journal, discusses the WISDOM Study (Women Informed to Screen Depending on Measures of Risk (WISDOM), a groundbreaking clinical trial recruiting 100,000 women from throughout California that will compare annual breast cancer screening with personalized risk-based breast cancer screening. The study is led by Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA (pictured), professor of surgery [...]
Sonja Schrepfer and Tobias Deuse Awarded 4-year $2.4M NIH Grant to Study Space-Related Physiological Changes and Altered Immune Function
February 26, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Sonja Schrepfer, M.D., Ph.D. and Tobias Deuse, M.D. have been awarded a 4-year $2.4M NIH grant by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to investigate space-related physiological changes, analogous to those observed during aging, including defects in bone healing, loss of cardiovascular and neurological capacity, and altered immune function. Dr. Schrepfer is associate professor and director of the UCSF Transplant and [...]
Resident Research
Teaching To Technology: Will Robots in the OR Shift the Surgical Instruction Model?
February 25, 2018 - By Richard Barg
UCSF general surgery research fellow Courtney A. Green, M.D. was recently interviewed by Daniel Seeger of Surgical Products Magazine about changes in the surgical instruction model heralded by the advent of robotic surgery in the operating room.  It's well understood that robotic-assisted surgical systems are transforming the work that happens in the operating room. But does the increasing prominence of the devices in the healthcare [...]
Surgical Innovations
Wired Magazine Visits Shuvo Roy and The Kidney Project
February 25, 2018 - By Grant Burningham
Kidney failure is a debilitating and ultimately deadly illness, and a health policy crisis. With 468,000 people on dialysis in the U.S., costing the government $31 billion dollars a year, very little money is spent on researching alternatives to current treatments. Wired magazine's Megan Molteni visited Shuvo Roy, PhD, to check in on the progress of the implantable artificial kidney, which has been in the works for more than [...]
Department of Surgery
Johannes Kratz Named Van Auken Endowed Chair in Thoracic Oncology
February 24, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Johannes R. Kratz, M.D. has been named the new Van Auken Endowed Chair in Thoracic Oncology. Kratz is an assistant professor in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery, a member of the Thoracic Oncology Program, and director of Advanced Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery.  The Van Auken Endowed Chair supports research, teaching and service in the field of thoracic oncology. Kratz has excelled in all three areas. As a research fellow [...]
Medical Student Portal
Department of Surgery Launches New Medical Student Portal for Surgical Clerkships
February 16, 2018 - By Richard Barg
The Department of Surgery has launched a new medical student portal designed as a resource and comprehensive dashboard for medical students during their surgical clerkships. The program is led by Director Andre Campbell, M.D. and Associate Director Matthew Y.C. Lin, M.D. The site course coordinators are Heidi Crist and Wenia Lee.  The Department of Surgery Clerkship provides UCSF medical students with a solid, enduring surgical [...]
Center for Surgery in Older Adults
How Hospitals are Working to Prepare At-Risk Older Patients for Surgery
February 13, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Emily Finlayson, MD, MS, director of the Center for Surgery in Older Adults at UCSF,  was interviewed by Becker's Hospital Review on how hospitals work to prepare at-risk older patients for surgery, screening for frailty and meeting patient's health goals.  Older patients undergo major surgery on a regular basis. However, a number of these patients are at risk for experiencing complications, functional decline and loss of independence after [...]
Vascular & Endovascular Surgery
Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery to Host UCSF Vascular Symposium April 19-21 in San Francisco
February 08, 2018 - By Richard Barg
The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery at University of California, San Francisco will host the 2018 UCSF Vascular Symposium on April 19-21 at the Parc 55 San Francisco. The symposium includes a distinguished faculty drawn from UCSF and and other leading institutions.  The landscape of vascular disease management continues to evolve with advancing technologies, data from clinical trials, and [...]
Surgical Skills Center
Department of Surgery Launches Surgical Skills Center Website
February 07, 2018 - By Richard Barg
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The Department of Surgery has launched a new website for its Surgical Skills Center. The program is led by director Edward Kim, M.D., associate director Hueylan Chern, M.D., both associate professors in the Division of General Surgery. The goal of the Center is to maximize learning in the operating rooms by allowing trainees to master basic technical skills and practice operative techniques and principles outside of the operating room. This is [...]
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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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