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DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY NEWS
JULY 2018

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Bay Area Girl Undergoes First-Ever Pediatric Heart Transplant At UCSF
July 17, 2018 - By Richard Barg
CBS SF Bay Area (KPIX) reports on the first-ever pediatric heart transplant at UCSF. The surgical team was led by Peter Kouretas, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of surgery and surgical director of Pediatric Heart Transplantation at UCSF.  The first-ever pediatric heart transplant at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital may have just saved a young Bay Area girl's life. It's been tough for 11-year-old Andrea to keep up with other students during [...]
Transplant Surgery
Nancy Ascher, MD, PhD Invited to Serve on WHO Task Force on Donation and Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues
July 10, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Nancy Ascher, M.D., Ph.D., the world-renowned organ transplant surgeon and a former Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery, has also been invited to serve on the WHO Task Force on Donation and Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues, an international multidisciplinary task force of 31 experts spanning the fields of medicine, surgery, ethics, law, patients' rights, public administration and health systems. The task force is charged [...]
Department of Surgery
Department of Surgery Welcomes Endocrine Surgeon and Diversity Leader Sanziana A. Roman, MD to Faculty
July 02, 2018 - By Richard Barg
The Department of Surgery welcomes endocrine surgeon Sanziana A. Roman, M.D., FACS to the faculty as a professor of Surgery in the Section of Endocrine Surgery, Division of General Surgery. Dr. Roman also has been appointed Director of Learning and Teaching in the Procedural Specialties and Dean's Diversity Leader for Leadership Equity and Inclusion in the School of Medicine at UCSF.  Dr. Roman's clinical interest is in endocrine and [...]
Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Trauma Surgeon Andre Campbell, M.D. Vents Frustration over Toll of Pervasive Daily Gun Violence in Nation’s ERs
June 29, 2018
UCSF trauma surgeon Andre Campbell, M.D., who was on the trauma team that treated victims injured in the shooting at the YouTube headquarters in California, vented his frustration over decades of gun violence in a press conference about the shooting.  As reported by CNN, Campbell challenged the news media to look beyond the sensational events and address the pervasive omnipresent gun violence that is a daily occurrence in the U.S. Campbell was [...]
Department of Surgery
Residency Program Director Linda M. Reilly, MD Honored with 2018 UCSF Excellence and Innovation Award in Graduate Medical Education
June 27, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Linda M. Reilly, M.D., Program Director of the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program, was named a 2018 Recipient of the UCSF Excellence and Innovation Award in Graduate Medical Education (GME). The award was presented at the UCSF GME Celebration and QI Symposium on June 18th at the UCSF Kalmanovitz Library at Parnassus Heights. Dr. Reilly is a vascular surgeon and professor in the Division of Vascular & Endovascular [...]
Pediatric Surgery
Baby Born in World’s First In Utero Stem Cell Transplant Trial
June 25, 2018 - By Richard Barg
UCSF News reports on the first patient enrolled in the world's first clinical trial using blood stem cells transplanted prior to birth. The stem cell transplant was used to treat alpha thalassemia major, a blood disorder that is only detected in the last few months of pregnancy and has been almost uniformly fatal in the past. The clinical trial is led by Tippi MacKenzie, MD, an associate professor in the UCSF Division of Pediatric [...]
Department of Surgery
Storied Medical Educator Patricia O’Sullivan, EdD Honored with Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award
June 20, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Patricia S. O'Sullivan, EdD, professor of Surgery and Medicine at UCSF, received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award from the Faculty Mentoring Program at an award celebration on June 13th at the Lange Room in the UCSF Parnassus Library.  Dr. O'Sullivan is director of the Office of Research and Development in Medical Education (RaDME) and holds the Endowed Chair for Surgical Education at UCSF. Her teaching and mentoring [...]
Department of Surgery
Highlights of 2018 UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society Meeting in San Francisco
June 16, 2018 - By Richard Barg
The UCSF Howard C. Naffziger Surgical Society, the alumni society of graduates of the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program and associate members, held its 2018 meeting May 10-11 in San Francisco. Proceedings kicked with a Women in Surgery event at the home of Shelley Marks, the past President of the Society. The Naffziger Day Symposium generated substantive discussion of the history and future of surgical training and practice, [...]
Department of Surgery
Bill Browder Gives Riveting Account of Russia Experiences at 21st Maurice Galante Lecture
June 15, 2018 - By Richard Barg
The 21st Maurice Galante Lecture was given by Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, on June 13th at UCSF Mission Bay in Byers Auditorium in Genentech Hall. Browder was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when he was denied entry to the country for exposing corruption in Russian state-owned companies.  In 2009, Browder's Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, was killed in a Moscow prison after uncovering [...]
Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Trauma Surgeon Peggy Knudson, MD Leads First Large-scale Investigation of Pulmonary Clots after Injury
June 15, 2018 - By Richard Barg
The CLOTT (Coalition of Leaders in Thromboembolism) study group, led by trauma surgeon M. Margaret "Peggy" Knudson, M.D., FACS, has begun enrolling patients in a landmark clinical trial looking at the treatment and prevention of post-traumatic pulmonary embolism. The study, which includes  investigators at 17 Level 1 trauma centers, is funded by a $4.25M grant from the Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP).  Dr. Knudson, [...]
Willenbring Lab
Nature Article by Willenbring Lab Demonstrates How Liver Cells Switch Identities to Grow New Tissue
June 14, 2018 - By Leonardo M.R. Ferreira, Ph.D.
In the medieval ages, alchemists dedicated their lifetimes searching for the formula that would transform ordinary metals into gold. In our bodies, several cases of "cellular alchemy" have been reported. Known as transdifferentiation, this process consists of one specialized cell type transmuting into a different one.  Until now, this phenomenon had only been observed in the context of replenishing cells lost from pre-existing [...]
Department of Surgery
Pediatric Surgeon Benjamin Padilla, MD Honored with Exceptional Physician Award
June 12, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Benjamin Padilla M.D., a UCSF pediatric and fetal surgeon, and assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, has been honored with the Exceptional Physician Award by UCSF Health. He was one of only eight recipients out of more than 100 nominations from a pool of several thousand UCSF physicians. The awards were announced by Josh Adler, MD, Executive Vice President, Physician Services, UCSF Health in an email to the entire [...]
Surgical Innovations
Turning Surgeons Into Innovators Without Taking Them Out of the OR
June 06, 2018 - By Heather R. Johnson
Academic hospitals have all the makings for rich medical device development. They have physicians to identify surgical needs, researchers to test theories, bioengineers to design and create devices and patients to participate in clinical trials. However, the disconnect between engineering and surgical departments makes innovation a challenge. So does surgeons' all-consuming job Number One—treating patients. Providing the Infrastructure [...]
Resident Research
Resident Research Winners Announced for Presentations at 31st Annual J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium
May 21, 2018 - By Richard Barg
The 31st Annual J. Engelbert Dunphy Resident Research Symposium was held Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. The program showcased 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 a former chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery. This year's J. Englebert Dunphy [...]
Department of Surgery
April Painting Event Spanning Four Campuses Highlights Department of Surgery Commitment to Staff Engagement
May 15, 2018 - By Matt Kuhn
The Department of Surgery Staff Engagement Committee hosted a painting event across four campuses on Friday, April 27th. The event allowed staff at Parnassus, Mission Bay, Mt. Zion, and ZSFG to let their creativity flow in a calming, relaxed atmosphere. Attendees were provided a blank canvas, brushes and a variety of paint colors and encouraged to let their artistic abilities loose while calming music played in the background. [...]
Nijagal Lab
Pediatric Surgeon Amar Nijagal Receives Jay Grosfeld MD Scholar Award from APSAF
May 14, 2018 - By Richard Barg
Amar Nijagal, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, received the Jay Grosfeld MD Scholar Award from the American Pediatric Surgical Association Foundation (APSAF) at the 2018 APSA annual meeting. Dr. Nijagal was one of two junior faculty honored with the highly competitive award for his grant proposal, "Investigating the fetal mechanisms of liver and bile duct repair: a link to the prenatal origins of biliary [...]
 
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