Jefferson Award Winner Dr. Rochelle Dicker Helps Young Offenders Move Away From Violence
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) - April 14, 2014
"San Francisco General Hospital said a third of the shooting, stabbing and beating victims it treats return to the emergency room, injured from yet another crime. But one doctor has come up with a way to stop the revolving door of violence. This week’s Jefferson Award winner, (Rochelle Dicker, M.D.), said there is a teachable moment when a badly injured young offender is open to change." The Jefferson Award is given for public service. Note: Quoted text from KPIX article other than the supplied link.
New Breast Cancer Results Illustrate Promise and Potential of I-SPY 2 Trial
UCSF News - April 07, 2014
"In an innovative clinical trial led by UC San Francisco, the experimental drug neratinib along with standard chemotherapy was found to be a beneficial treatment for some women with newly diagnosed, high-risk breast cancer.Additionally, researchers learned that an algorithm used in the adaptive, randomized trial known as I-SPY 2 was highly effective at predicting the success of the treatment regimen in the patients who have HER2-positive/HR-negative disease"...............“What is so exciting about the graduations is that we’re proving unconditionally that the standing trial mechanism can efficiently evaluate multiple drugs and identify the specific populations for which the agents are most effective,” said Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, professor of surgery and director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Esserman is the co-principal investigator of I-SPY 2, which is underway at 20 cancer research centers in the United States and Canada. * Quoted excerpts above from UCSF News Story by Elizabeth Fernandez
Mechanical Forces Driving Breast Cancer Lead to Key Molecular Discovery
UCSF Department of Surgery - March 27, 2014
"The stiffening of breast tissue in breast-cancer development points to a new way to distinguish a type of breast cancer with a poor prognosis from a related, but often less deadly type, UC San Francisco researchers have found in a new study. The findings, published online March 16 in Nature Medicine, may lead eventually to new treatment focused not only on molecular targets within cancerous cells, but also on mechanical properties of surrounding tissue, the researchers said.In a mouse model of breast cancer, scientists led by Valerie Weaver, PhD, professor of surgery and anatomy and director of the Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration at UCSF, identified a biochemical chain of events leading to tumor progression..............." * Quoted excerpts above from UCSF News
Scientists Transform Skin Cells into Functioning Liver Cells
UCSF News - February 23, 2014
A recent paper in the journal Nature by a research team including Associate Professor Holger Willenbring, M.D., Ph.D. and Senior Resident Jack Harbell, M.D., a former postdoctoral fellow in the Willenbring lab, reports a new method of cellular reprogramming withpotential for treating liver disease: "The power of regenerative medicine now allows scientists to transform skin cells into cells that closely resemble heart cells, pancreas cells and even neurons. However, a method to generate cells that are fully mature – a crucial prerequisite for life-saving therapies – has proven far more difficult. But now, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes and UC San Francisco have made an important breakthrough: they have discovered a way to transform skin cells into mature, fully functioning liver cells that flourish on their own, even after being transplanted into laboratory animals modified to mimic liver failure..............." * Excerpt above from UCSF News Center article
Serious Bicycle Accidents May Be Dramatically Underreported
New York Times Health & Science - October 21, 2013
Many in the bicycling and public health community view bicycling as no more dangerous than other sports. Rochelle Dicker, M.D. a trauma surgeon in the UCSF Department of Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) decided to put the conventional wisdom to the test. She and colleagues, who treat some of the worst bicycling injuries, reviewed hospital and police records for 2,504 bicyclists treated at SFGH. Notably, they found an underreporting of serious bicycling accidents in police records, the primary source of statistics on injury data.
Ankit Sarin, M.D., MHA Joins Department of Surgery Faculty
UCSF Department of Surgery - October 08, 2013
Ankit Sarin, M.D., MHA recently joined the Department as a member of the Division of General Surgery and Section of Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Sarin is colorectal surgeon specializing in the surgery of the colon, rectum, anus and related GI tract. His surgical practice is based primarily at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at UCSF Mt. Zion. His areas of expertise include colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, benign anal & rectal disease and pelvic floor disorders. He also specializes in advanced minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopy, robotics, transanal endoscopic microsurgery and sacral nerve stimulation in the treatment of such disorders.
Endocrine Society Highlights Mentorship Commitment of Dr. Aditi Bhargava
Endocrine Society, UCSF Department of Surgery - August 01, 2013
Aditi Bhargava, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Center for the Neurobiology of Digestive Diseases, recently shared her perspective on engaging young people through mentoring and committee service. Bhargava, a dedicated mentor to students participating in the Society’s early career programs, currently serves as a member of the Research Aff airs Core Committee and previously served on the Minority Aff airs Committee (MAC).
"On the morning of July 6, M. Margaret Knudson, M.D., chief of surgery at SFGH, worked with Campbell and others on site to begin assembling a team that would be ready to triage patients upon their arrival. Knudson used lessons she learned as a visiting surgeon treating injured soldiers at both Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and Balad Air Force Hospital in Iraq to quickly treat the most critically injured."
Fast Thinking by Dr. Frank Primus, UCSF General Surgery Resident, Stops Runaway Bus
KTVU.com and Wires - June 20, 2013
Frank Primus, M.D., a general surgery resident at UCSF, acted decisively, if not heroically, in stopping a runaway Muni bus after it was clipped by a car near the San Franciso's Panhandle district last Thursday evening. Dr. Primus, a passenger on the bus, saw that despite the impact of the collision, the bus continued to glide towards Fell St., a busy thoroughfare. Primus then ran to the front of the bus and applied the brakes himself after determining the bus driver was too dazed to do so. He then instructed the driver to to turn off the ignition and put the bus in park. Dr. Primus' fast and decisive thinking averted the potentially serious injury to other passengers and those in the path of the bus.
Carlos Corvera, M.D. Installed as 64th President of UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society
UCSF Department of Surgery - June 15, 2013
Carlos Corvera, M.D. was recently installed as the 64th President of the UCSF Naffziger Surgical Society. The Society, an organization dedicated to surgical excellence, is comprised of graduates of the UCSF General Surgery Residency Program and other Department of Surgery faculty who joined at the invitation of the Society. The Naffziger Society has long served as a forum that fosters collaboration between surgeons in diverse settings, from academic medicine to bustling community practices, nationally, internationally, and in the developing world.
Chair Portrayed in Synapse Article as Exceptional Mentor
UCSF Synapse - June 01, 2013
Ascher excels in her role as Chair of Surgery, not
only for her inexplicable foresight, but because she stays
connected to trainees and students. This year, Dr. Ascher received
the Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in the Field of
Transplantation Surgery Award from the American Society of
"Residents and fellows noted that Dr. Nancy Ascher is an
effective mentor because she treats them like colleagues and not
just trainees. Residents and fellows felt "immersed and integral in
the program which empowered them and helped their growth." Dr.
Ascher emphasizes that a meaningful mentor-mentee relationship
allows an honest exchange about the student's career path and the
mentor's willingness to be that student's advocate."
Excellence of UCSF Bariatric Surgery Highlighted in Moving Patient Story
UCSF News - May 16, 2013
The story of James Dials', a gregarious 62-year-old limousine driver who weighed 400 lbs. and was down on his luck is riveting. “My life was very uncomfortable,” Dials said. “I was a diabetic and I injected insulin. I had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol. I was on all kinds of medications.” That’s when he discovered the UCSF Bariatric Surgery Program, a Level 1 accredited center for weight-loss surgery by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network of the American College of Surgeons. “James had relatively advanced obesity,” says Stanley Rogers. M.D., chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery and director of the Bariatric Surgery Center and Liver Tumor Ablation Program at UCSF Medical Center. “And we know that weight loss either with or without surgery can significantly impact those medical problems, and can make these medical problems called co-morbidities go away as weight loss occurs.” “I have all sorts of choices now,” he said. “It’s like a kid getting a new toy on Christmas. That’s how life is to me now. Everything is new in life now. I have more self-esteem and I care more about myself."
Maurice Galante, M.D., Legendary Surgeon and Renaissance Man, Dies
UCSF Department of Surgery - March 07, 2013
Dr. Maurice Galante, whose professional career at UCSF spanned
an incredible 44 years (1945-1989), passed away on February 5,
2013. Dr. Galante was born in
Rhodes in 1919 and came to the United States alone to receive his
undergraduate and medical education. He entered his residency
training in general surgery at UCSF in 1945. He subsequently became
a member of the Department of Surgery faculty. As a faculty member
at UCSF, Dr. Galante was celebrated as a master surgeon and for his
varied interests in medical ethics, music and the arts. His
reputation with patients was legendary and his grateful patients
helped him and the Department of Surgery establish the Galante
Lecture Program, The Galante Research Program and the Maurice
Galante Distinguished Professorship.
Rogers Urges Caution on New Medical Device to Treat GERD
U.S. News - February 22, 2013
study in the New England Journal of Medicine touts a new
medical device for the treatment of
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) as an alternative
to standard therapy, long-term proton-pump inhibitors or
Nissen Fundoplication. The
new treatment is a surgical procedure in which a small band of
magnetic beads is surgically implanted to augment the lower esophageal
sphincter, the valve
between the esophagus and stomach.
ButStanley J. Rogers, M.D.,Associate Professor of Surgery at
UCSF,Chief of Minimally
Invasive Surgery, and Chief of Bariatric Surgery, expressed concern
about its use, telling CBS/KCBS News Healthwatch that the
device was essentially
untested except for the small study cited above. He cautioned that
the beads were a foreign
object and where the device was placed could
potentially cause serious complications including infection,
perforation and abdominal sepsis, leading to ultimate removal. He
emphasized that long-term data was needed to demonstrate
its safety and effectiveness.