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Fall 2009

Letter from the Chair

This issue of Inside Surgery outlines some of the latest developments at UCSF's Department of Surgery. The Pancreas Center provides a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to patients with complex disease. In addition to world-class surgeons, the Pancreas Center draws on the expertise of radiologists, gastroenterologists, medical and radiation oncologists, and other specialists to provide state-of-the-art care to patients.

Similarly, the Thoracic Oncology Program is a world leader in innovative research and clinical care for patients with lung cancer. Led by David Jablons, M.D., the program is especially skilled in achieving local control of lung cancer. The team of outstanding surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, and others can often perform complete resections in patients referred from other centers who had been told their tumors were inoperable.

This year, we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the UCSF Transplant Service, led by John Roberts, M.D. We have one of the largest and most highly regarded transplant programs in the country, and we are an international leader in the field. Our living donor program employs the latest innovations and a team approach to patient care, resulting in superior outcomes even as we treat some of the highest-risk patients.

These advances illustrate just a few ways that UCSF's Department of Surgery provides the most comprehensive treatments available. We are pleased to share these updates with you.

Sincerely,

Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
UCSF Department of Surgery

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