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Summer 2009

Pioneering Treatments Save and Enhance Lives

One of medicine's most time-sensitive challenges is providing timely care for acute brain injuries. Early, definitive therapy can rescue viable brain tissue, improve outcomes and save lives. At UCSF Medical Center, our goal is to respond within 15 minutes to any neurological emergency. Our capacity to respond 24/7 is made possible by our multidisciplinary teams of neurointensivists, neurointerventionalists and neurosurgeons, many of whom are endovascular therapy pioneers; by the latest technological advances, including advanced neuroimaging that has extended the time window for aggressive intervention in acute stroke; and by our intensive care bed capacity — expanded by 50 percent — which allows us to respond immediately to referrals for acute subarachnoid hemorrhage. We are the fourth-busiest hospital in North America for cerebral aneurysm care.

We strongly encourage your referrals for these complex problems and others because at UCSF patient-centered services are available for all categories of neurological diseases. Our pediatric epilepsy service is growing rapidly, and we will soon be adding additional personnel. A newly launched inpatient migraine service at UCSF Mount Zion is unique in the world. A new urgent care clinic has been established for care of acute flares of multiple sclerosis (MS). More than 800 patients from around the world have traveled to UCSF to take advantage of our one-of-a-kind service for evaluation and treatment of rapidly progressive dementia. Other areas of growth include surgical intervention for patients with advanced Parkinson's disease, and chemointervention (botulinum toxin) for movement disorders, spasticity and other indications. Finally, we continue to offer the largest subspecialty services in the area for patients with brain tumors, epilepsy, MS and neurodegenerative diseases of all types.

The new Neurosciences Building at Mission Bay, expected to open in 2011, will be a quarter-million-square-foot facility dedicated to developing diagnostic tools for monitoring neurological diseases and for translating academic discoveries into effective medications that treat, prevent and even repair nervous system damage. And yet, even as we focus on the future, our foremost priority will always be to provide the best care possible for our patients. We are delighted that the national ranking of our clinical services remains the highest in California (and beyond), and we welcome your feedback as we seek to do even better.

Stephen L. Hauser, M.D.
Robert A. Fishman Distinguished Professor and Chair
UCSF Department of Neurology

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