"Complex trauma patients need access to expert care as quickly as possible," says UCSF trauma surgeon Saam Morshed, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
The Orthopaedic Trauma Service at UCSF Medical Center has been built precisely for the type of acute-to-acute transfers that facilitate this much-needed access. There, a multidisciplinary team includes orthopaedic, general, neuro and plastic surgeons, along with physician assistants and nurse practitioners specially trained in trauma care.
To ease the process, referring physicians can use the standard referral number for the Transfer Center, which is (415) 353-9166, or they can contact the Orthopaedic Institute at (415) 353-2808, where phone operators have been trained to triage procedures.
"We do everything in our power to take the burden off referring physicians," says Morshed.
Dr. Saam Morshed can be contacted at (415) 353-2808.
Surgeon Heads to Olympics with Taekwondo Team
Dr. Christina Allen, a UCSF orthopedic surgeon, is the team physician for the U.S. Olympics Taekwondo Team and will accompany the team to the 2012 London Olympics this summer. Allen is also the orthopedic doctor for Cal athletics at the University of California at Berkeley and the U.S. national soccer team.
UCSF Doctors Awarded Fellowships to Improve Health Quality
Dr. Kevin Bozic is one of three UCSF physicians awarded fellowships from the University of California's Center for Health Quality and Innovation for projects to improve the quality and value of health care. Bozic, an orthopedic surgeon, was one of 13 recipients of the awards from six UC campuses.