Winter 2006

Individualized Approach is Key to Heart Transplant

A core group of UCSF cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists has created a growing heart transplantation program with excellent survival statistics by focusing on the particular needs of individual patients and using technology to prepare them for surgery.

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Vascular Disease Goes Beyond the Heart

Although coronary heart disease is prevalent and is the leading cause of death in industrialized countries, new research shows that the risk of developing atherosclerotic vascular disease in arteries outside the heart is equally common.

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Lung Transplantation Program Growing Rapidly

Last year, UCSF thoracic transplant surgeons implanted more than 50 lungs, making the UCSF program one of the largest programs in California. The rapidly growing lung transplant program owes its strength to its research program, organ procurement organization, and surgical and medical staff, UCSF physicians say.

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Genes Related to Lung Transplant Rejection Identified

Researchers at UCSF and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) have identified six genes associated with lymphocytic bronchitis, which is thought to lead to obliterative bronchiolitis (OB), the most common cause of long-term failure of transplanted lungs.

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New Catheter Laboratories Extend the Reach of Cardiologists

UCSF has recently celebrated the opening of two advanced catheter laboratories that will provide cardiologists with some of the finest facilities in California, physicians say. The completion of the catheter laboratories marks the first phase of a three-phase project to build the new UCSF Heart and Vascular Center.

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Stent Graft Repair of Thoracoabdominal Aneurysms

Many years after pioneering the use of branched stent grafts to fix thoracoabdominal aneurysms, UCSF physicians are now taking the lead in a clinical trial that may firmly establish the efficacy of the devices.

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CME Courses

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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Physician Liaison Service

The UCSF Physician Liaison Service provides assistance and information to referring physicians, medical groups and health plans. Please call the Physician Liaison Service or visit

Phone: (800) 444-2559
Fax: (415) 353-4395

Transfer Center

The UCSF Transfer Center is open 24 hours daily to coordinate the transfer of your patients to UCSF Medical Center from hospitals throughout the region.

Phone: (415) 353-9166
Fax: (415) 353-9172