Winter 2008

Perspective: Understanding Heart Disease Through Genetics

Geneticist Robert Nussbaum, M.D., discusses the new Program in Cardiovascular Genetics at the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center.

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CTA Provides Noninvasive Coronary Screening

A unique combination of technology and expertise is allowing UCSF physicians to more effectively screen patients for coronary artery disease.

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ECMO Buys Time for Heart, Lung Patients

In an effort to save more lives, UCSF physicians are using machines designed to provide extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) earlier and with a broader range of patients than in the past.

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UCSF Makes Strides in Diagnosing Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

A multidisciplinary team of experts are working to shed light on ILD, which can be confusing for patients and physicians because it includes more than 200 distinct types of lung disorders ranging from focal and transient inflammatory conditions to diffuse and chronic pulmonary fibrosis.

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UCSF Opens Multidisciplinary Marfan Clinic

Through a high level of expertise in the diagnosis and care of Marfan patients, UCSF is offering new therapies and treatments as soon as they are available in addition to family outreach and genetic counseling.

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A Case of Heart Failure

The life of a previously healthy 45-year-old man was suddenly at risk when he progressed from an acute anterior myocardial infarction to profound cardiogenic shock with rapidly declining neurological, pulmonary and renal function.

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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