Winter 2013

Perspective — More Than a Catchphrase

Dr. Jeffrey Olgin

Dr. Jeffrey Olgin

It's encouraging to see so much talk these days about patient-centered care – delivering the right therapy to the right patient at the right time is the right thing to do.

But tailoring therapies to an individual patient must be more than a catchphrase. It demands a team of physicians who possess deep experience with both traditional and cutting-edge approaches and procedures – as well as a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration that fosters the most informed decisions possible about which of those procedures is best for each patient.

As each article in this issue illustrates, that is precisely what we offer at the UCSF Heart and Vascular Center.

  • Our program for advanced heart failure patients covers the entire spectrum of care, with experienced, world-renowned experts working closely with referring physicians to make complex treatment choices and then expertly administer treatments and complete transplants.
  • Dr. Michael Conte

    Dr.Michael Conte

  • Our careful, considered expansion of the use of catheter ablation for ventricular tachycardia offers these patients new hope for lives less burdened by disease.
  • Our development of and experience with left atrial appendage ligation reduces the risk of stroke and the need for invasive, open procedures in many patients suffering from atrial fibrillation.
  • Our program for treating complex aortic aneurysms and dissections – which involves close collaboration among vascular, endovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons and unparalleled expertise with branched stent grafts – means patients always receive the most timely and appropriate treatment possible.

We take enormous pride in our implementation of truly substantive patient-centered care. And we are deeply appreciative of the way you partner with us in these efforts.

Jeffrey Olgin, M.D.
Chief of Cardiology Surgery

Michael Conte, M.D.
Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery


Heart & Vascular Center News, Winter 2013 Index

Related Information

News Releases

Irregular Heartbeat Increases Kidney Failure Risk
The risk of kidney failure is greater for people with chronic kidney disease who also have atrial fibrillation, one of the most common forms of irregular heart rhythm in adults, according to a study by researchers at UCSF and Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Alcohol May Trigger Serious Palpitations in Heart Patients
People with atrial fibrillation had almost a four and a half times greater chance of having an episode if they were consuming alcohol than if they were not, UCSF researchers have found.

Steps to Prevent Heart Disease in Women
Dr. Anne Thorson, a UCSF cardiologist, discusses steps a woman can take to help minimize her risk of heart disease.