Fall 2007

Letter from the Chair

Nancy Ascher, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, discusses three new avenues of research in surgery and their application to important clinical conditions.

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Islet Transplant for Chronic Pancreatitis

Building on its expertise in organ transplantation, UCSF is the only medical center west of the Mississippi offering islet transplantation as an option for managing the diabetes that results from a treatment of last resort — removal of the diseased pancreas.

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New Surgery Program Explores Bioengineering

For the past 20 years, bioengineers and clinicians have been experimenting with the production of surrogate tissues to replace those that cannot be surgically repaired. UCSF is moving a step closer to realizing that ambition.

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Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy

At the newly formed Center for Esophageal Disorders, UCSF is pioneering a minimally invasive approach to the treatment of esophageal cancer, one that greatly reduces morbidity while providing a complete excision of the malignancy.

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Read about the appointments our faculty have received.

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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 www.ucsfhealth.org/health_professionals/make_a_referral/.

Phone: (800) 444-2559
Fax: (415) 353-4395
Email: referral.center@ucsfmedctr.org

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