Summer 2006

Letter from the Chair

Nancy Ascher, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, discusses the progress in organ and cellular transplantation at UCSF.

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Transplant Options for Type 1 Diabetes

Insulin dependent (type I) diabetes often leads to complications in patients whose blood sugar levels can't be controlled adequately. UCSF performs two procedures — solid organ pancreas transplants and pancreatic islet transplants — to provide selected patients with a healthy supply of insulin-producing beta cells.

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Transplant Patient Profiles

Two transplant patients — Tara Rojas, an administrator with the UCSF Beta Cell Transplant Program, and Ivan Barriga, an East Bay mortgage consultant — tell their stories.

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Kidney Transplants

UCSF’s largest transplant service is its kidney program. More kidney transplants have been performed at UCSF than any other institution in the world — about 7,500 since the program began in 1964. UCSF is a leader in living donor kidney transplants, which now represent 50 percent of donor organs in the program.

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Heart and Lung Transplants

UCSF's Heart Transplant Program has seen rapid growth in the past three years. The program is unusual in that about 20 percent of its patients receive a kidney transplant along with their new heart. UCSF also performs about 35 lung transplants each year, making it one of busiest lung transplant programs in California.

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Liver Transplants

The UCSF Liver Transplant Service is noted for excellent success rates for both cadaveric and living-donor transplants. Since 1988, UCSF surgeons have performed 1,830 liver transplants.

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Bowel Transplants

Children and adults with intestinal failure often develop life-threatening complications from administration of total parenteral nutrition (TPN). As a treatment of last resort, the UCSF Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program offers small bowel transplants to carefully selected patients who can no longer tolerate TPN.

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Transplant Research

UCSF is engaged in transplant research on a number of fronts. In this newsletter, we highlight transplantation in HIV-positive patients and improving tolerance to transplanted tissues.

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Awards and Appointments

Read about the awards and appointments our physicians have received.

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The Department of Surgery appreciates the generous individuals who support the Transplant Service.

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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