Summer 2011

Letter From the Chair - Inside Surgery Summer 2011

This issue of Inside Surgery describes some of the latest advances in fetal surgery and pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery.

UCSF is the birthplace of fetal surgery. Michael Harrison, M.D., performed the first open fetal surgery here in 1981, and we continue to have more experience with fetal surgery and endoscopic fetal intervention than any other institution in the world. Now under the direction of Hanmin Lee, M.D., the Fetal Treatment Center continues to pioneer new interventions for congenital defects, and to provide long-term follow-up care through the LIFE Clinic.

William Hoffman, M.D., leads the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, offering a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to craniofacial anomalies, including cleft lip, cleft palate and craniosynostosis, as well as birthmarks and vascular anomalies. Scott Hansen, M.D., is a hand surgeon, skilled in the full range of procedures available to reconstruct a useful hand, including toe-to-thumb transfer.

I am also delighted to announce the opening of the Connie Frank Transplant Center, the UCSF Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration and the laboratory of Jason Pomerantz, M.D., in the UCSF Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology Program's new facilities.

These are just a few of the exciting developments in the UCSF Department of Surgery. I am pleased to share these updates with you.


Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
UCSF Department of Surgery

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