Summer 2012

Letter From the Chair - Inside Surgery Summer 2012

Dr. Nancy Ascherger

Dr. Nancy Ascher

This issue of Inside Surgery describes several exciting developments that are advancing our ability to provide outstanding care for a range of patients. The new Hepatobiliary Service, under the direction of Carlos Corvera, M.D., provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with liver and bile duct disease. The service offers a range of advanced laparoscopic liver procedures as well as expert treatment for patients with bile duct disease. The Hepatobiliary Service also offers a coordinated, patient-centered approach for perioperative care.

Quan-Yang Duh, M.D., leads the section of Endocrine Surgery that provides multidisciplinary, minimally invasive care for patients with a range of malignant and benign diseases affecting the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. The surgical team has particular expertise in performing challenging procedures for recurrence of conditions such as thyroid cancer and hyperparathyroidism.

The UCSF Department of Surgery faculty not only provide exceptional surgical and perioperative care, but also lead many research initiatives to uncover the etiology of disease and develop better therapies. This issue offers an overview of the department’s clinical and research endeavors.

This issue also highlights San Francisco General Hospital's Wraparound Project, founded and directed by trauma surgeon Rochelle Dicker, M.D. This innovative hospital-based violence prevention program has reduced the reinjury rate among participants from 16 percent to 4 percent, reducing mortality and helping victims of violence turn their lives around.

Finally, I am very proud to note that many of our surgeons have recently been recognized by two external publications as among the best in their fields. In its most recent survey, U.S. News & World Report, in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., included 25 surgeons in the UCSF Department of Surgery on the list of U.S. News Top Doctors. The list, compiled from a peer nomination process, recognizes doctors determined to be in the top 10 percent in their region.

Within this list of best surgeons, 15 of the 25 UCSF surgeons have been named to a highly selective list of America's Top Doctors. They were deemed, in Castle Connolly's estimation, to be among the top 1 percent in the nation in his or her specialty.

The 25 UCSF U.S. News Top Doctors are listed in this issue. Those who also were recognized among "America's Top Doctors" are denoted by an asterisk. The full listings can be found on the U.S. News & World Report website.

Also, Marin Magazine recognized a number of our faculty in its "(415] Top Doctors" list, compiled from a peer-to-peer poll. The full online listing is available at

It is an honor to work with so many outstanding surgeons in providing exceptional care to our patients.

I am pleased to share these updates with you.


Nancy L. Ascher, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
Isis Distinguished Professor in Transplantation
Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor in Surgery


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