Winter 2012

Editorial — A Relentless Quest to Improve Neurological Care

Neurologists and neurosurgeons at UCSF Medical Center vigorously pursue more timely diagnoses and treatments, more precise procedures and evidence-based treatment alternatives in a compassionate quest to provide hope for all patients facing neurological challenges.

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Neurohospitalists Enhance Patient Outcomes

There is increasing evidence that the 24/7 presence of dedicated neurohospitalists can improve treatment of patients with neurological disorders or those who are at risk for one.

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Choosing the Right Approach for Cerebrovascular Patients

As vascular surgical techniques evolve, experience with the toughest surgical challenges and research on the corresponding outcomes help clarify the best techniques for each particular condition and patient.

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Beyond Primary Stroke Care

Building on UCSF Medical Center's recent recertification as a primary stroke center, UCSF neurologists have joined a nationwide effort to define an even higher standard of care that would earn certification as a comprehensive stroke center.

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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Extends Its Reach

Advances in stereotactic radiosurgery are enabling experts to treat larger lesions or those in more sensitive locations than could be treated before, as well as tumors in the paranasal sinuses, orbits and upper cervical spine.

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Timely Diagnoses Improve Outcomes for Rapidly Progressive Dementia

Use of a frequently updated diagnostic algorithm helps experts at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center quickly ascertain the cause of rapidly progressive dementia (RPD) and improve the quality of life for patients with non-prion RPD.

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Continuing Medical Education

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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Physician Liaison Service

Phone: (800) 444-2559
Fax: (415) 353-4395

The Physician Liaison Service offers a communication link and referral coordination for referring physicians, medical groups and health plans. For additional assistance in the referral process or information about programs and services at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco, please call the Physician Liaison Service or visit

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

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