Fall 2006

Message from the Chair

Acting Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Theodore Miclau, M.D., looks back on a highly productive year. Clinical, research and educational programs continued to flourish.

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Surgeon's Work Earns Humanitarian Award

UCSF orthopaedic surgeon Richard Coughlin, M.D., spent more than two decades bringing his skills to underserved people around the world. This year, the foot and ankle and trauma specialist at San Francisco General Hospital was recognized for this work by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Coughlin was honored with the 2006 Humanitarian Award.

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UCSF Study Leads to Medicare Coding Changes

UCSF orthopaedic surgeon Kevin Bozic, M.D., M.B.A., and his colleagues conducted research on whether the way joint replacements are coded and reimbursed accurately reflects the cost and complexity of the surgeries. Their research won a national award and convinced federal authorities to change the way TJR surgeries are classified.

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Outcomes: The Tough Job of Finding What Works

UCSF is one of the top centers for orthopaedic outcomes studies. UCSF researchers view the assessment of clinical outcomes as essential to improving orthopaedic care.

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UCSF Builds Foot and Ankle Clinic

Orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Pinney, M.D., has taken the lead in building a strong foot and ankle clinic at UCSF and hopes to use the program to advance the state of knowledge in the field.

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Orthopaedic Surgeons Tour U.S. and Canada

Five North American orthopaedic surgeons, including UCSF's Kevin J. Bozic, M.D., M.B.A., spent four and a half weeks touring orthopaedic surgery programs across the continent as part of the North American Traveling Fellowship program.

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New Department Faculty

Tamara N. Alliston, Ph.D., was appointed assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Her research focuses on the molecular basis of arthritis and the molecular pathways that control the growth and differentiation of skeletal tissues.

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CME Courses

See information on upcoming continuing medical education courses.

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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