Summer 2005

Chair's Message

I have been privileged to serve as interim chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for the last year and have found it most interesting and rewarding. We've witnessed exciting growth as a department, hiring new clinical faculty and additional researchers, and have continued to successfully recruit the top residents in the country.

Several areas of program growth are the focus of articles within this newsletter, which we have redesigned to make more informative and attractive. Specifically, this new version of Orthopaedic Surgery News carries stories that are intended for a physician audience rather than the general reader and the design has been upgraded to better fit the content.

We continued to recruit talented young faculty — spine surgeon Shane Burch, M.D., and hand and trauma surgeon Milan Sen, M.D., will be joining our faculty this summer. Bolstering the clinical and research faculties has in turn allowed UCSF to continue a tradition of high-quality orthopaedic research in both the clinical and basic sciences. We've also worked to improve collaboration across specialties, which benefits patients and doctors alike.

One example of this cross-disciplinary clinical implementation is the Spine Center, which has been open just over a year. The Spine Center team includes orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, physiatrists, radiologists, nurses and pain specialists. Having all of these specialists collaborating improves the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric spinal disorders, including the most complex spine surgery cases. This also was the year that we opened the Arthritis Center, where orthopaedic surgeons and rheumatologists work side by side. Likewise, this has benefited patients in the improved continuity of care and more individualized decision-making.

Very soon, Dr. Theodore Miclau will take over as interim chair of the department. I have no doubt that the coming year will be just as exciting with many more initiatives and findings that improve the practice of orthopaedic care.

Serena Hu, M.D.
Professor and Interim Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Related Information

News Releases

UCSF One of Top in NIH Research Funding
UCSF was the fourth largest recipient of National Institutes of Health research funding in 2004, receiving a total $438.8 million in the nationally competitive process. The orthopaedics department ranked No. 10 nationally in research grants.

Gold Nanoparticles for Cancer Detection
Binding gold nanoparticles to a specific antibody for cancer cells could make cancer detection easier, say UCSF researchers.