Summer 2012

Message from the Chair

The more we coordinate care along the entire continuum – from the research bench to primary and specialty care and, ultimately, to patient's homes and communities – the better our chances to improve patient's lives.

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Choosing Minimally Invasive Procedures for Hip Damage

Advances in our understanding of smaller intra-articular injuries to the hip enable surgeons to offer patients a greater variety of treatment options, from hip arthroscopy to any open procedure and hip replacement.

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Community Collaborations Expand Access to Care

Innovative collaborations between the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and its surrounding communities expand access and options for evidence-based treatment of orthopaedic injuries.

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Improved Healing Techniques for Severed Tendons

Despite extraordinary advances in most hand and wrist surgery, surgeries for severed tendons involve a tension between time needed to heal and the risk of scarring, which can impede a return to full function. UCSF hand surgeon Mohana Amirtharajah has embarked on research to find new ways to improve healing.

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Mending and Preventing Pediatric Injuries

Building the level of trust needed to properly conduct a pediatric orthopaedic exam and provide appropriate treatment, while also getting the child to recognize his or her role in healing, demands an all-too-rare combination of skills

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Easing Referrals for Complex Trauma Patients

The Orthopaedic Trauma Service at UCSF Medical Center makes it easier for referring physicians to speed acute-to-acute transfers for complex trauma patients. Once there, patients have access to a multidisciplinary team that includes orthopaedic, general, neuro and plastic surgeons, along with physician assistants and nurse practitioners specially trained in trauma care.

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CME Courses

Information on upcoming continuing medical education courses is available online.

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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

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

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