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

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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