Summer 2013

Message from the Chair

In the era of health care reform, it is more important than ever that clinicians at leading institutions implement evidence-based improvements in care and prevention that restore patients' lives and ease the financial burden on our entire health care system.

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Advantages of Direct Anterior Approach to Total Hip Replacement

A combination of technical advances in surgical instrumentation and proper training has renewed interest in the direct anterior approach to hip arthroplasty, which can achieve comparable long-term outcomes to other surgical approaches, while potentially facilitating faster return to function by minimizing soft-tissue injury and anatomic disruption.

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Collaborating to Bring Exemplary Orthopaedic Care to the East Bay

A collaboration between UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland has increased access to comprehensive orthopaedic services for children throughout the East Bay.

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Investigating Innovative Ways to Restore the Lives of Orthopaedic Cancer Patients

Emerging tools and knowledge are enabling orthopaedic oncologists not just to save the lives of patients with bone cancer or soft-tissue sarcoma, but to restore the quality of these people's lives and dramatically reduce long-term complications.

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Advances Enable Increase in Outpatient Spine Procedures

By leveraging surgical and technological advances — as well as collaborating with pain management experts — surgeons from the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery have dramatically increased the number of minimally invasive outpatient spine surgeries they complete at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay.

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Optimizing Bone Health Across the Life Span

Many skeletal health problems are preventable if physicians are more attentive to maintaining patients' bone health across their life spans. Combining awareness with sophisticated bone-imaging techniques, premier lab and bone biopsy capabilities, and innovative devices for safe postsurgical mobilization can help clinicians better prevent, diagnose, treat and educate patients about skeletal health concerns.

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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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