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Recent News & Highlights

Fall 2014 Frontiers of Medicine
The Fall 2014 Issue of the Department of Medicine newsletter, Frontiers of Medicine, is now online.
CDC teaches crash course for health care workers headed to hot zone
Phuoc Le was interviewed about his three-day CDC training course on treating Ebola. Watch the interview on CNN.
Wireless Implant Allows Doctors to Monitor UCSF Heart Patient at Home
UCSF is the first health institution in the western United States with the new CardioMEMS. You can watch the KPIX-TV news segment featuring Dr. Liviu Klein, Assistant Professor of Cardiology and Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support and Heart Failure Device Program.
Tseng Receives Funding to Study HIV/AIDS, Sudden Cardiac Death
Zian H. Tseng received a four-year $2.14 million grant from the NIH to expand on his research of people with HIV/AIDS and their increased risk of sudden cardiac death.
2014 Strategic Planning Retreat

The fifth annual Strategic Planning Retreat was held on October 10th. The retreat featured TED-like talks from six of our talented faculty members. Their TED-like talks will be available for viewing in mid-November.

Robert Wachter Named Top Influencer
Robert Wachter has been named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare due to his "strength of ideas and ability to influence the way people think about important issues in healthcare."
Bay Area Must Invest in Health Services for Older Adults
"So the problem isn't what we do have here in the Bay Area, it's what we lack: health care and philanthropic giants focused on the segment of our population that does routinely need medical care: older adults," wrote Louise Aronson.
Bone Drugs May Not Protect Osteoporotic Women from Breast Cancer
"Women should not take these drugs thinking they will protect them from breast cancer," said Co-Author Steven Cummings.
Progress Since 2013 Strategic Retreat
Progress has been made since the 2013 Strategic Planning Retreat in three major project areas: decreasing the clinical care delivery burden, increasing leadership opportunities in the DOM and making virtual meetings easier.
Personalized Medicine for Kidney Transplant Recipients
Flavio Vincenti is the principal investigator in a new seven-year, $17 million multicenter study funded by the NIH to determine if certain immune system cells and/or a drug now used for treating rheumatoid arthritis can be effective in improving and maintaining the long-term health of kidney transplant recipients.
Theater Program Helps Women Disclose HIV Status
Edward Machtinger partnered with the Medea Project to help HIV-positive women improve their support network and overall quality of life through an act of expressive therapy - creating and performing theater productions which propelled them to disclose their HIV status to family and friends.
Fourth Quality & Safety Symposium
DOM hosted its 4th Quality & Safety Symposium that highlighted 62 improvement projects from across our clinical campuses.
UCSF Fresno Quality Improvement Forum
UCSF Fresno held its 2nd annual Quality Improvement Forum on June 5, 2014. There were 16 posters presented with 11 of the posters from the Department of Medicine.
Faster DNA Sleuthing Saves Child
UCSF Department of Medicine faculty member, former resident and fellow show value of “Next-Generation Sequencing” in diagnosing infection.
Harvey V. Fineberg
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, MPP, the president of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), will join DOM during his yearlong appointment as a Presidential Chair beginning in September 2014.
New Chief Residents
DOM welcomes the 2014-2015 Chief Residents: Tim Poore, Susie Wlodarczyk, Lekshmi Santhosh, Sarah Schaeffer, Meredith Lora, Suzanne Sharpton, Shilpa Shah and Dave Margolius.
Advances in Prostate Cancer Treatment, Immunotherapy
A new study, with UCSF authors Lawrence Fong and Yafei Hou, sheds light on why cancer immunotherapies work and why some patients respond to treatment while others don’t.
Researchers Drive Major Progress in Lung Disease
Researchers, including Talmadge E. King, Jr., Harold R. Collard, Michael Matthay, Kathleen D. Liu, Carolyn Calfee, Stephen C. Lazarus and Prescott G. Woodruff played major roles in five significant multicenter studies of lung disease recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
June 2014 DOM Faculty Diversity Retreat
The senior leadership of the DOM met on June 27, 2014 to discuss the department’s interest in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority faculty. Speakers will include J. Renee Navarro, UCSF Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Outreach.
Another Successful Year for UCSF Department of Medicine Residency Match
On Match Day, Friday, March 21st, the UCSF DOM residency community received the exciting news of our incoming intern class. We continue to draw broadly from around the country; in all, 33 different medical schools are represented in the incoming class.
UCSF Palliative Home Care Practice Featured in NYT
Dr. Steven Pantilat is featured in this article on the benefits of palliative care home visits.
Spring 2014 Issue of Frontiers of Medicine
This issue features innovations in Geriatrics to meet the needs of an aging population. It also highlights the UCSF Palliative Care Program.
Gandjei Memorial
View the The Reza K. Gandjei Memorial lecture, given by the UCSF Presidential Chair, Wylie Burke.
Dr. Engleman, at 102, has no plans to retire
Dr. Ephraim Engleman, arthritis expert still working at UCSF, turns 103 on March 24. He is also profiled by KTVU: Article Video
Dept of Medicine Residency Program Ranked Highly
A Doximity/U.S. News survey on internal medicine residency programs rates UCSF internal medicine residency top program in the West and #4 nationwide. It was ranked #2 by internal medicine residency program directors and #1 by practicing general internists.
We Are Giving Ourselves Cancer
Cardiologist Rita Redberg writes that CT scans may not only be an overused test but may be a cause for increasing cancer rates.
eReferral/eConsult newsletter
The first edition of eReferral/eConsult newsletter introduces new members of the team, provides an update on our performance metrics and highlights great e-consult summaries.
Getting to Zero in San Francisco
Commemorating World AIDS Day, HIV experts and educators gathered at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center to give an update on the fight against the once-menacing virus.
S.F. program pushes immediate HIV treatment
A San Francisco program to get people newly diagnosed with HIV infection immediately into treatment the same day of testing positive.
The Oral Patient Presentation in the Era of Night Float Admissions
Credit and Critique in the Journal of the Americn Medical Association (JAMA) by Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD and Karen E. Hauer, MD.
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