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Bariatric Surgery Decreases Risk of Uterine Cancer
March 24, 2014
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center report that bariatric surgery resulting in dramatic weight loss in formerly severely obese women reduces the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer by 7... (More)

Mother Delivers Baby, Develops Heart Disease
March 11, 2014
Three weeks after delivering her first child, Amanda began to suffer from extreme fatigue, headaches, a tight chest and stomach pain. An initial diagnosis of pneumonia changed for the worse: Amanda was experiencing heart failure. The 28-year-old’s l... (More)

California’s First MRI-Guided Laser Treatment for Brain Cancer
February 24, 2014
Using a novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided laser technology, neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System have successfully treated a malignant tumor deep inside a patient’s brain. This is the first time that this FDA-approved laser-based ... (More)

Improving Knee Replacements
February 18, 2014
Each year, approximately 600,000 total knee replacement procedures are performed in the United States, a number that is expected to rise exponentially in the next decade as the population ages. Successful surgeries require precise alignment in the k... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Top Ranked by Healthgrades
January 29, 2014
UC San Diego Health System is a recipient of Healthgrades’ “Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.” Top performing hospitals were selected based on clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care in specialty areas such as cardiac... (More)

Nationwide Minimally Invasive Surgery Rates Triple for Pancreatic Disease
January 15, 2014
Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report a three-fold increase in the use of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) across the nation for patients with pancreatic disease.  Although adaptation of MIS for this difficult-... (More)

Football Fans Team Up for Organ Match
January 08, 2014
Random stadium seat assignment leads to lifesaving transplant surgery In October 2013, Louis Munoz donated one of his kidneys to William Lynch. The organ match would not have occurred without a bit of serendipity and a big love of football. Munoz a... (More)

California's First Robotically Assisted Coronary Stenting Procedure Performed at UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center
December 20, 2013
Technology Improves Accuracy of Device Placement and Patient Outcomes The interventional cardiology team led by Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FACC, at UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (SCVC) has successfully completed the first two robotically-as... (More)

UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Among Nation’s Best
December 19, 2013
Named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs”  UC San Diego Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center (SCVC) has been featured in the latest Becker’s Hospital Review list of “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.” Hosp... (More)

Brain Surgeons Go with the Flow
November 21, 2013
Water-Based Imaging Technique Maps Brain Neurons Prior to Surgery Neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System are using a new approach to visualize the brain’s delicate anatomy prior to surgery. The novel technique allows neurosurgeons to see the b... (More)

Enzyme Restores Function with Diabetic Kidney Disease
October 25, 2013
Mouse findings reverse prevailing theory; point to potential treatment options Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine say that, while a prevailing theory suggests elevated cellular levels of glucose ultimately res... (More)

UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center Reaches Construction Milestone
October 24, 2013
Major challenge gift announced at “Topping Out” ceremony today The University of California, San Diego today celebrated the “topping out” of UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, the largest hospital project in southern California.  UC San Diego Chan... (More)

3,000th Lifesaving Heart & Lung Surgery at UC San Diego Health System
October 16, 2013
Lowest Mortality Worldwide, Most Patients Treated, Heart-Stopping Procedure Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System have performed their 3,000th pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE), a lifesaving surgery to clear the lung’s arteries of scar-like ti... (More)

Robotic Surgery Program Expands at UC San Diego Health System to Treat Stomach Cancer
October 02, 2013
Surgeons at UC San Diego Health System have performed the region’s first robotic gastrectomy, a potentially lifesaving procedure to remove a section of the stomach after a diagnosis of gastric cancer. Aided by a da Vinci robot, surgeons remove the d... (More)

Cancer Cells Propagated from Early Prostate Cancer
September 25, 2013
Cancer cells present at the outset of prostate cancer diagnosis may have implications for earlier treatment and better outcomes  A team of cancer researchers at the University of California, San Diego has identified the existence of precursor cell... (More)

UC San Diego Health System “Top Docs” Honored Locally
September 18, 2013
144 UC San Diego Physicians Named Best Doctors in Region More than 140 physicians from UC San Diego Health System were named “Top Docs” in the annual San Diego Magazine “Physicians of Exceptional Excellence” annual survey. These physicians represe... (More)

Clinical Trial Evaluates New Minimally Invasive Rectal Cancer Surgery
August 15, 2013
Surgeons at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are evaluating a new, combined surgery technique to remove cancerous tumors from the rectum. The hybrid technique uses the body’s natural opening to remove malignancies and disea... (More)

Southern California’s First Real-Time MRI-Guided Gene Therapy for Brain Cancer at UC San Diego Health System
August 06, 2013
Clinical trial advances Toca 511 gene therapy with precise drug delivery Neurosurgeons at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center are among the first in the world to utilize real-time magneti... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Ranks #1
July 16, 2013
US News & World Report Ranks UC San Diego Among Nation’s Best Health Care Providers UC San Diego Health System is once again ranked among the nation’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue. The magazine... (More)

Stem Cell Injections Improve Spinal Injuries in Rats
May 28, 2013
An international team led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine reports that a single injection of human neural stem cells produced neuronal regeneration and improvement of function and mobility in rats impaire... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Receives National Achievement Award for Cancer Program
May 01, 2013
American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer Recognizes Quality Care UC San Diego Health System is a recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Seventy-nine cancer care pro... (More)

Women’s Wellness Day, Free to the Public on Saturday, April 13
March 28, 2013
On Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., UC San Diego Health System is hosting an interactive conference in La Jolla, focused on women’s health.  The event is free and open to the public. Fifteen leading experts will host insightful talks on ... (More)

Kidney Sparing Surgery Underutilized for Patients Who Need It Most
March 25, 2013
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have released study results that show national treatment trends in the surgical management of patients with kidney disease. The study found that partial and complete kidney re... (More)

New Imaging Agent Enables Better Cancer Detection, More Accurate Staging
March 20, 2013
Drug Designed and Developed at UC San Diego School of Medicine Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown that a new imaging dye, designed and developed at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, is an effective... (More)

UC San Diego Health System Listed among Nation’s Top Neurosurgery and Spine Programs
March 15, 2013
University of California, San Diego Health System has been named among “100 Hospitals with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs” by Becker's Hospital Review, a news publication for hospital and health system leadership. According to the Becker's ... (More)