News from UC Davis Health System
August 26, 2016
Hmong Americans are more likely to understand the importance of colorectal cancer screening and to get screened when they’re provided information by specially trained Hmong lay health educators, new research from UC Davis has found.
August 23, 2016
Physicians from Children’s Hospital of Michigan, UC Davis Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital, in collaboration with 19 other pediatric emergency departments around the country, have established a “proof of principle” for measuring patterns of ribonucleic acid (RNA) expression in the bloodstream that can enable clinicians to distinguish bacterial infections from other causes of fever in infants up to two months old.
August 22, 2016
Becker’s Hospital Review has named UC Davis Health System one of 100 in the country with “great oncology programs.”
August 12, 2016
Jeffery Wajda has been appointed as the chief medical information officer of UC Davis Medical Center, the first physician to formally have that title.
August 11, 2016
Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates in California have decreased markedly for men and women in all major racial-ethnic groups since 1990, except for Hispanic men. Colorectal cancer rates for Hispanic men have remained relatively the same, a disparity that can be improved by greater screening, a study of colorectal cancer trends from the UC Davis Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) finds.
August 9, 2016
To better serve its patients, UC Davis Medical Group has merged its midtown outpatient services in Sacramento and some pediatrics care services into a larger, nearby facility on Folsom Boulevard.
August 1, 2016
U.S. News & World Report, which annually recognizes hospitals that excel in treating patients with serious and challenging injuries and illnesses, has again ranked UC Davis Medical Center as one of the nation's best hospitals.
August 1, 2016
Regina Gandour-Edwards, a UC Davis surgical pathologist with expertise in diagnosing genitourinary tumors such as prostate and bladder cancer and training the next generation of physicians, is one of 14 specialists participating in an innovative telepathology program that is giving patients in underserved areas of sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti access to rapid cancer diagnostics, care and treatment.
July 29, 2016
Hibbard E. Williams, an endocrinologist and internationally respected expert on kidney stone disease who served as UC Davis School of Medicine’s second dean from 1980 through 1992, died in his home in Davis July 26 after a battle with Lewy Body Disease. He was 83.
July 22, 2016
Cardiologists at UC Davis Health System have treated the first patient in Northern California with a new bioresorbable stent. The Absorb vascular scaffold works like a traditional metal stent in opening vessels clogged by fatty deposits. Instead of remaining in the vessel for a lifetime, however, it is made of material similar to dissolving sutures and disappears within three years.
July 6, 2016
For the sixth time in as many years, the UC Davis Medical Center has earned the “Most Wired” designation as one of the nation’s top leaders in information technology.
June 29, 2016
Ralph de Vere White, who steps down this week after a 32-year career at UC Davis Health System, has been honored with an educational endowment in his name.
June 21, 2016
UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Reportamong the nation’s top hospitals in five pediatric subspecialties. UC Davis ranked 19th in neonatology, 29th in diabetes and endocrinology and 43rd in nephrology. UC Davis Children's Hospital also ranked 32nd in urology and 38th in orthopaedics, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California
Risk of autism with intellectual disability linked with maternal immune dysfunction during pregnancy
June 7, 2016
Pregnant women with higher levels of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines, proteins that control communication between cells of the immune system, may be at significantly greater risk of having a child with autism combined with intellectual disability, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute have found.
May 31, 2016
Ralph de Vere White, a beloved urologist and acclaimed researcher who led the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer to designation by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), steps down as its long-time director on June 29.
May 26, 2016
UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for using evidence-based guidelines that improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.
May 18, 2016
Voltage-gated calcium channels open in unison, rather than independently, to allow calcium ions into and activate excitable cells such as neurons and muscle cells, researchers with UC Davis Health System and the University of Washington have found.
May 18, 2016
Kwan L. Ng, assistant professor and director of vascular neurology at UC Davis Health System, has been named director of the UC Davis Stroke Center.
May 17, 2016
Update posted on May 17, 2016: Officer Ericson's condition has been upgraded to good.
May 9, 2016
For its “strong foundation of high-quality care, stellar credentials and a focus on doing what is right for the patients in its community,” UC Davis Medical Center has for the second year in a row been named one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review.
May 5, 2016
A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are considered legally blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email, newspaper article, menu or page in a book, a study by researchers with UC Davis Health System.
May 4, 2016
Three UC Davis Health System teams have been selected from among 54 highly competitive proposals to receive awards to develop innovative information technology solutions in human health care from the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society — CITRIS — a collaboration of the UC campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz. The grants are awarded in collaboration with the Banatao Institute founded by high-tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Dado Banatao.
May 3, 2016
Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for cancer but for autism as well, an extensive assessment by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute and Comprehensive Cancer Center has found.
April 28, 2016
Brad Simmons has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of UC Davis Medical Center.
April 26, 2016
The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog group that includes some of the country’s largest employers and health-care purchasers, has again awarded UC Davis Medical Center an “A” on its most recent Hospital Safety Score.l
April 26, 2016
“There’s an app for that.” The phrase is so ubiquitous it’s a meme, and trademarked by Apple Inc.
April 20, 2016
Linda Farkas, a surgeon and expert in hereditary cancers, has joined UC Davis Health System as a professor of surgery and chief of the newly created Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
April 11, 2016
UC Davis researchers have shown that radiation therapy following surgery benefits older patients more than their younger counterparts, a surprising finding that could change the way some patients are treated for soft tissue sarcomas (STS).
April 7, 2016
UC Davis Health System's weekly farmers market returns on April 23, resuming its effort to expand access to fresh, healthy food in the community.
March 30, 2016
A large study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute has found that a gene whose role is to suppress cellular damage from environmental stressors is nearly twice as likely to be defective in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and that the deficit is also present in their fathers.
March 29, 2016
A project at all five University of California medical centers, led by Gregory Maynard, Chief Quality Officer for UC Davis Medical Center, is a winner of the 2015 CDC Healthcare-Associated Venous Thromboembolism (HA-VTE) Prevention Challenge.
March 28, 2016
A large, multicenter study led by the UC Davis School of Medicine for the first time has shown that people as young as their 40s have stiffening of the arteries that is associated with subtle structural damage to the brain that is implicated in cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
March 24, 2016
Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to Hispanics with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias at higher rates than non-Hispanic whites, for dementia-related mental-health symptoms such as depression, anxiety and aggression, a UC Davis study conducted using data from a large and diverse population of elderly dementia patients has found.
March 21, 2016
New UC Davis Health System research shows that physicians can quickly and easily use a directed communication approach known as SEE IT (or Self-Efficacy Enhancing Interviewing Techniques) that is designed to boost patient confidence in managing chronic disease symptoms and increase the likelihood that they will make healthy changes that improve outcomes.
March 11, 2016
Visitors to the UC Davis MIND Institute’s Massie Family Clinic are now met with a wall of vibrant colors and whimsical designs in ceramic tile, a creation of The Mural Project, which combined the talents of three professional artists and artists with developmental disabilities from the Short Centers.
March 10, 2016
UC Davis Eye Center and the Center for Vision Sciences. These gifts make Tschannen (pronounced CHAN-nen) the largest individual donor to UC Davis in the university’s 108-year history.
March 9, 2016
UC Davis Children’s hospital pediatric patients celebrated Dr. Seuss’ 112th birthday with green eggs and ham, Dr. Seuss stories, birthday cake and a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat.
March 3, 2016
When UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center surgeons faced a complex patient case in January, they consulted with cardiologists, pediatric intensive care unit physicians, radiologists, and, for the first time, biomedical engineers, who brought a new technology into the picture: three-dimensional printers. This new technology successfully created a model of a patient’s complex heart anatomy.
March 2, 2016
The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) has elected Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, professor of internal medicine and founding director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, to its board of directors.
February 26, 2016
UC Davis cardiologists completed their 100th MitraClip case on Feb. 24, a milestone achieved by just a handful of hospitals nationwide. UC Davis Medical Center is the first to reach this mark in the Sacramento region.
February 22, 2016
UC Davis’ Center for Virtual Care has been reaccredited once again, as a Comprehensive Education Institute by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
February 22, 2016
UC Davis’ Pain Medicine Fellowship Program has been recognized by the American Academy of Pain Medicine for excellence in clinical care, training and research opportunities.
February 12, 2016
Samuel T. Hwang, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience as a physician scientist investigating immunological diseases of the skin, has been named chair of the UC Davis Department of Dermatology.
February 1, 2016
Melissa Barnett, principal optometrist at the UC Davis Eye Center, is the new president of the Scleral Lens Education Society, an international organization that teaches practitioners the science and art of prescribing scleral contact lenses and supports public education.
January 15, 2016
UC Davis investigators have found that telecommunication systems that provide remote monitoring and access to specialty care in intensive care units (ICUs) are cost-effective in most cases and can even be cost-saving in certain circumstances, making this intervention potentially economically favorable compared with other health-care services.
Women recognize UC Davis as one of America's best hospitals for bariatric surgery, cancer and heart care
January 8, 2016
UC Davis Medical Center has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s best hospitals for bariatric surgery, cancer and heart care.
December 23, 2015
Buster Halcomb was just 5, a scruffy shoeshine boy in a billiard hall in Cumberland, Ky., when three men approached with packs of “tailor-made” cigarettes.
December 22, 2015
UC Davis Medical Center has earned certification from The Joint Commission for its left ventricular assist device (LVAD) program, which offers a technological approach to treating advanced heart failure.
December 2, 2015
For the fourth consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been named to Leapfrog’s annual list of Top Hospitals, a respected recognition that showcases UC Davis’ commitment to providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike.
November 17, 2015
The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at UC Davis Health System has been certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for leadership in improving health and quality of life for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung diseases.
November 5, 2015
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization, has again named UC Davis Medical Center a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in its annual Healthcare Equality Index report.
November 4, 2015
Gregory Hickok, founder and director, Center for Language Science, UC Irvine, will discuss “The functional anatomy of language: four things you need to know,” during the December UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.
November 4, 2015
In recognition of its success in preventing hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, UC Davis Medical Center has received a Performance Excellence Award from the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC).
November 4, 2015
Karen Kelly, associate director for clinical research at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named chair of the Lung Committee of SWOG, one of the nation’s leading cooperative cancer research organizations.
October 28, 2015
During this month’s World Burn Congress in Indianapolis, the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors honored David Greenhalgh, professor and chief of burn surgery at UC Davis Medical Center, with its Breslau Award.
October 28, 2015
The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog group that includes some of the country’s largest employers and health-care purchasers, has again awarded UC Davis Medical Center an “A” on its most recent Hospital Safety Score, released today.
October 28, 2015
David Shatz, a trauma surgeon at UC Davis Medical Center, has been selected as the EMS Medical Director of the Year by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority.
October 22, 2015
John D. McPherson, a basic scientist whose work contributed significantly to the sequencing of the human genome, has assumed the role of associate director, basic sciences at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and holds the Auburn Community Cancer Endowed Chair in Basic Science.
October 19, 2015
The UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in echocardiology in the areas of pediatric transesophageal, pediatric transthoracic and fetal.
October 16, 2015
UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as one of the “Most Connected Hospitals” for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News list recognizes hospitals whose excellence in patient safety, patient engagement and clinical connectedness improves patient care. The distinction was given to only 159 hospitals around the country, including just 10 in California.
October 15, 2015
The UC Davis Medical Center care team for U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone today has released him from the hospital where he had been treated since Oct. 8.
October 12, 2015
Once again, UC Davis Medical Center has been selected as a Consumer Choice Award winner by National Research Corporation (NRC).
October 7, 2015
A new bilingual website sensitive to Hispanic/Latino cultural needs increases knowledge about living kidney donation and transplantation beyond standard education provided by transplant centers, a new study published Oct. 7 in the journal Transplantation has found. [en español]
October 6, 2015
A UC Davis research team has been awarded $15.5 million to build the world’s first total-body positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, which could fundamentally change the way cancers are tracked and treated and put the university on the nation’s leading edge of molecular imaging.
October 5, 2015
Concussions — occurring from impacts to the head on the sports field, battlefield, or in an automobile or other accident — are the subject of a two-hour event featuring a multidisciplinary group of UC Davis physicians conducting leading-edge research to identify and treat traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their long-term aftermath, dementia.
September 25, 2015
UC Davis Health System researchers have received a four-year, $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use a technology-based approach to help prevent suicide among those most at risk: middle-aged men.
September 15, 2015
The UC Davis Children’s Hospital was recently accepted as one of eight pediatric centers in the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s ICU Liberation Collaborative.
September 15, 2015
The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined a unique new collaboration to accelerate the development of precision cancer treatment through the collection and sharing of genomics data
September 14, 2015
Vitamin D insufficiency among the elderly is highly correlated with accelerated cognitive decline and impaired performance, particularly in domains such as memory loss that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Rutgers University have found. [en español] [中文 Chinese]
September 11, 2015
The UC Davis Vascular Center’s vein program has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for the evaluation and treatment of venous disorders.
September 9, 2015
Children undergoing cancer treatment at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center take center stage in a series of specially created videos aimed at helping families cope with a new diagnosis, through their treatment journey and into survivorship.
September 8, 2015
Clostridium difficile is a common cause of infection and diarrhea in hospitalized patients, but a new study by UC Davis pathologists suggests that many patients are mistakenly diagnosed and do not need antibiotic treatment.
September 4, 2015
Ten teams representing multiple locations across the University of California won 2015 Larry L. Sautter Awards during ceremonies at the recent UC Computing Services Conference in Riverside.