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Lung cancer patients who have surgery live longer

June 7, 2016

Patients with late-stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have surgery have better survival rates than those who don’t, but fewer of these patients are undergoing surgery, UC Davis researchers have found.

Farmer inducted as president of American Pediatric Surgical Association

June 1, 2016

Internationally renowned fetal and neonatal surgeon Diana Farmer was inducted for a one-year term as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association during the organization’s annual meeting held May 15-17 in San Diego.

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De Vere White to step down as long-time UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center director

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.

Miglioretti awarded $7.5 million to evaluate supplemental breast imaging

May 25, 2016

Diana Miglioretti, UC Davis dean’s professor of biostatistics and an internationally recognized breast cancer screening expert, has received $7.5 million to determine the effectiveness of two supplemental breast screening and diagnostic workup strategies -- digital breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) -- used with mammography for cancer detection. Miglioretti’s team also will work to determine whether effectiveness of the screening strategies depends on a woman’s breast density.

National Cancer Institute re-designates the cancer center

May 17, 2016

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has re-designated the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center “comprehensive,” meaning that it meets stringent criteria in the areas of laboratory, clinical and population-based research, professional and public education and in the dissemination of clinical and public advances to the communities it serves.

General surgery resident receives Fulbright grant

May 6, 2016

Laura Goodman, a general surgery resident at UC Davis, has received a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study the surgical needs of children in Mongolia. This will be Goodman’s second time living and working in Mongolia. It was there that she first decided to become a doctor while volunteering as an English teacher through the Peace Corps.

High school artists honored for encouraging organ and tissue donation

May 3, 2016

Sacramento area high school students were honored Friday with cash awards for their winning entries in the 2nd annual “Donate Life Visual Arts Contest” sponsored by the UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services. Contest participants created posters or videos to encourage their peers to say “yes” to organ and tissue donation when applying for California identification cards or driver’s licenses.

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UC Davis expands surgical care for lower GI diseases

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.

Radiation improves survival in older patients with soft tissue sarcomas

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).

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3-D heart model assists UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center surgeons

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.

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Burn center team recognized as local heroes by the Red Cross

January 22, 2016

The Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis was among the honorees today at the 15th Annual Red Cross Hero Recognition event that paid tribute to community members who took action to help others and show extraordinary human compassion during times of crisis.

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.

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Left ventricular assist device program at UC Davis receives certification

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.

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Shatz selected as EMS Medical Director of the Year

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.

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UC Davis Vascular Center receives accreditation for vein procedures

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.

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Using kidneys from very small donors for transplant is safer than expected

August 10, 2015

Kidneys transplanted from infants who died of birth-related or other complications are less likely to fail due to a post-surgical vascular complication known as graft arterial stenosis (GAS) than kidneys from deceased adults, resesarchers have found.

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UC Davis awards new technology grants to health system researchers

July 29, 2015

UC Davis Health System investigators are among the winners of this year’s Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR) grants for research projects with commercial feasibility.

UC Davis trauma center re-verified as level I by the American College of Surgeons

July 28, 2015

The trauma center at UC Davis has been re-verified as level 1 by the American College of Surgeons, making it one of only three trauma centers in California with level I verification in both pediatric and adult trauma care.