Our patients inspire the UC Davis team to push the boundaries of health care every day.

To read their stories and learn more about the expertise offered at the region's only academic medical center, explore the links below. (On mobile phones, click a name and scroll down).

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Ollie and Vernie Doolittle © UC RegentsOllie Doolittle helps UC Davis neurology researchers learn more about the aging brain.

Taking a swing at Alzheimer's

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center

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Azadeh Afkhami © UC RegentsAzadeh Afkhami embraces her grueling past as a cancer patient to help other young people facing similar challenges.

Giving back as a cancer survivor

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Crystal Ching © UC RegentsAfter her own surprising experience with narrowed arteries, Crystal Ching helps educate others about the subtle, unique symptoms of heart disease in women.

Taking steps to beat heart disease

UC Davis Women's Cardiovascular Medicine Program

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Lisa and Kaylyn Flowers © UC RegentsLisa Flowers donated a kidney to her daughter Kaylyn, giving her the ability to return to a fairly normal adolescence.

Bonded by love and a lifesaving transplant

UC Davis Transplant Center

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Xavier SmithXavier Smith was just 10 days old when he had his first open-heart surgery to repair a life-threatening congenital defect.

Healing Xavier's tiny heart

UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center

UC Davis Children's Hospital

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Precious Reynolds © UC RegentsPrecious Reynolds became just the third person in the U.S. to survive rabies infection without receiving the vaccine.

Precious beats rabies

UC Davis Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

UC Davis Children's Hospital

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Francesca Arnaudo © UC RegentsFrancesca Arnaudo’s first cancer diagnosis was at age 6. Two other cancers followed at ages 8 and 12. Today the high-school senior is an accomplished speaker about cancer awareness.

Francesca beats lung cancer

Francesca Arnaudo, cancer ambassador

Francesca beats leukemia

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Jayden Hannon and mom Adrianna © UC RegentsJayden Hannon is showing early success at school with the help of a novel autism early intervention program co-developed by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers.

Making meaningful advances with autism

UC Davis MIND Institute

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