22nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps (ISRBP)
UCSF Department of Surgery - September 05, 2014
UCSF will be hosting the 22nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for Rotary Blood Pumps (ISRBP) in San Francisco on September 25-27th. Georg M. Wieselthaler, M.D., the Congress President, is among the leadership presiding over the symposium. Dr. Wieselthaler is Director and Surgical Chief of the Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at UCSF and Professor of Surgery in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery. The 22nd annual meeting of ISRBP will follow the tradition of the scientific hybrid platform for engineers and clinicians. In addition to an exciting scientific program with outstanding invited lectures, there will be a satellite symposia for VAD coordinators and perfusionists to facilitate vital communication and common learning among clinicians in our field.
Julius Guccione "Mesmerized" by Virtual 3D Image of Beating Heart
Forbes.com - January 16, 2014
Dr. Julius Guccione, a biomedical engineer and co-director of the UCSF Cardiac Biomechanics Lab, lauded the development of technology rendering a virtual image of a beating heart by Dassault Systèmes, a French design and simulation software company. Dassault has developed a complete, three-dimensional view of the electrical impulses and muscle-fiber contractions that enable the human heart to function seamlessly. Guccione, a Professor in the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCSF and Principal Investigator on multiple NIH grants developing virtual tools to aid cardiac surgeons in better treating heart disease, spoke enthusiastically to Forbes Magazine, "This is something doctors have been trying to get to since before the 1900s”. He described the advent of technologies like MRI and echocardiography as a “dream come true” for measuring abnormal motion in a patient’s heart.
"UCSF Medical Center is entering a new era of treatment for patients with advanced heart failure. In late 2011, Georg Wieselthaler, M.D., a leading heart transplant surgeon and an expert in ventricular assist devices, was appointed as the director and surgical chief of Cardiac Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support..........."
Ghannam A. Al-Dossari, M.D., M.S. Joins Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery
UCSF Department of Surgery - April 23, 2012
Ghannam A. Al-Dossari, M.D., M.S., has joined the
UCSF Department of Surgery, Division of
Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery as Associate Professor of
Clinical Surgery. Dr. Al-Dossari, M.D., M.S. performs
heart and lung transplants, and has broad experience in
all areas of cardiac and thoracic surgery, many performed
using minimally invasive techniques.
Dr. Al-Dossari has had a rich and varied career
and has been instrumental in the development of heart and
lung and ventricular assist devices.
Twenty-Five Department of Surgery Faculty Named to U.S. News Top Doctors List
U.S. News - March 01, 2012
In its most recent survey, U.S. News in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. listed twenty-five (25) surgeons in the UCSF Department of Surgery, nearly one-third (1/3) of the clinical faculty, on the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors". The list, compiled from the opinion of colleagues, denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty. Fifteen of the 25 department surgeons were also named by their peers to the list of America's Top Doctors (ATD), a distinction reserved for the top 1% of physicians in the nation for that specialty. The listings are published online at U.S. News. The group rankings are intended to guide patients in selecting a doctor and physicians in making specialty referrals.
Scientists and Engineers for America (SEA) - May 20, 2008
"Surgeons may be capable of accelerating the translation of
basic research into new clinical therapies. Nevertheless, most
surgeon-scientists believe they are at a disadvantage in competing
for peer-reviewed funding, despite a recent emphasis on
"translational science" by organizations such as the NIH."
UCSF Marks Milestone with 500th Transplant in Heart and Lung Transplant
UCSF News, CA - April 24, 2008
"We're glad to reach this significant point in our program because it means that a great number of patients are receiving improvements to their health that could not otherwise be achieved without an organ transplant," said Charles Hoopes, MD, director of Cardiopulmonary Transplantation at UCSF since 2002. "UCSF has a highly experienced transplant support team and is dedicated to research focused on continued improvement in patient survival and outcomes for transplanted organs."