Updated : Apr 02, 2020 in Policy

COVID-19: American College of Surgeons issues statement on personal protective equipment shortages

CHICAGO (April 2, 2020): With many health care facilities facing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE)—including face masks, gowns, and respirators—during the COVID-19 pandemic, the…

Updated : Mar 24, 2020 in Announcement

Dr. Mehra Golshan Appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Services at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center

New Haven, Conn. — Mehra Golshan, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., has been appointed the inaugural Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Services at Smilow Cancer Hospital…

Updated : Mar 20, 2020 in Feature

COVID-19: the US Perspective

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues its spread across the world, the medical community is closely monitoring events, regularly updating policies and protocols, and enacting preparedness…

Updated : Mar 18, 2020 in Announcement

American College of Surgeons offers triage guidance for non-emergent surgical procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak

CHICAGO (March 18, 2020): The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has released “COVID-19: Guidance for Triage of Non-emergent Surgical Procedures” to provide surgeons with additional…

Updated : Mar 17, 2020 in Research Articles

Vitamin D Boosts Chances of Walking After Hip Fracture

Senior citizens who are not vitamin D deficient have a better chance of walking after hip fracture surgery, according to a Rutgers-led study. The findings…

Updated : Mar 16, 2020 in Research Articles

Most surgeons in pain after surgery, Mayo research finds

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Almost two-thirds of surgeons reported an increase in neck pain after performing surgery, and one-quarter rated their neck or lower back pain…

Updated : Mar 12, 2020 in Research Articles

Surgery with anesthesia not associated with leading indicator of Alzheimer’s disease, Mayo Clinic study finds

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Older adults who have surgery with general anesthesia may experience a modest acceleration of cognitive decline, even years later. But there's no…

Updated : Mar 09, 2020 in Announcement

Expert Team Tackles Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases

When the thyroid and parathyroid glands don’t work well, the entire body feels out of balance. “People with thyroid and parathyroid diseases can have neck…

Updated : Mar 08, 2020 in Feature

From knee replacement to spine surgery, your next procedure likely will be outpatient

CHICAGO – With nearly 50 million outpatient surgeries performed in the U.S. each year and the increasingly complex nature of the procedures, patients need to…

Updated : Feb 18, 2020 in Research Articles

GI societies issue updated colorectal cancer screening recommendations

Bethesda, Maryland (Feb. 18, 2020) - Patients at average risk of colorectal cancer who have a normal colonoscopy do not need to repeat screening for…

Updated : Feb 14, 2020 in Expert Pitch

Physician Anesthesiologist Can Discuss Hospital Infection Precautions in the Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak

With 15 COVID-19 cases now reported in the U.S. and continued transmission likely, health care professionals including physician anesthesiologists are taking steps to increase infection…

Updated : Feb 11, 2020 in Research Articles

1 in 5 operations may lead to surprise bills, even when surgeon & hospital are in-network

As if recovering from surgery wasn’t hard enough, a new study shows that one in five operations could result in an unwelcome surprise: a bill…

Updated : Feb 03, 2020 in Research Articles

Study Defines How to Safely Remove Ovary in Young Girls for Best Results in Fertility Preservation

Young girls who are about to undergo treatment for cancer or other therapies that pose high risk of infertility can opt to have an ovary…

Updated : Jan 22, 2020 in Research Articles

Most Rehabilitating Sea Turtles with Infectious Tumors Don’t Survive

Caused by a herpesvirus, fibropapillomatosis (FP) is the most significant infectious disease affecting sea turtle populations worldwide. It is widespread in warmer climates like Florida, where…

Updated : Jan 06, 2020 in Announcement

Experts Come Together to Save 3-year-old Gorilla’s Eyesight at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 To download visuals, please visit https://sandiegozoo.app.box.com/s/xip4raf8v50qdvu2elyu5xrwxjfrg6og Animal care specialists at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park were concerned when they noticed cloudiness in the left…

Updated : Dec 20, 2019 in Feature

Questions to ask before surgery

Patients usually have questions before a surgical procedure. Doctors like to know their patients are involved in their own care, and they appreciate listening to…

Updated : Dec 10, 2019 in Research Articles

Children Much More Likely to Die After Surgery in Poor Countries

Children in low resourced countries are 100-200 times more likely to die after surgery than children in wealthy countries, according to a first-of-its-kind study published…

Updated : Dec 05, 2019 in Announcement

Guiding Lights: UC San Diego Launches Center for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery

In the 1990’s, Nobel Laureate Roger Tsien, PhD, took some of the first dramatic steps to revolutionize the field of surgery by introducing the concept…

Updated : Dec 02, 2019 in Announcement

Wichita Falls surgeon Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons

CHICAGO (December 2, 2019): Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, was recently elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS)…

Updated : Nov 20, 2019 in Feature

Two life threatening problems, one surgery

DALLAS – Nov. 20, 2019 – Juan Cueto did not feel sick, but he was losing weight rapidly and was devastated with the knowledge that…

Updated : Nov 14, 2019 in Announcement

Chicagoan gives $10M to UIC for outpatient surgery center

With a $10 million donation to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bruno and Sallie Pasquinelli created the UIC Pasquinelli Outpatient Surgery Fund. The funds…

Updated : Nov 13, 2019 in Research Articles

Artificial Intelligence Tool Predicts Life Expectancy in Heart Failure Patients

When Avi Yagil, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Physics at University of California San Diego flew home from Europe in 2012, he thought he had caught…

Updated : Nov 12, 2019 in Research Articles

ICU Survivors Commonly Experience Job Loss after Critical Illness, Study Confirms

In recent years, national attention has been drawn to the plight of patients who have experienced the unintended side effects of prolonged ICU care, such…

Updated : Nov 05, 2019 in Announcement

Winston-Salem trauma surgeon Dr. J. Wayne Meredith is new President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons

CHICAGO (November 5, 2019): J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, an esteemed trauma, thoracic, and critical care surgeon from Winston-Salem, N.C., has been elected to…

Updated : Oct 29, 2019 in Research Articles

Postoperative opioid prescribing and use drop significantly with no change in patient-reported pain control or satisfaction after state imposes regulations

SAN FRANCISCO: A state-mandated policy restricting opioid prescriptions along with increased public awareness and education about the opioid epidemic preceded drastic reductions in opioid prescribing…

Updated : Oct 29, 2019 in Announcement

Colonel Norman M. Rich, MD, FACS, receives inaugural Distinguished Military Lifetime Achievement Award from American College of Surgeons

SAN FRANCISCO: Retired U.S. Army Colonel Norman M. Rich, MD, FACS, DMCC, MC, of Rockville, Md., received the first American College of Surgeons (ACS) Distinguished…

Updated : Oct 28, 2019 in Announcement

Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, receives ACS Lifetime Achievement Award

SAN FRANCISCO: Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, Past-President of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and a general surgeon from Syracuse, NY, received the ACS…

Updated : Oct 28, 2019 in Announcement

New York City surgeon Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, is installed as the 100th President of the American College of Surgeons

SAN FRANCISCO: Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, an esteemed thoracic surgeon from New York City, was installed for a one-year term as the 100th President…

Updated : Oct 17, 2019 in Research Articles

High-Risk Patients Benefit from Undergoing Surgery at Teaching Hospitals

PHILADELPHIA — Patients with a high risk of dying after surgery, including those with multiple chronic diseases, benefit from undergoing general or vascular procedures at…

Updated : Oct 14, 2019 in Feature

New Study Evaluates Hand-Held Device for Non-Surgical Therapy of Kidney Stones

UC San Diego Health has enrolled its first patient to evaluate an investigational hand-held technology to non-invasively fragment painful kidney stones. The clinical trial will…

Updated : Oct 09, 2019 in Research Articles

Study questions strategy of asking patients to self-report their physical fitness before surgery

Physicians ask patients two universal questions to determine whether they are healthy enough to undergo and recover from a major non-cardiac surgical procedure: whether or…

Updated : Sep 16, 2019 in Feature

New 3D Technology Can Repair Aneurysms Previously Deemed Inoperable

Surgeries to repair complex thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms are difficult and sometimes fraught with complications. Up to 25 percent of patients who undergo the vascular procedure…

Updated : Sep 04, 2019 in Research Articles

Patients in the U.S. and Canada are Seven Times as Likely as those in Sweden to Receive Opioids After Surgery

PHILADELPHIA — Patients in the United States and Canada are seven times as likely as those in Sweden to receive a prescription for opioid medications…

Updated : Sep 04, 2019 in Uncategorized

Pain medication use by children after common surgeries

Bottom Line: About 400 caregivers reported pain medication use by children after common surgeries such as hernia, elbow fracture, appendectomy or adenoid removal in this…

Updated : Sep 04, 2019 in Uncategorized

Comparing opioid prescription fills after surgery across countries

Bottom Line: Higher proportions of patients in the United States and Canada filled opioid prescriptions after surgery compared with Sweden. This analysis examined differences in…

Updated : Sep 03, 2019 in Uncategorized

Aesthetics of skin cancer therapy may vary by treatment type

HERSHEY, Pa. -- While there are several effective options for treating non-melanoma skin cancers, some may result in better cosmetic appearance after treatment, according to…

Updated : Sep 02, 2019 in Uncategorized

Study shows metabolic surgery associated with lower risk of death and heart complications

Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, PARIS: A large Cleveland Clinic study shows that weight-loss surgery performed in patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity is associated…

Updated : Aug 30, 2019 in Uncategorized

Memphis study suggests transplanting Hep C-infected kidneys to uninfected donors safe

Memphis, Tenn. - Transplantation of kidneys from Hepatitis C-infected donors to uninfected recipients is safe and can be successfully implemented as a standard of care,…

Updated : Aug 29, 2019 in Video Only

Rebuilding confidence after a boating accident

Downloadable media assets:  Broadcast package with voiceover (1:58) Broadcast package without voiceover (1:58) Script  For more stories from the UW Medicine Newsroom, please visit https://newsroom.uw.edu/. Original post…

Updated : Aug 28, 2019 in Uncategorized

Giving trauma patients blood pressure stabilizing hormone cuts transfusions by half

PHILADELPHIA - Giving trauma patients with severe blood loss the hormone arginine vasopressin (AVP) cut the volume of blood products required to stabilize them by…

Updated : Aug 27, 2019 in Feature

UC San Diego Health Performs First HIV-to-HIV Kidney Transplant in Region

For the first time in Southern California, surgeons at UC San Diego Health have transplanted the kidney of a deceased donor with HIV into a…

Updated : Aug 26, 2019 in Uncategorized

Many kidneys discarded in the United States would be transplanted in France

PHILADELPHIA -- French organ transplant centers are far more likely to accept "lower-rated" kidneys, like those from older organ donors, than centers in the United…

Updated : Aug 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

Bioprinting complex living tissue in just a few seconds

Tissue engineers create artificial organs and tissues that can be used to develop and test new drugs, repair damaged tissue and even replace entire organs…

Updated : Aug 20, 2019 in Feature

New risk/benefit calculator can predict possible outcomes for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients

CHICAGO (August 20, 2019): A new surgical risk/benefit calculator that will provide metabolic and bariatric surgeons and their patients with accurate, patient-specific information to guide…

Updated : Aug 20, 2019 in Policy

CNS Publishes Guidelines for Pediatric Myelomeningocele

Schaumburg, Illinois, August 20, 2019—The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) has developed an evidence-based guideline for the treatment of patients with myelomeningocele. Executive summaries of…

Updated : Aug 19, 2019 in Expert Pitch

University of Michigan Expert Available: Study Cautions Against Catch-All Assumptions about LVADs and Mitral Regurgitation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Mitral valve procedures are often not performed because of the standing belief that LVAD support resolves mitral regurgitation, due to better…

Updated : Aug 07, 2019 in Expert Pitch

Bariatric MD Hopes Insurance Companies Will Follow New Bariatric Guidelines

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recently adopted a new set of guidelines that recommend surgical interventions for Class I obesity patients,…

Updated : Aug 07, 2019 in Announcement

UC San Diego Heart Transplant Program Boasts Nation’s Best Survival Rates

The heart transplant program at UC San Diego Health has demonstrated the best one-year survival rate for patients in the United States among health care…

Updated : Jul 30, 2019 in Announcement

UC San Diego Health Top Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

UC San Diego Health has been recognized among the nation’s best hospitals for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual “Best Hospitals” rankings…