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May 28, 2021
Three-dimensional printed models, created at the 3D PrintViz Lab on the UC Davis Health campus, have helped surgical teams plan for cloacal surgery in children. These models provide a veritable road map that makes all the difference.
May 3, 2021
When Antelope resident Martel Calabretta was pregnant with her sixth baby, she was a seasoned veteran. But early on, she realized that baby number six was a very different pregnancy and required the specialty care that UC Davis Health provides.
April 28, 2021
General thoracic surgery chief David Tom Cooke becomes the first African American to be elected president-elect of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.
April 27, 2021
They are colorful, bite-size, fun to play with, and capable of punching holes in your intestines if swallowed. UC Davis experts warn parents to steer clear of neodymium magnets. Often called rare-earth magnets, these are the strongest magnets available commercially.
April 22, 2021
Diana Farmer tapped to lead the oldest surgical association in the U.S.
April 21, 2021
April is esophageal cancer awareness month and the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is using robotic surgery technology to change the odds of surviving this rare cancer.
April 1, 2021
For many patients with end-stage kidney disease, a living donor kidney transplant is the best treatment option. This Donate a Life Month, a UC Davis Health employee gives her kidney - and a second lease on life - to a patient.
March 29, 2021
More than a year ago, 14-year-old Aija Hall and her mother Angela Lasseter received the devastating news that she had focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease in which scar tissue develops on the parts of the kidneys that filter waste from the blood.
March 22, 2021
A multidisciplinary team has developed a new technology that may improve arteriovenous grafts used during kidney dialysis. Approximately 468,000 people in the United States receive dialysis.
March 12, 2021
Jennifer Dunn was only 39 years old when she began having symptoms. In 2019, she made what would be a critical visit to the emergency room. A CT scan identified multiple lesions and a later biopsy confirmed her colon cancer was advanced.
March 11, 2021
Launched in 2016, the outpatient peritoneal dialysis program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital provides pediatric patients and their families with training on home-based peritoneal dialysis, while patients await a kidney transplant. It has been a lifeline for parents like Aija Hall.
March 9, 2021
New study evaluates maternal and hospital factors possibly linked to risk of brachial plexus birth injury, the leading cause of infants’ upper extremity paralysis.
March 2, 2021
Colorectal cancer is now a leading cause of cancer death among people under 50, with rates of new diagnoses rising. Young mother and cancer survivor Teri Rivera was told she was too young to have colon cancer and is glad she listened to her body after finally getting screened, only to find out her cancer was stage III.
March 1, 2021
A UC Davis Health team today announced the launch of the world’s first FDA-approved human clinical trial to treat the most serious form of spina bifida. The trial involves the use of stem cells, applied during a surgery before birth.
February 25, 2021
Casey Dyke has been told he is a mended little miracle. With 12 surgeries for tricuspid atresia and cholesteatoma under his belt, he is now 16 years old and living his best life.
February 23, 2021
In 2020, the UC Davis School of Medicine secured its highest-ever level of National Institutes of Health research funding at more than $181 million.
February 22, 2021
Shortly after birth, Thea experienced trouble breathing. She was transferred to UC Davis Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with Stickler Syndrome with Pierre Robin Sequence, two genetic disorders that can cause vision, hearing and joint problems, as well as a U-shaped cleft palate and breathing difficulties.
February 22, 2021
Despite a pandemic and nationwide hospital capacity concerns, UC Davis Health’s kidney transplant team was among the top 10 busiest kidney transplant centers in the U.S last year.
February 18, 2021
The Department of Surgery announces four new division chair appointments, effective immediately. The organizational changes will advance state-of-the-art technologies, drive innovative surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes, and foster translational and patient centered research.
February 17, 2021
Surgical resident Jennifer Geiger has received a $30,000 research grant to devise a new curriculum that teaches residents how to better communicate with patients facing end-of-life decisions.
February 11, 2021
UC Davis Health Chief of Cardiac Surgery Bob Kiaii answers questions on heart disease, coronavirus, and patient care during the pandemic.
January 28, 2021
In the search for potential COVID-19 treatments, UC Davis School of Medicine is recruiting participants for more than 12 clinical trials.
January 4, 2021
The surgical team that separated conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela had access to equipment and technology that did not exist 10 years ago, including mixed reality imaging goggles that map out the brain and blood vessels and 3D printed models of the twins’ skulls as they prepared to successfully separate the two girls.
December 24, 2020
Christmas came early for the Bachinskiy family today: formerly conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela were discharged from UC Davis Children’s Hospital and will be spending their first Christmas together at home. The 11-month-old craniopagus conjoined twins, born connected at the head, were separated in a 24-hour separation surgery.
December 21, 2020
UC Davis Health scientists joined a landmark multicenter clinical trial to test the ability of a type of stem cells to treat patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a life-threatening lung injury.
December 9, 2020
Kris Dyas is the first patient in Northern California to have robotic-assisted surgery to repair his leaky mitral heart valve.
November 12, 2020
California’s stem cell agency awarded funding to UC Davis Health researchers for the first human clinical trial using stem cells to treat spina bifida.
November 9, 2020
The global reach of UC Davis expertise includes teaching cancer surgeries to top surgeons around the world – with audiences sometimes as large as 1,000 people.
Rare set of conjoined twins successfully separated in 24-hour surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital
October 29, 2020
Nine-month-old conjoined twins Abigail and Micaela Bachinskiy are recovering at UC Davis Children’s Hospital after surgeons successfully separated them in a marathon surgery on Oct. 23 and 24.
October 16, 2020
Jim Robinson has one word for anyone living near a wildfire: Leave. It's something he wishes he had done sooner.
October 13, 2020
Three years ago, Chloe MacCullough received the life-changing news that her unborn child had spina bifida. She thanks the team at the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center for the surgery that changed her son’s life.
October 6, 2020
Lakisha Carmon returned to UC Davis Medical Center today to present plaques and heartfelt appreciation to her team in Labor and Delivery.
September 30, 2020
David Tom Cooke, head of general thoracic surgery at UC Davis Health, is one of 50 surgical educators inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.
September 29, 2020
Born with only three functioning heart chambers instead of four, Amanda had health challenges from her very first day of life. But pediatric heart nurse Barb Goebel has helped shepherd her care into adulthood.
September 25, 2020
A team of UC Davis physicians, surgeons and public health specialists hoping to increase the use of recommended health screenings and vaccines are conducting a study to see if better planning in the doctor’s office can help.
September 24, 2020
A UC Davis Health fetal surgeon and a stem cell scientist have received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to test a one-of-a-kind spina bifida treatment that combines surgery with stem cells.
September 24, 2020
Life-threatening condition is no match for Alfredo Moran-Arias and his UC Davis doctors.
7-year-old’s cancer diagnosis led her family to seek out UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Lor Randall
September 2, 2020
Lydia Alwan’s family wanted to save their daughter’s leg and her life.
August 31, 2020
Kidney transplants are on the rise at UC Davis Health due to the increased availability of organs.
August 27, 2020
Local high school artists are invited to enter a poster or video in the 2020 Donate Life Visual Arts Contest, sponsored by UC Davis Transplant Center and Sierra Donor Services.
August 25, 2020
Justin Ramirez continues to look forward despite his failing kidney.
August 17, 2020
Aijun Wang, a UC Davis associate professor of surgery and biomedical engineering, has been awarded a $500,000 grant to create the next generation of vascular grafts for dialysis patients with end-stage kidney disease.
August 7, 2020
Amanda Brazeal was pregnant for the second time. She expected an easy delivery. She could not have known that her baby would have hydrops, a life-threatening condition in which an abnormal amount of fluid builds up in the unborn child.
July 28, 2020
U.S. News & World Report's rankings are out. UC Davis Medical Center is again the #1 hospital in Sacramento, and in the Top 10 in California -- distinctions it has earned for many years in a row.
July 24, 2020
Early in her pregnancy, Liz Curtis received the life-changing news that her baby had gastroschisis, a birth defect in which the intestines are outside of the body, due to a hole in the abdominal wall.
July 20, 2020
Smokers who had thoracic surgery were much more likely to stop using tobacco if they also completed a quitline intervention, a new UC Davis Health study shows.
July 16, 2020
UC Davis pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons gave Damian Del Rio a chance at a future.
July 14, 2020
Isabella Lazzerini's two rare diagnoses warrant ongoing, specialized care but that doesn't stop her from enjoying life.
July 10, 2020
The number and intensity of Northern California wildfires trigger fear that there could be another one in 2020. Preparing for that possibility is a central mission of the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center at UC Davis Medical Center.
July 8, 2020
Isabella Lazzerini has been a patient at UC Davis Children's Hospital since she was three days old.