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Rated high-performing in orthopedics, hip fracture, and hip replacement.

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Safdar Khan, M.D.
Clinical Science

Spine Surgery with Augmented Reality

Safdar N. Khan, M.D., is one of the first surgeons in the country to use augmented reality (AR) glasses for improved precision in the operating room. AR allows him to make smaller incisions on patients and conduct more efficient and shorter operations. The technology has proven helpful for procedures that involve implanting devices or screws to help stabilize a patient’s spine. Khan says AR has endless potential for a wide range of spinal issues, including complex spinal deformity, degenerative age-related spinal conditions, spinal trauma, and tumors.

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First-Ever Limb Loss Awareness Event

UC Davis Healths first annual limb loss and limb difference event gathered limb loss survivors and experts including the Prosthesis Embodiment Through Intuitive Technology (PETIT) team. The group includes experts in surgery, prosthetics, biomechanics, neuroengineering, physical therapy, orthopedics, and other fields.

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Lou Figueroa shares his story of survival and his transformation from a wheelchair to walking again.

Unlocking the Genetic Mystery of Sarcoma

Published in Science, UC Davis participated in a global study that unlocked the genetic mystery of why some people develop sarcoma and generated the first-ever genetic map of sarcomas. The findings of this research study involved investigators from around the world at major sarcoma centers, including UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

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Awards and Recognitions
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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best hospital in cancer, cardiology, heart & vascular surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ENT, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, obstetrics & gynecology, and pulmonology & lung surgery.

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Ranked high-performing in hip fracture treatment

U.S. News & World Report rated UC Davis Medical Center high performing in treating hip fracture.

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Ranked high-performing in hip replacement

U.S. News & World Report rated UC Davis Medical Center high performing in hip replacement.

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Ranked among the nation’s top performers

UC Davis Medical Center received Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals Award for 2024, placing us among the top 2% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance. We also received accolades for high-quality patient care, known as Specialty Excellent Awards, in five areas including cardiac, neurosciences, gastrointestinal, critical care and pulmonary specialties.

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Recognized as a great hospital in America

UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation’s top hospitals by the 2023 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Great hospitals in America” list.

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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World-class cancer care

One of ~56 U.S. cancer centers designated “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute.

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital by U.S. News, and high-performing in COPD, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, leukemia, lymphoma & myeloma, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery, stroke, TAVR, uterine cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, and orthopedics.

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