MedStaff Update: February 2016
Tackling Organ Scarcity with Living Donor Liver Transplants
Nearly 15,000 people are waiting for a liver transplant; and most will wait six to eight years for a donated liver to become available. For almost a third of those individuals, that wait time will prove fatal. The Stanford Adult Liver Transplant program is addressing the continued scarcity of cadaver livers by more aggressively promoting the option of live donor liver transplants to all patients being evaluated for the transplant list.
Pulmonary Hypertension Program Receives Comprehensive Care Center Status
The Stanford Adult Pulmonary Hypertension Program is one of the first in the nation to receive new comprehensive care center designation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. The program provides complex medical management of patients with high blood pressure in the pulmonary vasculature, a fatal condition that can lead to right-heart failure.
Expert in Cancer Immunotherapy Joins Stanford Medicine Faculty
Cancer immunotherapy expert Crystal Mackall, MD, joined the Stanford University School of Medicine as the associate director of the Stanford Cancer Institute and co-medical director of the Stanford Laboratory for Cell and Gene Medicine.
Patient Safety: Lessons Learned
When we hear the words, Unintentional Retained Foreign Objects (URFO), we immediately think of procedures in the operating rooms. This is where most URFOs occur. However, one type of URFO that has plagued Stanford Hospital in the past, can occur anywhere in the hospital, including the Emergency Department.
Integrated Planning for the Future of Stanford Medicine
Featured Guest Contributor: Mariann Byerwalter, Interim CEO, Stanford Health Care
The three-part mission of Stanford Medicine is most effectively fulfilled when its partners work together in an integrated, collaborative manner. Two initiatives currently underway illustrate why this is so important and the exciting potential it provides.