Spring 2010


In medicine, of late, there has been a renewed focus on enhancing care coordination and collaboration to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction and facilitate more efficient care delivery. While we have practiced this type of coordinated care at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital for years, this issue of the newsletter offers examples of collaborative care at its finest.

The focus this time is on our Pediatric Heart Center, which brings together world-renowned experts in diagnosing and treating the full range of congenital heart disease, whether it afflicts a fetus, a neonate, a school-age child or an adult. The articles describe early diagnosis using fetal echocardiography, as well as interventional catheterization and surgical techniques that have reduced risks and improved the quality of life of people with heart defects.

We are proud that many of these techniques have been pioneered or enhanced at UCSF, and equally proud that each procedure is informed by collaboration with you and with specialty groups here, ensuring that no stone goes unturned in delivering the best possible care.

In addition, this issue takes a moment to honor Sam Hawgood, M.B., B.S., who was a neonatologist at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital for more than 25 years and who has become dean of the UCSF School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs. A pioneering figure in the pediatric community, Sam personifies our deep commitment to patient-centered care and improving the health of children. Our intention is to ensure that his commitment to those principles will remain the vibrant center of the work we do at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.


Kevin Shannon, M.D.      Diana Farmer, M.D.
Kevin Shannon, M.D.
Interim Physician in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
     Diana Farmer, M.D.
Surgeon in Chief
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital


Spring 2010 Table of Contents

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Childhood Obesity Interventions Must Begin Early
In a Perspective piece that appears in the April 22, 2010, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, two UCSF experts assert that optimizing First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" obesity prevention program requires targeting pregnant women, infants and toddlers.

Clinical Trial Recruits Children to Test Type 1 Diabetes Drug
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is one of 10 centers nationwide recruiting patients age 12 to 17 for a clinical trial aimed at resolving type 1 diabetes. The project is studying whether the drug Thymoglobulin can delay — or permanently stop — a malfunctioning immune system's attack on insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

Farmer Inducted into Royal College of Surgeons
On January 20, 2010, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Surgeon in Chief Diana Farmer, M.D., was inducted as a fellow into the Royal College of Surgeons of England.