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Renowned Pulmonary Disease Specialist to Lead UCSF Pulmonology Program News

Renowned Pulmonary Disease Specialist to Lead UCSF Pulmonology Program

Prescott Woodruff, MD, MPH, a renowned leader in the pathogenesis and treatment of airway disease, has been appointed chief of UC San Francisco’s Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine. Prescott will assume the role of chief on July 1.
The COPD Blues: A Guide to Optimizing Outpatient Management Video

The COPD Blues: A Guide to Optimizing Outpatient Management

For the 30 million adults in the U.S. with COPD, effective care requires providers to have an up-to-date understanding of treatment options as well as the ability to respond to changes in a patient’s status.
New Research on Cell Regeneration Shows Promise for Treating Lung Injury and Fibrosis News

New Research on Cell Regeneration Shows Promise for Treating Lung Injury and Fibrosis

In a new study, UCSF researchers showed that they could successfully redirect profibrotic murine lung cells to a nonfibrotic state in which they regenerated alveoli. These findings could lead to novel treatments for lung injury and fibrosis.
UCSF Lung Transplant Patient No. 1,000 Looks Ahead to More of the Good Life News

UCSF Lung Transplant Patient No. 1,000 Looks Ahead to More of the Good Life

Hospital Innovations Boost 3-Year Survival From 50% in 2001 to 90% 20 Years Later
UCSF-led Study Uncovers Unique Stem Cell Trajectory in Lungs Damaged by COVID-19 and Pulmonary Fibrosis News

UCSF-led Study Uncovers Unique Stem Cell Trajectory in Lungs Damaged by COVID-19 and Pulmonary Fibrosis

In a collaborative study between UCSF researchers appearing December 30 in Nature Cell Biology, UCSF researchers Jaymin Kathiriya, PhD, and Chaoqun Wang, PhD, discovered that severe lung injuries can trigger lung stem cells to undergo abnormal differentiation. Drs. Kathiriya and Wang, supervised by Hal Chapman, MD, and Tien Peng, MD, respectively, utilized stem cell organoid models to uncover a novel stem cell pathway that is seen in severely injured lungs from COVID-19 and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis patients.
Activating Immune Surveillance Mechanisms Shows Promise for Treating Diabetes and Pulmonary Fibrosis News

Activating Immune Surveillance Mechanisms Shows Promise for Treating Diabetes and Pulmonary Fibrosis

Researchers at UC San Francisco recently found that activating invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells eliminated inflammatory senescent cells associated with chronic diseases in vivo. In the study, obese mice showed improved glucose control and mice with pulmonary fibrosis had decreased lung fibrosis and increased survival.
UCSF Post-COVID Clinic Treats Long Haulers News

UCSF Post-COVID Clinic Treats Long Haulers

UC San Francisco’s OPTIMAL Clinic (pOst-covid-19/PosT-Icu MultidisciplinAry cLinic) is one of the first clinics in the country established to provide follow-up care for patients who have recovered from COVID-19. The clinic’s goal is to optimize patient recovery through a centralized resource designed to coordinate with primary care services.
Lung Transplant Outcomes at UCSF Among the Nation’s Best News

Lung Transplant Outcomes at UCSF Among the Nation’s Best

For nine consecutive years, the UCSan FranciscoLung Transplant Program has achieved significantly higher-than-expected survival rates following transplant surgery. It is the only lung transplant program in the country with this record.
Breathing Easier: An Update on Diagnosis and Management of Asthma Video

Breathing Easier: An Update on Diagnosis and Management of Asthma

Allergist and immunologist Monica Tang, MD, discusses keys to distinguishing asthma from other disorders.
Long COVID: A New Way to Look at a Growing Problem Video

Long COVID: A New Way to Look at a Growing Problem

Synthesizing multiple studies, pulmonologist Brian Block, MD, reveals which patients are at risk for lasting symptoms from infection with the coronavirus (it’s not who you might think).
UCSF MD Link: Web-Based Communication Portal for Physicians Document

UCSF MD Link: Web-Based Communication Portal for Physicians

Our web portal allows referring physicians to securely access their patients’ entire electronic health record, make online referral requests and communicate with our physicians directly and securely.
Virtual Monitoring for Lung Transplant Patients Aided by Home Spirometry Device News

Virtual Monitoring for Lung Transplant Patients Aided by Home Spirometry Device

A new home spirometry kit combines a spirometer with a patient engagement platform to collect lung function data and symptoms remotely. This enables UCSF’s Lung Transplant team to remotely track patients with the goal of identifying both symptomatic and asymptomatic changes in lung function that may be the first sign of early chronic rejection.
COVID Care and Control: How to Use What We’ve Learned So Far Video

COVID Care and Control: How to Use What We’ve Learned So Far

Pulmonologist Brian Block, MD, submits an enlightening analysis of U.S. COVID data, including his own work examining mortality in overburdened hospitals.
All About Allergies: Successful Diagnosis and Treatment Video

All About Allergies: Successful Diagnosis and Treatment

This breakdown of common allergies provides clarity on which patients to test and which tests to choose; how to effectively manage chronic allergies, such as allergic rhinitis; as well as signs and solutions for the many types of adverse food reactions.
Get Current on COVID: Case Trends, Flu Season Strategies and Mask Facts Video

Get Current on COVID: Case Trends, Flu Season Strategies and Mask Facts

Pulmonologist Brian Block, MD, provides an analysis that clarifies risk factors, in terms of both patient and hospital status. He also discusses how to manage coming flu-related challenges and offers evidence on masking efficacy for both disease spread and severity.
Asthma Update: 2020 Treatment Guidelines Plus COVID-Appropriate Strategies Video

Asthma Update: 2020 Treatment Guidelines Plus COVID-Appropriate Strategies

Allergist and immunologist Monica Tang, MD, presents the latest on this common condition, from key diagnostic factors and therapeutic choices to which patients should be seen in person during the pandemic. She also gives a glimpse of asthma preventives on the horizon.
Lung Transplant Program Document

Lung Transplant Program

For nine consecutive years, the UCSF Lung Transplant Program has had significantly higher-than-expected post-surgery survival rates — the only program in the country with this record.
Care of Geriatric Patients in the Time of COVID-19 Video

Care of Geriatric Patients in the Time of COVID-19

UCSF geriatrician and pulmonologist Leah Witt, MD, discusses how to identify high-risk senior patients, the most common course of the disease, useful monitoring methods and important follow-up on hospitalized patients after discharge.