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UCLA Health System
 
David Geffen School of Medicine
 
Spring 2014

Spring 2014

 
 Leadership
Meeting the Future Challenge
 
 
 Conversation
Letters to the Editor
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
‘Smart’ Mannequins Breathe Life into Medical Scenarios
To Lower Cholesterol, You Say Tomato
Danger in Disguise: Brain-cancer Cells Can ‘Hide’ from Drugs
Context Counts for Anxious Teens, Kids
Disrupted Maternal Bond Can Alter Child’s Brain
You Are What You Eat: Low-fat Diet with Fish Oil Changes Prostate-cancer Tissue
Early Imaging, Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Leads to Better Outcomes
U.S. Ranks Near Bottom in Efficiency of Healthcare Spending
Helping to Clarify Cause of Pregnancy Complications
Is Sexual Addiction the Real Deal?
Mini Med School May 5, 12 & 19
 
 
 Conversation
Cancer Care in Crisis
 
 
 Features
Clocked!
A Family Affair
Zinging the Blues
 
 
 Faculty
Up for a Challenge
Awards/Honors
 
 
 Alumni
East Meets West
In Her Own Words: Nisha Abdul Cader, MD ’95
Postcard from Vietnam
 
 
 Friends
An Illuminating Evening
Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA
Events
Gifts
UCLA Health Board Annual Meeting Provides Inspiration
 
 
 Epilogue
Letter from Erbil
 
Winter 2014

Winter 2014

 
 Leadership
From Gene to Genome
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Vacuum Device Offers an Innovative Approach to Remove Blood Clots
Cancer Care in America Needs an Overhaul
Be Happy: Your Genes May Thank You for It
Iron May Be at Core of Alzheimer’s Disease
Recent Affiliations Expand UCLA Health’s Presence
Nanodiamonds Deliver Chemotherapy Drugs Directly to Brain Tumors
Substituting Lower-cost Drugs Could Mean Big Savings
Researchers Assess Cost of ‘Futile’ Critical-care Treatments
Music Cuts through the Fog of Alzheimer’s
Gene Mutation Increases Risk of Schizophrenia, Learning Impairment
 
 
 Conversation
The Silver Tsunami
 
 
 Features
A Promise Fulfilled
Military Engagement
Connecting the Dots
 
 
 Faculty
Melody Maker
Awards/Honors
 
 
 Alumni
UCLA Medical Alumni Bring the Miracle of Sight to People in the Developing World
In His Own Words: Joseph Copeland, MD ’98
 
 
 Friends
A Visionary Evening
Events
Chairs of Distinction
Gifts
In Memoriam
 
 
 Epilogue
A Thanksgiving to Remember
 
Fall 2013

Fall 2013

 
 Leadership
Too Small to Fail
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Simple Screening Catches Newborn’s Hidden Heart Condition
 
 
 Research
Antihistamines May Pose Risk to Women with Severe Morning Sickness
Why Alzheimer’s Meds Rarely Help
New Clues to Cause of Human Narcolepsy
Exercise after School to Stay Fit
Stem-Cell Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Advances Toward Clinical Trials
 
 
 
WALL-E, Meet EVA: Robo-doc Navigates on Its Own
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Fat Chance: Scientists Accidently Discover Stress-Resistant Stem Cells in Adipose Tissue
 
 
 Research
Doctor-Patient Communication about Dietary Supplements Could Use a Vitamin Boost
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
New Learning Center Will Expand School's Capabilities
 
 
 Conversation
Nadereh Pourat, PhD
 
 
 Cover Story
Faith & Healing
 
 
 Features
Live from L.A.
Joint Liability
 
 
 Faculty
Mulitasker
Awards/Honors
In Memoriam
 
 
 Alumni
In Her Own Words: Laura Pacha, MD ’98
Postcard from Tijuana, Mexico
In His Own Words: A Kidney for Francie
From Officer to Civilian
 
 
 Friends
Golden Portal Awards
Awards/Honors
Events
Chairs of Distinction
Gifts
In Memoriam
 
 
 Epilogue
Patient, Advocate for Thyself
 
Summer 2013

Summer 2013

 
 Leadership
Big Data Is a Big Deal
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
The Woman Who Heard Too Much
Preventing Future Strokes
UCLA Earns Healthcare Equality Index Distinction
As the Biological Clock Winds Down
A Key to Happiness?
New Institute Fosters Unified Approach to Curing Pediatric Diseases
Working to Identify Cognitive Decline Early
A Bacterial Wolf in Viral Sheep’s Clothing
Novel Treatment Applied to Irregular Heart Rhythms
Heart-failure Medications Highly Cost Effective
 
 
 Features
The Promises of Stem Cells
Healing the Youngest Brains
Making a World of Difference
 
 
 Faculty
Photo Doc
Awards/Honors
 
 
 Alumni
Postcard from Turkey
Reflections of an RN/MD
In His Own Words: Anthony “AJ” Johnson, MD ’98
 
 
 Friends
Gifts
In Memoriam
Inaugural Kaleidoscope Ball
From Bat to Cancer Battle, Steve Garvey’s a Winner
Chairs of Distinction
Events
 
 
 Epilogue
Code Blue at 41,000 Feet
 
 
 Conversation
Tom Rosenthal, MD
 
 
 Features
Navigating the Ethics Maze
 
Spring 2013

Spring 2013

 
 Leadership
No More Dreams Deferred
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Once-Fragile Newborns Return to Give Thanks
A Better Way to Make Bone
Keep It Clean with Copper
Fitness Training for the Brain
How to Prove a Sexual Addiction
Sleep, Perchance to Remember
In Vitro Fertilization Linked to Increased Risk of Birth Defects
Imaging the Impact of High-Impact Sports
Potential New Treatment to Stop Alzheimer’s Disease
Redirect Wasted Healthcare Dollars to Transform America
Going Viral to Kill Zits
 
 
 Conversation
David Hayes-Bautista, PhD
 
 
 Cover Story
Pushing It
 
 
 Features
Getting a Grasp on Science
When Cancer and Depression Collide
The Dualist
 
 
 Faculty
Dr. Magic
Awards/Honors
 
 
 Alumni
Postcard from Kenya
In His Own Words: Chi Y. Chung, MD, FACS
Medical Mission Opportunities in Malawi
Revamping MAA 2013 Reunion
 
 
 Friends
A Visionary Evening
Events
UCLA Health Board Inaugural Meeting
In Memoriam
Gifts
 
 
 Epilogue
History Lesson
 
 
 Features
Cindy Abbott's Incredible Journey
 
Winter 2013

Winter 2013

 
 Leadership
Hope and Pride
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Beating the Odds: "I'm Alive!"
Zeroing In on Autism Genes
‘Breathing-Lung’ Transplant Makes History
What Makes Our Brains Human? It’s in the Wiring
 
 
 
TAVR Offers Alternative for Cardiac Patients Who Cannot Undergo Surgery
Can Diet Help Heal Spinal-Cord Injury?
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
2,000 and Counting
Can Obesity Help One to Survive Heart Failure?
Ray of Hope in Fight against Duchenne MD
 
 
 
Meditation Reduces Loneliness
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
A One-Two Punch to Skin Cancer
 
 
 Conversation
Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D.
 
 
 Cover Story
Brain Trust
 
 
 Features
Three Who Stood Up
At Home in the Hospital
How Doctors Think
 
 
 Faculty
The Fashion Doctor
Awards/Honors
 
 
 Alumni
In Their Own Words: Tactical-Medicine Physicians
Postcard from Skid Row
MAA Alumnus of the Year
2012-13 MAA Executive Board Members
On the Road
 
 
 
Calendar
 
 
 Friends
Working Today for Today’s and Tomorrow’s Children
Raising Awareness of Ovarian Cancer
Events
Gifts
Chairs of Distinction
 
 
 Epilogue
Lessons Learned: Get Up and Go See the Patient
 
Spring/Summer 2012

Spring/Summer 2012

 
 Leadership
Healing Humankind
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Two Lungs, a Liver and Life
Snipping Key Nerves May Help Life-Threatening Arrhythmias
New Drug Dramatically Extends Survival from Lethal Skin Cancer
Applying the Brakes to Parkinson’s
Flash Match
Epilepsy Surgery: Not Treatment of Last Resort
Reopening Blocked Brain Arteries
Parents Have Role in Helping
A New Device to Safely
 
 
 Conversation
Carol M.Mangione M.D., M.S.P.H.
 
 
 Features
Sleepless in L.A.
 
 
 
Our Sleep, Our Health
 
 
 Features
"They Just Want to Feel Normal”
Foreign Aid
 
 
 Faculty
Marathon Medics
Awards/Honors
 
 
 Alumni
Calendar
In His Own Words
MAA Board of Directors Meet
Postcard from Malawi
Alumni Speakers
 
 
 Friends
Events
Quilt of Valor
Colorful Characters
Cameron’s At It Again
Gifts
 
 
 Epilogue
Unraveling a Twist
 
Winter/Spring 2012

Winter/Spring 2012

 
 Leadership
The Invisible Backbone
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Detecting Pancreatic Cancer in Saliva
Visualizing the Web of Depression
The Rhythm of Learning
UCLA in the Community
Fish Oil Lowers Prostate Risk
Older May Not Be Better
Heartfelt Award
Turning Stem Cells into Cancer-Killing Warriors
Tracking Teen Suicide
The Wakeful Brain
 
 
 Conversation
David T. Feinberg, M.D., M.B.A
 
 
 Features
Five-Star Care
A New Face for an Old Friend
Therapeutic Aesthetic
Culture of Caring
 
 
 Faculty
The Music of Medicine
Awards/Honors
Grants
 
 
 Alumni
Alumni Celebrate Life of Former Dean of Students
One-on-One: Jamie D. Feusner, M.D. ’99
Postcard from The Hood
MAA 2012 Reunion Weekend
MAA on the Road
 
 
 Friends
Honoring the Visionaries in Our Community
Chairs of Distinction
Gifts
In Memoriam
Gift from the Heart
Events
A Vision Realized
 
 
 Epilogue
The Healing Medicine of a Wet Nose
 
Fall/Winter 2011

Fall/Winter 2011

 
 Leadership
Pathways to the Future
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Is Meditation Push-Ups for the Brain?
Missing the Big Picture
New Reconstructive Transplant Program
A Roadblock to Cancer
 
 
 
How Fat May Help after a Heart Attack
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Spit Take: You’re How Old?
 
 
 
Newts and Salamanders Can Regrow Damaged Hearts. Why Can’t We?
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
A Leader’s View
A Better View, a Better Outcome
Beef Up to Reduce Diabetes Risk
 
 
 Conversation
Dr. Molly J. Coye
 
 
 Features
The Visionary
Affair of the Heart
 
 
 
New Life for Orphan Organs
 
 
 Features
Found in Translation
 
 
 Faculty
60 Years of Memories
Awards/Honors
Grants
 
 
 Alumni
MAA on the Road
Dr. Timothy A. Miller: MAA Alumnus of the Year
One-on-One: Kirsten Tillisch, M.D. ’97
Postcard from Afghanistan
The 60th Anniversary Challenge
60th Anniversary All-Class Reunion
 
 
 Friends
Chairs of Distinction
In Memoriam
Gifts
Center of “Affection”
Events
 
 
 Epilogue
The Lesson of Las Maritas
 
Summer 2011

Summer 2011

 
 Features
A Second Hand, a Second Chance
Emily’s Incredible Journey
 
 
 Leadership
OUR CORE COMMITMENT
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
The Pain of Loneliness
Extreme Morning Sickness? It Could Be Your Genes
Gone Today, Hair Tomorrow
Understanding Organ-Transplant Rejection
How Autism-Risk Gene Rewires the Brain
Heart Programs Earn Recognitions
Tai Chi Soothes Depression
iCase Online
Heart in a Box
 
 
 
Stemming Infant HI V
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
The Coffee-Diabetes Connection
Wake-up Call
 
 
 Conversation
Dr. Mario C. Deng
 
 
 Features
Foreign Exchange
A New Paradigm
The Excellence Rx
Sisterhood
 
 
 Faculty
A Native Daughter Returns
Awards/Honors
Grants
In Memoriam
 
 
 Alumni
MAA Board News
Dr. William Hastrup New Board Member
One-on-One with Dean Bok, Ph.D. ’68
In his own words: Bruce Dobkin, M.D.
Upcoming MAA Events
Dr. Paulsen’s Gift
 
 
 Friends
Chairs of Distinction
In Memoriam
Gifts
Ride-along
Events
 
 
 Epilogue
A young life passes, and a ritual of birth begins
 
Fall 2010

Fall 2010

 
 Cover Story
Taking It to the Streets
 
 
 Leadership
BRAVE NEW WORLD. How UCLA leads the way in this era of healthcare reform and innovation.
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Big Goals for Small Science
What DNA Reveals about Autism
New Building, New Hope
Arresting Arrhythmias
5,000th Liver Transplant
Our Genes, Ourselves
Hike Tobacco Tax, Curb Smoking for Some Groups
Hand-Transplantation Center Opens
Stress Gets under Our Skin
Watching Cancer Killers in Action
 
 
 Conversation
Margaret Stuber, M.D., Lynn Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., and M. Ines Boechat, M.D.
 
 
 Features
Calming the Storm
The Greatest Evil
What Works? What Doesn't?
A Different Face of Pain
The Clinical Experience that Taught Me the Most - Dr. Walter Coppenrath
Stopping Seizures - Dr. Gary Mathern
 
 
 Faculty
Femurs and Fords
Awards/Honors
Grants
In Memoriam
 
 
 Alumni
In the News
Call to Action: RENEW
Miracle Worker
Networking Made Simple
The Family that Volunteers Together
Bruin, M.D.
Welcome Aboard, Dr. Aubry
 
 
 Friends
Visionaries
Gifts
Events
In Memoriam
Chairs of Distinction
 
 
 Epilogue
Ride On!
 
Spring 2010

Spring 2010

 
 Cover Story
UCLA REACHES OUT TO HAITI
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Quit Smoking, Save Your Vision
A Week of Hope and Healthcare
There's No Place Like Home
Another Step Toward Understanding Schizophrenia
Don't Assume HIV Vaccine Would Be Accepted
Sticky Solution
The Frailer Generation
Genes + Environment = Disease Risk
Antiviral Assault Gains Ground
Why the Mirror Lies
 
 
 Conversation
Dr. A. Eugene Washington
 
 
 Features
LETTING GO
ADVANCING THE ETHICS DEBATE
A Matter of the Heart
The Real World
 
 
 Faculty
Endless Summer
Snapshot Gerald A.M. Finerman, MD
Awards/Honors
GRANTS
IN MEMORIAM
 
 
 Alumni
In His Own Words: Keyvan Hariri, M.D.
MAA Reaches Out to Residents
Mobile Clinic Needs Volunteers
Update: Books Without Borders
Patent Pending
Humanitarian Medicine 101
What's Your Story?
 
 
 Friends
Boy Wonder
In Memoriam
EVENTS
Supporting Scholarships
Gifts
 
 
 Epilogue
My Long and Winding Road
 
 
 Leadership
New Beginning
 
Fall 2009

Fall 2009

 
 Leadership
15 YEARS
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
The Sounds of Learning
Rethinking Alzheimer's Disease
Learning to Walk Again
Return of the jazz Singer
New Dean Named
How to Build a Bigger Brain
Protecting Med Students from Influences of Pharma
Chain of Life
Transplatation Milestones
More Obesity Blues
 
 
 Conversation
Dr. Daniel Geschwind
 
 
 Features
Do No Harm
The Surgeon Scientist
Comfort Measures
 
 
 Faculty
Dr. Slamon's Perspective
Award/Honors
Rock On!
 
 
 Alumni
A Toast from Classes Past
Cheers to the Classes of ’55-’60, ’70, ’80, ’90 and ’00
Come One, Come All
Give Back
Welcome Back, Donald
Supper Time
The Dean's Visit
 
 
 Friends
Visionaries
Gifts
Events
Chairs of Distinction
 
 
 Epilogue
Memories of Marwa
 
Spring 2009

Spring 2009

 
 Conversation
Dr. David T. Feinberg
 
 
 Leadership
Our Story of Medicine
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
New Advances in Stem-Cell Research
By the Numbers
Multifront Attack
Surf the Web, Sharpen the Brain
Small Science, Big Goals
New Department Established
Veronica's Story
Drink to Health
Building a Bicultural Bridge to Better Healthcare
UCLA Tops in Physician Survey
Insomniacs Beware: Poor Sleep = Hungry Habits
Nursing's New Dean
UCLA Program Goes National
Thanks for the Memories
A Reason to Love Broccoli
 
 
 Features
Doctors Across Borders
'Thank You for Giving me My Life'
I Wonder if We Could ...Donate?'
The Forest and the Trees
 
 
 Faculty
Awards / Honors
Remembering Dean Cowan 1938-2008
In Memoriam
Grants
 
 
 Alumni
I Remember CHS
Face to Facebook
MAA Honors Outstanding Physicians and Scientists
Bridging the Gap with Gifts
Scholars' Voices Speak Volumes
 
 
 Friends
Caring for Wounded Warriors
Events
Chairs of Distinction
In Memoriam
Gifts
 
 
 Epilogue
Grace Notes
 
Fall 2008

Fall 2008

 
 Leadership
A Place to Call Home
 
 
 Conversation
Drs. Gerald S. Levey, David T. Feinberg and James B. Atkinson
 
 
 Features
Open for Business
From the Inside Out
Home, Sweet Home
Man of Stone, Heart of Gold
A Child’s Place: Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
Light & Hope: Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA
Community Health: Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital
Last, but Not Least
Atomic Hospital Goes Digital
The Givers
Beautiful, Yes and Smart, Too
Inventing The Future
 
 
 Epilogue
Hard Steel, Delicate Beauty
 
Winter 2008

Winter 2008

 
 Leadership
New Beginnings
 
 
 The Cutting Edge
Proteins in the Key of G
Combating MS in Men
Research Revolution
Hail to the Chief
UCLA Ranks No. 3 in U.S.!
D-Day at UCLA
Cueing the Brain
Of Mice and Men
Hope for Wounded Warriors
 
 
 Conversation
Dr. Richard J. Shemin
 
 
 Features
Heart of Gold
Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery at UCLA
Profile in Courage
Clemente's Anatomy
Anatomy’s Next Wave
Anatomy From the Inside Out
Gray Matters
 
 
 Faculty
Remembering Dr. Dignam 1921-2006 / In Memoriam / Awards
 
 
 Alumni
An Apple for Teacher / Books Without Borders
 
 
 Friends
Celebrate!
A Gift to Accelerate Stem-Cell Research / In Memoriam
 
 
 Epilogue
Epilogue
 
Winter 2007

Winter 2007

 
 The Cutting Edge
Kid-sized Heart Valve Will Avoid Invasive Surgery, Reduce Pain and Speed Recovery
Transformation of Stem Cells into T-cells Raises Hopes for AIDS Gene Therapy
Placebo Study Finds Brain Activity Predicts Antidepressant Response Before Medication Begins
Reversing Dietary Ratio of Fatty Acids May Suppress Prostate-Cancer Growth
Pomegranate Juice Stabilizes PSA Levels in Men with Prostate Cancer
Same Genes Act Differently in Males and Females; May Explain Gender Gap in Disease, Drug Response
New Biosensor Provides Rapid UTI Relief, Cuts Diagnosis Time from Two Days to 45 Minutes
 
 
 Leadership
Leadership in Education and Research
 
 
 Features
Making Better Doctors
RoboDoc
Living Life After Cancer
Community Ties
The New Medical Missionaries
Vision Quest
Educating Future Leaders
New Horizons
 
 
 
News
 
 
 Faculty
Faculty Notes
 
 
 Friends
Friends
 
 
 Alumni
Alumni