Media Tour: Grand Opening of New UCSF Orthopaedic Institute

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Special tour for media of the new UCSF Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay.

What: Special tour for media of the new UCSF Orthopaedic Institute at Mission Bay.

Event:     UCSF is celebrating the grand opening of its new Orthopaedic Institute, a major new facility for treating patients and translational research.

The Orthopaedic Institute is UCSF's first clinical service for patients in Mission Bay, and it also serves as a robust research hub where therapies like cartilage regeneration are translated from the lab to patients. In this all-in-one facility, surgeons and specialists treat musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries in adolescents and adults in an outpatient setting.

When:     Friday, October 2, 2009
    10a.m. - Noon (tours and demonstrations)

Highlights for media:

  •     Interviews -- OI clinical specialists, researchers, leadership and patients.
  •     Demonstrations:

--    With patients in the Human Performance Center -- The only Center of its kind in San Francisco. The Center provides metabolic and video feedback to both the medical team and patient about recovery and performance through state-of-the-art biomechanics analyses such as landing force, golf swing, throwing and running-- with video-motion detection utilizing a 10-camera system.

--    With patients in the Orthotics & Prosthetics Center - The largest and most advanced facility of its kind, the Institute's O & P Center evaluates, designs, custom fits and manufactures all types of orthoses (braces) and prostheses (artificial limbs) to meet the needs of the individual patient. Four patients with artificial limbs, including a paralympian, will be demonstrating the Center's capabilities.

--    Video endoscopy-integrated operating room - UCSF orthopaedic surgeons will be demonstrating the features of the OR, and how they teach surgery to residents and fellows through video teleconferencing.

  •     Thomas P. Vail, MD, Chair of the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  •     Anthony Luke, MD, Director of the UCSF Human Performance Center
  •     Wanda O'Donnell, Supervisor of the UCSF Orthotics and Prosthetics Center
  •     Benjamin Ma, MD, Chief of the UCSF Sports Medicine
  •     Christina Allen, MD, UCSF Professor of Sports Medicine
  •     Paralympian Mark Barr, a patient from the Prosthetics Center with an artificial leg
  •     Patients of the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute

Where:     1500 Owens Street,
    UCSF Mission Bay campus
    (3rd and 16th Streets in San Francisco)

Parking:    On-site parking is available in front of the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute at 1500 Owens St.

Media Contact: Lauren Hammit at 415-476-2557 or 415-502-9553 and lhammit (at) (On Oct. 2, cell 713-213-0557)

Additional Features Of The New UCSF Orthopaedic Institute:

  •     Dance Medicine - As one of the West Coast's only dance medicine programs, UCSF's dance medicine specialty has a strong research program and provides dancers with a single location for evaluation, treatment and prevention strategies. The program is led by a former ballerina who became an orthopaedic surgeon in order to treat dance-specific injuries.
  •     Cartilage Regeneration - UCSF's Cartilage Repair and Regeneration Program is one of the only places in the U.S. involved in clinical trials for cartilage repair, and the Program is a research hub for future therapies. State-of-the-art treatment focuses on improving quality of life, enhanced function and decreased pain for patients.
  •     Imaging Services - Focused on musculoskeletal radiology, the imaging suite houses a 3T (Tesla) magnet, the most advanced scanner available to patients for routine clinical use. Well-funded under the NIH, the radiology team provides 3-dimensional mapping and quantitative imaging. Using filmless digital systems, images are distributed throughout the Institute electronically to be pulled up in any exam room for consultation between physician and patient.
  •     Specialty Clinics - To provide comprehensive care with evaluation and treatment for patients of all ages, 28 exam rooms are configured through a specialty-specific blueprint for clinics in Hand and Upper Extremity, Sports Medicine, and Foot and Ankle.
  •     Surgery Center - Comprised of four operating suites and two procedure rooms, the Surgery Center provides an alternative to hospitalization for elective outpatient procedures. Patients benefit from expert orthopaedic surgeons, the most advanced surgical equipment, and a highly trained and specialized staff.
  •     Pain Management - In conjunction with the UCSF Pain Management Center, this program addresses, via patient involvement and education, the range of issues brought about by pain.
  •     Patient and Family Education - A hub for information and support, the Patient and Family Education Area provides access to medical books, journals, and an Internet search station. Recent information on orthopaedic conditions is made available for patients and care-givers.

About UCSF:
UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

Source:    Lauren Hammit, 415-476-2557 or 415-502-9553 (on Oct. 2: 713-213-0557)
E-mail:    lhammit (at)


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