Christina Jamieson, PhD, is the UC San Diego Site PI on a small business innovation research grant with local biopharmaceutical company Targazyme, Inc. to develop genetically modified mesenchymal stem cells treated with Targazyme's lead product, TZ101, for treatment of oral mucositis. "Replenishing the mucous membrane tissues of the mouth and nose will relieve one of the most painful and serious side-effects of cancer therapies. Strengthening this tissue with TZ101 treated mesenchymal stem cells may also help patients fight off infections and help them to tolerate even more effective anti-cancer therapies," said Jamieson, Assistant Professor of Surgery. "We are grateful for this research support. I look forward to continuing our successful collaboration in hopes that we may bring treatments like this to patients with cancer more quickly."
Jill Buckley, MD, is featured in a recent article in Urology Times. In a retrospective study, surgeons from the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA, in collaboration with Buckley reported that a novel approach using radial urethrotomy with mitomycin C (MMC) injections led to a patent bladder neck in nearly three-fourths of patients after a single procedure and 81% after two procedures.
Once again UCSD Urology has 3 doctors on the San Diego Magazine Physicians of Exceptional Excellence list: Michael Albo, MD (10th year), J. Kellogg Parsons, MD, MHS (5th year) and Christopher Kane, MD (6th year). Overall, UC San Diego Health System has 110 physicians in 40 specialties on the 2014 list. These “Top Doctors” were rated among the best in San Diego County by their peers, members of the San Diego County Medical Society.
UCSD Urology received its highest ranking ever in the 2014-15 edition of US News & World Report. "This is a great statement about our collective progress in building a distinguished and outstanding Urology Department," says Christopher J. Kane, MD, Chair. Moving up from #22 last year, this is the fifth time the program has been in the top 50 nationally in the last seven years. In addition, UC San Diego Health System is again ranked #1 in the San Diego metropolitan area and #5 in California, with national rankings in 11 specialites, up from 10 last year. Read more: San Diego Union-Tribune
Dr. Kane and his team Kane's Crusaders rode the full 150 miles from UCSD to Temecula and back, and more than 750 cyclists participated in the annual Pedal the Cause event held September 20-21, 2014. All funds benefit cancer research in San Diego, including UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. Sign up now to ride in 2015!
Christopher J. Kane, MD, was recently invited to join the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. AAGUS is composed of leading academic urologists and recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement in the field. It is one of the highest accolades a urologist in the U.S. may receive.
2014 Awards for Outstanding Faculty, Residents and Staff
Congratulations to our faculty and residents who received the following awards at the Urology graduation ceremony in June: T. Mike Hsieh, MD, is the 2013-14 Urology Outstanding Faculty Educator; Nishant Patel, MD, earned the AUA Lawrence F. Greene Award; and Jason Woo, MD, received the George Kaplan Resident Research Award (with Honorable Mentions to Seth A. Cohen, MD, and Hossein Mirheydar, MD). Our inaugural award for Outstanding Physician Consultant was presented to Dr. Alan Hemming, Chief of Abdominal Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery. In addition, Ivanka Kodzic, administrative assistant in the Hillcrest Urology clinic, received the 2014 Outstanding Urology Administrative Staff award and Rowena Heck, RN, a nurse at the San Diego VA Medical Center, received the 2014 Outstanding Urology Nurse award.
The monthly Prostate Cancer Support Group meetings are temporarily on hiatus. Thank you for your patience.
Join us at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014 for a free seminar for men and women, featuring expert guidance from Mike Hsieh, MD, and Sanjay Agarwal, MD, at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. More information and Registration
Raw, bitter veggies could help slow prostate cancer, even in advanced stages
J. Kellogg Parsons, MD, presented findings from the MEAL Study at the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting in Brisbane in March. Sky News Australia
The 2nd Annual Breakfast with Champions was held on March 21 at the La Jolla Country Club to raise funds for prostate cancer research. Pro Football Hall of Famers Mike Haynes and Charlie Joiner shared their stories, and Christopher J. Kane, MD discussed innovations and discoveries in prostate cancer here in San Diego. More information
The 7th Annual UCSD Urology Postgraduate Course, Evidence-Based Urology Update was held March 14-15, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, with our highest number of attendees and exhibitors to date. We recevied very positive feedback on the content and live surgery. Thank you to all who attended, and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!