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When Experience Counts…

Posted on Mar 22, 2019 in Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO — With 38 years of experience, Dr. Fung Lam has delivered more than 5,600 babies at Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and has identified many pregnancy complications that resulted in referrals to specialists. When San Francisco resident Aliisa Rosenthal came to Dr. Lam, during the early stages of her pregnancy

KGO interviews Dr. Fung Lam about Molar Pregnancy

with her second child, everything appeared to be normal.  However, Dr. Lam noticed a rare anomaly on her ultrasound that he had seen before—a molar pregnancy.

A molar pregnancy occurs when the cells that become placental tissue grow at such an accelerated rate that it overwhelms the fetus and typically will not result in a viable fetus. This accelerated growth leads to the development of a tumor which must be surgically removed. Molar pregnancy is rare. In the U.S., 20 women out of 100,000 that will be affected. Women from Asia and South America can experience occurrences as high as 1,300 per 100,000. Of those who experience a molar pregnancy, less than 10 percent result in the tumor being malignant. After a molar pregnancy, 98 percent of women later go on to have normal pregnancies.

According to Dr. Lam, with the use of ultrasound, prenatal care starts much earlier than it did years ago. This allows obstetricians to often identify pregnancy complications much earlier. Because of Dr. Lam’s past experience with identifying the subtitles of a molar pregnancy, Aliisa’s situation was identified early at about nine weeks. She is now doing well and spending precious time with her husband and 2-year-old daughter.

“Blessed in Multiple Ways”: First Twins Born at the New CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital

Posted on Mar 6, 2019 in Scroll Images

SAN FRANCISCO – On Monday, March 4, Dien Ngueyn and Alexander Hsu of Oakland welcomed the first twins to be born at the newly-opened Van Ness Campus hospital. The babies were delivered by Fung-Yee Chan, M.D.

Baby girl Callista was the first to arrive at 2:43 p.m. Callista weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and measured 18 inches. Callista’s brother Callan, who arrived a minute later at 2:44 p.m., weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and measured 20 inches.

The twins’ parents chose to deliver at Sutter’s CPMC because of the medical center’s outstanding reputation of care in the maternal and fetal medicine program.

During a routine amniocentesis, to screen for developmental abnormalities in a fetus, a benign growth was found in baby Callan’s lung. The parents soon discovered why Sutter’s CPMC enjoys a stellar reputation for maternal and fetal medicine. Immediately upon finding the lung abnormality, CPMC staff connected the family with Regina Arvon, M.D., a geneticist and obstetrician at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation (SPMF) who specializes in multifetal pregnancies. Mom began receiving seamless care from a multi-disciplinary team that monitored and reviewed the progress of the both babies’ development, as well as changes in Callan’s medical condition.

Dr. Arvon explains that CPMC and SPMF’s multi-disciplinary approach in maternal and fetal medicine program is “like an incubator designed to care for the family.” As baby Callista and Callan were born, a team stood ready in the delivery room to provide diagnostics and specialty care to immediately address the birth defect, if needed.

The care team is happy to report that both infants are doing well and that they will continue to monitor baby Callan to determine future steps to care for him as both children transition into their home in Oakland.

Tiny Pup Brings Joy to Moms on Bed Rest

Posted on Oct 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

Alice, a tiny and charming therapy dog, regularly cheers up moms on bed rest at CPMC’s California campus.

“Our moms on bed rest can be at the hospital for long periods of time,” says Lori Denault, a child life supervisor and NICU specialist who helps coordinate the pet therapy program at CPMC. “The transformation is amazing when the moms spend time with our pet therapy dogs. Alice and her fellow therapy dogs are so popular, we’ve had to increase their visits.”

The cute pup and her owner Marsha White, a retired nurse, were trained in animal-assisted therapy by the San Francisco SPCA.