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PAMF Physicians Award Scholarships to Aspiring Future Doctors

Posted on Jul 30, 2018 in People, Uncategorized, We're Awesome

PALO ALTO, Calif.–Three recent high school graduates are the latest recipients of college scholarships awarded by Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) physicians. The annual scholarships, created to help meet the need for future physicians, are awarded to deserving local students who are committed to becoming medical doctors.

The students, who are chosen through a competitive process, receive $25,000 or $12,000 scholarships that are paid over several years to help cover the costs of undergraduate studies and medical school.

Since 1993, PAMF physicians have funded and awarded more than 50 scholarships to outstanding local high school students who attend a four-year college and plan to pursue careers as doctors. In addition, PAMF’s philanthropy department has awarded eight scholarships over the years thanks to generous community donors. Read More

HMR Program Ranked a No. 1 “Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet” for Third Year

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 in Uncategorized, We're Awesome

PALO ALTO, Calif.– For the third consecutive year, HMR Weight Management Services (HMR) has been ranked as a No. 1 Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet  in an annual 2018 ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

The simple and high-intensity lifestyle intervention program is offered by Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation at two locations, 301 Old San Francisco Road in Sunnyvale, and 795 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. 

The magazine evaluated 40 of the most popular diets and weight-loss programs on a range of levels from heart healthiness to their likelihood of helping people lose weight.

“Successful weight loss is not only about losing pounds quickly, it’s about creating changes around eating and physical activity that you can sustain over the long term,” said Carol Addy, M.D. MMSc, Chief Medical Officer at HMR. “By keeping the plan simple, people can lose weight quickly while building the skills they need for long-term weight management.”

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PAMF Research Institute’s Dr. Harold Luft Receives 2018 Centennial Medal from Harvard University

Posted on May 30, 2018 in Quality, Research, We're Awesome

Dr. Harold Luft, Ph.D., director, PAMF Research Institute

PALO ALTO, Calif.- Harold S. Luft, Ph.D., director of Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), has been awarded the Centennial Medal from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the school’s highest honor recognizing outstanding alumni whose contributions to knowledge, to their disciplines, to their colleagues, and to society have made a fundamental and lasting impact.

Dr. “Hal” Luft, who is also a senior scientist at PAMF’s Research Institute and the Caldwell B. Esselstyn Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Health Economics at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, received the honor for his influential work as a health care economist.

Dr. Luft was presented with the award on May 23 at a ceremony at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in Cambridge, Mass. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Harvard’s Department of Economics, completing his Ph.D. thesis in 1973 on the impact of poverty on health, and health on poverty, in America.

“Harold Luft’s dedication to advancing interdisciplinary, empirical research has improved health care for the benefit of millions of Americans,” said Emma Dench, GSAS interim dean. “We are proud to award him the 2018 Centennial Medal.”

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PAMF Pulmonologist Performs First Robotic Bronchoscopy on a Patient in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 30, 2018 in Innovation, Quality, Research, We're Awesome

New Procedure Advances Lung Cancer Diagnosis  and Treatment
                          

Ganesh Krishna, M.D.

Mountain View, Calif. – Ganesh Krishna, M.D., director of interventional pulmonology at PAMF, part of the not-for-profit Sutter Health network, successfully performed an innovative robotic bronchoscopy procedure to view the inside of the lungs and obtain a tissue sample from a patient with an abnormal CT scan of the chest.

This procedure, the first of its kind performed in the United States, took place on March 30 at El Camino Hospital, as part of a clinical trial of Auris Health’s Monarch Platform.

“Since the robotic bronchoscope has the ability to travel deeper into the lung and precisely guide a biopsy instrument to even the most difficult nodules, the technology offers the potential to diagnose lung cancer at an earlier stage,” said Dr. Krishna, who is also medical director of the Interventional Pulmonology Program at El Camino Hospital and fellowship director of the Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program in collaboration with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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Sutter Health Opens Latest Walk-In Care Clinic in Oakland

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 in Expanding Access, Quality, We're Awesome

New innovative center in Oakland offers same-day, convenient care
for non-urgent issues

Oakland, Calif. – Sutter Health opened the newest Walk-In Care clinic in Oakland, a service of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, today at 5095 Telegraph Ave., Suite B.

Sutter’s Walk-In Care clinics offer a quick, convenient care option for everyday illnesses and health needs in a stand-alone storefront that is easily accessible. The Oakland clinic is Sutter Health’s seventh Bay Area location. Other clinics are located in Dublin, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Ramon, Walnut Creek and San Jose.

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