Research

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

Posted on Apr 30, 2018 in Cancer, 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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Cord Blood Stem Cell Study Shows Promise for Autism

Posted on Feb 7, 2018 in Quality, Research, Uncategorized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A first-of-its-kind double-blinded, crossover study of children with autism who were treated with their own cord blood showed the treatment to be safe and suggests improvement in socialization.

Michael Chez, M.D., of Sutter Neuroscience Institute.

The study, which was published Feb. 6 in the medical journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine, involved 30 children and was conducted by Michael Chez, M.D., the primary investigator who designed the study that was carried out through the Sutter Neuroscience Institute of Sacramento and the Sutter Institute for Medical Research, with research grant funding by Cord Blood Registry® (CBR®). It was the first randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial performed in the United States to assess the feasibility of treating autistic children by using their own newborn cord blood harvested from their banked umbilical cord. The study can be viewed here.

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Sutter Health Receives $3.2 Million Grant to Evaluate Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

Posted on Jan 19, 2018 in Quality, Research

Investment will help enhance and expand research efforts

 

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute has secured funding from the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health to conduct a five-year study, evaluating the not-for-profit healthcare network’s experience with implementing Group Lifestyle Balance (GLB)™—a  group-based diabetes prevention program that has gained national attention for its success. Read More

Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Plusoptix Collaborate to Improve Vision Screening for Kids

Posted on Jan 10, 2018 in Quality, Research, Transformation

Easy to use, kids-friendly vision screening devices can help reduce the risk of lazy eye by more than 50 percent through comprehensive vision screening.1

 PALO ALTO, Calif.—Palo Alto Medical Foundation, an affiliate of Sutter Health , a leading not-for-profit health care system in Northern California, and Plusoptix, a world leader in instrument based vision screening, today announced they are working together to help improve routine vision screening for children in pediatric and family medicine clinics. More than 30 clinics at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) are utilizing vision screeners from Plusoptix as a way to ensure young children are thoroughly screened for eye disorders. Read More

Sutter Health Joins Cutting-Edge Study for Early Breast Cancer Detection

Posted on Sep 20, 2017 in Research, Transformation

Under the guidance of Sutter Health Research, several Sutter Health sites across Northern California are participating in a study that is evaluating a new tool for detection of early stage breast cancer.

The multicenter study, called the STRIVE Study, will evaluate a new blood test to be complementary to mammography for early detection of breast cancer. The test is being developed by GRAIL, Inc., and the study is recruiting women at mammography centers across the Sutter Health system and Mayo Clinic.

“The STRIVE Study is unprecedented in its size and scope, and has the potential to improve how we screen for breast cancer in the future,” said Walter “Buzz” Stewart, Ph.D., MPH, Sutter Health’s chief research officer. Read More

Sutter Health Research Projects on Patient-Centered Care Receive National Awards

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in Research, Uncategorized

 Palo Alto, Calif., (Feb. 13, 2017) – The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) based in Washington, D.C., recently awarded funding to a study at Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) on improving communication between patients and primary care doctors, and to a PAMF project aimed at improving preventive care for seniors.

A study led by Ming Tai-Seale, Ph.D., MPH, associate director of PAMFRI, received $5.8 million to assess the effectiveness of three different approaches to enhancing patient-doctor communication in a primary care setting.

“We want to enable patients to have a voice in their care from the beginning,” said Dr. Tai-Seale. “This project encourages patients to be better prepared and to engage in shared decision making so that they will get more out of their visit. And it will help doctors and patients choose the best treatment plan for the patient.’’

Dr. Ming Tai-Seale at a conference held by Health Affairs, a leading policy journal.

Dr. Ming Tai-Seale at a conference held by Health Affairs, a leading policy journal.

An award for $50,000 went to the Guzik Family Center for Geriatrics and Palliative Care at PAMF to advance the Fostering Successful Aging project. Established in 2014, Fostering Successful Aging has received funding from PCORI for three consecutive years. The project’s goal is to engage older people, the medical community, researchers and other stakeholders in studying effective strategies to help seniors maintain their health and independence for as long as possible.

“This work focuses attention on value-based preventive care for seniors by discovering how patients can help contribute meaningfully to improving care for seniors both now and in the future,” said Peter H. Cheng, M.D., founder of the project and leader of geriatric medicine at PAMF’s Guzik Center.

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