A Brief History of General Thoracic Surgery in Northern California, Sacramento and UC Davis

A Brief History of General Thoracic Surgery in Northern California, Sacramento and UC Davis John R. Benfield, M.D. Professor of Surgery Emeritus UC Davis and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Prepared for the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, June 2nd 2015) Paul C. Samson, an impressive 6’6” former footbal [...]

By | 2016-05-27T09:16:29+00:00 May 25, 2016|Medical Education, Uncategorized|

March 19th, around 10AM PT, UC Davis will be Live Tweeting a Patient’s Experience Undergoing Surgery for Lung Cancer. Why?

“Is there a cure for lung cancer?”  That is a very common question for me.  We all know the statistics.  Lung cancer has around a 15% five year survival rate.  But the truth is in the details.  The majority of patients diagnosed with lung cancer are diagnosed at an advance stage, i.e. stages III and IV (there are four [...]

By | 2015-03-17T23:37:30+00:00 March 17, 2015|Blow Your Mind Technology, Lung Cancer, Medical Education|

2014 Update on UC Davis Thoracic Surgery Outcomes

UC Davis thoracic surgery providers are helping to evolve healthcare to emphasize patient value.  Patient value not only includes traditional outcomes such as  cure of cancer and amelioration of pain, but also by the effects on quality of life, function after surgery, and most importantly, what immediate outcomes are i [...]

By | 2014-07-19T14:11:56+00:00 July 19, 2014|Benign Esophagus, Benign Lung, Esophageal Cancer, Lung Cancer|

UC Davis Section of General Thoracic Surgery Partners with #LCSM to host the Lung Cancer Tweet Chat on 6/19

On Thursday, June 19th at 5 PM Pacific/ 8 PM Eastern, Dr. David Tom Cooke (Twitter@UCD_ChestHealth) will moderate the #LCSM Tweet Chat. The topic: “What are clinical and functional outcomes after lung cancer surgery that are most important to patients & their families?”  We will partner with #LCSM (#Lung Cancer Soc [...]

By | 2014-06-08T13:10:36+00:00 June 8, 2014|Lung Cancer|

Transparency of Value in the Care of Patients Undergoing Lung Cancer and Esophageal Cancer Surgery

Medicine is evolving where the focus expands to not just state of the art technology and procedures to care for our patients, but also what value can medicine provide to patients.  That value is defined by not just the overarching goals of therapy, i.e. cure of cancer, resolution of infection, amelioration of pain, but [...]

By | 2013-10-06T06:07:14+00:00 October 6, 2013|Esophageal Cancer, General, Lung Cancer|