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Grace Nassar, 7, no longer needs a white cane to help her navigate the world.

The gift of vision

Grace Nassar was three months old when her parents were told she had nystagmus, a condition marked by uncontrollable eye movements. Worse, an underlying condition would eventually make Grace functionally blind. Today, thanks to a UC Irvine Health eye specialist, Grace sees the world with new eyes.


Gavin Herbert Eye Institute on the UC Irvine campus

A vision realized in the new Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

The new world-class Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, part of UC Irvine Health, was a long time in the making.

Why choose UC Irvine School of Medicine?

A shared vision

Yale grad Sam Vesuna is pursuing his medical degree at UC Irvine because of its approach to the future of healthcare.

Grad student Ryan Schutte

Seeking the source of seizures

UC Irvine grad student Ryan Schutte’s epilepsy research has earned him a Public Impact Fellowship

Going viral

UC Irvine microbiologist Bert Semler works to stop certain viruses from replicating, which is changing the way we fight the common cold and other illnesses.


In pursuit of happiness

Gerontologist Kerry Burnight shares lessons she's learned on living well

The day they became doctors

Graduating UC Irvine medical students learn where they'll serve their residencies.

UC Irvine nurse practitioner Karen Sommers has devoted her career to helping and caring for leukemia patients

Leukemia patients feel her caring touch

UC Irvine Healthcare nurse practitioner Karen Sommers devotes herself to leukemia patients at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Charting a new course

Tech-savvy first-year medical students are staying one step ahead with an EMR system


Miniature telescope inserted in a UC Irvine patient's eye restores central vision

Eye telescope restores sight in macular degeneration patients

Two UC Irvine eye surgeons are the first in Orange County to implant miniature telescopes in the eyes of patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among older Americans.





UC Irvine's Daniele Piomelli to determine how the body’s own marijuana-like chemicals can be utilized to treat stress, pain and obesity

Finding his bliss in research

A love of discovery positioned UC Irvine's Daniele Piomell as a spokesman for the medicinal use of cannabis.


UC Irvine medical students meet their matches

UC Irvine medical students meet their matches

Five graduating medical students look to the future as they learn where their careers will start

UC Irvine patient Tom Fox's brain tumor is in remission thanks to UC Irvine neurooncologists.

Brain tumor patient scales new heights

Tom Fox's tumor is in remission thanks to UC Irvine neuro-oncologists.

Young adult cancer patient Binh Phan

Breast cancer survivor walks down the aisle

Young adult cancer patient Binh Phan celebrated the wedding of her dreams thanks to the care she received from Dr. Leonard Sender and the medical team at UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

A new appreciation for life

Lymphoma nearly stopped him in his tracks

Cancer was the last thing on Angelo Giuliano’s mind when the high-energy entrepreneur experienced spells of extreme fatigue in early 2009.

Billy Pine

Still making waves

Two-time cancer survivor Billy Pine is proud to say he has never missed a day of swimming since being treated for two bouts of cancer at UC Irvine Medical Center.

Members of the UC Irvine Gold Humanism Honor Society

With love, on Valentine's Day

Medical students from UC Irvine School of Medicine staged a Valentine's Day celebration to thank staff "for all you do each day."

A UC Irvine study aims to determine whether children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder benefit from contact with canines

A different breed of therapist

A UC Irvine study aims to determine whether children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder benefit from contact with canines

UC Irvine's Ivan Soltesz, chair of anatomy & neurobiology, is recognized as one of the world's leading epilepsy researchers

Uncharted territory

UC Irvine's Ivan Soltesz, chair of anatomy & neurobiology, is recognized as one of the world's leading epilepsy researchers.

Angie Tran-Bloom, Steven Bloom, Stevie, Lauren and Elsie

Counting her blessings

Angie Tran-Bloom survived to be a mother to her triplets, thanks to UC Irvine's high risk Maternal-Fetal Medicine team and blood donor center.

 


Alice Hernandez-Gaona brushes past ovarian cancer

A brush with ovarian cancer

Alice Hernandez-Gaona thought she was in great health until a pain in her stomach turned out to be advanced ovarian cancer. Thanks to fast action by UC Irvine gynecologic oncologist Dr. Krishnansu Tewari and her participation in a national clinical trial, Gaona's disease is in remission. 

Philippe Caupain, co-owner of Bruxie, was saved from sepsis after he was transferred to UC Irvine Medical Center.

Savoring life anew

UC Irvine's acute care surgery team saves chef Philippe Caupain from sepsis, caused by complications from a hernia surgery at a Coachella Valley hospital.     

Can robots take over rehab?

Can robots take over rehab?

At UC Irvine, professor David Reinkensmeyer develops devices designed to restore movement to damaged limbs

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Blazing a trail in gynecologic cancer

UC Irvine's Dr. Robert E. Bristow, whose father was the American Medical Association's first black president, is also a trailblazer—in gynecologic cancer.

Cooling device

Lighting the way

Three UCI researchers come up with a device to protect the top layer of skin during laser treatment for vascular birthmarks — enabling the early, painless and safe minimization of port-wine stains. 

Juanita Miller and her daughters, Rachel, 7, and Alexa, 5. Miller is being treated for leukemia at UC Irvine Medical Center and she continues to receive regular platelet transfusions as part of her treatment.

Saving lives, one pint at a time

The reasons for donating blood vary, but the need and impact never change.

UC Irvine  National Center on Elder Abuse will serve as a clearinghouse for information, research and best practices

Campaigning against elder abuse

UC Irvine receives $1.7 million federal grant to become a National Center on Elder Abuse, serving as a clearinghouse for information and research.

Searching for the power to heal

Dad enrolls in medical school for son

Members of UC Irvine School of Medicine's Class of 2015 have one thing in common, the desire to care for others. Single father Ryan Murphy decided on medical school to provide for his son.

UC Irvine Medical Center rated among the nation's top hospitals

UC Irvine Medical Center again ranks among top 50 U.S. hospitals

UC Irvine Medical Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation's best hospitals for cancer treatment and gynecology, nephrology and urology services.

Dramatic improvements in laser removal treatments over the past decade have given dermatologists and surgeons greater ability to lighten or even fully remove these intrusive birthmarks.

Port-wine stain masters

Beckman Laser Institute clinic leads the way in research, treatment of vascular birthmarks

UC Irvine School of Medicine had eight specialty areas acknowledged as either nationally ranked or high-performing

UC Irvine Medical Center rated tops in OC

U.S. News' ranking places UC Irvine tops in OC, fourth in greater-Los Angeles area

Telemedicine gives patients in underserved communities access to UC Irvine experts

Seeing a specialist -- from afar

Telemedicine gives patients in underserved communities access to UC Irvine experts

Take care before jumping into summer sports

Taming the weekend warrior

How to avoid summer injuries

Expanding the role of robots in UC Irvine operating rooms

Expanding the role of robots

Robotic device for spine surgeries adds to firsts in UC Irvine Medical Center operating rooms. Surgeons continue to find innovative uses for the technology, including thyroid, lung and colorectal procedures.


UC Irvine cardiologist Dawn M. Lombardo works to combat the No. 1 killer of women: heart disease.

Matters of the heart

UC Irvine cardiologist Dawn M. Lombardo works to combat the No. 1 killer of women: heart disease.

Home visits can reveal decline in aging relatives

Home visits can reveal decline in aging relatives

Home visits to aging relatives can reveal evidence of a decline in physical or mental function and possible abuse, says Dr. Laura Mosqueda, director of UC Irvine’s Program in Geriatrics.

Swift action by UC Irvine's stroke team saves teenager from severe brain injury

Striking the right chords

Swift action by UC Irvine Healthcare's acute stroke team saves Diamond Bar teenager Darrin Ching from severe brain injury.

UC Irvine thyroid cancer survivor Shannon Dargenzio and her 230-pound English mastiff, Shera

Her next-best friend is a robot

No one can tell that Shannon Dargenzio had thyroid surgery thanks to a robotic thyroidectomy performed by Dr. Jason Kim at UC Irvine Douglas Hospital.

Attorney and former legislator Todd Spitzer was treated for vocal cord cancer at UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Still talking strong

Attorney and former legislator Todd Spitzer credits his ability to speak to the careful treatment for vocal cord cancer he received at UC Irvine's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

UC Irvine patient Tom Tiffany still enjoys motorcycle riding, camping and hiking on two feet

Still standing on two feet

Tom Tiffany is able to ride motorbikes, hike and camp on both feet thanks to cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Roy Fujitani, who removed severe clots in Tom's leg and groin arteries

The King's Speech draws attention to the anxiety and dread felt by many stutterers.

Giving voice to those who stutter

Dr. Gerald Maguire’s breakthrough studies and treatments provide relief, hope for millions

Researchers with UC Irvine’s Institute for Clinical & Translational Science advanced efforts to turn scientific discoveries into new methods, treatments and cures to improve public health.

Taking research to the community

New center facilitates collective effort to address Orange County healthcare issues 

Match Day propels Marco Angulo to make a greater difference as a physician and leader in the Latino community

A 'match' made in medicine

Match Day matches graduates with hospitals throughout the nation

Leigh Poirier Ball teaches the UC Irvine campus community relaxation techniques that can have lasting impact

Breathing lessons

Relax, breathe slowly and reduce stress


Incoming UC Irvine medical student Sara Rooney receives an iPad

Medicine's new wave

UC Irvine is using high-tech tools to revolutionize healthcare education

Dr. Henry Klassen is finding success with a stem cell-based treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

Setting his sights on a cure

Dr. Henry Klassen is finding success with a stem cell-based treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

The key to getting and staying fit, according to UC Irvine expert, is being realistic

How to have a healthier 2011

Fitness tips from a UC Irvine expert 

iPhone app developed by UC Irvine team mimics a hearing aid

iPhone to hearing aid

UC Irvine team develops iPhone app that mimics a hearing aid and produces basic hearing tests

First-year UC Irvine medical students Will McKelroy and Sam Dodson practice checking vital signs on a portable ultrasound machine.

Medicine's new wave

By providing students with technological devices such as iPads and portable ultrasounds, UC Irvine School of Medicine is revolutionizing the way healthcare is taught. For the future doctors, such tools could one day be as standard as the stethoscope. 

Psychologist Jennifer Martin fought inflammatory bowel disease and won thanks to UC Irvine's digestive disease specialists.

Savoring life

Psychologist Jennifer Martin fought inflammatory bowel disease and won thanks to UC Irvine's digestive disease specialists.

Becky Spears, a soccer-playing mother of three, undergoes robotic surgery at UC Irvine to remove a suspicious mass from her fallopian tube.

Back in play

Becky Spears, a soccer-playing mother of three, had successful robot-assisted surgery at UC Irvine to remove a large growth from a fallopian tube.

UC Irvine patient Rey Buack was back on the golf course within of month of surgery to repair a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

Back in the swing

Rey Buack, a start-up company executive from Yorba Linda, was back on the golf course within of month of having his ruptured aortic aneurysm repaired by UC Irvine endovascular surgeon Dr. John S. Lane.

UC Irvine surgeons Drs. Thomas Ahlering and Michael Louie

Robots redefine cancer surgery at UC Irvine Healthcare

In the ever-evolving battle against cancer, the surgical robot is gaining ground. UC Irvine becomes the first medical center on the West Coast to perform robotic thyroidectomies.

Treating concussion is a team effort for UC Irvine doctors and local high school athletes.

Tackling concussion

Team of UC Irvine doctors works with high school athletes to improve diagnosis, treatment  of concussions

Dr. Scott Goodwin treats uterine fibroids without surgery at UC Irvine Medical Center

Treating uterine fibroids without surgery

UC Irvine radiologist Dr. Scott Goodwin treats uterine fibroids with a catheter, avoiding major surgery.

 

radiologic image guidance to see inside the body and thread a catheter through the patients…


Noted virologist Rozanne Sandri-Goldin influences research both in and out of the lab

Keeping science funding flowing

Noted virologist Rozanne Sandri-Goldin influences research both in and out of the lab

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta pioneered the now-routine use of chemotherapy on tumors before surgery

Targeting breast cancer

UC Irvine oncologist Dr. Rita Mehta pioneered the now-routine use of chemotherapy to shrink or eradicate breast cancer tumors before surgery.

New summer program shows Orange County teens what it takes to get an M.D.

Attracting pre-premed students

New summer program shows Orange County teens what it takes to get an M.D.

Folu Ani, a member of the Class of 2014 at UC Irvine School of Medicine, holds an iPad pre-loaded with his first-year curriculum.

For students, the future is now

Folu Ani, a member of the Class of 2014 at UC Irvine School of Medicine, holds an iPad pre-loaded with his first-year curriculum.

Radiotherapy at UC Irvine decreases patients' radiation exposure, increases comfort

Getting the high-tech treatment

Radiotherapy at UC Irvine decreases patients' radiation exposure, increases comfort

UC Irvine gynecologic oncologist Dr.Krishnansu Tewari seeks a cure for ovarian cancer

Overcoming ovarian cancer

UC Irvine’s gynecologic oncology group forges a treatment breakthrough for ovarian cancer.

In studies, UC Irvine surgeons find bariatric surgery safer, gastric bypass most effective

Reducing obesity

In studies, UC Irvine surgeons find bariatric surgery safer, gastric bypass most effective

C Irvine’s new pigmented lesion program monitors people at high risk of dermatological cancer

Saving your skin

UC Irvine’s new pigmented lesion program monitors people at high risk of dermatological cancer

Study shows maternal stimuli can improve cognitive function, stress resilience

A mother's touch

Study shows maternal stimuli can improve cognitive function, stress resilience

UC Irvine research nurse Connie Parido draws blood from a Long Beach middle school student as part of the HEALTHY study, an effort to reduce obesity in children at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

A healthy plan for lowering diabetes risks

UC Irvine's HEALTHY study shows school-based diet and exercise programs can reduce obesity and lower diabetes risk in children.

Dr. Ira T. Lott consults with Sandra Steigner, a participant in his current study on Down syndrome and Alzheimer's.

Down syndrome may hold clues to Alzheimer's

UC Irvine pediatric neurologist Dr. Ira Lott and his team study Down syndrome adults to learn why – and when – cognitive decline is triggered by Alzheimer’s.

Gloria Guzman, on the monitor, translates for nurse Danielle Lawson (right) and a patient.

Bedside translator by remote

UC Irvine Medical Center is testing medical interpretation by video for patients with limited English proficiency.

UC Irvine research Aileen Wiglesworth led research on bruising in the elderly.

Uncovering elder abuse

UC Irvine study of older adults has identified the types of bruising most likely caused by abuse and found that most seniors, even those with memory disorders, can remember the cause of an intentional injury.

UC Irvine disaster response specialists Dr. Kristi Koenig and Dr. Carl Schultz

Masters of disaster

UC Irvine doctors Kristi Koenig and Carl Schultz help shape emergency medical responses the world over with their book detailing the best principles and practices for handling medical needs during a disaster.

Preventing heart failure

Beating heart failure

With the right treatment and lifestyle choices, people with heart failure can stop the progression of disease, says Dr. Dawn Lombardo, director of UC Irvine’s nationally recognized Heart Failure Program, the only program of its kind in Orange County.

Summer camp for burn surivors

Youngest burn survivors go to camp

Each year, a dozen children treated at the UC Irvine Regional Burn Center are sent to a summer camp for burn survivors. "It's a great experience for the kids," says Dr. Marianne Cinat, the burn center's medical director. "They get to know other children and develop real bonds based on shared experiences."

The case for multivitamins

The case for multivitamins

Multivitamins have been called a relatively inexpensive form of medical insurance, but if proper doses are not taken, UC Irvine's Frances Jurnak says they can induce nutrient deficiencies in the body.

Vision quest

Getting back in focus

Refractive surgeons Marjan Farid and Sumit Garg at UC Irvine's Gavin Herbert Eye Institute use advanced laser technology and superior skill to restore good sight to aging eyes.

Reducing obesity

Reducing obesity

UC Irvine surgeon Dr. Ninh T. Nguyen says two studies demonstrate that both gastric bypass and gastric banding surgeries are safe, but the bypass results in greater weight loss.

Dr. Ralph Clayman

Patient advocate

Pioneering urologist and inventor Dr. Ralph Clayman brings surgical precision and a singular focus on healing to his new role as dean of UC Irvine's medical school.

Surviving a pancreatic tumor

Grateful to be back on the job

Joe Alfaro is grateful that his UC Irvine doctors were able to discover and treat a rare neuroendocrine disease that caused a deadly tumor on his pancreas.

Hardening arteries, an ancient problem

A mummy's curse: hardened arteries

UC Irvine cardiology professor Dr. Gregory Thomas and colleagues discover hardened arteries in ancient Egyptian mummies, showing that the precursor to heart attacks and strokes isn't just a modern malady.

Stem cells restore cognitive abilities after radiation treatment

Stem cells restore memory after radiation therapy

Human stem-cell transplants help rats regain cognitive ability within four months of radiation treatment for brain tumors, UC Irvine radiation oncology professor Charles L. Limoli and colleagues discover.

On the cutting edge of sight

A zigzag path to better vision

UC Irvine ophthalmologists Drs. Marjan Farid, Sumit Garg and Roger Steinert have pioneered a zigzag incision technique that significantly improves the outcome of laser-assisted corneal transplantation.

UC Irvine expands options for the hearing impaired

A sound practice

At UC Irvine Medical Center, cochlear implants restore children's hearing by directly stimulating the auditory nerve. 

Gaining on pain

Gaining on pain

UC Irvine's new Center for Pain Management offers hope for those suffering from chronic pain. Center director Dr. Justin Hata says it is the only comprehensive, multidisciplinary facility of its kind in Orange County.

Bad driving may be genetic

Bad driving may be in the genes

UC Irvine neuroscientists have discovered that people with a genetic variant perform more than 20 percent worse on driving tests.

Helping hands

Healing the tiniest patients

Nursing graduates begin satisfying careers caring for critically ill and premature newborns at UC Irvine Douglas Hospital.

Food toxin trigger found

Deadly food toxin trigger found

UC Irvine chemist Sheryl Tsai and fellow researchers have discovered the trigger for a deadly mold called aflatoxin that can cause liver cancer.

Still doing its Level I best

Trauma does its Level I best

UC Irvine's Level I trauma center, which was recently re-verified as meeting the highest national standards, plays a critical role in caring for Orange County's most severely injured patients. 

Targeting tumors, sparing healthy tissue

Targeting tumors

UC Irvine School of Medicine researchers Kenneth Longmuir and Richard Robertson develop more precise ways to deliver chemotherapy drugs to tumors, not healthy tissue.

Halting Huntington's disease

Race against the clock

UC Irvine researcher Leslie Thompson's stem cell work gives hope to Huntington's patients, for whom time is the enemy.

Goose bumps, laughter and butterflies

Why do we laugh?

UC Irvine's Dr. Kathryn Larsen, chair of family medicine, explains the mechanisms behind such quirky human reactions as goosebumps, hiccups and laughter.

Triumph out of tragedy

Triumph through teamwork

Without precision teamwork by UC Irvine's emergency and trauma specialists, spine surgeons and Fullerton paramedics, Jon Wilhite could not have survived the car crash that claimed the lives of Angels' pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends.

New doctors are ready for PRIME time

Ready for PRIME time

UC Irvine's School of Medicine graduated the first physicians from a pioneering program aimed at ending healthcare disparities among Latinos.

Stopping disease where it lives

Stopping the spread of infectious diseases

UCI research on infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, HIV and melioidosis, could benefit millions worldwide.

UC Irvine's first married med students

White coats, bright future

First married medical student couple tackle healthcare's changing face with passion, hope

Dr. Chris Fox with an ultrasound scanner in the emergency department

Ultrasound: Wave of the future

Portable ultrasound scanners save lives in the ER, helping to diagnose life-threatening conditions in minutes, says Dr. Chris Fox.

Dogs with hospital patient

New approach to cancer prevention, care

Increasingly, cancer patients supplement traditional treatments with alternative therapies such as herbs, diet and acupuncture. Unconventional approaches to prevention have gained in popularity, too. But do they work?

Firepit precautions needed

Parents warn of fire pit danger

UC Irvine's burn center director and parents of injured toddler warn of fire pit danger, say injuries can be avoided

Stress test

Lowering prenatal stress

UC Irvine psychiatry researchers study stress in pregnant women and its effect on their babies.

Dr. Wadie Najm and Dr. Bianca Garilli launch a 12-week wellness program, making use of a variety of alternative methods to heal body, mind and spirit.

Live longer, live better

Dr. Wadie Najm and Dr. Bianca Garilli launch a 12-week wellness program through the Susan Samueli Center, making use of a variety of alternative methods to heal body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Alpesh Amin

Hospitalist: The new medical specialty

Dr. Alpesh Amin is a pioneer and leader in the rapidly growing field of hospital medicine, and the program he leads at UC Irvine Medical Center is one of the nation's finest.

Lycopene research on bladder and prostate cancers

The superfood quest

Xiaolin Zi gauges effects of naturally occurring compounds on bladder and prostate cancers

soaking in ultraviolet rays

Dark side of the sun

UC Irvine skin disorder specialist Dr. Janellen Smith stresses that people - especially those in sun-worshipping Southern California - should be aware of the health risks associated with prolonged sun exposure and take proper precautions.

$21 million gift names hospital

$21 million gift names hospital

A posthumous gift from a man whose values included integrity and service completes fundraising for UC Irvine Medical Center and renames the new hospital.

Patients move into University Hospital

Open for business of healing

Patients move into state-of-the-art hospital rooms as University Hospital opens for the business of healing.

New hope for heart health.

New hope for heart health.

A recent worldwide study showed that cholesterol-lowering drugs significantly reduce their risk of heart disease in healthy men and women with good cholesterol levels.

Doctor back from Iraq

Doctor back from Iraq

Transplant surgeon Dr. Clarence E. Foster III recently traded the convenience of UC Irvine Medical Center's modern operating rooms for the treacherous and harsh environs of war-torn Iraq, where he performed life-saving trauma surgery on injured soldiers and civilians and cared for the health of detainees.

Telemedicine brings stuttering treatment to the world.

Telemedicine brings stuttering treatment to the world.

Dr. Gerald Maguire started the world's first clinic dedicated to the medical care of stuttering, and if patients in faraway places can't come to his UC Irvine Medical Center office for treatment, he brings it to them.

Scrubs for a day.

Scrubs for a day.

When they arrived at UC Irvine Medical Center, the two dozen Silverado High School students seemed unsure about what was ahead.

UC Irvine researchers go beyond mammography

Beyond mammography

A handheld laser scanner developed at UC Irvine improves detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer

A new appreciation for life

Lymphoma nearly stopped him in his tracks

Cancer was the last thing on Angelo Giuliano’s mind when the high-energy entrepreneur experienced spells of extreme fatigue in early 2009.

UC Irvine thyroid cancer survivor Shannon Dargenzio and her 230-pound English mastiff, Shera

Her next-best friend is a robot

No one can tell that Shannon Dargenzio had thyroid surgery thanks to a robotic thyroidectomy performed by Dr. Jason Kim at UC Irvine Douglas Hospital.
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