Surgery Professor Receives Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award

Award recognizes Richard Shemin’s commitment to best practices, quality for mitral valve repair

UCLA Health has received the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award from the American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation for a demonstrated record of superior clinical outcomes resulting from evidence-based, guideline-directed care and high volume in mitral valve repair for degenerative mitral valve regurgitation.  

  • June 07, 2022

‘Meant to be here and more to give’

A first-generation DGSOM graduate reflects on her roots and time in medical school

Tam Au at David Geffen School of Medicine in Westwood on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. (Photo by Joshua Sudock/UCLA Health)

“I’m trying to stop and preserve this moment a little bit longer. It feels like a ball is rolling downhill,” says Tam Au, a graduating student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “There were times when I didn’t even know if I would get to this point.” 

  • June 02, 2022

High cholesterol? Here’s what to do about it

And what's the difference between good and bad cholesterol?

Cholesterol is essential for healthy cells and is a building block of hormones, but too much of it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

  • June 01, 2022

‘Something we’ve been waiting for’

A 2022 DGSOM graduate realizes his family’s dream

Vikram Krishna at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Westwood on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. (Photo by Joshua Sudock/UCLA Health)

Vikram Krishna, a medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA graduating this year, jokes that his parents, like many other immigrant families, wished for their children to become doctors. Though he’s close to realizing his family’s dream, he had very different plans when he was a kid.

  • June 01, 2022

Thanking the ‘silent teachers’ who donated their bodies to medicine

The Service of Gratitude Ceremony honors patients in the UCLA Donated Body Program

The Service of Gratitude, which commemorates patients who have donated their bodies for the advancement of medical science and research, is back after a two-year hiatus.

This year’s ceremony, on Friday, May 20, honored the families of 600 patients, offering them the chance “to come together with other people who have done the same thing,” says Travis Siems, assistant director of the UCLA Donated Body Program.

  • May 24, 2022

Six professors receive UCLA Public Impact Research Awards

The Office of Research & Creative Activities is honoring faculty for work that connects campus to local and global communities

Spanning work that could help Los Angeles meet skyrocketing demands for housing to research that uses big data to help build a more just society for communities of color to multiple projects related to climate change, UCLA faculty are doing work that has clear and immediate benefits to local and international communities.

  • May 19, 2022

Facial feminization surgery gives Chloe Corcoran new joy for life

‘I just wanted to look like me,’ says the UCLA Health patient, who underwent the series of procedures in 2021

"It's just about feeling like me and seeing that in the mirror," says Chloe Corocoran, after her facial feminization procedure. (Photo courtesy of Chloe Corcoran)

Chloe Corcoran waited years — all her life, really — to see herself in the mirror.

After undergoing facial gender-affirming surgery at UCLA Health, she finally can.

“I just wanted to look like me,” says the 40-year-old New York native.

  • May 19, 2022

Guidance for parents amid infant formula shortage

‘My advice is not to panic. Work with your health care provider or your pediatrician to navigate this,’ says UCLA Health’s Dr. Kara Calkins

In the midst of a national infant formula shortage, UCLA Health doctors are warning against homemade recipes or diluting bottles, and advised that pediatricians can help locate supply for babies with special health needs.

  • May 18, 2022

UCLA researchers develop base editing approach for rare genetic immune disorder

New research indicates the novel gene editing technique base editing could be used as a one-time therapy to restore the production of T cells in patients born with the rare genetic immune disorder CD3 delta severe combined immunodeficiency.

This condition, also known as CD3 delta SCID, is caused by a mutation in the CD3 delta gene, which produces a protein by the same name that is critical to the formation of T cells. Babies born with CD3 delta SCID are unable to produce these white blood cells that fight against disease-causing intruders in the body.