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Message From the Chair

A Time for Reflection

Andrew H. Murr, MDThe end of the year is a time to reflect on our accomplishments. As we approach the end of 2019, this issue of Heads Up! shows how our department has continued to grow and advance. We have new grants, new space, new residents, and new faculty.

As you’ll read in our cover story of HeadsUp!, our Head and Neck Oncology and Endocrine Surgery Division has moved in to the brand new Precision Cancer Medical Building (PCMB) at Mission Bay. While the office itself is amazing, with the latest ergonomic and other benefits for patients and physicians, the real showstopper is the organization of the space itself. Being in close proximity with all the related departments and services and allowing the Head and Neck Cancer Team to work adjacent to its treatment partners in infusion, dentistry, and radiation oncology has already paid dividends for work efficiency. We think this new space will have a positive impact on the patient experience, as well.

The recent recruitment of two new physicians was a real boon to the department.

Lauren Roland, MD, is a general otolaryngologist with a master’s degree in Clinical Research and fellowship training in rhinology who will increase access for patients in our general otolaryngology practice requiring secondary as well as tertiary care. Lauren will augment the hospitalist team headed by Matthew Russell,MD.

Kimberly Luu, MD, is a pediatric otolaryngologist who has special training in education. Her unique educational background and real world computer engineering experience makes her an asset to the department and to the patients she will see at Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

On the resident side, our department has been approved by the ACGME to grow from four residents to five residents per year. With our busy surgeons and research scientists, and our growing institution, we thought it was time to grow the residency education program as well. You can read about our five newest residents and our four fellows on page 7 of our latest HeadsUp! issue.

Finally, I hope to see you at one of our upcoming CME courses.
The Pacific Rim Otolaryngology Update is February 15–18 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the UCSF Sleep Course is February 14–15 in San Francisco. Don’t forget: These courses are free to our UCSF OHNS residents in the first five years after graduation, so come and join us!

I hope you enjoy this issue! Warmly,

Andrew H. Murr, MD, FACS
Professor and Chair
UCSF Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery