UCSF Medical Center Ranks as Best Hospital in California

UCSF Medical Center has been named among the nation's premier medical institutions for the 17th consecutive year, ranking as the fifth best hospital in the country and the top-ranked hospital in California, in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-2018 Best Hospitals survey.

UCSF received elite Honor Roll status for exceptional performance in 15 medical specialties.  It is the top-ranked hospital on the West Coast on the Honor Roll and the top center in California for  cancer, diabetes, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory and kidney disorders, and orthopedics.

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Darker Skin is Stronger Skin, Says New View of Human Skin Color


By Liz Droge-Young on June 24, 2016

Popular theories of why our human ancestors gained and then lost dark skin over the course of evolution may be incorrect, according to a new paper by UC San Francisco authors, who suggest that heavily pigmented skin evolved because it forms a stronger barrier against a host of environmental challenges. Because deeply pigmented skin requires more energy to produce, they propose, our ancestors shed some of these pigments through natural selection as they moved north and needed less protection against these threats.

“Work in our lab has shown that darkly pigmented skin has far better function, including a better barrier to water loss, stronger cohesion, and better antimicrobial defense, and we began to ponder the possible evolutionary significance of that,” said Peter Elias, MD, professor of dermatology. Elias co-authored the new paper, published in the June 21, 2016 online issue of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, with his wife and frequent research collaborator Mary L. Williams, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at UCSF.

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Aelan Cell Technologies Names Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D. to Its Scientific Advisory Board

Aelan Cell Technologies Names Michael D. Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D. to Its Scientific Advisory Board — Aelan Cell Technologies announced today the appointment of Michael Rosenblum, M.D., Ph.D. to its Scientific Advisory Board. A formally trained immunologist and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Rosenblum sees patients, conducts research, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).\

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