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Oscar Hernandez (second from left) attends the UC Irvine School of Medicine’s 2015 White Coat Ceremony for incoming students.

A doctor-to-be without borders

Despite his immigration status and uncertain finances, first-year University of California, Irvine medical student Oscar Hernandez will not let his dream of becoming a doctor be deferred.

david lieu uc irvine school of medicine alumni class of '79

Opening doors for the future

School of Medicine alum and current UC Irvine parent, Dr. David Lieu, MD, MBA, Class of '79, gives back as a tribute to those who helped him succeed.

Dr. Howard J. Federoff with student at white coat ceremony.

White coats, bright futures

If a journey of a lifetime starts with a single step, for UC Irvine Health medical students that first stride took place on the Irvine Barclay Theatre stage before friends, family and fellow classmates to receive their first physician’s white coat.

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New ‘top doc,’ Howard Federoff, MD, has heavy caseload

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the University of California, Irvine salutes the great achievements that built a world-class university while continuing to look toward a brilliant future. And in one significant way, that future will be realized through the vision and drive of Dr. Howard J. Federoff.

Dr. Henry Klassen

FDA greenlights UC Irvine clinical trial of treatment for blinding disease

A first-of-its-kind stem cell-based treatment for retinitis pigmentosa developed by UC Irvine’s Dr. Henry Klassen, Dr. Jing Yang and colleagues has received consent from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in a clinical trial.

Jean Gehricke, PhD

Exploring the ADHD-autism link

For the better part of the last decade, a growing body of research has been revealing more and more similarities between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism.

Christine and Gordon McLaren, UC Irvine researchers

Forging ahead in the fight against hemochromatosis

Christine and Gordon McLaren’s research advances are improving the prognosis for a hereditary blood-iron overload disorder.

Biochemist Bogi Andersen in his research lab at UC Irvine

UC Irvine study finds body clock protects metabolic health

Body-clock rhythms protect cells from metabolism-generated oxygen radical damage, UC Irvine study shows.

UC Irvine neurologist and multiple sclerosis expert Dr. Michael Demetriou.

UC Irvine researchers identify key immune system process

UC Irvine researchers identify a key process in immune system development, shedding light on how the body’s ability to fight infection develops.

UC Irvine Health pediatric genetics professor Dr. Virginia Kimonis

Making rare diseases their common cause

UC Irvine researchers are dedicated to finding genetic clues, giving new hope to families

UC Irvine Center for Epigenetics & Metabolism

Forging a new partnership

UC Irvine Center for Epigenetics & Metabolism partners with Saudi university

Dr. Warren Wiechmann uses Google Glass

Another UC Irvine first: Integrating Google Glass into the curriculum

Wearable computing technology will transform the training of future doctors

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.

Mark Deppe takes a cell phone image as Nicole Roberts opens her March Day letter.

Match Day: A rite of passage for med students

After endless hours of intense studying and clinical rotations, soon-to-graduate UC Irvine medical students saw their dreams come into focus on Match Day, March 21, when they learned where they will start their careers as doctors.

Xiaolin Zi, PhD

Can kava cure cancer?

UC Irvine study of plant compound’s effectiveness against bladder malignancies has yielded promising results.

iMedEd Initiative named a 2013-15 Apple Distinguished Program

Another kudo for iMedEd Initiative

UC Irvine's iMedEd Initiative named a 2013-15 Apple Distinguished Program

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute on the UC Irvine campus

A vision realized in the new Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

The new Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, part of UC Irvine Health, was years in the making.

Dr. Tallie Z. Baram

Getting inside the child mind

With a major neurology award and $10 million in funding, Dr. Tallie Z. Baram strives to understand early-life brain development.

The White Coat Ceremony marks the beginning of the sudents' professional careers.

White coats for the Class of 2017

White Coat Ceremony at UC Irvine marks medical students first step in lifelong journey as doctors.

Dr. Moyra Smith

Making research relevant

Defined as scientific research that helps render findings from basic science useful for practical applications that enhance human health and well-being, translational research is a growing priority at UC Irvine.

The changing face of medicine

UC Irvine School of Medicine is about to make history. The 2013-2014 first-year medical school class will include the largest number of women ever; they will outnumber men by approximately 15 per cent. This is the first time since the school’s founding in 1896 that the gap between male and female has been this large.

Grad student Ryan Schutte

Seeking the source of seizures

Grad student Ryan Schutte’s epilepsy research has earned him a Public Impact Fellowship

Natalie Chen celebrates residency offer

The day they became doctors

Graduating medical students learn where they'll serve their residencies

Going Viral

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

New front in fight against brain cancer

Experimental vaccine trains immune system to target remaining tumor cells after surgery, chemo

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

In pursuit of happiness

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

First-year UC Irvine medical students

Charting a new course

Thanks to an innovative program developed by School of Medicine faculty and personnel from the Department of Information Services, UC Irvine’s 104 first-year students - members of the Class of 2016 - are learning how to digitally chart patient records.

Frank LaFerla, left, Mathew Blurton-Jones and colleagues found that neural stem cells could be a potential treatment for advanced Alzheimer's disease.

Celebrating the progress, potential of stem cell research

Stem cell awareness activities highlight UC Irvine’s pioneering work in promising field

UC Irvine School of Medicine Class of 2016

White coats, bright futures

On the evening of Aug. 3, the 104 students constituting the Class of 2016 formed for the first time to participate in the White Coat Ceremony before an estimated 650 well-wishers.

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

Eye telescope restores center 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 studies 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 made him a spokesman for medicinal use of cannabis

Dr. Robert Bristow

Targeting ovarian cancer

UC Irvine's Dr. Robert Bristow finds disparities in access to the top-quality care that boosts survival

Family and friends cheer the matches

UC Irvine medical students meet their matches

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

Infection control

Keeping hospitals healthy

Mandatory vaccinations are just one of many measures the medical center's infection prevention team has enacted to stop the spread of hospital-acquired infectious diseases — a major public health problem.  "More people die from healthcare-related infections in this country than breast cancer, but you don't hear as much about it," Dickey says.

Members of the Gold Humanism Honor Society distributed candy and words of gratitude on Valentine's Day

With love, on Valentine's Day

UC Irvine medical students thank hospital staff "for all you do each day"

Stage performance teaches medical students the importance of compasionate elder care

The play's the thing for geriatric education

Stage performance teaches medical students the importance of compassionate elder care

UC Irvine study analyzes use of dogs to alter the temperament of children with attention deficity disorder

A different breed of therapist

UC Irvine study analyzes the use of dogs to alter the temperament of children with attention deficit disorder

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 with her husband Steven Bloom and their girls, Stevie, Lauren and Elise.

Counting her blessings

When Angie Tran-Bloom and Steven Bloom learned they were expecting triplets, their biggest concern was delivering three healthy babies. They never dreamed the pregnancy would nearly cost Angie her life.

Alice Hernandez-Gaona brushes past ovarian cancer

Brushing past 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. Krishnan Tewari and her participation in a national clinical trial, Gaona's disease is in remission, leaving her hopeful for continued success as a painter.

Philippe Caupain at his Old Towne Orange restaurant, Bruxie.

Savoring life anew

The success of Philippe Caupain's restaurant in Old Towne Orange is a sweet finish to what was otherwise a dire year for the chef.

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

Dr. J. Stuart Nelson, director of UC Irvine's Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, helped invent the cooling device that allows laser treatment of vascular birthmarks.

Lighting the way for vascular birthmarks

UC Irvine's Dr. J. Stuart Nelson got the idea for a cooling device that makes laser treatment of vascular birthmarks possible while watching a baseball game.

Dr. Robert Bristow, director of UC Irvine Healthcare's Gynecologic Oncology Services

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 oncology.

UC Irvine Medical Center patient Juanita Miller and her two daughters, Rachel and Alexa.

Saving lives, one pint at a time

The reasons people donate blood vary, but the critical need and the impact of each pint never change.

UC Irvine Medical Center employee recovers swiftlty after suffering stroke

Swift, expert stroke treatment results in full recovery

UC Irvine Medical Center employee recovers swiftly after suffering stroke

UC Irvine Medical Center rated among nation's top hospitals for the 11th consecutive year

UC Irvine Medical Center again ranks among top 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.

Half-day tour of UC Irvine Douglas Hospital gives high school students a glimpse of a medical student's life.

High school students get jump on medical school

UC Irvine's High School Medical School Forum gives physicians of tomorrow a head start on learning.

Take care before jumping into summer sports

Taming the weekend warrior

How to avoid summer injuries

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

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 Medical Center rated tops in OC

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

Combating the No. 1 killer of women: heart disease

Matters of the heart

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

Motorcycle enthusiast Tom Tiffany is still able to ride and hike after treatment for leg clots that threatened circulation to his foot.

UC Irvine vascular specialists avert amputation

UC Irvine vascular surgeon Dr. Roy Fujitani removed severe clots in Tom Tiffany's leg and groin, preserving his foot and his life.

UCI researcher Wendy Liu is trying to make the lifesaving devices less life-threatening

Improving biomedical implants

Biomedical engineer Wendy Liu is researching safer coatings for implants

Relief and hope for millions of stutterers

Giving voice to those who stutter

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

Christopher Lay, a UC Irvine doctoral student, works seven days a week researching whether crippling strokes in rats can be averted by simply stroking a whisker shortly after the trauma occurs.

A stroke of good fortune

UC Irvine doctoral student researches whether strokes in rats can be averted by stroking a whisker after the trauma occurs.

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

By providing students with high-tech tools, UCI School of Medicine is revolutionizing healthcare education

Medicine's new wave

Incoming UC Irvine medical student Sara Rooney receives an iPad

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

UC Irvine expert reveals the key to getting and staying fit

iPhone to hearing aid

iPhone to hearing aid

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

Finding the ‘fingerprints’ of prostate cancer

Finding the ‘fingerprints’ of prostate cancer

Dr. Dan Mercola’s genetic biomarker tests enable earlier detection

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.

Dr. Ignatius Ou is the primary investigator on nearly two dozen clinical trials that test cancer treatments at UC Irvine Medical Center.

Taking aim at deadliest cancer

Dr. Ignatius Ou is the primary investigator on nearly two dozen clinical trials that test cancer treatments at UC Irvine Medical Center. The study of non-small cell lung cancer highlights advances in targeted drug therapy.

Cross-country runner and premed student Jessica Vaughan’s long-range goal: ending childhood obesity

Going the distance in the fight to end childhood obesity

Cross-country runner and premed student Jessica Vaughan’s long-range goal: ending childhood obesity

Medical center takes aim at stemming patient complications and healthcare costs

Reducing infections, one central line at a time

Medical center takes aim at stemming patient complications and healthcare costs

Treating fibroids without surgery

Treating fibroids without surgery

UC Irvine radiologist Dr. Scott Goodwin uses a catheter to fibroids in a procedure called uterine fibroid embolization

Tackling concussion

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

Robots redefining cancer surgery

UC Irvine’s innovative Robotic Oncology Center offers minimally invasive treatment in multiple disciplines

Anesthesia residents work with a mannequin in UCI’s new Medical Education Simulation Center – the only one of its kind in Orange County and among the most sophisticated in the nation.

Medical education through simulation

UC Irvine's School of Medicine's new medical simulation center lets doctor-to-be lets doctors-to-be practice on highly realistic mannequins.

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

Attracting pre- premed students

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

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.

UC Irvine's gynecologic oncology group forges treatment breakthrough

Overcoming ovarian cancer

UC Irvine's gynecologic oncology group forges treatment breakthrough

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.

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.

UC Irvine epidemiologist Dr. Ralph Delfino

Clearing the air

UC Irvine epidemiologist Dr. Ralph Delfino shows link between vehicle exhaust and heart disease

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.

Medical students Scott Kendall and Heather Sand examine a patient under the gaze of Dr. Emily Dow.

Students lauded for launching health clinic

A team of medical students wins UC Irvine's Living Our Values Award for creating and staffing a free clinic in Orange County.

UC Irvine research Aileen Wiglesworth led research studies on inflicted bruising of the elderly.

Uncovering elder abuse

UC Irvine studies 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.

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.

A medical education building that is both wired and green.

Blazing a trail in 21st century medicine

UC Irvine's new medical education facility is designed with future of healthcare - and planet - in mind.

Beyond mammography

Beyond mammography

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

Patient advocate

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.

Dr. Kenneth Chang founded UC Irvine's H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center, one of the few clinics in the country to provide a full spectrum of care specifically for digestive disorders.

The missionary doctor

Dr. Kenneth Chang, founder of UC Irvine's H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center, uses lessons learned in a Taiwanese fishing village to develop leading-edge care for digestive disorders.

James H. Fallon mobilizes stem cells

New stroke therapy succeeds in rats

UC Irvine professor James H. Fallon and his research team has mobilized existing stem cells, causing them to proliferate, migrate and eventually differentiate into new cells that fill in the damaged brain, returning function to the stroke victim.

Healthy aging

A guide to healthy aging

UC Irvine's Dr. Sonia Sehgal tells her geriatric patients that age is not just a number; it's a mix of many factors - some we can control, some we can't. The internist and geriatrician offers a decade-by-decade approach to maximizing quality of life.

Giving the gift of life

Kathryn Jennell's decision to donate her husband's organs saved three lives and led UC Irvine Medical Center to broaden its donor policy. UC Irvine now leads Orange County hospitals in organ donations.

Giving back to those in need

UC Irvine health sciences students open a weekly free clinic

Future doctors and nurses spend Saturday mornings caring for those most in need at the UC Irvine Outreach Clinic, which offers free care in Tustin.

Clues in blood

Trailing the blood detective

UC Irvine hematologist Dr. Jae Chang uses his medical sleuthing skills to identify rare blood disorders.

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 this precursor to heart attacks and strokes isn't just a modern malady.

Stem cells show promise at alleviating the memory loss that accompanies radiotherapy

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 Rogert Steinert have pioneered a zigzag incision technique that 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.

Dedicated to the ER

Dedicated to the ER

Medical student Jamie Akiva Kahn lives UC Irvine's values: intellectual curiosity, respect, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation and fun.

Healing the tiniest patients

Healing the tiniest patients

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

Still doing its Level I best

Trauma does its Level 1 best

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

Targeting tumors, not 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.

Halting Huntington's disease

Race against the clock

UC Irvine researcher Leslie Thompson's stem cell work gives hope to Huntington's disease 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 through teamwork

Triumph through teamwork

Without precision team work 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.

Dr. Alpesh Amin

Hospitalist: The new medical specialty

Dr. Alpesh Amin is a pioneer and leader in the rapidly growing field of hospital medicine

Marnie Granados with patient

Ready for PRIME time

Inaugural class in model UCI medical education program graduates this spring

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.

Fire pits pose hidden dangers

Fire pits pose hidden dangers

UC Irvine Burn Center director and parents of injured toddler warn of fire pit danger, say injuries can be avoided

Stopping the spread of infectious diseases

Stopping the spread of infectious diseases

UC Irvine's research on viral and bacterial illnesses could benefit millions worldwide

White coats, bright future

White coats, bright future

UC Irvine's first married medical students tackle healthcare's changing face with passion, hope

Stress test

A stress test for healthy babies

UC Irvine psychiatry residents study prenatal stress among pregnant women

Lycopene research

The superfood quest

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

$21 million gift names hospital

$21 million gift names hospital

Building becomes UC Irvine Douglas Hospital in honor of largest single cash donation in campus history

Leading the way to cancer cures

New Chao center director Rick Van Etten focuses on boosting patient treatments and access