Monday, November 23, 2009 - 1:49pm

Dr. Muhammad Y. Sheikh presented research he believes has the potential to be developed into front-line therapy for hepatic encephalopathy, a condition in patients with liver cirrhosis who accumulate toxic substances in their blood, affecting brain function.

Dr. Sheikh, chief of gastroenterology at UCSF Fresno and an associate professor of clinical medicine, presented the data from international clinical trials of the drug rifaximin in patients with chronic hepatic encephalopathy (HE) at the 74th annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology held in San Diego.

Friday, November 20, 2009 - 1:50pm

Donor-investors, including physicians and staff all paid close attention as Kevin Follansbee, chair of Community Medical Centers’ board, announced construction will begin in January on Terry’s House.

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 1:51pm

More than 40 surgeons from around the nation and two from overseas came to Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital to learn the latest techniques in bariatric revision surgery from pioneers in weight-loss and metabolic surgery. The two-day seminar included lectures, demonstration of the latest in laparoscopic equipment, a practice tissue lab and observation of two gastric bypass revision surgeries done by Dr. Kelvin Higa, medical director of the hospital's Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program.

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 1:51pm

Pacific Gas and Electric Company awarded a $15,632 rebate to Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital for a project that is expected to significantly reduce the 57-bed hospital’s energy usage and could save the hospital nearly $45,000 annually on its energy bills.

Monday, November 9, 2009 - 1:52pm

In the three years since its inception, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital’s bariatric surgery program has received 5-star (or top) ratings from HealthGrades® and been designated as a center of surgery excellence by insurers Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna and Health Net. But the biggest honor yet is the recent mark of approval from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), said Dr. Kelvin Higa, the program’s medical director.