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Thank you Dr. Busuttil for saving my life and thousands of others for over the past 33 years!

Thank you Dr. Busuttil for saving my lif [...]

I was one of the first 30 patients to have received a liver transplant performed at UCLA by Dr. Busuttil. Now him and his liver…
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Gio's Journey

Gio's Journey

  “Your son has epilepsy.” Four words. Four terrifying words. Heartbreaking. Devastating. It is difficult to find words that best convey what a parent feels…
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2017 UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium

2017 UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium

The UCLA Brain Research Institute, Semel Institute, and UCLA Cannabinoid Affinity Group are proud to present: Inaugural 2017 UCLA Cannabis Research Symposium Thu, April 20,…
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A Reason to Live

A Reason to Live

Three years ago, my wife died, and I just gave up. I didn’t want to do dialysis anymore.
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16 Hour Surgery

16 Hour Surgery

“I was a patient here in 2006 for a 16-hour resection of a brain tumor,” says Brad Lusk, a 68-year-old neurosurgery patient who was running…
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Colorectal Cancer: Tommy Chong talks colorectal cancer, colostomy bags and the healing power of humor

Colorectal Cancer: Tommy Chong talks col [...]

Tommy Chong has had many identities in his decades-long career: comedian (he’s half of the Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Cheech & Chong), actor,
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A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of my Father

A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of [...]

To the UCLA medical team who cared for my father in his final weeks of life: My father, Frank Eck, recently passed away on the…
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Twins Share in Recovery

Twins Share in Recovery

"Our mother died of breast cancer at the age of 55," says Raj Dhillon, (pictured right) 72, and identical twin sister to Tej Bains. Tej…
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A Birthday to Remember

A Birthday to Remember

"I was perfectly healthy a little over a month ago, then I started having headaches and fatigue. I was admitted into the hospital on my…
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Better than a pit crew: UCLA

Better than a pit crew: UCLA

It’s two different stories for two different children,” says Jeremy Ellertson, father of 11-year-old Christian and 3-year-old Christopher. Both children suffered from a heart disease…
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Saved My Life Twice

Saved My Life Twice

60 years ago I was a preemie baby at UCLA fighting for my life. Once again I am here to have UCLA take care of…
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