patient stories

Rare surgery to address congenital femoral deficiency turns ankle joint into functioning knee

By Jocelyn Apodaca Schlossberg • January 7, 2022
They say every dog has his day but only two dogs can say they’ve been Lakers for a Day. Harlow, a Golden Retriever/Lab mix, and Pierre, a French Bull Dog, received the honor in recognition of the UCLA People-Animal Connection (PAC) program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpV98zf5Nrs

This program involves more than 60 dogs who, supervised [...]

By uclahealth • December 10, 2021
Being a great doctor is not just about being first in your class at Med School. It's actually much more about developing compassion, empathy, insight and care with a patient on an individual basis. Through an amazing set of fortuitous circumstances, I was introduced to Dr. Niloofar Nobakht just as [...]
By JackBK • November 19, 2021

Providing whole-person care to cancer patients includes culturally competent mental health services

By uclahealth • October 20, 2021

'Thanks to God, I have a life to live now,’ says Osama Alharbi

By uclahealth • October 19, 2021

An endoscopic procedure performed by UCLA Health’s Dr. Alireza Sedarat gave Lavario the ability to eat and drink normally again.

“I could not swallow for a year and a half,” recalls MaryAnn Levario.

Levario came to UCLA Health after a failed surgery for achalasia left her unable to eat or drink. “I had [...]

By uclahealth • April 28, 2021

Claude Lagardere thought the pain in his throat was from something he had to eat.

“I thought it was from a taco I’d eaten a few days before, but the hurt wouldn’t go away,” recalls Lagardere, 78, of his experience in 2018. “I was referred to UCLA Health gastroenterologist Dr. [...]

By uclahealth • April 26, 2021

“My dad was 54 years old when he passed away,” says Porchia Toussaint, who was 31 when she learned her dad had stage 4 colon cancer. “His doctor told my brother and I that because we were his kids, we needed to get follow-up colonoscopies. I had no idea what [...]

By uclahealth • March 16, 2021

“My new primary care physician was shocked that I hadn’t had a colonoscopy yet,” says 62-year-old James Weatherall, who chose UCLA Health for his medical care after moving to Los Angeles.

“I went in for my colonoscopy expecting nothing, but came out of it with a tumor,” he says. “My whole [...]

By uclahealth • March 16, 2021

“I was 35 years old when I started seeing some blood in my stool,” says Cameron Kalunian, whose primary care physician sent Cameron to a gastroenterologist to determine the cause. “They performed a sigmoidoscopy, which is a less invasive test than a colonoscopy. They found a large tumor at my [...]

By uclahealth • March 16, 2021