Patient Story

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital tailors program to the individual patient based on development, needs

By uclahealth • January 19, 2022
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Willow Crisostomo’s middle name, Lux, means light in Latin. At five years old, she is a bright light of smiles, love and curiosity. But Willow’s future looked dim when she was born at less than 23 weeks, about half the length of a normal gestation. Just 14 ounces, Willow weighed [...]

By uclahealth • December 16, 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

Diane Chung was just 7 months into motherhood when she underwent the risky procedure

By Alana Prisco • September 21, 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
My husband was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in Jan of 2019. He began treatment at Boyer Clinic with Dr. Schiller and Karolina Faysman in March of 2019. They saved his life! Thanks to their kindness, expertise, and compassion, he is now 16 months post transplant and doing well! [...]
By parisarocks • January 7, 2021