patient story

Ann McLaughlin’s complex surgery also required repair of the left atrium of her heart

By uclahealth • July 6, 2022

After 18 years, Ashleigh Thiel finally received a diagnosis of endometriosis thanks to UCLA Health’s Dr. Daniel Ginn

By uclahealth • June 22, 2022

‘I knew that if it was me, if I was a match, I was going to do it,’ says Yadira Ortega

By uclahealth • May 16, 2022

The Thousand Oaks resident was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at just 26, underscoring a troubling trend

By uclahealth • March 14, 2022

“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

Three days after delivering at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Brittani Clark, a pediatric nurse practitioner, brought in her newborn daughter, Nia, for her first appointment with Dr. Allison Guimera in the Porter Ranch office. Dr. Guimera weighed and examined Nia and talked to Brittani about infant care. Similar well [...]

By uclahealth • January 9, 2020

“After 22 years of being around numerous explosions and jumping out of airplanes, it finally caught up to me,” reflects 51-year-old Tad Steckler, who was an Army engineer dealing with explosives and demolition. “Before Operation Mend, I was easily irritated, lacked an ability to focus, and couldn’t remember things. I [...]

By uclahealth • November 7, 2019

Lori Jordan, a marketing executive for a Silicon Valley startup, was in her mid-30s when she noticed a lump in one of her breasts for the first time. Although she had recently completed an annual physical and breast exam with her long-time primary care physician, Dr. Anna Chirra, at UCLA’s Iris Cantor [...]

By uclahealth • October 7, 2019

Howard Brenner had his first heart attack at 41, and soon after, became a UCLA Health patient. In the past 20-plus years, Brenner, now 67, has had various imaging studies and procedures, including the placement of nine stents to open up his coronary arteries. All of this is documented in [...]

By uclahealth • September 18, 2019

“I use sunscreen to prevent sunburns,” says Irene Tam, a tourist visiting from Macao. Local residents and visitors alike can enjoy the 50 sunscreen towers in Santa Monica and Malibu. Not pictured, Dr. Emily Newsom, a dermatologist says, “These kiosks, which are completely free to the public, are going to [...]

By uclahealth • August 28, 2019