From the President, July 2016

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 in President's Message | 0 comments


Dr Tigno MS President

Dear Medical Staff Colleagues,

On the heels of a successful Joint Commission Survey, Summit Medical Center has performed well in the College of American Pathologists (CAP’s) Laboratory Accreditation Program. Thank you Dr. Sasu; Dr. Shaieb; Dr. Swain; Dr. Gologorsky; Jeff Jennings, lab manager; and your whole team for your great work. The Respiratory Therapy Department also did very well, with no significant deficiencies in the Summit ABG Lab. Thank you Dr. Herskowitz; Dr. Dobbs and John Leatherman, manager of pulmonary services; for your dedication! (See details below about the Summit Clinical Laboratory Services.)

  • The Summit Campus received a Silver Award for Tissue Donor Recognition from Donor Network West (see details below).
  • We often do amazing work here at Summit, which sometimes goes unrecognized. Sutter does have a marketing team, which can message information out to the community. So for awards, innovative therapies or anything you think should receive recognition, please send the information to Dr. Steve O’Brien and Dr. Ursi Boynton, and they will forward that information to the Marketing Department.
  • The Sutter Health Air-Ground Medical Transport Network, dedicated to Sutter hospitals in the East Bay, kicked off this week. Hoping for improved efficiencies in patient transport to and from the Summit Campus (see below).

On a social note – the hospitalists from Alta Bates and Summit Campuses have monthly Liver Rounds, which alternate between SF and the East Bay. Everyone is invited and it is a great way to meet people in a social setting. On June 30 at 7 p.m., it will be held at Rosa Mexicano in San Francisco. For future events, and if you want to be on the mailing list, please contact Dr. Charu Puri.

Be well,

By Donna D. Tigno, M.D.
President of Summit Medical Staff

Summit Clinical Laboratory Services

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These tests are performed on-site by the Summit Clinical Laboratory:

  • Chemistry
  • Coagulation
  • Hematology
  • Immunohematology (Blood Bank)
  • Immunology/Serology
  • Microbiology (Gram stain, Specimen processing, Antigen testing)
  • Parasitology (Blood parasites only)
  • Pathology/ Cytology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Point of Care Testing
  • Urinalysis

Tests not performed on-site are sent to several different reference laboratories, depending on test availability and turn-around time, in order of preference:

  • Alta Bates Clinical Laboratory, Berkeley
  • Sutter Shared Laboratory, Livermore
  • Quest Diagnostics, San Juan Capistrano
  • Other “specialty” reference labs (such as Machaon, Stanford, Blood Centers of the Pacific, etc)

The Sutter Shared Laboratory in Livermore provides reference laboratory services for the Sutter Health system, including acute care hospitals.

Courier pickup schedules are noted below. Samples must be received in the lab 1-2 hours prior to the pick-up time in order to be processed and packaged for pick-up.  If needed, STAT couriers to Alta Bates are also available to pick-up Summit samples within 1 or 2 hours after being called.

Day Pick-up Delivery Pick up Times Delivery Times
M-F Summit Shared Lab 1145 1930 1315 2125
Summit Alta Bates 1302 1800 1326 1820
Sat Summit Shared Lab 1340 2225 1545 2335
Summit Alta Bates 1340 1830 1400 1900
Sun Summit Shared Lab 1305 2225 1545 2330
Summit Alta Bates 1306 1830 1324 1900
M-F Summit Quest 1800 2359
Sa-Su Summit Quest 1530 2359

All microbiology cultures are plated on-site; plates are sent to Shared Lab for incubation/ID/Sensitivity.

For MICROBIOLOGY cultures performed at Sutter Shared Lab:

  • Main Lab (for general questions): 925-371-3800
  • Microbiology Dept (to speak with a microbiology tech about technical issues): 925-371-3850

For all other tests, contact the Summit Clinical Lab for assistance at 510-869-6560.  Our lab staff knows where specific testing is performed, so they are your best resource to follow-up on the status of test results.  The status of a test can also be found in Epic Chart Review, in the Status column of the Lab tab.

Please contact Dr. Sebastian Sasu, Pathology Chair, or Dr. Annette Shaieb, Clinical Lab Medical Director, with any questions at 869-6567.

Summit Campus Recognized as an Outstanding Tissue Recovery Partner by Donor Network West

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On June 8, 2016, Donor Network West, the organ, eye and tissue procurement organization for northern California and Nevada, announced that Alta Bates Summit Medical Center – Summit Campus has been recognized with a 2015 Silver Award for its invaluable contribution in the field of eye and tissue recovery. The award recognizes hospitals for meeting and exceeding key metrics vital to successful eye and tissue recovery programs.

Donor Network West partners with 175 hospitals in its service area of 40 counties, including five transplant centers. In 2015, 2,232 individuals became eye and tissue donors. These donors have the potential to improve the lives of nearly 100,000 people. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and an eye a tissue donor can heal more than 50 others. Anyone can register as a donor at or at the DMV.

By Nakia Madrigal, Donation Program Consultant
Donor Network West

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New Sutter Health Air-Ground Medical Transport Network

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Physician Colleagues:

On June 27, our ambulance/transportation vendor changed to AMR.  This is a Sutter-wide contract and Sutter-wide launch that should result in expanded services and availability of transportation services.  As with all transitions, there may be growing pains.  AMR up-staffed in anticipation of glitches.  Command Centers will be at our Transfer Center, at the Sutter-AMR Transport Call Center and locally at ABSMC. 

We have distributed the relevant information to our managers.  This transition should be mostly invisible to the physicians since our policies and procedures for arranging transportation are not changing and it is uncommon for physicians to actively interface with the ambulance service.  Of note, our Transfer Center (844-223-3278) remains unchanged. 

If you have problems/questions/concerns, please, contact Lisa King (510-861-3100) during weekday hours or the Administrative Nurse Supervisor during evening or weekend hours.  Please, notify me of issues that are not being resolved (Steve O’Brien, M.D., 510-869-6785,

Thank you,
Steve O’Brien, M.D.



Be a Mentor to Medical Students

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The UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) in Berkeley is seeking volunteer physician/mentors to meet with 1st, 2nd and 3rd year medical students for coffee for an hour or so to discuss what it is like to be in practice in the East Bay.

Physicians in all areas of specialty, in active practice or retired, are invited to participate in the meetings.  The meetings will be held in Berkeley (or another mutually convenient location) throughout the academic year from June 2016 to May 2017.  Mentors can meet with the students once, or more frequently, as they and the students wish.

The JMP is a unique medical school on the UC Berkeley campus, affiliated with the School of Public Health. The program enrolls 16 students per year as first year medical students; the students spend 2.5 years in the program, working collaboratively in “Problem Based Learning.”

Throughout their Berkeley years, students work on a thesis, usually in the area of public health, and earn a Masters of Health & Medical Science.  At the end of their 3rd year, they transfer to UCSF where they complete their clerkship-years of training over the next 2 years and earn their M.D.s.  The majority of JMP program students then go into primary care.  Learn more about the JMP here:

If you are interested in being a mentor to JMP students and being contacted to make arrangements to meet with a student (in accordance with the scheduling preferences you specify) please fill out the following form on-line:

If you are interested in volunteering in other ways at the JMP, contact JMP Associate Director Amin Azzam, M.D., M.A.; at

If you have any questions for the ACCMA regarding this program please contact ACCMA Associate Director Katie Kadas at or 510-654-5383.

Sutter Community Connect

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Welcome New Physicians

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Please welcome the physicians who joined our staff in June:

Bajaj Chhavi, MD
Medical Hospitalist
350 Hawthorne Ave.  Rm. 2346
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 869-6883

Cynthia Chiu, MD
491 30th St. Ste. 201
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 836-2122

Yelena Gambarin, MD
Internal Medicine
106 La Casa Via
Walnut Creek, CA 94598-3086
(510) 465-6700

Jessica Li, MD
Emergency Medicine
350 Hawthorne Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 655-4000

Attila Mady, MD
Medical Hospitalist
350 Hawthorne Ave. Rm. 2346
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 869-6883

Eric Stuffmann, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
4000 Dublin Blvd., Ste. 100
Dublin, CA. 94568
(925) 556-7320

Laura Wedderburn, MD
Medical Hospitalist
350 Hawthorne Ave. Rm. 2346
Oakland, CA.  94609
(510) 869-6883

Brian Witt, MD
Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine
411 30th St. Ste.314
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 841-0689

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From the President, June 2016

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 in President's Message | 0 comments

Dr Tigno MS President


Dear Medical Staff Colleagues,

  • Congratulations, everyone, for successfully completing the Joint Commission survey last week. Thanks to all the physicians who participated.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Uhl and Dr. Bailey for publishing an article in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, “TARGIT-R (Retrospective): North American Experience with Intraoperative Radiation Using Low-Kilovoltage X-Rays for Breast Cancer.” (See article about program below.)
  • ABSMC Stroke Center has received for seven consecutive years the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. We also received the Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll Award, which recognizes the timely treatment of eligible ischemic stroke patients with TPA.
  • At both campuses, our ICUs have rolled out the ICU liberation project, a Sutter wide initiative to liberate patients from the ventilator and transfer them out of the ICU. This is a multi-disciplinary team approach with participation from Pharmacy, Nursing, Physical/Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy and physicians. Thank you, Dr. Manjuck, for being the physician champion for this project.

As a reminder, please let me know of interesting projects or achievements in your departments so that I can post in the Newsletter. I feel very fortunate that our hospital has so many talented and motivated providers who are doing excellent work for our patients and for the community.

I am continuing to support Physician Wellness and addressing physician burnout. This is a project in evolution in the Physician Well Being Committee. If you are interested in participating  please let me know or contact the Medical Staff Office.

Be well,

By Donna D. Tigno, M.D.
President of Summit Medical Staff



Intra Operative Radiation Therapy Program Hugely Successful

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Some folks know that we do Intra Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) in the OR at Summit Medical Center in Oakland with our incredible Bay Area Breast Surgeons (BABS) led by Dr. Lisa Bailey.

What they may not know is that our paper, TARGIT-R (Retrospective): North American Experience with Intraoperative Radiation Using Low-Kilovoltage X-Rays for Breast Cancer,” was published online May 9, 2016, in the Annals of Surgical Oncology detailing our IORT results, and that I gave a talk in Las Vegas in February 2016 about our hugely successful IORT program.

The results of our first 130 patients are published in this paper. To summarize:

  • We have now treated well over 200 patients.
  • We started our program in late October 2011 so we are coming up to our five-year mark.
  • We are one of the leading centers in the nation offering IORT and have some of the best results.
  • Dr. Bailey and I train and proctor other physicians.
  • We also successfully assisted New Zealand in implementing an IORT program for that entire country.

Many women are hearing about IORT and are coming to see Dr. Bailey and me to have this form of breast cancer treatment.  We even have out of state patients.

Please congratulate Dr. Bailey, as it is rare for physicians in a community practice to publish in a peer review journal. Sutter Health should be very proud of her.

By Valery Uhl, M.D.
Radiation Oncology


Welcome, New Physicians

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Please welcome the physicians who joined our staff in May.

Gerard Dang, MD
3000 Colby St. Ste. 205
Berkeley, CA. 94705
(510) 666-0854

Barry Horn, MD
Pulmonary Diseases
411 30th St. FL 3
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 841-0689

Runjhun Misra, MD
Medical Hospitalist
1510 4th St. Ste. 1
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 525-8980

Evan Sirc, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
2125 Oak Grove Rd. Ste 200
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 296-7150

Adam Warren, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
5700 Telegraph Ave. Ste. 100
Oakland, CA. 94609
(510) 400-5117

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