Palo Alto Medical Foundation Newsroom

Westside Clinic Opens Summer 2014

PAMF’s New Westside Clinic Services in Santa Cruz Began June 30

renderingexteriorwestsideThe Palo Alto Medical Foundation‘s (PAMF) new Westside Clinic in Santa Cruz opens this summer  for patient care, offering family medicine, pediatrics, laboratory, radiology and urgent care services at 1301 Mission Street. The Family Medicine Department began seeing patients in the new clinic on June 30, 2014.  All other services will be open for business on July 14. View a list of Westside Clinic medical team members and departments.

“Santa Cruz sorely needs new primary care services,” said PAMF Santa Cruz Division President Larry DeGhetaldi, M.D. “This new state-of-the-art facility will provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for all primary care services, including pediatrics, which has not been available on the Westside until now.”

About the New Medical Building

The new 18,000-square-foot, two-story building consolidates services and providers from PAMF Santa Cruz medical offices previously located at 115 Locust Street and 1203 Mission Street and adds new providers and services including pediatrics, laboratory, shared medical appointments and radiology. When fully operational, the clinic will include 21 providers and approximately 45 staff.

The building’s innovative design includes 100 percent ADA compliant features and efficient workflow areas, where providers and medical assistants work side-by-side to increase communication and collaboration on patient care.

The new Westside Clinic also includes several environmentally-friendly site design features. The designs are consistent with the City of Santa Cruz’s green policies and with PAMF’s internal goals for energy-efficient design. Green design features at new medical clinic include: Read More

PAMF Innovation Center Hosts Tech Day for Seniors

Event Helps Seniors Keep Connected Through Technology

Thanks to Tech Day for Seniors, a day-long learning event on May 17, 2014 organized by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, more than 60 older adults from the Bay Area improved their ability to use personal computing devices and online communications services and tools. The Innovation Center hosted this unique event together with the Los Altos Recreation Department at the Los Altos Senior Center. Other partners included the Egan Junior High School PTA, the Bullis Charter School Booster Club, the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE), all based in Los Altos, and the Stanford Alumni Association, Palo Alto. Read More

Neurointerventional Program Expands Brain & Spine Disease Treatment

PAMF, El Camino Hospital Provide Minimally Invasive Procedures, More Comprehensive Care in Silicon Valley

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital announced today an expansion of the hospital’s Neuroscience Institute to now include neurointerventional services.  Patients at the hospital’s Mountain View campus can now receive treatment for a wider range of diseases of the brain and spine and enhanced offerings for stroke-related care, neuro-oncology and neuro-critical care and comprehensive spine care.

To provide patients with the greatest breadth of expertise, this partnership brings together El Camino Hospital’s clinical expertise with that of Palo Alto Medical Foundation and independent physicians to benefit patients and families across the Silicon Valley area.

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PAMF Research Awarded $1.7M Grant by National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) a $1.7M three-year grant (R01HL119845) to study a new way to measure the effects of a disease and its treatment on patients’ lives. The study will focus on asthma to test the new approach.

Sandra R. Wilson, Ph. D.

Sandra R. Wilson, Ph. D.

Many tools already exist to help physicians and scientists measure patients’ symptoms, physical limitations and emotional well-being. However, “These measures alone don’t tell physicians caring for patients or scientists developing new medical treatments how the patient feels their quality of life is being affected, says Sandra Wilson, Ph.D., PAMFRI senior scientist and the study’s principal investigator. “Getting that information requires a new type of measure.”

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NIH Awards $3M Grant to PAMF Research Institute

Study on Benefits of Strength Training Regimen for Normal Weight Diabetics 

Researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) have been awarded a $3M grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study the benefits of strength training for people with type 2 diabetes who are at normal weight.

With type 2 diabetes, the body cannot use insulin properly to control blood sugar levels. Regular physical activity has been shown to help control blood sugar levels, and current guidelines emphasize aerobic exercise and weight loss for overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes. However, up to one in five people with type 2 diabetes are at normal weight, with a body mass index (BMI) under 25. They may not need to lose weight. For these individuals, best exercise regimen is not yet known. There is evidence that strength training, which improves muscle mass while decreasing body fat, may be more beneficial for normal weight diabetics than other types of exercise. Read More

PAMF Doctor Writes New Book on South Asian Health

Ronesh (Ron) Sinha, M.D., an internal medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), co-creator of PAMF’s South Asian Health program, and medical director of PAMF’s mobile medical clinic, has written a new book, The South Asian Health Solution.

Published in March 2014, The South Asian Health Solution provides a health-based wellness plan culturally tailored to South Asians. Dr. Sinha provides evidence-based case studies and patient success stories, as well as a comprehensive family-oriented approach to lifestyle changes that can make positive health impacts.

“The epidemic of obesity and insulin resistance is a global crisis, and this book is an effort to educate and motivate South Asians who don’t find current books and resources culturally tailored to their traditions and lifestyle preferences,” said Dr. Sinha. “I share the most effective strategies for achieving health goals learned from my South Asian medical consult practice and my corporate wellness programs.”

Dr. Sinha is a recipient of the 2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal Health Care hero award, and he specializes in helping patients of South Asian heritage moderate heart disease risk factors and obesity trends with a comprehensive lifestyle modification approach that has delivered evidence-based results. He also works closely with employers in Silicon Valley to help reduce heart disease and diabetes risk in their employee communities, and gives corporate health lectures to promote wellness in the workplace. He hosts a bi-monthly radio program on South Asian health and wellness, and blogs at

Watch Dr. Sinha discuss South Asian health tips:

Learn more about The South Asian Health Solution and South Asian Health.





First West Coast Site for Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program: PAMF, El Camino Hospital

Program is one of only 15 nationwide to offer innovative, minimally invasive treatment options for complex pulmonary diseases

El Camino Hospital and Palo Alto Medical Foundation are collaborating with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Fellowship Program to be the first West Coast sites to offer interventional pulmonology fellowships for pulmonary fellows.

Interventional pulmonology (IP) is an emerging field within pulmonary medicine that focuses on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat patients with lung cancer, airway disorders and pleural (lung) diseases.

Ganesh Krishna, M.D.

Ganesh Krishna, M.D.

Ganesh Krishna, M.D., an interventional pulmonologist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital, is the chair of the fellowship search and director of the fellowship program. The joint IP program is the leading program on the West Coast and one of only 15 nationwide providing diagnostic and therapeutic services and cutting-edge treatment in pulmonary medicine. 

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