Palo Alto Medical Foundation Newsroom

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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PAMF Researcher Reviews Impact of Employee Wellness Programs

Seventy-four percent of employers who offer health insurance also offer an employee wellness program. Options such as smoking cessation groups and walking programs encourage employees to set and achieve health goals in exchange for discounted health insurance premiums. In January 2014, the government allowed employers to increase the incentive discount, from 20 percent to 30 percent of the total health insurance premium cost.

But do employee wellness programs actually work? The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) recently published a commentary in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on this question.

Lenny Lesser, M.D.

Lenny Lesser, M.D., MSHS

According to Lenard Lesser, M.D., MSHS, PAMFRI Assistant Research Physician, while monetary incentives may help employees start to make changes, sustaining those changes in the long term is far more challenging.

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$800,000 Gift to Enhance PAMF Vision Care Services in Santa Clara County

Generous Support Enhances Pediatric Vision Services for the Underserved and Anchors Capital Campaign for new Sunnyvale Vision Care Center

The Sunnyvale Vision Care Center of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has received an $800,000 gift from Charles R. Munnerlyn, Ph.D., and Judith Munnerlyn. The contribution will support two important vision initiatives at PAMF. First, it will provide free vision care to underserved children as part of a partnership with the Sunnyvale School District. Second, the donation launches a $1.2 million capital campaign to begin building PAMF’s Sunnyvale Vision Care Center. Scheduled to open in the second half of 2016, the vision care center will named the Munnerlyn Eye Institute. 

Dr. Charles R. Munnerlyn and Judy Munnerlyn

Charles R. Munnerlyn, Ph.D. and Judy Munnerlyn

“I’ve spent my entire career developing innovative ophthalmic instruments from automated refractors to glaucoma testing equipment to lasers for treating eye diseases, and, ultimately, a laser for vision correction,” said Dr. Munnerlyn, who received his Ph.D. in optical engineering. “Nothing is more rewarding than having people tell me how they benefitted from vision technologies with which I have been involved. Making a contribution like this to Sunnyvale and the surrounding communities, provides a means not only for testing the vision of young people, but building the Eye Institute gives more people access to eye care and expands existing services.”

Dr. Munnerlyn is known as one of the founding fathers of laser vision correction for his role in developing the technology which has been used on more than 15 million eyes.  In the 1970s, Dr. Munnerlyn founded VISX, Incorporated, which became the leading manufacturer of laser-based vision correction systems in the world.  He serves on the board of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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Bollywood Dance Benefits to be Assessed in Pilot Research Program

Researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) are exploring a new and creative way to manage Type 2 diabetes in South Asian immigrants. For the first time, Bollywood dance – a high-energy, cinematic dance style native to India –will be studied for its effectiveness in managing diabetes. 

In comparison to all other racial and ethnic groups, South Asians in the United States have one of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes. For this group, encouraging lifestyle changes, such as increasing exercise and making healthier eating choices, are an essential part of diabetes care.   


Amlu Natesan, a UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program student, has partnered with PAMFRI’s Latha Palaniappan, M.D., M.S. and her research team and the India Community Center (ICC) to address this issue. The Culturally Relevant Exercise for Type 2 Diabetes (CURE-D) study is piloting an innovative Bollywood exercise program in an effort to motivate and engage South Asian women in exercise.  

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PAMF Recertified for Cancer Care from ASCO and QOPI

QCP logo tag RGBThe Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) has received reaccreditation by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The QOPI Certification Program provides a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

“Quality and safety for our patients is and always will be our prime focus,” said Paula Reed, R.N., director of oncology and infusion services at PAMF. “The cancer care physicians and staff are committed to continuous quality improvement. We’re very proud of this recertification from ASCO and QOPI.”

PAMF first achieved QOPI certification in January 2011 – and was one of the first oncology practices in the nation to be recognized by the certification program, which was launched in January 2010. In applying for recertification, PAMF had to re-apply for certification and meet its requirements, which includes onsite review.

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STYLE 2014 Event to Benefit PAMF Women’s Cancer Survivorship Programs


Now in its eighth year, STYLE, the Bay Area’s most discerning wearable art show and sale, returns to support women’s cancer survivorship programs at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF).   style-2014-collage

From cutting-edge to classic, STYLE 2014 presents the jewelry and textile designs of 45 locally and internationally renowned artists in an exclusive two-day show, sale and benefit. All exhibiting artists were evaluated and selected by STYLE’s founder and curator, Diane Master, and represent the best in independent fashion design.

“We are thrilled to offer fashion lovers such an expansive selection of artisan-made work,” said Master, “and the chance to meet the artists and aid cancer survivorship.”  

Hosted at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View Center at 701 El Camino Real, in Mountain View, the STYLE event is on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public at an admission price of $10. Ten percent of the event’s proceeds will benefit PAMF’s women’s cancer survivorship programs.

“As a not-for-profit medical foundation, we are extremely grateful to the STYLE artists who are generously donating a portion of their sales to fund our growing survivorship programs,” said Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., regional president of PAMF.

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PAMF Care-A-Van on the Job at Silicon Valley Companies

Increased Access to Health Care for Busy Professionals

With stressful, around-the-clock careers, many professionals in Silicon Valley don’t make time to see a doctor. To help, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) created the Care-A-Van, which provides modern-day house calls to corporations

careavan-2Launched in the summer of 2013, PAMF’s mobile Care-A-Van travels to large employers in Silicon Valley and provides medical care to employees at their job sites, making it easier for busy professionals to receive good health care.

PAMF’s Care-A-Van medical team offers annual physicals, including Pap smears, care for basic health issues, lab services, counseling on test results (blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index) and vaccinations.

Since the mobile medical clinic hit the road, demand has steadily increased, and it now travels to work sites five days a week. Current employers using the Care-A-Van include Brocade, Cadence Design Systems, Marvell, NetApp, NVIDIA, Oracle (both their Redwood Shores and Santa Clara sites), Sandisk, Synopsys, Varian, VMWare and Yahoo. At many of these companies, employees can schedule online appointments for the mobile clinic.

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