In-the-News Archive


Family Returns Home to Chicago after 4 Months in Intensive Care Following Infant’s Life-Saving Heart Surgery and Liver Transplant at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford

This past May, the Fochler family traveled from their home in Palatine, Illinois, 30 miles outside of Chicago, to Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California, so their son’s heart could be repaired in a unique 12-hour operation known as unifocalization, which was pioneered by pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon Frank Hanley, MD, chief of pediatric cardiac surgery at Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine. In addition to the surgery for his life-threatening heart defects, Owen also needed a liver transplant, which he was able to receive after his heart repairs thanks to a very special donor — his mom — and a large transplant surgical care team led by Carlos Esquivel, MD, PhD, chief of pediatric abdominal transplantation at Packard Children’s and Stanford University School of Medicine.

Samuel Strober awarded $6.6 million from state stem cell agency

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded Samuel Strober, MD, $6.6 million to study a “deceptively simple” way to help kidney transplant recipients tolerate their new organ.

Samuel Strober, MD, a professor of medicine, was awarded $6.6 million by the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine on Dec. 15 to conduct a phase-1 clinical trial to test a new way of inhibiting the rejection of transplanted kidneys. The award marks the 10th clinical trial funded by the institute in 2016.