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Global Lung Health / Tuberculosis

Patient Care

San Francisco General Hospital has a long history of as a leading center in caring for tuberculosis (TB) patients, dating back to its days as TB sanatorium and later hospital in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The legacy of this tradition of outstanding patient care continues today at the San Francisco Department of Public Health TB Control Program Clinic, located on Ward 94 at San Francisco General Hospital. There, physicians from the UCSF Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care and the Department of Public Health work together to care for patients with suspected and confirmed TB (see www.sftbc.org for hours, location, and general clinic information).

Consultation, Education, and Technical Assistance

San Francisco General Hospital is also home to the Curry International TB Center (http://www.nationaltbcenter.edu/), which is designated as a Regional Tuberculosis Training and Medical Consultation Center through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Curry develops educational curricula; trains doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and public health practitioners; and provides medical consultation, research, and technical assistance to help strengthen health-systems throughout the Western U.S. and internationally.

Research and Policy-making

Faculty in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital have been working to improve global lung health for several years using knowledge gained through research to help develop better health policies. We have advised the U.S. Government, the World Health Organization, the American Thoracic Society, and other international health-professional societies on how best to adopt patient care and public health practices that are based on the latest scientific evidence.

As pulmonologists, we want to help reduce deaths and complications due to TB, pneumonia, HIV-related lung diseases, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Together these lung diseases explain about one-fifth of the global burden of disease in poor countries, and cause almost 10 million deaths per year. As critical care physicians, we want to help clinicians practicing in areas with financial and other resource constraints to more accurately identify and care for severely ill patients. In whatever we do, domestically or internationally, we try to use the state-of-the-art, approaches that draw on the expertise of different team members from the U.S. and from foreign countries, in order to find simple, long-lasting, and patient-oriented solutions.