The UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery is committed to maintaining excellence in patient care. We take great pride in being able to share a few of our patients' stories with you.
The care that I received at UCLA by Dr. St. John and her team and all the other teams and the nurses and aides was beyond amazing. I used very little pain meds in recovery and eventually switched to Tylenol. At home, I only used Children’s Tylenol for discomfort management. I credit Dr. St. John for her up-to-the-minute knowledge as well as surgical skills (and the da Vinci machine). I cannot say enough about each team. My healing has been quick for a surgery of this kind, and I am more than grateful to be on this side of it. It took a team of “angel” friends that got me through this experience, with the head angel, Dr. St. John, at the helm. I’m forever in gratitude.
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Climbing Mountains - PHASE ONE has been around for 20 years, raising over $20 million. Yet with all that success, there are more mountains to climb. Dynamic optical contrast imaging (DOCI) leverages a novel realization of temporally dependent measurements of tissue autofluorescence that allows the acquisition of specific tissue properties. This method enables better tissue characterization by utilizing wide-field signal integration, eliminating constraints of uniform illumination, and reducing time-intensive computations that are bottlenecks in the clinical translation of traditional fluorescence lifetime imaging.
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Thanks from Afar! When I was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, they went above and beyond to prioritize my case and keep lines of communication open as I coordinated a cross-country trip for my surgery. Thanks to the dedication of Dr. St. John and her team, I can eat, speak, smile and laugh with almost no impairment - an outcome that was not expected based on my diagnosis. I will be forever grateful to them for accepting my case and providing me with some of the best care I have received in over twenty years of cancer treatment.
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After 2 minutes with Dr. St. John I knew I didn’t need to meet any other Doctors, and they agreed. She took the time to answer all of our questions, talk us through her view of what was going on with me, and her recommendation for treatment. I never went to meet any other Doctors. To this day I know I made the right decision and couldn’t have found a better team of Doctors to take this journey with me. The entire staff at UCLA has gone above and beyond at every turn of my treatment, making sure that I am not only comfortable, but that my family is as well.
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I am so grateful and thankful to Dr. St John, Dr. Ishiyama, Dr. Nabili and Dr. Veiseh who have all used their God given talent of healing. They wasted no time for my surgery and treatment. On my way to surgery, my Mom had always assured me that God has led her to contact the best doctors in their field of expertise to treat my case and I should not worry one bit. After the surgery I was seen by my doctors to see how my recovery was going. Their encouragement, care and attention to my case has helped me not to worry about my condition. They have done a terrific job of bringing me back to health.
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Overall my experience at UCLA has been exceptional in every way. I can say to anyone that comes to UCLA with head or neck cancer that you are in one of the best possible places in the world to receive treatment. Dr. St John and Dr. Blackwell are truly exceptional people that happen to be incredible doctors. Their patients and I are very lucky to have such dedicated doctors that are pushing the envelope in the care and treatment of Head and Neck cancer patients.
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Sharon was shocked when a lump on her face turned out to be cancer. The tumor was large, overwhelming the parotid gland and extending to both sides of the facial nerve. Understandably, Sharon was anxious and worried. She sought help from Maie St. John, MD, PhD, of UCLA’s Head and Neck Program, whose gentle approach and hopeful prognosis helped when Sharon needed it most.“Even though she was telling me [my diagnosis], and it was all very scary,” Sharon said of Dr. St. John, “she looked at me with such warm and caring…that I knew Dr. St. John would do everything she could.”
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