Faculty and guest speakers at the 2015 CME Course of the CCPD

Save the date! On October 22, 2016 the California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF invites you to attend its annual continuing medical education course covering the latest advances in pituitary tumors and related disorders. Endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, primary care providers, trainees in these fields, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, and other allied health professionals may all benefit from this program. 

ACTH-secreting pituitary adenoma
Recent Publications from the California Center for Pituitary Disorders: New algorithm improves medical decision-making for prolactinomas; Management of persistent Cushing's disease
Pituitary tumors and headaches

Headaches are a common complaint in the general population – 22% of women and 11% of men are estimated to suffer from them. While not as familiar, lesions of the sellar and parasellar region are also relatively common, but they are usually not symptomatic and often go undetected throughout life. Studies of cadavers and healthy volunteers give us an incidence that ranges from 1.7% to 27% in the general population.

On April 24, 2012 neurosurgeon Sandeep Kunwar performed the 1000th transsphenoidal surgery for a pituitary adenoma since the California Center for Pituitary Disorders (CCPD) was established at UCSF just five years ago in May 2007. Dr. Kunwar’s patient was a 27-year-old man with acromegaly caused by a 2- cm, growth-hormone-producing pituitary tumor. He diagnosed himself after coming across an article about acromegaly and recognizing that he had many features of the disease. He has been disease-free since his surgery at the CCPD.