Medical Research at Sutter Health
For years, research centers within our own Sutter Health system have led ground-breaking studies leading to medical innovations. For example, clinicians at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco created the world’s first heart-lung machine. And at Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), scientists pioneered the use of lasers to treat eye and skin disease.
Established in the 1950s, Sutter-affiliated research institutes are highly respected for their award-winning global contributions to medical knowledge and patient care.
Research Institutes Web Sites
- California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
- The Jordan Research and Education Institute
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute
- Sutter Institute for Medical Research
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Research Highlights from Sutter Health
Here’s a sampling of the groundbreaking clinical studies coming from Sutter Health’s research institutes:
- Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
One study found that assessing a combination of risk factors, including breast density, is the most accurate way to determine the breast cancer risk of a postmenopausal woman. The research also found no protective benefit from increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables. (CPMC Research Institute)
- Asian-American Diabetes Study
Thanks to a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the PAMF Research Institute has undertaken a five-year study on diabetes and its risk factors among the six largest Asian ethnic groups in California—Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese.
- Economic and Clinical Benefits of Inpatient Palliative Care
A study of palliative care at CPMC published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine demonstrated a reduction in patient symptoms, hospital lengths of stay and total costs of care. Clinicians have applied these methods to other Sutter Health affiliates with similar results, leading to a systemwide palliative care initiative. (SHIRE)
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