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
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)
Sutter Health Institutional Review Board (SHIRB)
The Sutter Health Institutional Review Board (SHIRB) is established in accordance with federal law to protect the safety, rights, and welfare of human subjects involved in research at Sutter Health and its affiliated entities. Learn more about the Sutter Health Institutional Review Board