CCFMG – Who We Are

posted on July 26, 2021

More than forty years ago, a small group of physicians employed by the County of Fresno incorporated as Central California Faculty Medical Group, Inc. (CCFMG), creating an entity that has proved instrumental in advancing health care and medical education in the San Joaquin Valley. The incorporation in 1979 allowed CCFMG…

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A Dollop (of Sunscreen) A Day Keeps the Dermatologist Away!

posted on June 18, 2021

Did you know that more cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer cases combined? The majority of these, including the most dangerous type, melanoma, can be prevented with consistent, solid sun protection. Here are three facts that will help you have an enjoyable and…

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Recognizing a Stroke Benefits All of Us

posted on May 12, 2021

May is American Stroke Association National Stroke Awareness Month. I have often struggled to describe what stroke is to those unaccustomed to it, and generally, I explain that stroke is a sudden problem of brain function caused by an interruption in its blood supply. This interruption can come via ischemia,…

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Stroke Awareness

Injury Prevention With the Return of Youth Sports

posted on April 14, 2021

As we begin to emerge from the global pandemic slowly, our children are eager to resume engagement in the sports they love. We are all happy to see human interaction and physical activity return.  However, with the return of youth sports comes the return of sports injuries, and it becomes…

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Children Playing Soccer

How Sleep Boosts Your Immune System

posted on March 16, 2021

After the year we have been through, the importance of keeping a strong immune system is clear. If you had a grandma like mine, you might have been advised when you were young to wash your hands frequently, eat right (i.e., eat those colorful vegetables), exercise, and get enough sleep…

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University Centers of Excellence Directory

posted on May 1, 2021

University Centers of Excellence Directory – Updated May 1, 2021 PDF

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Cover of the 2021 University Centers of Excellence Directory

COVID-19 Vaccines, They’re Our Best Shot

posted on February 5, 2021

Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020. Since then, COVID-19 has caused a deadly rampage against populations worldwide with devastating consequences on several fronts. Even with ongoing, robust public health measures such as social distancing and masking in public,…

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The Connection – Winter 2021

posted on February 1, 2021

In the latest edition of The Connection, read about the incredible ways CCFMG physicians are caring for our communities. Find out how a new study by vascular surgeon Leigh Ann O’Banion, MD, helped an amputation patient keep a promise to his daughter. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines from CCFMG…

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Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) Procedure CME 4/13/21

posted on May 11, 2021

On Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Valley Vascular Surgery Associates physicians Kamell Eckroth-Bernard, MD, and Sammy Siada, DO,  presented on a new procedure that offers Central Valley patients a minimally invasive approach to help prevent strokes. This CME event was hosted by Community Regional Medical Centers. Please click on the video…

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COVID-19 and Advanced Cardiology Imaging CME 2/25/21

posted on February 25, 2021

On Thursday, February 25, 2021, University Cardiovascular Centers physicians Siri Kunchakarra, MD, and Ankit Rathod, MD, presented on when to order advanced imaging and how it can help in the diagnosis and management of certain disease states, and how to identify cardiac manifestations of COVID-19 that qualify for advanced imaging.…

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