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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2000
Five months after taking the job on an interim basis, Dr. Ralph Cygan Friday was named director of UC Irvine Medical Center. Cygan, 53, has been a faculty member at the UCI College of Medicine for more than 20 years, holding a variety of positions. "We performed a rigorous national search for this very important position, and found that the most qualified candidate was right here at UCI," Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone said in a news release.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2005 | Charles Ornstein and Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writers
UC Irvine placed the chief of its medical center on paid administrative leave Wednesday, less than a week after shutting down the hospital's scandal-stricken liver transplant program. Dr. Ralph Cygan, chief executive officer of UCI Medical Center in Orange, will remain off the job while a committee of experts explores why the hospital turned down scores of donated organs even as patients on the waiting list were dying.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2005 | Charles Ornstein and Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writers
UC Irvine placed the chief of its medical center on paid administrative leave Wednesday, less than a week after shutting down the hospital's scandal-stricken liver transplant program. Dr. Ralph Cygan, chief executive officer of UCI Medical Center in Orange, will remain off the job while a committee of experts explores why the hospital turned down scores of donated organs even as patients on the waiting list were dying.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2000
Five months after taking the job on an interim basis, Dr. Ralph Cygan Friday was named director of UC Irvine Medical Center. Cygan, 53, has been a faculty member at the UCI College of Medicine for more than 20 years, holding a variety of positions. "We performed a rigorous national search for this very important position, and found that the most qualified candidate was right here at UCI," Chancellor Ralph J. Cicerone said in a news release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2000
UCI Medical Center on Wednesday named as interim director Dr. Ralph Cygan, a professor at the university's College of Medicine. Cygan, 52, a professor of internal medicine and board-certified in the field, has been on UC Irvine's faculty for 20 years. He helped found the UCI Primary Care Group and in addition to his clinical and teaching duties has held several administrative posts. Cygan will take over for director Mark Laret, who leaves in two weeks to head UC San Francisco Medical Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Three new members have been appointed to the board of CalOptima, a $580-million-a-year agency that provides health-care funds for low-income children, the elderly and disabled. Dr. Paul Yost, chief of staff at Children's Hospital of Orange County, will be the board's physician representative. Health-care provider representatives are Jacqueline Cherewick, director of the Huntington Beach Community Clinic, and Dr. Ralph Cygan, director of UCI Medical Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
Four months after he was investigated for a possible conflict of interest involving the hiring of a financial donor's son, the chairman of UCI Medical Center's radiology department said Tuesday that he would relinquish his post to spend more time on research and with patients. Dr. Fong Tsai is the third top official at UCI's health sciences program to announce he is stepping down since revelations of problems at the Orange hospital, most prominently a failed liver-transplant program.
OPINION
November 20, 2005
Re "Transplant Scandal Puts CEO on Leave," Nov. 17 UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake has convened a group of eminent academicians to review the liver transplant situation at UCI Medical Center. I will await the committee's findings before coming to decisions about the liver transplant situation, and so should The Times and its readers. However, this community should know that Dr. Ralph Cygan, the medical center's chief executive, is a consummate physician, a doctor's doctor, and beloved by his patients.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2005 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Nine families whose relatives died while waiting for liver transplants filed a wrongful death lawsuit against UCI Medical Center on Friday. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, also alleges negligence and misrepresentation, contending that patients were given false hope of transplants and added to a waiting list even though the hospital's troubled program was floundering.
OPINION
November 25, 2005
Re "How a Liver Unit Failed," Nov. 12 I was disappointed by your omission of the most relevant statistics describing the performance of the liver transplant program at the UCI Medical Center: the mortality and transplant rates compared to the national averages. According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, the 2004 mortality rate per year on the waiting list at UCI was 0.18, whereas the expected mortality rate was 0.13, and this difference was not deemed statistically significant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 2005 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
A prominent U.S. senator is broadening his investigation into problems at organ transplant centers around the nation, asking why authorities failed to detect problems in the liver program at UCI Medical Center. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, an Iowa Republican and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he is concerned that regulators did virtually nothing for more than three years after the UC Irvine hospital began failing to meet federal Medicare standards.
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