Sonoma Valley Hospital Partners With UCSF Health’s Urology Program to Deliver Local Access to Nationally Recognized Specialist

Nov 10, 2020 | Sonoma Valley Hospital News

Sonoma Valley Hospital has announced that it has expanded its relationship with UCSF Health to provide urology consultations via telehealth for referred patients beginning this month.

UCSF’s nationally-recognized Urology specialist, Peter Carroll, MD, MPH, leads UCSF’s Urology Telehealth Program   Through the expanded partnership, Dr. Carroll will provide prostate cancer specialty care and other urologic services to the Sonoma County community through outpatient telehealth consultations. Telehealth patients will also have the convenience of completing their follow-up diagnostic testing (labs and imaging) at Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH). Information about Dr. Carroll and his services is available at the SVH website, LINK

Access to UCSF Health expertise through telehealth services has been a part of the SVH-UCSF relationship since the affiliation began in 2018, beginning with services for neurology and infectious disease.

Telehealth medicine has increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic began and is being used more often by primary care providers and specialists. Telehealth visits reduce travel time for patients in Sonoma Valley who otherwise might have needed to drive up to several hours for an office visit in San Francisco. With easier access to respected specialists such as Dr. Carroll, the expanding relationship between SVH and UCSF Health continues to bring new opportunities for high quality patient care in Sonoma Valley and Sonoma County.

About Peter Carroll, MD, MPH: Dr. Peter Carroll is Professor of Urology and holds the Ken and Donna Derr-Chevron and Taube Family Distinguished Professorships at UCSF. He is a member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and an expert in managing urologic cancers.

In research, Dr. Carroll’s areas of interest include innovative methods of urinary tract reconstruction, refinement of robotic prostatectomy, and development of biomarkers that predict cancer aggressiveness, the use of active surveillance rather than immediate treatment of prostate cancer and how cancer detection and treatment impact quality of life. He has received many honors and awards, published more than 600 articles on cancer detection and treatment and is principal investigator or co-investigator of many peer-reviewed research grants.

Dr. Carroll graduated with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine and came to UCSF for general surgery training and a residency in urology. He completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before returning to UCSF. He received his MPH from the University of California at Berkeley.

About Sonoma Valley Hospital: Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) is a full-service acute care district hospital located in the city of Sonoma, California, providing compassionate expert care to the 42,000 residents of the Sonoma Valley Health Care District. The Hospital has 24 acute care beds and maintains a 27-bed Skilled Nursing Facility.

SVH is the sole provider of acute inpatient care in the Sonoma Valley and offers a 24-hour emergency room, inpatient services with an ICU, surgical services and outpatient clinical testing and treatment. In 2018, the Hospital announced an affiliation with UCSF Health which has helped us to better serve our community.

In recent years, SVH has undergone extensive renovation including completing seismic structural upgrades and opening a new wing with a modern Emergency Department and Surgery Center. In 2020, the Hospital opened the first phase of a new Outpatient Diagnostic Center which, when completed in 2021, will contain a state-of-the-art CT scanner and MRI. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ), meeting national standards for healthcare quality and safety.

About UCSF Health: UCSF Health is recognized worldwide for its innovative patient care, reflecting the latest medical knowledge, advanced technologies and pioneering research. It includes the flagship UCSF Medical Center, which is ranked among the top 10 hospitals nationwide, as well as UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinics, UCSF Benioff Children’s Physicians and the UCSF Faculty Practice. These hospitals serve as the academic medical center of the University of California, San Francisco, which is world-renowned for its graduate-level health sciences education and biomedical research. UCSF Health has affiliations with hospitals and health organizations throughout the Bay Area. Visit Follow UCSF Health on Facebook or on Twitter.