Walk with a Doc

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

08-27-2014 Walk with a Doc - SingleTake a STEP toward better HEALTH

This free event offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to walk alongside physicians and medical professionals in an effort to unite the community towards health and wellness. After all, walking as little as 30 minutes can reduce your risk of heart disease, weight gain and other preventable conditions! Join us for a two-mile walk for your health and wellness!

When: Saturday, September 13
Where: San Pablo Park, Berkeley
Time: 11 a.m. (Register & Blood Pressure Screenings) 1 to 2 p.m. (Heart Talk and Walk)

  • Walk-ins and pets are welcome
  • Prizes, refreshments, games and more!

Contact Gin Hansson at to pre-register, volunteer, or for more information.

Saving a Student’s Heart

Posted on Jul 2, 2014

Dr. lee - Cinthia stethoscope

In March, Cinthia Zapien became one of the first patients in the Bay Area to receive a subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) that treats irregular heart rhythms. Cinthia’s physician, Dr. Michael Lee, a cardiologist with Alta Bates Medical Center expects Cinthia to have a full and productive healthy life.

A year ago, Cinthia Zapien – a 21-year-old college student with a bright future – learned that she had a genetic heart disorder that put her at risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest. Cinthia has Long QT Syndrome, a rare abnormality of the heart’s electrical activity that causes dangerous heart arrhythmias. Cinthia started suffering fainting spells and other symptoms about five years ago and much of her father’s side of the family all suffers from the same disorder.

“My aunt and three of her daughters have the same condition and one of my cousins died when she was 11,” said Cinthia. “All of my sisters and my father are being monitored for Long QT Syndrome as well.”

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Curing Patients From the Bottom Up

Posted on Apr 29, 2014

Senior couple on country bike rideHeart, liver, kidney transplants … are fecal transplants the new “gift of life”?

“For patients with life-threatening intestinal infections, fecal transplants can be life-changing,” explains Alta Bates Summit gastroenterologist Neil H. Stollman, M.D. “Basically, the transplant involves taking the bacteria in the stool from a healthy person and placing it in the intestines of a sick person to restore the good bacteria in their gut.”

While there is a “yuck” factor, most patients get over their queasiness very quickly when faced with living with Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that can kill the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut that is necessary to keep you healthy. Read More

National Doctors’ Day

Posted on Mar 25, 2014

stethoscopeSunday, March 30, is National Doctors’ Day. It is a day to celebrate and honor the many contributions of physicians who serve our community by caring for its citizens.

Thank You to Our Doctors

At Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, it is our mission to improve the health and well-being of people in the communities we serve. Physicians play a vital role as we work towards fulfilling this mission. On Doctors’ Day, we invite you to join us in expressing appreciation to the physicians that serve on our medical staff at Alta Bates Summit. Read More

Managing Female Continence With Urogynecologist Anna Frick, M.D.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014

three women laughing on a beach; no more urinary incontinenceReclaim the Right to Laugh Yourself Silly

It’s no fun to swallow a laugh, stifle a sneeze or suppress a cough just because you’re afraid of a little leakage. More than 13 million people in the U.S. struggle with urinary incontinence, including one out of every four women.

Come hear urogynecologist Anna Frick, M.D., discuss options for managing female continence. Then get back to having all the fun you deserve.

What: Managing female continence discussion with Dr. Frick, an Alta Bates Summit affiliated doctor who practices with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEMBF).

When: Thursday, March 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Where: Lafayette Library and Learning Center. 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA 94549

Call 510-869-6737 to save your seat.

Reclaim the Right to Laugh Yourself Silly

Posted on Feb 17, 2014

Anna Frick, M.D.

Come hear Dr. Frick discuss managing female continence on Thursday, March 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Learn more: Managing Female Continence

“Mary” had been an active and vibrant woman, but slowly lost interest in the activities she loved. Then she saw urogynecologist Anna Frick, M.D., MPH, who helped her regain the life she had lost.

“When Mary came to me, she was suffering from severe urge urinary incontinence,” recounts Dr. Frick, an Alta Bates Summit affiliated doctor who practices with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation (SEMBF). “She was on medical leave from work, did not want to leave the house and had stopped exercising. She was incredibly frustrated and embarrassed by her frequent, unpredictable leakage of urine.”

Dr. Frick is one of only a few board-certified, fellowship-trained urogynecologists in the East Bay. She was among the first in the nation to become certified as a subspecialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (urogynecology). So, when Mary came to her for treatment, Dr. Frick could give her a number of treatment options. Read More