April 20 2007 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

After surviving the Holocaust, volunteer Morris Immergluck (pictured above) eventually moved to New York, where he helped build the elevator in the Statue of Liberty.

Antibiotic Auto Stop Resolution Approved

The Medical Executive Committee, acting on a motion referred by the Department of Medicine PIC, has approved a resolution to discontinue broad spectrum antibiotics after day 5 of therapy.

FDA Announcement Regarding Suppositories

The FDA announced that companies must stop manufacturing and distributing unapproved suppository drug products containing trimethobenzamide hydrochloride.


Steven Piantadosi, M.D., has been named as the first director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai, effective Dec. 1, 2007. Piantadosi will lead the medical center's programs in cancer research, treatment and education, as well as new initiatives that bring together Cedars-Sinai's physicians and researchers from different areas for innovative clinical and scientific collaborations.

Yosef Nasseri, M.D., makes his point

Heated words were exchanged, but it was all in the spirit of medical education as a capacity crowd filled the ECC on April 12 for the Fourth Annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition. More than 225 people attended, including residents and medical staff members from nearly every department.

Cardiologist John G. Harold, M.D., Receives AHA's "Passion of the Heart" Award

Patients know cardiologist John G. Harold, M.D., as an excellent, caring physician. Colleagues remark on his integrity and skillful leadership at Cedars-Sinai. And charitable organizations -- especially those devoted to heart-related issues -- appreciate his energetic commitment to raising funds for their causes.


First Clinical System Demos Set for April 23-24

Beginning next week, you will have the opportunity to assess and test the first of three vendor products competing to be selected as Cedars-Sinai's core clinical information technology system. The process of final selection is user-driven and depends on the active participation of our medical staff, so we urge you to attend.

Mark Your Calendars

Nurses Week is May 7-11

Cedars-Sinai will observe Nurses Week (May 7-11) with a series of weeklong events, including the Nursing Award Program on Monday, May 7 in Harvey Morse Auditorium and the Berdie Justice Memorial Lecture by John Harold, M.D., on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the ECC. A detailed schedule will be featured in upcoming issues of Pulse.

"Ethics in the OR" Conference: April 25

Women and Ischemic Heart Disease: April 28

24th Plastic Surgery Day: April 28

Kidney Foundation's Gift of Life Celebration: April 29


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