January 5 2007 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff

Service starts at noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium

A memorial service honoring Dennis L. Wood, M.D., will be held from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Harvey Morse Auditorium. Dr. Wood, who was Clinical Chief of the Department of Surgery, died Dec. 21, 2006 at his Los Angeles home. He was 49 years old.

Cedars-Sinai is one of 22 California organizations being recognized for performance excellence by the California Awards for Performance Excellence (CAPE). Cedars-Sinai was named a Silver-level award recipient.

Official JCAHO List of Look-Alikes and Sound-Alikes

Many drug names can look or sound like other drug names, which may lead to potentially harmful medication errors. While the Pharmacy department works to prevent any type of look-alike and/or sound-alike errors, the organization is required to have a minimum list of 10 drug combinations from the official JCAHO list. The table on the following page lists the most current drug pairs.


Past issues of Medical Staff Pulse are featured here.

Cedars-Sinai Transplant Donors and Recipients Take Part in Rose Parade Float

(l - r) Steven Colquhoun, M.D., and Andrew Klein, M.D., place roses on the Donate Life float.

Cedars-Sinai transplant donors and recipients, as well as staff members of the Comprehensive Transplant Center, were among the 70 medical center volunteers who helped put the bloom on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float.

A powerful new CT scanner at Cedars-Sinai produces images with twice the resolution in half the time, while exposing patients to less radiation than earlier-generation CT scanners.

Robert Cohen, M.D., Receives Endowed Chair in Memory Disorders

Robert M. Cohen, Ph.D., M.D., has been awarded the Steven C. Gordon Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Memory Disorders.


The term "hospitalist" was coined only a decade ago, but is now the fastest growing specialty in the history of U.S. medicine, with more than 15,000 hospitalists nationwide. Meeta Sabnis, M.D., became the first hospitalist in Cedars-Sinai's new, dedicated Hospitalist service in February 2006.

Researchers Identify Genes that Allow Cancer Stem Cells to Resist Treatment

After first isolating cancer stem cells in adult brain tumors in 2004, Cedars-Sinai researchers have recently found these cells to be highly resistant to chemotherapy and other treatments.

Monday, Jan. 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration
The program features keynote speaker Dr. Clayborne Carson and a special musical tribute by the Agape International Choir.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

The Bioethics Noon Conference "Dealing with Tough Situations: When Families and Caregivers Disagree"

Friday, Feb. 2

The Greene Memorial Lectureship
"The Modern Management of Neuroendocrine Tumors"

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