Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association Turns 50

Dr. Allen, Dr. Charuzi to be honored at event

Howard N. Allen, M.D.
Howard N. Allen, M.D.
Yzhar Charuzi, M.D.
Yzhar Charuzi, M.D.

The Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary when its members gather on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the Skirball Cultural Center for the group's annual business meeting and dinner.

Each year, the association honors one or two alumni. The 2008 Alumni of the Year are Howard N. Allen, M.D., and Yzhar Charuzi, M.D. Past association presidents also will be honored. The founding president, Jose A. Nessim, M.D., will make a brief presentation.

"This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association," said Greg Orshansky, M.D., president of the association. "It is a symbolically important time to remember alumni and to acknowledge their accomplishments and contributions, such as those of the two cardiology leaders we are honoring this year."

Dr. Allen is former director of both the Cardiac Care Unit and the Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is also the founding director of the hospital's Pacemaker Evaluation Center, the first of its kind in the region and has helped train hundreds of medical students, interns, residents and cardiology fellows.

Dr. Allen previously served as president of the American Heart Association's Greater Los Angeles Affiliate and is past president of the Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association. He has been program director for Cardiology Grand Rounds for the past three decades. Dr. Allen is also a clinical professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Charuzi, a consultant cardiologist at the medical center, is best known as the founder and president of Save a Heart Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing research fellowships to talented physicians in cardiology and related fields.

Since its founding in 1980, the foundation has trained 40 fellows in every area of cardiology, stroke research and pediatric genetics. The program's alumni, mostly Israeli physicians, have become international leaders in their fields, advancing scientific knowledge as well as the prevention and treatment of heart disease.

Dr. Charuzi is also a clinical professor of medicine at UCLA.

The annual business meeting and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Please contact Darlis Martin at (310) 423-8047 or martin@cshs.org for more information.