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Sumeet S. Chugh, M.D., has been named associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and director of the Electrophysiology Lab. Dr. Chugh is studying genetic links to sudden cardiac arrest and conducting population studies that are bringing to light a number of misconceptions about the incidence, demographics and triggers of the condition, which is almost always fatal. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Chugh directed the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Oregon Health and Science University, where he served as section chief of clinical cardiac electrophysiology and associate professor of medicine.


Bruce L. Gewertz, M.D., Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Vice President for Interventional Services, was elected president of the Western Surgical Association. The Western Surgical Association was founded in 1891 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious surgical societies in the country. Dr. Gewertz will present his Presidential Address on "Life, Surgery and the Pursuit of Happiness" at the annual meeting of the association, held Nov. 9-12 in Santa Fe, N.M.

C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., Director of the Women's Heart Center, co-chaired a sex and gender symposium that recently released its recommendations, which could make a significant impact on the health care industry ranging from clinical trials to the development of medical technology and therapies. P.K Shah, M.D., Director of Cardiology, and Eduardo Marbán, M.D., Director of the Heart Institute, also attended the symposium, which uncovered a series of knowledge gaps related to the sex differences in vascular disease, its symptoms, risk factors and response to treatment.