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April 2, 2010 Issue Medical Staff Pulse is
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April 2, 2010 Issue


Deal or No Deal? Organ Sales up for Debate

The Seventh Annual Morgenstern Debate set for April 29

It’s “Deal or No Deal” in this debate rematch between chief surgical residents Travis Kidner, M.D., and David Magner, M.D.

The two residents will debate the selling of human organs to alleviate the critical organ shortage in America during the 7th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine.


In Case You Missed It

A podcast of the Medical Staff Open Forum held Thursday evening will be sent to physicians by e-mail next week. Roughly 100 physicians attended the event.

Thomas M. Priselac, Cedars-Sinai president and CEO, discussed the impact of new healthcare legislation on physicians at the event in Harvey Morse Auditorium.


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Research Corner

Genetics linked to lower risk of sudden cardiac arrest

Physician-scientists at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have found that a genetic variation is associated with lower risk of sudden cardiac arrest, a disorder that gives little warning and is fatal in about 95 percent of cases.

Findings were published by the Public Library of Science (PloS One).


Order Sheet Addresses PEG Appropriateness

A new form has been created to assist primary care physicians and physicians performing Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement procedures.


Web/VS Tip of the Week

Social worker reports in Web/VS

Clinical Social Worker documentation is now available in Web/VS thanks to an interface between Midas and Web/VS.

2 Minutes with Phillip Fleshner, M.D.

Dr. Phillip R. Fleshner is the new endowed chair in Colorectal Surgery. We sat down with him to talk about this recent honor among other things.


Physician News


David L. Rimoin, M.D., Ph.D., received the American College of Medical Genetics Foundation second annual Lifetime Achievement Award ...

Michael I. Freilich, M.D., was selected as Alumnus of the Year by Albany Medical College ...

Robert N. Wolfe, M.D. made his film debut playing a veterinarian opposite Ben Stiller in the movie "Greenberg" ...


Meetings and Events


The African-American Experience of Illness - April 7


Pulmonary Hypertension in All its Diversity - April 10


Yom Ha'Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program - April 12

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