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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF July 23, 2010 Issue | Archived Issues

New Faces

Miguel Burch, M.D. ...

Fardad Esmailian, M.D. ...

Robert Figlin, M.D. ...

Ali Khoynezhad, M.D., Ph.D. ...

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Pharmacy Focus

Boxed Warning added to Arava® (leflunomide)

Furosemide (Lasix®) injection shortage

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Meetings and Events

Vasculitis: Current Concepts and Best Practices – July 31

Medical Mission to Guatemala Informational Meeting – Aug. 22

Rehabilitation Topics on the Neurological and Neurovascular Treatment of Stroke – Sept. 11

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Sand 'N Snore

About 240 members of the medical staff and their families hit the beach at this year's Sand 'N Snore event. This was a record year for attendance at the annual outing, which was held July 16-17 at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.


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U.S. News ranks Cedars-Sinai in nine specialties

In the just-released 2010-11 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was recognized for its outstanding performance in nine specialties.

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Three elected as MEC Members-at-Large

Roy Artal, M.D., Jack Ditlove, M.D., and Willis Wagner, M.D., were elected as Members-at-Large on the Medical Executive Committee.

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Sand 'N Snore

About 240 members of the medical staff and their families hit the beach at this year's Sand 'N Snore event. This was a record year for attendance at the annual outing, which was held July 16-17 at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica.

Participants had a barbecue dinner on the beach and many stayed the night in their tents on the sand.

Special thanks go to Marjorie Santore-Besson in the President's Office and her assistant Erika Waring for organizing this event on behalf of the medical staff.

Photos by Thomas Neerken

Pitching a tent is a family affair for Dr. Anne
Young Kwun and her family.

Who knew lifeguards got so many toys?

Dr. Diku Mandavia and his daughter.

Dr. James Sherman (in yellow) with his son
Dr. Jeffrey Sherman (in blue) and their family.

Dr. Joanne Low and her son set up their tent.

Arrrgggg matey!

Camp Cedars-Sinai

 

Dr. William Brien hits the buffet.

Dr. Ali Salim and family.

Dr. Chris Ng and his daughter enjoy dinner.

Steven Romick, member of the Board of 
Directors, and his daughter joined in the 
medical staff's fun this year.

About 240 people attended this year's event.


Dr. Michael Tahery and his daughters.

Dr. Glenn Graunstein (left), his son 
Jeffrey and their family.

Dr. Steven Galen shows the kids 
how to roast the perfect marshmallow.

U.S. News ranks Cedars-Sinai in nine specialties

In the just-released 2010-11 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was recognized for its outstanding performance in nine specialties.

The Cedars-Sinai specialties ranked among the top 50 in America are:

  • Cancer (#49)   
  • Kidney Disorders (#19)
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology (#33)
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery (#23)
  • Gastroenterology (#10)              
  • Orthopaedics (#37)
  • Gynecology (#31)          
  • Pulmonology (#33)
  • Heart and Heart Surgery (#15)

 

Only 152 of the 4,852 hospitals considered for the rankings nationwide scored high enough to be recognized in even one specialty.

U.S. News uses a fairly complex weighting methodology to determine the rankings, including expected-versus-actual mortality data (case-mixed adjusted), reputational votes (determined by a random sample of only 200 physicians nationwide who are asked to name the hospitals they think are best in their specialty for treating difficult cases), patient safety and other factors. Many of these factors use a three-year rolling average, and U.S. News also makes changes in its methodology each year.

Three elected as MEC Members-at-Large

Roy Artal, M.D., Jack Ditlove, M.D., and Willis Wagner, M.D., were elected as Members-at-Large on the Medical Executive Committee.

Each will serve a two-year term starting Jan. 1, 2011. The three physicians will represent the medical staff as a whole on the committee. 

Dr. Artal is a pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist; Dr. Ditlove is clinical chief of the Division of Nephrology and an internist and nephrologist in private practice and with Cedars-Sinai Health Associates; and Dr. Wagner is clinical chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and co-director of the Vascular Laboratory at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Roy Artal, M.D.

Jack Ditlove, M.D

Willis Wagner, M.D.