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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF June 25, 2010 Issue | Archived Issues

Pharmacy Focus

Boxed warning added to WinRho®

Possible increased risk of fractures with proton pump inhibitors

FDA reports cases of severe liver injury with orlistat

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Physician News

Asher Kimchi, M.D., has been elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences ...

Peter J. Julien, M.D., received a California State Assembly Resolution ...

Michael Lill, M.D., was appointed to a term as a Cancer Liaison Physician ...

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Meetings and Events

Atrial Fibrillation Forum, June 29

Sand N' Snore, July 16

Vasculitis: Current Concepts and Best Practices, July 31

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Web/VS Tip of the Week

ECG viewing enhancement

You can view two ECGs simultaneously in Web/VS for comparison purposes.

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Medical Board Requires Posted Notice

Starting Sunday, June 27, California physicians will be required to inform their patients that they are licensed by the Medical Board of California. They also must provide patients with the board’s contact information.

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Clinical Resources to Help Patients who Smoke

As many of you know, on July 1, 2010, Cedars-Sinai will join the increasing number of hospital campuses that are entirely smoke-free. As a part of our smoke-free campaign, we will screen every admitted patient for tobacco use and provide nicotine replacement and smoking cessation interventions.

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World Leaders in Stem Cell Research Attend Inaugural Cedars-Sinai Symposium

Leading-edge stem cell research and treatments for heart and brain diseases took center stage at the first Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Scientific Symposium. The June 14 event, led by Cedars-Sinai’s Clive Svendsen, Ph.D., and Eduardo Marbán, M.D., Ph.D., drew more than 200 physicians and scientists from around the world. 

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Physicians Honored with Patient Donations

Circle of Friends allows patients to say "thank you" in honor of the physician, nurse, or caregiver who made a difference to them. Honorees receive an acknowledgement letter and a Circle of Friends lapel pin.

The following physicians were honored through the program:

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Medical Board Requires Posted Notice

Starting Sunday, June 27, California physicians will be required to inform their patients that they are licensed by the Medical Board of California. They also must provide patients with the board’s contact information.

Cedars-Sinai has posted the required signs inside the medical center.

Physicians in private practice can choose one of the three methods below to comply with the regulation:

  • Written statement signed by the patient stating that the patient understands the physician is licensed
  • Notice added to existing patient materials
  • Sign posted in a waiting room or exam room

For specifics on what should be posted and to view templates, visit www.lacmanet.org/mbc_notice_to_consumers.htm.

Clinical Resources to Help Patients who Smoke

Smoke-Free Campus Boundary MapAs many of you know, on July 1, 2010, Cedars-Sinai will join the increasing number of hospital campuses that are entirely smoke-free. As a part of our smoke-free campaign, we will screen every admitted patient for tobacco use and provide nicotine replacement and smoking cessation interventions.

Cedars-Sinai has developed an inpatient screening protocol administered by our nursing staff and a pre-printed order sheet to facilitate the appropriate prescription of nicotine replacement medications and smoking cessation medications.

Physicians should follow the "5 A's" Smoking Cessation Protocol:

  • Ask
  • Advise
  • Assess
  • Assist
  • Arrange

Current smokers will be provided with brochures on smoking cessation and the effects of second-hand smoke. Patients who seek assistance with smoking cessation will be offered education, brief counseling and medications.

Patients who do not want to quit will be offered nicotine replacement therapy (or other appropriate symptomatic management) to alleviate nicotine withdrawal. The Nicotine Withdrawal Orderset (link below) includes dosing recommendations.

Inpatients will not be allowed to leave campus to smoke.

Under the new policy, smoking will not be permitted anywhere on campus, including sidewalks, parking structures, and inside vehicles whether parked or driving through campus. (Campus boundaries are shown on map.) The management of the Medical Office Towers (MOT) has also decided to go smoke free and smoking will not be permitted on the grounds surrounding the East and West MOT.

Signs will be posted at admission desks and entrances to the parking lots and medical center. It will also appear on the medical center’s Web site.

In addition to the PDFs below, a host of other resources are available on the Cedars-Sinai Intranet.

Smoking Cessation Protocol

Nicotine Withdrawal Orderset

Smoking Cessation Patient Education and Counseling Brochure

World Leaders in Stem Cell Research Attend Inaugural Cedars-Sinai Symposium

(left to right) Eduardo Marbán, M.D., Ph.D., James Thomson, V.M.D., Ph.D., Clive Svendsen, Ph.D., and Sir Ian Wilmut, Ph.D.

Leading-edge stem cell research and treatments for heart and brain diseases took center stage at the first Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Scientific Symposium.

The June 14 event, led by Cedars-Sinai’s Clive Svendsen, Ph.D., and Eduardo Marbán, M.D., Ph.D., drew more than 200 physicians and scientists from around the world.

Dr. Svendsen, director of the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute, is working on the first stem cell clinical trial for ALS patients in which doctors will inject stem cells into patients’ spinal cords that are modified to produce powerful drugs. Dr. Marbán, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, is leading a groundbreaking clinical trial in which a patient’s own heart tissue is used to grow specialized heart stem cells. The stem cells are then injected back into the patient’s heart in an effort to repair and re-grow healthy muscle in a heart that has been injured by a heart attack.

Guest faculty included some of today’s most prominent stem cell scientists:

  • Sir Ian Wilmut, Ph.D., director of the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, England. He is best known as the leader of the research group that in 1996 first cloned a mammal from an adult somatic cell, a lamb named Dolly.
  • James Thomson, V.M.D., Ph.D., director of regenerative biology, Morgridge Institute for Research, University of Wisconsin. He is widely credited with discovering human embryonic stem cells in the 1990s.
  • Oliver Brustle, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Reconstructive Biology, University of Bonn. He was one of the first scientists in the world to successfully transplant stem cells into the brains of mice.
  • Fred Gage, Ph.D., Salk Institute, La Jolla, Calif. He was the first scientist to show that human beings are capable of growing new nerve cells throughout life. He also discovered small populations of immature nerve cells found in the adult mammalian brain, a process called neurogenesis.
  • Stefanie Dimmeler, M.D., Ph.D. Institute of Cardiovascular Regeneration, Goethe-University, Frankfurt. She is known for her work in regenerating heart muscle.
  • Christine Mummery, Ph.D., Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands. She is known for transplanting stem cells into the heart.

Physicians Honored with Patient Donations

The following physicians were honored through the Circle of Friends program:

  • Ralph Potkin, M.D.
  • Howard Rosner, M.D.
  • John Williams, M.D.
  • Richard Gould, M.D.
  • David L. Schiff, M.D.
  • Joseph I. Ezer, M.D.
  • Michael D. Harris, M.D.
  • Donald A. Wiss, M.D.
  • Michael A. Kropf, M.D.
  • Jason B. Kirk, M.D.
  • Martin Gordon, M.D.
  • Massoud Agahi, M.D.
  • Lewis Wyatt, M.D.
  • Nadeem Hamid, M.D.
  • Theresa Henderson, M.D.
  • Michele Hamilton, M.D.
  • Howard Pitchon, M.D.
  • Violette G. Gray, M.D.
  • Barry J. Brock, M.D.

 

 

Circle of Friends allows patients to say "thank you" in honor of the physician, nurse, or caregiver who made a difference to them. Honorees receive an acknowledgement letter and a Circle of Friends lapel pin.