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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF Oct. 15, 2010 Issue | Archived Issues

Free Flu Shots Now Available

Free influenza vaccinations are now available to medical staff, including private physicians, in Employee Health Service (EHS) located in SSB-200. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Physician News

Mahul B. Amin, M.D. …

Shlomo Melmed, M.D. …

John Williams III, M.D. …

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Navigating PACS Images

Web/VS Tip of the Week

PACS Images can be accessed in Web/VS as follows:

  1. Log into Web/VS and select a patient in the usual way.
  2. Select PACS Images from the "Reports" menu OR click the "PACS" icon displayed to the left of a report title on either the Imaging Reports list or the Recent Results listing.

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Meetings and Events

Irwin M. Weinstein, M.D., Endowed Lectureship in Health and Public Policy
Oct. 8

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff
Oct. 18

Arthur I. Johnson, M.D., Memorial Medical Student Reception
Oct. 19

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Free Flu Shots Now Available

Free influenza vaccinations are now available to medical staff, including private physicians, in Employee Health Service (EHS) located in SSB-200. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Flu shot clinics are planned this month for ...

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Medication Shortage Update

Pharmacy Focus

Ascorbic Acid 500mg/ml 50ml injection vials ...

Furosemide, Bumetanide, Torsemide ...

Epinephrine 0.1mg/ml 10ml syringes ... 

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Printing Patient Results

Web/VS Tip of the Week

When you need to print patient results, use the "Print" icon at the right end of the silver banner across the top of the page.

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Meetings and Events

Arthur I. Johnson, M.D., Memorial Medical Student Reception
Oct. 19

"Divination and DNA: The Hazard, but Inevitability, of 'Divination' in Our New Genomics"
Oct. 20

Comprehensive Approach to the Treatment of Obesity
Oct. 22

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Dr. Raj Makkar Receives Interventional Cardiology Chair

Cardiologist is a leader in transcatheter aortic valve replacement research

Raj Makkar, M.D., knew he wanted to work at Cedars-Sinai as a youngster in India after watching cardiology pioneer Eliot Corday, M.D., and his son, Stephen, on television.

A few years later, Stephen Corday, M.D., a renowned cardiologist in his own right, became Dr. Makkar’s mentor as he performed his first angiograms as a fellow at Cedars-Sinai in 1993.

The journey came full circle at a ceremony Wednesday when Dr. Makkar was named the inaugural chairholder of the Stephen R. Corday, M.D., Chair in Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Makkar, director of the Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, is a leader in transcatheter valve replacement research and in clinical applications of stem cells for heart disease.

Late last month, the results of a national clinical trial investigating the use of the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve for severe aortic stenosis treatment were released. As part of the study, Dr. Makkar and his team at Cedars-Sinai performed more valve replacements than any of the other 21 medical centers participating in the study.

"Dr. Makkar's efforts have resulted in Cedars-Sinai being the single leading center in the world in attempting to repair valves without open heart surgery," said Eduardo Marbán, M.D., director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

In addition to his work on percutaneous valves, Dr. Makkar works on regenerative cardiology, with a goal to using stem cells to repair the myocardial injury that results from a heart attack. He is the principal investigator of the NIH-funded CADUCEUS trial, in which heart stem cell technology developed by Dr. Marbán is being applied for the first time in human subjects.

The chair was endowed by Brindell Gottlieb, whose family members have been patients of both Dr. Stephen Corday and his father, Eliot, who passed away in 1999. Her gift, in memory of her late husband Milton Gottlieb, also establishes the Eliot Corday, M.D., International Prize for Heart Research. The prize will allow Cedars-Sinai to recognize a leader in cardiology and bring that person to Cedars-Sinai as a visiting professor, Dr. Marbán said. The first recipient of the prize is expected to be announced in fall 2011.

Dr. Eliot Corday was chief of cardiology at Cedars of Lebanon, where he built a stellar medical staff that included Jeremy Swan, M.D., and William Ganz, M.D. He helped to pioneer invasive cardiology and collaborated on research that led to modern stress testing and nuclear cardiology. Dr. Stephen Corday has been an attending physician and research scientist at Cedars-Sinai since 1979.

(l-r) Dr. Stephen Corday, Brindell Gottlieb and Dr. Raj Makkar before Wednesday's ceremony.