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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF January 7, 2011 Issue | Archived Issues

Physician News

George Berci, M.D. ...

John Harold, M.D. ...

Prediman K. Shah, M.D. ...

Rick B. Delamarter, M.D. ...

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Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Cases and Updates

If you suspect your patient has Antiphospholipid Syndrome, the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine offers a test. Click here to read more from the department’s “Cases and Updates” web page.


State Selects New Data Collection Vendor for Prescription Monitoring

Pharmacy Focus                

California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES, is a database that contains all controlled drug history information, including the drug dispensed, drug quantity and strength, patient name, address, prescriber name and authorization number, including the DEA number or prescription number.

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Meeting and Events

Emeritus Physician Society Lecture  
Jan. 7  

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
Jan. 17                        

The Drug Industry, Clinicians and Responsibility
Jan. 19  

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Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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2 Minutes With … Sumeet S. Chugh, M.D.

An “electrician for the heart,” Dr. Chugh is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm abnormalities and a leader in sudden cardiac arrest research. He serves as associate director for Genomic Cardiology at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, where he is also section chief of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.

If you weren’t a physician, what would you be?     

A difficult question. What I do every day combines all the aspects of life that I like – the ability to be useful, teach and ask scientific questions. I would not want to be anything else.

If you had unlimited time to develop a new skill, what would it be?    

I’d like to learn how to play the flute. I used to play the bamboo flute as I grew up in India, but I never had a teacher because I got lost in medicine. If I had the time, I’d find a teacher and learn.

What drew you to your specialty?    

I come from a family of physicians. My father, my uncle and my brother are all physicians. I always knew I would become one. I was fascinated by how the heart works, and the ability of one muscle to nourish the entire body. First, it was heart physiology, then heart rhythm disorders.

What do you do to relax?   

I like to listen to music, read and play tennis. My real relaxation is playing with my two daughters who are 7 and 10, however, a lot of my time is for medicine and science.

If you could spend the day doing one thing, what would it be?    

It would have to be writing papers. I’m very far behind.

Is there something or someplace you have never seen that you would like to see in the near future?    

I have never seen Australia or New Zealand. That’s a part of the world I would be interested to visit.

What did your mother always tell you that you now have to admit was correct?    

She said that you should remember where you’re from. It means keeping your value system and your culture, and holding on to it.

How would your best friend describe you to someone who doesn’t know you?    

As someone who spends too much time at work, and brings work home, but also as someone who is also a good friend and blessed with a wonderful family.

Dr. Chugh can be reached at sumeet.chugh@cshs.org