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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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MEC Bylaws Update

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Cedars-Sinai’s medical staff must completely rewrite its constitution and bylaws to meet new Joint Commission requirements that go into effect on March 31, 2011.

Among the initial changes, the constitution is being renamed “the bylaws” to meet a Joint Commission requirement. Click “read more” to review suggested revisions to four more sections. E-mail chiefofstaff@cshs.org to provide your feedback.

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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.


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Motown Founder to Speak at King Celebration

Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, will be the guest speaker at the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration presented by the medical staff and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.


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An Expanding Circle

Circle of FriendsMore than 300 donations were made to Cedars-Sinai’s Circle of Friends program in honor of physicians last year. In November, many of those honorees gathered for a celebration at the Capital Grille.

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Thome Named Service Line Manager for Heart Institute

Kristine Thome, RN, has been named as the service line manager for the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. She will assume her new role on Monday, Jan. 17.

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Fresh Challah Available in the Cafeteria

Nothing is more satisfying than fresh-baked bread – especially fresh-baked challah.

Kosher challah is now being sold in the Ray Charles Cafeteria on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Cedars-Sinai Employee Emergency Fund.

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MEC Bylaws Update

Please give us your feedback

Cedars-Sinai’s medical staff must completely rewrite its constitution and bylaws to meet new Joint Commission requirements that go into effect on March 31, 2011.

Among the initial changes, the constitution is being renamed “the bylaws” to meet a Joint Commission requirement. E-mail chiefofstaff@cshs.org to provide your feedback.

 

All Department Chairs as Voting Members of the MEC

Presently, the department chairs for Neurology and Radiation Oncology are non-voting members of the Medical Executive Committee. The following language would make them voting members like all other department chairs.

Bylaws VII, Section 7.3

 

Additional Revisions for Review

Changes to the following three sections are highlighted in yellow. Please click on the PDFs to read the revisions.

Preamble

Functions of the MEC

Disaster Temporary Privileges

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

Motown Founder to Speak at King Celebration

Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, will be the guest speaker at the ninth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration presented by the medical staff and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The event, which includes a special musical tribute, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. A limited number of boxed lunches will be available starting at 11:50 a.m.

An Expanding Circle

More than 300 physicians honored by the Circle of Friends

More than 300 donations were made to Cedars-Sinai’s Circle of Friends program in honor of physicians last year. In November, many of those honorees gathered for a celebration at the Capital Grille.

The Circle of Friends program allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgement.

Since its start in 2009, Circle of Friends has honored 352 physicians, 71 nurses and 60 other Cedars-Sinai staff, some multiple times.

(l-r) Drs. Robert Klapper, John Harold, Allan Silberman and Leslie Memsic were among those honored at the 2010 event.

Thome Named Service Line Manager for Heart Institute

Kristine Thome, RN, has been named as the service line manager for the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. She will assume her new role on Monday, Jan. 17.

“Kristine has been a valued member of The Pain Center at Cedars-Sinai for more than two years,” said John Oldenquist, service line director for the Heart Institute. “During her tenure, she has done a wonderful job managing the center’s outpatient program, clinics, procedure suite and 30 staff members. Kristine’s passion and strong background in heart disease care should make for an easy transition to service line manager for the Heart Institute.”

Thome launched her career in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Mercy Health System in Wisconsin as a program RN and later as the director.  

Fresh Challah Available in the Cafeteria

Nothing is more satisfying than fresh-baked bread – especially fresh-baked challah.

Kosher challah is now being sold in the Ray Charles Cafeteria on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Cedars-Sinai Employee Emergency Fund.

Choose from traditional, pretzel and chocolate chip flavors.