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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF July 8, 2011 Issue | Archived Issues

P&T Decisions Posted

Pharmacy Focus

Learn about P&T decisions and pertinent agenda topics by clicking on the PDF below. Highlights include: pulmonary recommendations on the use of Xopenex® (levoalbuterol) and bronchodilator orders, updated 2011 Adult and Pediatric Antibiotic Empiric Treatment Recommendations, and revisions to the STATIN automatic substitution table.

P&T Decisions (PDF)


Meetings and Events


Grand Rounds

Click here to view upcoming Grand Rounds.

Preparing for "Carmageddon"

Cedars-Sinai Makes Contingency Plans for Upcoming I-405 Closure

As you have undoubtedly heard through the media, "Carmageddon" will be Friday, July 15 - Monday, July 18 with the closure of I-405 from the I-10 to the 101. The freeway is scheduled to close Friday night at 10 p.m. (with on-ramp closures starting at 7 p.m.) and reopen on Monday morning at 6 a.m.

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'Spectacular' Night at the Hollywood Bowl

More than 350 medical staff members, their families and friends carried on a Cedars-Sinai tradition of gathering at the Hollywood Bowl for the annual "July 4th Fireworks Spectacular."

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Clinical Professorial Series to Include Attending Physicians

The Cedars-Sinai Health System's Board of Directors has approved the creation of a Clinical Professorial Series for Cedars-Sinai Health System.

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Physicians Journey into Tim Burton Wonderland

Physicians and their guests were treated to a special viewing of filmmaker and artist Tim Burton's creative work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last month.

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Imaging Written Orders Required as of Aug. 15

In an effort to promote patient safety, the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center will require written orders, with clinical indications, on all imaging studies beginning Aug. 15.

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Director of Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute Appointed

Richard Nathan Bergman, Ph.D., a renowned expert in diabetes and obesity research, has been named director of the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. Bergman will also join Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Biomedical Sciences and its Department of Medicine as a distinguished research scientist.

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Farewell Reception for Mark Rapaport, M.D.

Members of the medical staff are invited to attend a farewell reception on Friday, July 29, for Mark Rapaport, M.D., chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.

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Call for Cancer Research Posters

The deadline to submit posters for the third annual Cancer Institute Research Poster Presentation is Monday, July 11. Clinical and translational research posters will be on display from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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Preparing for "Carmageddon"

Cedars-Sinai Makes Contingency Plans for Upcoming 405 Freeway Closure

As you have undoubtedly heard through the media, "Carmageddon" will be Friday, July 15 - Monday, July 18 with the closure of I-405 from the I-10 to the 101. The freeway is scheduled to close Friday night at 10 p.m. (with on-ramp closures starting at 7 p.m.) and reopen on Monday morning at 6 a.m.

The medical center is making contingency plans so that essential services continue to operate in a safe, appropriately staffed manner:

  • Departmental leaders have reorganized their weekend staffing in order to schedule staff that will be less impacted by the highway closure.
  • In addition, we are scheduling overtime and bringing on additional staff in those areas where staffing shortages may occur.
  • Materials Management has made arrangements to ensure we have sufficient inventory on hand to continue to provide services.
  • We will open the Incident Command Center during the weekend period to facilitate communication and decision-making.
    • If necessary, we will open Harvey Morse Auditorium as sleeping quarters for those who are unable to travel home or find other accommodations between shifts that weekend.  

Physicians are reminded to arrange for coverage during this weekend, if necessary, and to allow extra time to arrive at the medical center on Monday, July 18, in the event that traffic is still congested.

'Spectacular' Night at the Hollywood Bowl

More than 350 medical staff members, their families and friends carried on a Cedars-Sinai tradition of gathering at the Hollywood Bowl for the annual "July 4th Fireworks Spectacular."

Following a boxed dinner catered by Patina, the show kicked off with a rousing performance of patriotic standards performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Daryl Hall and John Oates then performed many of their hits from the 80s including "Rich Girl" and "Private Eyes."

The crowd was also treated to breathtaking fireworks perfectly choreographed to the marches of John Phillip Sousa.

The event was organized by Marjorie Santore-Besson, director of System Affairs, Cheryl Verne, executive assistant, and Erika Waring, executive assistant.

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Alfredo Trento, M.D., left, celebrates his birthday at the Bowl.

Sheila Kar, M.D., family and friends

Steve Galen, M.D., and family

Paul Silka, M.D., and family

Kim Gregory, M.D., and her husband

Jason Cohen, M.D., and family

 

 

Joann Acuna, M.D., and family

 

Ronald Victor, M.D., and his wife Vicki

 

Robert Kalmansohn, M.D.,and Yzhar Charuzi, M.D.

 

(l-r) James Meltzer, M.D., Leo Gordon, M.D., and Dr. Meltzer’s wife Rose

Sarah Kilpatrick, M.D., Ph.D., and family

 

Keith Klein, M.D., and family

A guest displays her patriotic spirit.

 

 

Photos by Thomas Neerken

Clinical Professorial Series to Include Attending Physicians

The Cedars-Sinai Health System's Board of Directors has approved the creation of a Clinical Professorial Series for Cedars-Sinai Health System.

"Implementation of this new Clinical Professorial Series will now allow us to acknowledge academic achievements and contributions by our clinicians. These clinical faculty appointments will be commensurate with other institutions of higher learning," said Shlomo Melmed, M.D., senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of the medical faculty.

In 2008, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center implemented the Professorial Series.

Eligibility for this new clinical series will be extended to all attending physicians at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center who are in good standing and fulfill the criteria enunciated in the bylaws. Rigorous, novel and innovative accomplishments that align with Cedars-Sinai's academic and clinical mission are essential qualifications for appointment to, and promotion within the series. Excellence in teaching is also a requirement of this series. A copy of the bylaws, which include additional eligibility criteria, will be published later this month.

"We set this up to be challenging and meaningful for those who obtain the ranks," said William W. Brien, M.D., executive vice chair of the Department of Surgery, who helped conceptualize the program. "The program is really about the medical center's academic and clinical mission. It aims to recognize these professionals for their contributions to the national and international field of medicine."

Similar to the medical center's Professorial Series, dossiers for clinical professor appointments will be submitted by the department chair for review by a peer review council whose members will be charged with providing an objective appraisal process and maintaining standards and equity.

In the coming weeks, Melmed said he and Tom Priselac, president and chief executive officer of the Cedars-Sinai Health System, will be appointing the 12 inaugural members of the Clinical Academic Promotions & Appointments Council (CLIN-APAC).

"We look forward to announcing the committee membership later this summer and beginning to accept applications from the departments early this fall," Melmed said. "Together with the Professorial Series, the Clinical Professorial series allows the medical center to continue to recognize our exceptional commitment to academic excellence, medical education and the delivery of unprecedented patient care."

The Clinical Professorial Series will be administered through the Academic Human Resources Office.

For more information, please contact Tara O'Shea, director of Academic Human Resources, at (310) 423-5539 or tara.oshea@cshs.org.

Physicians Journey into Tim Burton Wonderland

Physicians and their guests were treated to a special viewing of filmmaker and artist Tim Burton’s creative work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last month.

Roughly 120 people attended the evening event, which included dinner.

The museum exhibition brings together more than 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks and more, according to LACMA.

If you missed the medical staff event, the exhibit is on display at LACMA through Oct. 31.

The event was organized by Marjorie Santore-Besson, director of System Affairs, and Erika Waring, executive assistant.

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Above: Christopher Harris, M.D., and his daughter. 
Above right: Philomena McAndrew, M.D., and her husband.

(l-r) Paul Hackmeyer, M.D., and Zab Mosenifar, M.D.

Photos by Thomas Neerken

Imaging Written Orders Required as of Aug. 15

In an effort to promote patient safety, the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center will require written orders, with clinical indications, on all imaging studies beginning Aug. 15. This assures that your patient will receive the correct study.

Specifically, a "written order" is a statement of the procedure/test requested with the ordering physician's signature. (Hand–written, electronic and stamped signatures as well the Imaging Center's Online Request to Schedule are all acceptable.) Clinical signs and/or symptoms along with their duration also should be included.

Your assistance and understanding as the Imaging Center implements this new process is greatly appreciated.

The Imaging Center will do everything possible to prevent inconvenience to patients and will work diligently with physician offices to make this go smoothly for all.

Director of Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute Appointed

Richard Nathan Bergman, Ph.D., a renowned expert in diabetes and obesity research, has been named director of the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. Bergman will also join Cedars-Sinai's Department of Biomedical Sciences and its Department of Medicine as a distinguished research scientist.

Bergman comes to Cedars-Sinai from the University of Southern California, where he served as the Keck Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, as well as professor of medicine and biomedical engineering at USC's Keck School of Medicine.

An influential diabetes researcher for more than three decades with more than 300 peer-reviewed published papers, Bergman pioneered the use of engineering technology to understand mechanisms leading to development of diabetes.

He developed the "minimal model," which describes how insulin reacts in the body and has become the standard for determining causes of diabetes. By applying engineering principles to develop a mathematical model of the relationships between insulin secretion, insulin action and other metabolic factors, he made it possible to create a comprehensive and integrated picture of metabolic function in a patient. Clinical testing using this model is now the most powerful predictor of future development of Type 2 diabetes.

Bergman's laboratory also was the first to demonstrate insulin's important indirect control of liver glucose production and the importance of insulin transport from blood to the cells in patients with insulin resistance syndrome.

"With diabetes and obesity at epidemic levels in America, Dr. Bergman's leadership and research will be invaluable to Cedars-Sinai's ongoing scientific and clinical work, as well as our ability to discover new approaches to treating these serious problems," said Shlomo Melmed, M.D., senior vice president for academic affairs, dean of the medical faculty at Cedars-Sinai and the Helene A. and Philip E. Hixon Chair in Investigative Medicine. "We are delighted that he will be joining our distinguished group of researchers and physicians."

Bergman has earned numerous honors and awards over the course of his career, including the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement from the American Diabetes Association; the Naomi Berrie Award from Columbia University Medical Center; the NIH Merit Award; the TOPS Research Award from the North American Association for Study of Obesity; the Man of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association; the Joseph Globus Award from Mount Sinai School of Medicine; and the Lilly Award as Outstanding Researcher in Diabetes.

Bergman has served as editor-in-chief of Obesity, the official research publication of The Obesity Society. He also has served on the editorial boards of: DIABETES; the American Journal of Physiology; Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics; and News in Physiological Sciences. He holds an undergraduate degree in engineering from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Farewell Reception for Mark Rapaport, M.D.

Members of the medical staff are invited to attend a farewell reception for Mark Rapaport, M.D., chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.

The event will be held Friday, July 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Thalians Auditorium.

Rapaport has served as chair of the department for nine years. He is leaving Cedars-Sinai for Emory University, where he has been recruited to serve as chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and chief of Psychiatric Services.

Call for Cancer Research Posters

The deadline to submit posters for the third annual Cancer Institute Research Poster Presentation is Monday, July 11.

Cancer-related clinical and translational research posters will be on display, and researchers will be available for discussion at the presentation on Tuesday, July 19, from noon to 2 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

If you are interested in displaying a poster, please contact Maria Buscemi at maria.buscemi@cshs.org or (310) 248-6594.