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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF June 8, 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

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In memoriam

The following medical staff members recently passed away:

  • Irving H. Berkovitz, MD (1924-2012)
  • Stephen H. Greenberg, MD (1944-2012)
  • Sivam Ramanathan, MD (1943-2012)
  • David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD (1936-2012)

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Yu named director of Cedars-Sinai's Neuroscience Critical Care Unit

Wengui Yu, MD, PhD, a research scientist and clinician specializing in stroke treatment and neurocritical care, has been named director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Neuroscience Critical Care Unit.

The recently expanded 24-bed unit, part of the Department of Neurology and Department of Neurosurgery, treats a high volume of patients with neurological disorders.

Yu's current research is focused on brain hemorrhage and treatment of severe traumatic brain injury. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals on stroke, endovascular interventions such as intracranial stenting, and basic cellular research. As an educator, he has overseen the training of more than 60 resident physicians and clinical fellows.

"We are extremely fortunate to attract a nationally recognized leader of Dr. Yu's stature. Together with the top-notch team already in place, our critical care unit is now among the elite in the country," said Patrick D. Lyden, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology and the Carmen and Louis Warschaw Chair in Neurology. "Dr. Yu will expand our unit, attract promising young clinician-scientists and allow our unit to continue its fantastic growth and leadership."

Yu joins Cedars-Sinai from Dallas, where he served as an associate professor and division chief of Neurological Critical Care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and as medical director of the Surgical ICU at UT Southwestern University Hospital - Zale Lipshy, a neurosciences specialty hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Southwestern University Hospital. He also has worked at the University of California, both in San Francisco and Irvine.

Yu, who is board-certified in neurology, neurocritical care and vascular neurology, earned his MD at Jiangxi Medical College in Nanchang, China, and his PhD degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He was a research associate in Beijing, China, and a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at the University of Missouri, Columbia, before entering a two-year fellowship in neurocritical care and stroke at UCSF.

The Neuroscience Critical Care Unit is on the eighth floor of the state-of-the-art Saperstein Critical Care Tower.