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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF March 15, 2013 | Archived Issues

Memorial Service for Leon Morgenstern, MD, Set for April 18

A memorial service for Leon Morgenstern, MD, will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Morgenstern, the founding director of Surgery for Cedars-Sinai and senior adviser to the Center for Healthcare Ethics, died Dec. 23 at his home in Malibu at age 93.

He joined Cedars of Lebanon as an attending physician in 1953, then became an attending in 1954 at Mount Sinai Hospital. He became Cedars of Lebanon's director of Surgery in 1960, and in 1970, at the creation of Cedars-Sinai, he retained that title.

Morgenstern served as Cedars-Sinai's director of Surgery until 1988, presiding over a time of sweeping change in his field, in medicine and at the medical center. He said the Department of Surgery had only 1.5 staff members when he started; there are more than 80 general surgeons alone in the department now.

Under his leadership, Cedars-Sinai won recognition for its pre-eminence in cardiothoracic and intestinal surgery. New techniques in surgical specialties were quickly adopted, including intraocular lenses and laser surgery in ophthalmology, artificial joints in orthopedics, prosthetic grafts in vascular surgery, kidney stone dissolution in urology, and the Swan-Ganz catheter and valve replacement in cardiac surgery.

For more information about the memorial service, contact Marina Gudelman at Marina.Gudelman@cshs.org or (323) 866-6250.

Morgenstern's obituary ran in the Jan. 4 issue of Pulse.

Memorial Service for Leon Morgenstern, MD - April 18 (PDF)