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Recognition for Berci, Hadian, Shah, Siegel

Physician News

George Berci, MD, has been named a "Hero in Surgery," Mehrnaz Hadian, MD, MS, has received a law school scholarship, and Prediman K. Shah, MD, and Robert J. Siegel, MD, have won the Elliot Rapaport Cardiologist of the Year award.

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - November 2014 (PDF)


David S. Gans, MD, has died.

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Cedars-Sinai Joins Initiative to Provide Quality Healthcare to Chinese Citizens Traveling to U.S.

Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai, (third from left) joined others at the Nov. 17 signing ceremony in Guangzhou, China.

Cedars-Sinai has joined Discover LA Medical Care, a new initiative to provide world-class healthcare to Chinese citizens seeking to travel to the U.S. for expert medical attention.

The initiative was established by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti with the intent of increasing medical collaboration and opportunities to provide quality healthcare to Chinese residents. In addition to Cedars-Sinai, members include the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, China Southern Airlines and four other leading Southern California medical centers.

Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai, traveled to Guangzhou, China, to participate in the Nov. 17 signing ceremony for the memorandum of understanding that formed Discover LA Medical Care. Before the signing ceremony, Spencer Koerner, MD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for International Health and Telemedicine, visited hospitals in three other cities in China — Beijing, Hongzhou and Shanghai — to highlight the medical expertise available to Chinese citizens in Los Angeles.

"This is a landmark moment in the history of our growing international health department," Koerner said. "As China has grown economically and visas are now easier to obtain, more and more Chinese citizens are traveling to the U.S. to gain access to our world-class healthcare, especially for highly complex procedures and treatments for cancer, heart disease and neurological diseases."

The collaborative effort to provide care to Chinese citizens is the latest chapter in a long history of relationships between China and Los Angeles. More than 250 Chinese-owned firms do business in Los Angeles. Among them is China Southern Airlines, Asia's largest airline and the world's third largest in passenger volume. As a partner in the initiative, the airline is committed to raising its customers' awareness of Discover LA Medical Care.

Nearly 570,000 travelers from China visited Los Angeles in 2013. L.A. County is home to the largest Chinese community in the United States with nearly a half million residents, including about 11,000 Chinese students attending colleges and universities in the area.