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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF April 24, 2015 | Archived Issues

Recognition for Chugh, Karlan, Shah, Siegel, Rosen, Makoff, Barrett

Physician News

Sumeet Chugh, MD, Beth Y. Karlan, MD, P.K. Shah, MD, and Robert J. Siegel, MD, received honors and awards from top professional organizations, and speaking at a recent palliative care conference were Bradley T. Rosen, MD, Eve Makoff, MD, and Todd Barrett, MD.

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April 24 March to Disrupt Traffic at 6500 Wilshire

The annual march protesting the Armenian genocide will take place Friday, April 24. The march will end around noon with a demonstration outside the Turkish Consulate, 6300 Wilshire Blvd. The demonstration will continue into the early evening.

Because 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the genocide's beginning, traffic, parking and Cedars-Sinai shuttle service at 6500 Wilshire are likely to be affected more than in past years. The shuttles' pickup and dropoff point until 7 p.m. that day will be moved to the Big 5 store at 6601 Wilshire.

Shuttle service to other areas may be disrupted as well. Roads will be closed because of the march, which is expected to draw 15,000 people.


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Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

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CME Newsletter - April 2015 (PDF)


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Ceremony Commemorates Armenian Genocide

George Baghdassarian, MDiv, speaks during the commemoration of the Armenian genocide.

More than 100 people attended an emotional and educational ceremony on April 16 commemorating the centennial of the Armenian genocide. The event, the first of its kind at Cedars-Sinai, was a time of remembrance and fellowship, said George Baghdassarian, MDiv, a Christian chaplain.

"This really was a good community-building event for our hospital and the Armenian staff at Cedars-Sinai," Baghdassarian said. "It brought everyone together. I have heard nothing but positive comments from attendees, many speaking to how proud they are to work at Cedars-Sinai."

The guest speaker at the event was Nora Injeyan, an expert in Armenian history.

Rabbi Jason Weiner, senior rabbi and manager of the Spiritual Care Department, agreed.

"Being a Jewish hospital, we are always concerned for those who are marginalized and excluded from the mainstream," Weiner said. "We want to provide comfort for people in our community. For the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we felt we should do something, especially considering Cedars-Sinai has a number of Armenian employees."

The ceremony in the chapel included readings, 100 seconds of silence and a talk by Nora Injeyan, an expert in Armenian history and the genocide.

The event was put together by Weiner, Lynn Kessler, PhD, heart transplant coordinator and patient liaison, Garo Harmandayan, MD, a Supportive Care Medicine physician, and Baghdassarian.

It exceeded everyone's expectations, Weiner said.

"We had no idea how many people would show up, but we certainly didn’t expect such an outpouring," he said. "Afterward, everyone was appreciative, especially our Armenian employees. Many said they felt respected. Some of our non-Armenian attendees, who came to see what the event was all about, commented that they learned a lot."

Joel Geiderman, MD, co-chair of the Cedars-Sinai Emergency Department, attended the ceremony. "Commemoration is very important, because it not only honors the victims but it comforts the successive generations and assures them that the tragedy that befell the Armenian people will never be forgotten," he said.

The genocide began April 24, 1915, when the Ottoman Empire began the killing of 1.5 million Armenians in present-day Turkey. Intellectuals, political leaders and ordinary Armenians were either killed or sent on death marches through the wilderness without food or water.

Many countries and historians have declared these acts to be genocide, and Pope Francis recently recognized the killings as such.


April 24 March to Disrupt Traffic at 6500 Wilshire

The annual march protesting the Armenian genocide will take place Friday, April 24. The march will end around noon with a demonstration outside the Turkish Consulate, 6300 Wilshire Blvd.

Because 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the genocide's beginning, traffic, parking and Cedars-Sinai shuttle service at 6500 Wilshire are likely to be affected more than in past years. The shuttles' pickup and dropoff point until 7 p.m. that day will be moved to the Big 5 store at 6601 Wilshire.

Shuttle service to other areas may be disrupted as well.

More than 15,000 demonstrators are expected. Wilshire will be closed between San Vicente and Fairfax boulevards because of the demonstration, which will continue into the early evening. Those who park at 6500 Wilshire will be directed to enter and exit via the driveway on San Vicente. Security officers will assist with the flow of traffic.