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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF March 27, 2015 | Archived Issues

Recognition for Arena, Charlton, Jones, Karlan, Spiegel

Elizabeth A. Arena, MD, has been awarded board certification in complex general surgical oncology, Timothy P. Charlton, MD, represented the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons this month in Washington, Heather Jones, MD, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for lung research, Beth Y. Karlan, MD, will receive the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, has been named co-editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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Recognition for Arena, Charlton, Jones, Karlan, Spiegel

Physician News

Arena Earns Certification in Complex General Surgical Oncology

Elizabeth A. Arena, MD, has been awarded board certification in complex general surgical oncology from the American Board of Surgery (ABS).

Arena is the first surgeon at Cedars-Sinai to achieve board certification in the increasingly complex field of surgical oncology. She is an attending-level surgeon in the Department of Surgery.

ABS established the specialty board to develop surgeons with specific knowledge of the diagnosis, multidisciplinary treatment and rehabilitation of patients with unusual or complex cancers.

The certification process in complex general surgical oncology measures the surgeon's judgment, clinical reasoning skills and problem-solving ability. The oral certifying examination assesses the technical details of oncologic operations as well as issues related to the surgeon's ethical behavior and humanistic qualities.

Arena, a graduate of Dartmouth College and the New York University School of Medicine, completed her surgical residency at the Yale-New Haven Hospital.


Timothy P. Charlton, MD, and patient advocate Peg Cagle in front of the Capitol

Charlton Represents AAOS in Advocacy Trip to Capitol

Timothy P. Charlton, MD, represented the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) this month in Washington. He was among dozens of physicians, researchers and patient advocates who visited Senate and House offices in the nation's capital to petition for increased funding for research by the National Institutes of Health.

The goal of AAOS Research Capitol Hill Day was to increase research funding to $32 billion for fiscal year 2016, Charlton said.

Charlton is a foot and ankle surgeon with the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center.







 


Jones Awarded NIH Grant for Lung Research

Heather Jones, MD, director of the Critical Care Intensivist Service at Cedars-Sinai and assistant professor of Medicine, has received a $690,255 grant from the National Institutes of Health for lung research.

The five-year, mentored grant will fund Jones' study, "IL-1beta in the Development of Hypoxemia in Acute Lung Injury," which will seek better understanding of the interactions between inflammatory cells and the regulation of blood flow and oxygenation of the blood in the lungs during acute lung injury.

Specifically, Jones will use mouse models to study the role of a molecule called interleukin 1beta, or IL-1b, which is a potent inducer of inflammation and injury. Jones is interested in understanding how this molecule may be aggravating the very low oxygen levels seen in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome by affecting the blood vessels in the lungs.

Jones, principal investigator on the study, said she hopes her research will help improve patient care. "If we can understand the specific problems in the lungs associated with very low oxygen levels during acute lung injury, we can specifically address these issues to improve oxygenation in our patients and potentially improve outcomes in a deadly disease with 30 percent mortality," she said.


Karlan Honored by Oncology Society

Beth Y. Karlan, MD, director of the Women’s Cancer Program at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, will receive the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. The award, which recognizes individuals who display continuous, outstanding service in the field of gynecologic oncology, will be presented March 28 at the society's Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Chicago.

Karlan is editor-in-chief of the society's official journal, Gynecologic Oncology. At Cedars-Sinai, she also is director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, director of the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

In another honor, Karlan has been appointed to a national panel that is evaluating the state of science in ovarian cancer research. The ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine — the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences — is charged with formulating recommendations for public and private efforts to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of ovarian cancer. The report of the 16-member committee is expected by the end of December.

Karlan also serves on the National Cancer Advisory Board, a committee that advises the U.S. National Cancer Institute. She was appointed to a six-year term by President Barack Obama in 2012.


Spiegel Appointed to Helm of Gastroenterology Journal

Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, has been named co-editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Gastroenterology, widely considered the top clinical GI publication in North America.

Spiegel's three-year term begins in September. He will share responsibility for modernizing the monthly journal, selecting its editorial board and making final decisions about papers submitted for review.

Spiegel also intends to expand the journal's international reach and to launch new sections. One of these, titled "From Bench to Bedside," will introduce readers to the frontiers of basic and translational sciences. A second, "On Being a Patient," will highlight testimonials from patients living with digestive disorders.

"Bringing The American Journal of Gastroenterology to Cedars-Sinai presents a tremendous opportunity for us to shape the field of digestive diseases," said Spiegel, director of Health Services Research and an expert in gastroenterology. "Our team will use the journal to explore new frontiers in biomedical research and patient care."

The journal is published by the American College of Gastroenterology.