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Meetings and Events

Physician Efficiency Training
July 20

Transcranial Doppler for Comprehensive Stroke Care
Aug. 11-13

Pancreatic Cancer Conference
Sept. 10

These events and more are listed in the medical staff calendar on the Cedars-Sinai website.

Grand Rounds

Click here to view upcoming grand rounds.

Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - July 2016 (PDF)


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Physician News

Pisarska Chosen for Elite Leadership Program

Margareta D. Pisarska, MD

Margareta D. Pisarska, MD, who directs the Fertility and Reproductive Medicine Center and the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been accepted into an international program that prepares exceptional women faculty members for senior leadership positions at academic health centers.

Pisarska, an associate professor, is the second Cedars-Sinai physician to join the highly competitive Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellowship. The first, Ilana Cass, MD, professor and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, completed the fellowship in 2013. Only 54 fellows were accepted into this year's class.

The yearlong fellowship is part of Drexel University College of Medicine's International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics. Fellows, nominated by their institutes' leaders, participate in online classes and in-residence sessions that will begin in September. They sharpen their skills in strategic finance, organizational change and leadership, and develop projects to advance the goals of their home institutions.

Sarah Kilpatrick, MD, PhD, the Helping Hand of Los Angeles Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, completed this executive leadership program in 1998. "It is a huge honor not only for Dr. Pisarska but also for Cedars-Sinai to have a faculty member admitted to this program," said Kilpatrick, who is also associate dean for faculty development.

Pisarska heads a laboratory at Cedars-Sinai that investigates reproductive biology, including ovarian physiology and the roles played by genetics and epigenetics in adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with infertility treatments. She chairs the Patient Education Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and belongs to the Society for Reproductive Investigation and the Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

Neurology Fellow Awarded Stipend to Study Dystonia

Elliot Hogg, MD

Elliot Hogg, MD, a fellow in the Movement Disorders Program in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurology, has been awarded a $75,000 stipend from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, an organization that advocates for dystonia patients. The stipend will support his research on the long-term effects of pallidal deep brain stimulation (DBS) on patients with dystonia, a disorder that causes involuntary contractions and spasms of muscles.

Pallidal DBS is a neurosurgical procedure that involves implanting a medical device to deliver electrical impulses to the globus pallidus, a brain structure that controls movement.

"I'm very excited to be a part of this fellowship," said Hogg. "This award gives us an opportunity to better understand dystonia and the long-term benefits of DBS so that physicians can advise patients and their caregivers on the best treatments to improve their quality of life."

Hogg completed medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a neurology residency at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center. His mentor for the dystonia project is Michele Tagliati, MD, director of the Movement Disorders Program, professor and vice chair in the Department of Neurology.