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CME Newsletter - June 2016 (PDF)


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Romanoff Maintained Focus on Patient Safety

Romanoff Neil

After more than two decades, Neil Romanoff, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and associate chief medical officer, is stepping down at the end of the month. The executive helped transform the culture and the way it measures and manages Cedars-Sinai's safety and quality.

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Vrahas Appointed Founding Chair of Orthopaedics


Mark Vrahas, MD, has been appointed the founding chair of Cedars-Sinai's new Department of Orthopaedics. He assumes the post Aug. 8. Vrahas arrives with an international reputation for clinical excellence and a strong record of building and leading highly effective orthopedic trauma programs.

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Cedars-Sinai Selected as Regional Treatment Center for Highly Infectious Diseases

Cedars-Sinai will play a critical role in bolstering the nation’s front-line defense against Ebola and other highly communicable diseases under a federal grant meant to improve the response to emerging medical threats. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has tapped Cedars-Sinai to serve as a regional treatment center.

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Case Against Social Media Triumphs in Debate

Great Debate 2016

The gloves came off in a war of wit and words over the proper role of social media in medicine at the 13th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition. Cedars-Sinai resident physician Ryan Spurrier, MD, triumphed in the clash of ideas.

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Core Laboratories Opt for New Assays

The Core laboratories are going live with new TnI, BNP and PTH assays from Abbott Diagnostics. The switch to the new assays is expected to occur Friday, June 17.

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CS-Link Tip: Creating and Editing Lists

cs-link logo

Physicians often need to find a patient in the hospital, and CS-Link can make this task easier and more efficient. The idea is to create a patient list with the help of the toolbar.

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Robert H. Baloh, MD, PhD, Wins PRISM Award

Robert H. Baloh, MD, PhD

Robert H. Baloh, MD, PhD, associate professor and director of Neuromuscular Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurology, is the recipient of the 2016 Prize for Research in Scientific Medicine (PRISM) award. The $10,000 prize recognizes outstanding scientific or medical breakthroughs achieved in the preceding five years by Cedars-Sinai faculty members. Baloh received the honor June 15 at the commencement of the Cedars-Sinai Graduate Program in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine.

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Physician Receives Award for Transplantation

Stanley Jordan, MD

Stanley Jordan, MD, has received the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Transplantation (Clinical) from The Transplantation Society. The society's award committee unanimously selected Jordan as its recipient in recognition of his contribution to the field.

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Team Heart Throbs Wins Innovation Challenge

MDRN Innovation Challenge Finals

With a new MyChart app that allows tracheostomy or intubated patients to communicate more easily in multiple languages, Team Heart Throbs won the MD/RN Patient Experience Innovation Challenge in front of a standing-room-only crowd Friday, June 3.

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Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Hollywood Bowl

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the legendary band Chicago. The event on Sunday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members.

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FDA Cautions Against Zecuity Patches, High Doses of Loperamide and Aspirin Overuse

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning about heart problems associated with taking higher-than-recommended doses of the common over-the-counter and prescription diarrhea medicine loperamide. Also, the FDA has temporarily suspended sales of Zecuity patches for migraine headaches over concerns of burning and scarring. And the agency warned about the risks of serious bleeding that can result from taking too much aspirin, which is contained in over-the-counter products for stomach upset.

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The Campaign for Cedars-Sinai Begins Public Phase

Cedars-Sinai is conducting its most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the institution – the Campaign for Cedars-Sinai – with a goal of raising $600 million by 2018. This July marks the beginning of the public phase of the campaign, when the organization will begin sharing its goals and mission with the community at large.

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Farewell Reception Planned for Jeanne Flores

Flores Jeanne

A farewell reception to recognize Jeanne Flores will be held Wednesday, June 29. Flores is leaving her longtime post as senior vice president of Human Resources and Organization Development at Cedars-Sinai.

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Sweat Chloride Tests Will Halt in Mid-July

Due to low use, sweat chloride testing employed in the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis will be halted effective July 17. The sweat chloride test is still a mainstay of laboratory confirmation, but other tests for specific mutations, nasal potential difference, immunoreactive trypsinogen, stool fecal fat or pancreatic enzyme secretion can be useful as well.

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New Books Expand Library Collection

A new batch of books has landed at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Library. The topics include a wide range of topics, including cardiology, endocrinology, nephrology, nursing, orthopedics and others.

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