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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF June 16, 2017 | Archived Issues

Study Finds Lower Mortality at Teaching Hospitals

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that major teaching hospitals, such as Cedars-Sinai, have lower mortality rates than nonteaching, community hospitals. Led by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the study examined Medicare data from more than 21 million hospitalizations at more than 4,000 hospitals nationwide to determine the percentage of patients who died within 30 days of admission — a common way to gauge quality.

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Rutishauser Wins PRISM Prize

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Ueli Rutishauser, PhD, associate professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Biomedical Sciences, has received the 2017 Cedars-Sinai Prize for Research in Scientific Medicine. The annual prize honors a Cedars-Sinai scientist who has made an exemplary scientific breakthrough or produced a critical medical insight within the past five years.

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Gu and Yang Receive 2017 Rubenstein Prize

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Phillip Gu, MD, and Yang Yang, MD, have received the 2017 Paul Rubenstein, MD Prize for Excellence in Resident Research. Each received $3,000 during an abstract and awards presentation. Twenty residents applied for the prize, which is designed to foster basic and clinical research, enrich knowledge of health science and encourage the development of investigative curiosity in residents.

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Can VR Help Lower Blood Pressure?

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Cedars-Sinai recently launched the Sodium Healthy Living Project, a feasibility study at Holman United Methodist Church in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. The study tests whether education and digitally enhanced programming using virtual reality can help lower blood pressure. This is Cedars-Sinai’s first community-based, interprofessional study for high blood pressure and the first to use virtual reality in the African-American community.

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Rosen Named to New Executive Role

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Bradley T. Rosen, MD, has been named vice president of Physician Alignment and Care Transitions at Cedars-Sinai, a new expanded role that will provide leadership to the medical center and Medical Network.

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Graduates Urged to Help World's Less Privileged

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Cedars-Sinai marked the fifth annual commencement of its Graduate Programs in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine on June 7 with an urgent appeal for medical scientists to pursue “revolutionary innovation” that can save millions of imperiled lives around the globe. Keynote speaker Tadataka "Tachi" Yamada, MD, urged graduates in the Class of 2017 to use their knowledge and science to serve those who are less privileged.

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Clinical Oncology Society Honors Sandler

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has named Howard Sandler, MD, chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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Get to Know the Class of 2017

These are profiles of members of the Class of 2017 of the Cedars-Sinai Graduate Programs in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine.

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National Ebola Team Assesses CS Responders

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Representatives from the National Ebola Training and Education Center, who have firsthand experience treating the deadly disease, recently made their first visit to Cedars-Sinai to review and help strengthen the medical center’s practices in the event of an outbreak.

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Core Lab Updates Parathyroid Hormone Codes

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has updated its test codes and panels for parathyroid hormone. These do not involve a change in test methodology, but a simple update to naming in order to clarify when certain PTH tests should be ordered, what they include, and what type of tube to draw. The change took effect Monday, June 12.

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Bakondi Awarded Grant for Eye Research

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Benjamin Bakondi, PhD, received a Career-Starter Research Grant in pediatric ophthalmology from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Inc.


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Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and a special musical guest, Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix. The event on Monday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $140 per adult and $70 per child 3-11 years of age.

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CS-Link Tip: Adding Attachments

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CS-Link™ enables users to send and view messages with attached images or videos, which can provide valuable additional information for clinicians.

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