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Meetings and Events

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff
Oct. 16

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

Grand Rounds

Upcoming CME Conferences


Do you know of a significant event in the life of a medical staff member? Please let us know, and we'll post these milestones in Medical Staff Pulse. Also, feel free to submit comments on milestones, and we'll post the comments in the next issue.

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Mark Vrahas Named to New Endowed Chair

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Mark Vrahas, MD, has been named the Levin/Gordon Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedics in honor of Myles Cohen, MD. Vrahas, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics, joined Cedars-Sinai in 2016 from Harvard Medical School, where he served as vice chair for Population Health and OR Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and as chief of Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Program at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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How Staph Dodges Immune System

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For years, medical investigators have tried and failed to develop vaccines for a type of staph bacteria associated with the deadly superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). But a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators shows how staph cells evade the body’s immune system, offering a clearer picture of how a successful vaccine would work.

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Study Aims to Widen BRCA Cancer Gene Testing

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Getting tested for a possible cancer-causing gene mutation can feel a bit daunting: Questions swirl about who should be tested, how counseling should be done and who should interpret the results. That process may become easier with the launch of a new initiative called the BRCA Founder Outreach Study. It will offer BRCA genetic testing at no cost to 4,000 eligible men and women of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish ancestry. Beth Y. Karlan, MD, is a principal investigator for the project.

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Melmed and Wallace Honored by Los Angeles County Medical Association

Shlomo Melmed, MB, ChB, executive vice president, Academic Affairs, and dean of the Cedars-Sinai medical faculty, and Daniel J. Wallace, MD, FACP, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Rheumatology Fellowship Program, were honored by the Los Angeles County Medical Association at its Los Angeles Healthcare Awards Dinner Nov. 1 in Beverly Hills.

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Saving a Life With Some Magic

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This story is part of an occasional series highlighting the #CedarsGratitude effort. Share why you are grateful for Cedars-Sinai here.

In 2008, an ominous turn in Ron Jambor's health meant he had to drop his illusions about drinking and make alcohol disappear from his life. "My stomach was bloated, and people were noticing my eyes were yellow," said Jambor, now 67. His heavy drinking had caused liver damage that led to jaundice.

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Stephan R. Targan, MD, Wins Prize for IBD Work

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Stephan R. Targan, MD, a pioneering physician and researcher in gastroenterology, has been awarded the Sherman Prize for groundbreaking work in the understanding and treatment of debilitating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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Rabbi Publishes Book on Medical Decisionmaking

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Healthcare providers frequently face medically and ethically complex situations that often require swift, sound decisionmaking. But what determines whether a choice is right or wrong?

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FDA Issues Recommendation Against Intraocular Vancomycin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recommendation against the prophylactic use of intraocular vancomycin — alone or in a compounded drug combining multiple active ingredients — during cataract surgery because of the risk of hemorrhagic occlusive retinal vasculitis.

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CS-Link Tip: Voice Recognition Software Update

Dragon Medical One, a real-time voice recognition software, is scheduled to be available to users of CS-Link™ by Monday, Nov. 6. The software has been gradually rolling out and already is available to many CS-Link™ users.

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