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Smith, MD, Appointed Executive Vice President and COO

By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

Following a comprehensive national search, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey A. Smith, MD, JD, MMM, as executive vice president, Hospital Operations and chief operating officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Jeff, who will join Cedars-Sinai on August 27, 2018, succeeds Mark Gavens, who announced his retirement last year.

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New Jewish Advance Healthcare Directive Unveiled

Rabbi Jason Weiner, senior rabbi and director of the Spiritual Care Department, oversaw the drafting of an Advance Healthcare Directive tailored to the specific needs and traditions of the region's diverse Jewish community. The Cedars-Sinai Jewish Advance Healthcare Directive is the first of what he expects will be others created here that reflect the needs of other faith traditions.

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Advancing Treatments for GI, Metabolic Issues

Cedars-Sinai has launched an initiative to accelerate the development of novel drugs, devices and therapies aimed at improving treatments for patients with gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases. Physician-scientists and others in the Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) Program are focusing their research expertise on disorders of the microbiome.

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Donna Dooley-Aiello, RN, Receives Nursing Honor

Donna Dooley-Aiello, RN, a clinical nurse in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion operating room, is this year’s winner of the Maggie Stempson-Carter Excellence in Caring Award. The annual award recognizes a Cedars-Sinai nurse who represents clinical excellence, quality care and professionalism.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for June


The Circle of Friends program honored 161 people in June. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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New Drug Treatments for Major Depression Emerging

A powerful anesthetic called ketamine is spawning a new generation of drug treatments for depression that has shown the ability to provide fast-acting relief, according to Waguih William IsHak, MD, FAPA, professor of Psychiatry and vice chair of Education and Research at Cedars-Sinai, who recently spoke to Heathline about the benefits and risks of these drugs.

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Harold, MD, Honored by Royal College of Physicians

John Gordon Harold, MD, attending physician at the Smidt Heart Institute and former president of the American College of Cardiology, has received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians. The honor recognizes Harold’s significant contributions to the medical profession, which include extensive work addressing the cardiovascular impacts of noncommunicable diseases.

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Annual Sand N’ Snore Set for Sept. 7

Sand N' Snore is just around the corner. The dinner, sleepover and breakfast are slated to begin Friday, Sept. 7, at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. To reserve a place, contact Cheryl Verne at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org.

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Pharmacy and Therapeutics Product Updates

See production information updates for June from Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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CS-Link Tip: Creating a Personal Preference List

In CS-Link™, creating a personal preference list is easy and will saves time. The list lets users customize and categorize commonly used orders.

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