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A BI-WEEKLY PUBLICATION FROM THE CEDARS-SINAI CHIEF OF STAFF April 19, 2019 | Archived Issues

Chikwe, MD, Named Founding Chair of Department of Cardiac Surgery

Joanna Chikwe, MD, has been selected as the founding chair of the new Department of Cardiac Surgery. Chikwe comes to Cedars-Sinai from the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, where she is a professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, and where she served as Program Director of the Residency and Fellowship Programs and founding Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke's. She will join Cedars-Sinai on Sept. 9.

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Commemorating Passover at Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai is marking Passover, which runs from the evening of Friday, April 19, to the evening of Saturday, April 27. Throughout the holiday, a variety of kosher-for-Passover food selections will be available in the Ray Charles Cafeteria. For more information, call Spiritual Care at ext. 3-5550. 

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Special Day Shows Appreciation for Physicians

Cedars-Sinai leadership, nurses and staff turned out for National Doctors' Day recently to show their gratitude for physicians. The day featured breakfast treats, bakery goodies and tokens of appreciation. The annual observance, which honors physicians for their work with patients and the community, was held on March 29.

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18 Employees Honored With President's Award

Co-workers, family members and friends turned out April 16 to honor the latest recipients of the Cedars-Sinai President’s Award. The President's Award is the most prestigious award of recognition at Cedars-Sinai. 

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Annual Yom Ha'Shoah Event to be Held May 2

An address by Rick Richman, who has written about an effort early in World War II to form a Jewish army to battle Hitler, will highlight the 35th annual Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program at Cedars-Sinai. The event, scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. on May 2 in Harvey Morse Auditorium, also will feature music and prayers of mourning.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for March

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The Circle of Friends program honored 373 people in March. 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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Staff Asked to Be Vigilant After Street Robbery

Employees are reminded to be vigilant around the Cedars-Sinai medical center following a street robbery on Sunday, April 7. No one was injured during the incident. A visitor was walking in a crosswalk at Gracie Allen Drive and George Burns Road around 4 p.m., when a suspect approached from behind and grabbed his clutch bag. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the robbery. 

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Makeup Lessons for Transgender Patients Offer Confidence

For many women, applying makeup is second nature. But for transgender women who undergo gender transition later in life, makeup application can be a daunting prospect. But the Transgender Surgery and Health Program at Cedars-Sinai offers makeup lessons for transgender patients to provide confidence and human connection. Watch the video.

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CS-Link Tip: Upgrade Coming April 28

CS-Link™ will be upgraded Sunday, April 28. As a result, between Sunday, April 21, and Sunday, April 28, some capabilities will temporarily be shut down. You can take a look at the upgrades here.

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Chikwe, MD, Named Founding Chair of Department of Cardiac Surgery

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Joanna Chikwe, MD

Following a comprehensive national search led by Bruce Gewertz, MD, and Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, we are very pleased to announce that Joanna Chikwe, MD, has been selected as the founding chair of the new Department of Cardiac Surgery. This important leadership appointment reflects Chikwe's outstanding reputation for clinical excellence and innovation, and her exceptional track record for building successful clinical and academic programs.

Chikwe is a recognized leader in the field of mitral valve repair and coronary revascularization, with expertise in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. She comes to Cedars-Sinai from the Mount Sinai Health System in New York, where she is a professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, and where she served as Program Director of the Residency and Fellowship Programs and founding Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke's. Presently she also serves as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and as Director of the Heart Institute at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Chikwe has published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, serves on editorial boards of leading specialty journals and is a deputy editor of Annals of Thoracic Surgery. She has edited and authored three textbooks, including Cardiothoracic Surgery. A native of England, Chikwe completed her medical degree at the University of Oxford, followed by cardiothoracic surgery residency at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals in London.

The new Department of Cardiac Surgery will align with the new Department of Cardiology under the umbrella of the Smidt Heart Institute, which encompasses all Cedars-Sinai heart care, research and education under the leadership of Marbán. The two departments will build on institute accomplishments that include the leading heart transplantation, transcatheter valve and robotic cardiac surgery programs in North America, and the No. 3 ranking in the United States for Cardiology and Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Chikwe will be responsible for oversight of the clinical, research and education programs within the department and our affiliated cardiac surgery programs. She will foster strategic growth and innovation by expanding her active clinical practice of advanced heart valve reconstruction and minimally invasive cardiac surgery.

Our renowned Cardiac Surgery Division has been led by Alfredo Trento, MD, whose surgical skills set a remarkably high standard for operative care; the division is internationally recognized for its superior outcomes. We thank Trento for his dedicated professionalism and are delighted that he will continue as a senior heart surgeon as we transition into the new department.

Chikwe joins Cedars-Sinai on Sept 9. Please join us in welcoming her to the Cedars-Sinai family.

- Shlomo Melmed, MD
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Medical Faculty

- Jeff Smith, MD, JD, MMM
Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations, and Chief Operating Officer, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

- Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD
Director, Smidt Heart Institute

Commemorating Passover at Cedars-Sinai

Cedars-Sinai is marking Passover, which runs from the evening of Friday, April 19, to the evening of Saturday, April 27.

Details and schedule:

  • Throughout the holiday, a variety of kosher-for-Passover food selections will be available in the Ray Charles Cafeteria.
  • Seder plates and Haggadahs will be delivered April 19-20 to patients who have requested them.
  • A recorded Passover Seder will be broadcast on Channel 50 of the inpatient TV system Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Chaplains will deliver matzo kits to Jewish patients with details about the holiday on Friday, April 19, and Thursday, April 25. The chaplains also will be available to assist patients with any other needs they may have to help them observe the holiday.

For more information, call Spiritual Care at ext. 3-5550.

Special Day Shows Appreciation for Physicians

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Cedars-Sinai leadership, nurses and staff turned out for National Doctors' Day recently to show their gratitude for physicians. The day featured breakfast treats, bakery goodies and tokens of appreciation. The annual observance, which honors physicians for their work with patients and the community, was held on March 29.

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18 Employees Honored With President's Award

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PROFESSIONAL AND SUPPORT SERVICES

Sandra Davis
Special Service Deluxe Hostess
Food and Nutrition Services

Sandra has been part of the Cedars-Sinai family for three decades. Her role includes cooking as well as delivering meals for patients. She contributes to patient satisfaction in many ways. She makes sure meal orders are filled correctly and special dietary needs are met—and always greets patients with a smile. She even anticipates patients’ food preferences based on orders from previous hospital stays. Sandra has received numerous commendations from supervisors and patients for the excellent service she provides, and for her willingness to lend a hand without hesitation. She steps up to assist during short-staffing periods and changes her days off, if necessary, to help meet patients’ needs.

Giuliano Lepe
Operations Supervisor
Environmental Services/Hospitality

Patient safety and satisfaction are always at the top of Giuliano’s mind as he oversees the process of cleaning patient rooms quickly and efficiently as soon as a transfer or discharge occurs. He manages a team of 70 employees that plays a key role in ensuring smooth operations throughout the medical center. Giuliano has significantly reduced the turnaround time for cleaning a room upon discharge so that it is ready for the next patient. He has received commendations for collaborating with nurses and for being compassionate and caring with his staff. He implemented a major change that led to higher employee satisfaction as well as greater efficiency—his team now works a 10-hour shift four days a week rather than the usual eight hours a day. This provides better staff coverage throughout the day to improve turnaround time for patient rooms. Giuliano has also improved the quality assurance program for his department, and he makes sure employees receive training to resolve any issues that come up during room inspections.

Ryan Morales
Security Officer
Security

For nearly 16 years, Ryan has been a valuable part of the security team that ensures the safety of patients, visitors and staff at Cedars-Sinai. As he works the evening shift on the 5 Southwest Safety Quad, he demonstrates an extraordinary ability to calm patients and prevent problems from escalating. Ryan is always ready to assist nurses and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. His dedication to supporting staff has earned him numerous commendations, including a Friends of Nursing Award in 2018. Ryan builds a strong rapport with patients and earns their trust by being attentive to their needs and listening to their concerns. He helps boost their morale in small but significant ways such as bringing them snacks and sharing their requests with the appropriate staff member.

SERVICE LINE OPERATIONS

Mildred Horning, MSN, RN-BC
Clinical Nurse III
GI-Pancreatic Biliary

A strong patient advocate and leader, Milly coordinates care in a unit where advanced endoscopic procedures are used to diagnose and treat patients with pancreatic- and gallbladder-related diseases. She educates patients and families about chronic health conditions and treatment plans and follows up after procedures to prevent complications and readmissions to the hospital. She also makes sure they have the medications they need and obtains insurance authorizations prior to procedures. Milly, who completed her master’s degree in nursing in 2017, has taken the lead in optimizing the use of CS-Link™ to improve workflows, efficiency, quality of care and patient satisfaction in her unit. She constantly looks for ways to improve service to patients, referring physicians and the community. Milly is fluent in Spanish and has helped Cedars-Sinai bring free health services to the underserved Latino community by volunteering at the annual Telemundo health fair at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Owen Kim, MPA
Program Manager
Department of Medicine

After working as senior administrative services associate at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute for eight years, Owen took on a new role last October as program manager in the Department of Medicine. He was a valuable resource for staff and faculty at the cancer institute, where he coordinated special projects and events such as faculty retreats, conferences and the annual Cancer Survivors Day Luncheon. And now he is making himself indispensable to new faculty members as he assists with all aspects of the academic appointment process. Once Owen has helped them through the onboarding period, he continues to serve as their point person when they have questions or need assistance with business matters such as hospital privileges, contracts and license renewals. In 2017, Owen earned a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in organizational management from the University of Southern California.

Yesenia Santana
Patient Service Representative,
Comprehensive Transplant Center

Yesenia is a lead patient service representative who supports four cardiologists, eight nurse practitioners and other team members in the Heart Failure Program. She also provides back-up support for seven other cardiologists while helping patients and families navigate the health system. She schedules appointments, processes new patient referrals and works with insurance companies to obtain authorization for health services. Yesenia is bilingual and offers special assistance to Spanish-speaking patients to bridge the language barrier and make sure their needs are met. A CS-Link superuser, she is always ready to share her expertise with others. She volunteers to assist at special community events such as the annual picnic and holiday party where transplant patients come back to celebrate their progress with the Heart Failure Program team.

NURSING

Emily Burnett, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse
Nursing/Wound Ostomy

Emily has received numerous commendations for bringing an exceptional level of compassion and skill to the care of patients with complex wounds and/or ostomies. She runs the outpatient ostomy clinic and cares for these patients before as well as after surgery. She also trains other nurses in wound and ostomy care and educates staff throughout the medical center on how to prevent hospital-acquired pressure ulcers. Emily has helped design protocols to ensure that patients with pressure ulcers receive prompt attention and specialized services such as dietary consultations. She routinely stays beyond her normal shift to care for patients who have been newly diagnosed with a pressure ulcer or ostomy, or need wound treatment. She was instrumental in bringing greater accuracy and efficiency to the process of collecting data to track the incidence of hospital- and community-acquired pressure ulcers.

Laura Daniels, MSN, RN-BC, PCCN
Assistant Nurse Manager
6 Northwest

During her more than 36 years as a nurse at Cedars-Sinai, Laura has become a powerful advocate for patients. In her current leadership role, she leads Progression of Care Rounds every weekday on 6 Northwest and makes frequent recommendations to improve safety and outcomes. She implemented the STAR Foley Catheter Project in her unit to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and she helps her team ensure that patients are discharged in a timely and safe manner. Laura has received
numerous commendations from patients and staff. Two years ago, she was selected to represent Cedars-Sinai at a National Magnet Conference in Houston, TX, where she talked about how the Together We Can leadership initiative that she helped implement resulted in some of the highest employee engagement scores organization-wide.

Eileen Dulce, BSN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse III
Crisis Nursing/Nursing Resources

Known for keeping a cool head in a crisis, Eileen is a critical care nurse who responds to emergency situations throughout the medical center as part of the Rapid Response Team. She also handles transfers when patients who need a high level of care arrive at Cedars-Sinai from other hospitals, and she transports critically ill patients from the intensive care unit to other parts of the medical center for tests and procedures. Eileen has received numerous commendations for the way she supports nurses in the aftermath of critical incidents. She teaches recent nursing graduates, new employees and others how to handle crisis situations and when to call the Rapid Response Team. She created a “badge buddy” for nurses to make key phone numbers needed in a crisis readily available. In her role as a Unit Practice Council co-chair, Eileen strives to streamline processes, and she’s a go-to person for information on policies and procedures related to the Rapid Response Team.

Heidi Ravago
Nursing Communication Technician
5 Southeast/Medical, Surgical and Rehabilitation Nursing Services

For the past decade, Heidi has been a vital part of the team on 5 Southeast in a role that involves a wide range of tasks focused on supporting the staff and making sure patients are safe and comfortable. She responds when patients call for assistance or a bed alarm goes off, helping however she can while alerting nurses as needed. She also orders and maintains supplies, serves as an information resource for staff and does whatever it takes to keep the unit running smoothly. She has helped improve the patient experience through her involvement in a pilot project that gives patients access to an Alexa device in their rooms. Heidi teaches patients how to communicate with nurses and control their TV with voice commands. She also teaches them how to use iPads to access information in their electronic health record.

Sandie Sternberg, CCLS
Coordinator, Child Life Services
Pediatrics

Part of the Cedars-Sinai family for more than 17 years, Sandie brings high doses of empathy and playfulness to her role as a certified child life specialist. She provides emotional support and teaches strategies to help children and their families cope with illness. She visits children of all ages throughout the medical center and has received commendations from many different units that have seen how she lifts spirits, calms fears and helps young patients from toddlers to teens stay involved in normal activities as much as possible. Sandie facilitates a monthly dinner that brings parents together to share experiences and support each other while their children are in the hospital. Her professional activities include giving a presentation on how to talk to children about death and dying for an international teleconference, as well as monthly talks for students and staff on the uses of therapeutic distraction for pain management. Sandie is a dedicated community volunteer who supports military service members and first responders through Operation Gratitude. She is a member of the County of Los Angeles Community Emergency Response Team and also is part of a national network of specially trained child life disaster relief volunteers who provide care for children impacted by disaster.

CEDARS-SINAI MEDICAL NETWORK

Judy Kim
Project Manager, Revenue Cycle Strategy and Analytics
Physician Billing Services/Cedars-Sinai Medical Network

With her stellar project management and problem-solving skills, Judy gets impressive results every time she sets out to find the root cause and resolution of an issue for Physician Billing Services. She has initiated projects such as improving the efficiency of organization cash flow by converting insurance payments from paper checks to electronic payments. She also led a successful project that identified cases where a major insurance payor paid less than the contracted rate for professional services. With her strong interpersonal skills, she successfully engaged the payor to rectify the issue on their end, saving her department thousands of manpower hours, while at the same time recovering $1.8 million in underpayments. Among Judy’s current projects is one that entails improving the process of claim submission, resulting in less insurance denials and more continuous and timely revenue. Judy has a passion for teamwork and is always ready to assist others as she collaborates to develop solutions that save time and money.

Ashley Manfredonia
Operations Manager
Practice Care Transformation, Primary Care/Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation

With her strong leadership skills, commitment to collaboration and exceptional problem-solving abilities, Ashley was quickly identified as a rising star after she became a supervisor in the fast-paced OB-GYN practice in 2015. Six months later, she was promoted to her current role as operations manager to oversee daily operations for a large internal medicine practice that includes about 40 physicians and 120 staff members. Ashley has successfully led her team through multiple phases of a complex primary care practice transformation process. She has been instrumental in changes such as establishing a centralized call team to better serve patients and adding a gastroenterology procedure scheduler to the team to encourage preventive screenings. She also led the creation of a yearlong onboarding program to train and support new employees, a leadership structure that provides opportunities for advancement and a program called Reach for the Stars that provides education for staff members interested in professional development.

SYSTEM SUPPORT

Shira Berman
Research Project Advisor
Office of Academic Affairs and Research Institute

With her extraordinary writing and teaching skills, Shira contributes immeasurably to research success at Cedars-Sinai in a multifaceted role that supports the process of applying for grants and publishing academic papers. She helps researchers in the Pituitary Center develop grant proposals and academic papers as well as conference presentations. Over the past two years, Shira has written successful proposals for seven competitive grants that brought in $5 million to Cedars-Sinai’s research enterprise. She also was administrative lead in producing 32 significant peer-reviewed articles, consensus statements and editorials published in the highest impact peer-reviewed journals. In her teaching role, she is co-facilitator of a grant writing program sponsored by Academic Affairs to assist junior faculty in submitting their first National Institutes of Health grant proposals. She also leads a class on scientific writing for fellows and residents.

Debra Lynch, Esq.
Assistant Manager, Clinical Trials Administration Office
Office of Research Administration

A lawyer who specializes in healthcare and research, Debra plays a vital role in research at Cedars-Sinai by negotiating complex agreements with industry sponsors of clinical trials such as drug or device companies. She focuses primarily on clinical trials conducted by Smidt Heart Institute researchers, but also negotiates contracts with large industry sponsors that support research across multiple disciplines at Cedars-Sinai. Her top priority is protecting the safety and wellbeing of patients who participate in clinical trials. She also looks out for Cedars-Sinai’s intellectual property rights and makes sure contracts with industry sponsors allow study results to be widely publicized to benefit the public. Debra recently updated contracting guidelines for industry-sponsored research, providing a valuable resource for her entire department.

Theodore Rafdal
Senior Financial Analyst
Admissions

A member of the Cedars-Sinai family for more than three decades, Ted has a wealth of technical and operational knowledge that makes him an invaluable asset to managers and others in the Admissions Department. He received his unit’s 2018 Employee of the Year award and has been recognized over the years for his dedication to making the admissions process more efficient and easier for patients. Ted began his Cedars-Sinai career at the Hospitality Desk and also served as Patient Placement supervisor and Admissions Department analyst before being promoted to his current role in 2008. He regularly assists the admissions team in developing ways to improve workflows, and he helps them communicate CS-Link-related requests to Enterprise Information Services. He has also been instrumental in testing and implementation of patient photo cameras, e-signature pads and tablets used to register patients at the bedside.

Benjamin Robbins
Lead Systems Engineer
Enterprise Information Services

With extensive expertise in infrastructure services and a fearless attitude toward emerging technologies, Ben has played a vital role in supporting clinical and business operations with innovative technical solutions. Ben is often called upon to lead large, multiteam, multidisciplinary projects. His many contributions include making it easier for employees to securely access resources such as email and shared files remotely. He was also instrumental in enabling physicians to submit e-prescriptions for controlled substances. In addition, he led the technical implementation of a clinical speech recognition
service that makes it possible for providers to dictate medical notes through a system that translates their voice into text and feeds directly into CS-Link.

Sagar Sable, MPA/HSA, CPPS
Patient Safety Manager
Medical Affairs

Sagar works closely with executive leadership to help maintain the highest level of patient safety and quality care at Cedars-Sinai. He proactively improves processes to prevent problems, and when a safety issue arises, he moves quickly to identify the cause and determine what corrective action is needed. He also fosters a culture of safety that encourages employees to raise concerns and contribute ideas on how to continually raise the bar for safe care. Sagar co-created a safety course for front-line leaders that
provides tools to help them take the appropriate steps immediately after a safety incident, perform root cause analysis and make sure improvements are sustained over time. Sagar has a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on health services administration and recently went through training to become a Certified Professional in Patient Safety.

Annual Yom Ha'Shoah Event to be Held May 2

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Rick Richman will speak at the 35th annual Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program.

An address by Rick Richman, who has written about an effort early in World War II to form a Jewish army to battle Hitler, will highlight the 35th annual Yom Ha’Shoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Program at Cedars-Sinai.

The event, scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. on May 2 in Harvey Morse Auditorium, also will feature music and prayers of mourning.

The talk by Richman, a lawyer as well as an author, is titled History, Alternative History and The Holocaust: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler. The subject is related to his 2018 book Racing Against History. It detailed missions to America by three leaders who represented left, right and center political strands within Zionism—David Ben-Gurion, Vladimir Jabotinsky and Chaim Weizmann—to seek support for a Jewish army to fight Hitler.

Some of the inspiration for the proposed fighting force, which never was formed, came from the experience of the Jewish Legion, which battled alongside the British in World War I to defeat the Ottoman Empire. Along with highlighting the efforts by the Zionist leaders, the book sheds light on divisions within the Jewish community shortly before the Holocaust began.

Richman, a member of the board of directors of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, also has written for Commentary, Jewish Journal, The Jewish Press, Jewish Review of Books, Mosaic Magazine and the New York Post.

Also being featured are Cantor Netanel Baram, a lyric tenor who has been a soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra; Cellist Beth Park, who has performed as a soloist across the U.S. and Europe, and who currently serves on the music faculty of Sierra Canyon School; and violinist Yi-Huan Zhao, who currently is the concertmaster of Santa Cecilia Orchestra.

The invocation will be by Cedars-Sinai Senior Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC, and there will be a candle-lighting ceremony led by Joel M. Geiderman, MD, who is chair of the Holocaust Remembrance Day Program and a vice chair emeritus of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Attendees will be welcomed with remarks by Marc H. Rapaport, chair of the Cedars-Sinai board of directors.

Circle of Friends Honorees for March

The Circle of Friends program honored 373 people in March. 

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. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgment.

See more information about the program and a list of past honorees.

Rachel Abuav, MD

Anne L. Ackerman, MD, PhD

Christina L. Adberg, MD

David E. Aftergood, MD

Keith L. Agre, MD

Sonu S. Ahluwalia, MD

Michael J. Alexander, MD, FACS

Daniel C. Allison, MD, MBA, FACS

Farin Amersi, MD

Arash Asher, MD

David A. Austin, MD

Yalda Azarmehr, MD

Michel Babajanian, MD, FACS

Goar Babakhanyan, CP

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA

Babak R. Bamshad, MD

Siamak Barkhordarian, MD, FACS

Eli M. Baron, MD

Reva K. Basho, MD

Anat Ben-Shlomo, MD

Brian M. Benway, MD

Peiman Berdjis, MD

Arash Bereliani, MD, FACC

Satinder J. Bhatia, MD

Brooke Bianco, RN, MSN

Rosenda L. Biares, CP

Keith L. Black, MD

David W. Bliss, MD

Earl W. Brien, MD

Eileen G. Brown, RN, OCN

Neil A. Buchbinder, MD, FACC

Miguel A. Burch, MD

Michael A. Bush, MD

James L. Caplan, MD, FACP, FCCP

Jeffrey F. Caren, MD, FACC

Brendan J. Carroll, MD

Paula Carruthers, MD

Ilana Cass, MD

Shawn N. Chaikin, DO

Tarun Chakravarty, MD

David H. Chang, MD

Dorrie Chang, MD

Johnny K. Chang, MD

Kirk Y. Chang, MD

Patricia J. Chang, MD

George Chaux, MD, FCCP

Henry H. Chen, MD

Peter Chen, MD

William W. Chow, MD

Andrew Chuang, MD

Sumeet S. Chugh, MD

Alice P. Chung, MD, FACS

Joshua S. Chung, MD

Paul Cohart, MD

Hart C. Cohen, MD

J. Louis Cohen, MD

Jason S. Cohen, MD

Martin Cooper, MD

Stephen T. Copen, MD

Stephen R. Corday, MD

David Cossman, MD

Valerie Coukoulis, MSW

Amanda J. Crick

Bryan Croft

Alice C. Cruz, MD

Catherine M. Dang, MD, FACS

Dudley S. Danoff, MD, FACS

Mark M. Davidson, MD

Robert M. Davidson, MD, FACP, FACC, FAHA

Thomas J. Dechant

Robert W. Decker, MD

Ryan DellaMaggiora, MD

Premal J. Desai, MD

Stephen C. Deutsch, MD, FACP

Alice R. Dick, MD

Robert J. Dowhy, BM, MS, CCC-SLP

Noam Z. Drazin, MD

Cheryl L. Dunnett, MD

Guy Efron, MD

Karyn S. Eilber, MD

Mary El-Masry, MD

Sandra R. Elyassian, RN

Fardad Esmailian, MD

Cholene D. Espinoza, MD

Richard Essner, MD, FACS

Shawn P. Estebo

Jeremy A. Falk, MD

Shahida Farooqi, MD

Sharmayne Farrior, BSN, RN, CPN

Joel D. Feinstein, MD

Edward J. Feldman, MD

David E. Fermelia, MD

Robert A. Figlin, MD, FACP

Louis S. Fishman, MD

Brian L. Flyer, MD

Charles A. Forscher, MD

Joyce N. Fox, MD

Oren Friedman, MD

Stuart Friedman, MD

Larry Froch, MD

Gerhard J. Fuchs, MD

Angel M. Fuentes, CP

Clark B. Fuller, MD

Srinivas Gaddam, MD

Eli S. Gang, MD

Alexandra Gangi, MD

Elayne K. Garber, MD

Ivor L. Geft, MD

Andrea Gersh

Benjamin N. Gilmore, MD

Armando E. Giuliano, MD, FACS, FRCSEd

Richard N. Gold, MD

Neil J. Goldberg, MD

Sherry L. Goldman, RN, NP

Jun Gong, MD

Nestor Gonzalez, MD

Mark O. Goodarzi, MD, PhD

Leo A. Gordon, MD, FACS

Martin N. Gordon, MD

Richard E. Gould, MD

Abe Green, MD

Leland M. Green, MD

Lloyd B. Greig, MD

Jonathan D. Grein, MD

Amit Gupta, MD

Patricia B. Hain, RN, MSN

David S. Hallegua, MD, FACR

Michele A. Hamilton, MD

John G. Harold, MD, MACC, MACP, FCCP, FAHA

Michael D. Harris, MD

Donald R. Henderson, MD, MPH

Theresa C. Henderson, MD

Jeremy R. Herman, MD

Allen S. Ho, MD

Caren T. Hoffman, MD

David M. Hoffman, MD

Elliott J. Hogg, MD

Lalima A. Hoq, MD, MPH

Newman Huie, RN

Asma Hussaini, MS, PA-C

Eduvijes Ibarra

Taryne A. Imai, MD

Scott Irwin, MD

Abraham Ishaaya, MD

Leslie Jeffery

J. Patrick Johnson, MD

Bronwen M. Jones

Stanley C. Jordan, MD

David Y. Josephson, MD

Kamran Kalpari, MD

Tina Kao, RN

Saibal Kar, MD

Sheila M. Kar, MD

Ronald P. Karlsberg, MD

Mohammad Kashif, MD

David Kawashiri, MD

David Kayne, MD

Ilan Kedan, MD, MPH, FACC, FASE

Walter F. Kerwin, MD

Raj M. Khandwalla, MD

Melvin Khaw, MD

Mehran J. Khorsandi, MD, FACP, FACC

Sarah J. Kilpatrick, MD, PhD

Chae Y. Kim, MD

Elizabeth M. Kim, MD

Howard H. Kim, MD

Hyung L. Kim, MD

Terrence T. Kim, MD

Michelle M. Kittleson, MD, PhD

Robert C. Klapper, MD

Samuel J. Klempner, MD

Dennette L. Klute, RN

Jon A. Kobashigawa, MD

Stephanie Koven, MD

Evan P. Kransdorf, MD, PhD

Michael A. Kropf, MD

Martyna O. Kulawiuk

Lyle D. Kurtz, MD

Artak Labadzhyan, MD

Todd H. Lanman, MD, FACS

Jacqueline Lapsley

Caroline Lee, MD

Susie K. Lee, RN, MSN, FNP

Hannah M. Leitch, MD

Keren Lerner, MD

Ronald S. Leuchter, MD

Ashley M. Lewis

Jeffrey R. Lewis, MD

Richard A. Lewis, MD

Andrew J. Li, MD

Daniel Lieber, MD

Burton A. Liebross, MD

Carol A. Lin, MD

Katrina J. Lin, MD

Yuliya Linhares, MD

Arthur E. Lipper, MD

Milton T. Little, MD

Chelsey E. Littleton, RN

Quin Liu, MD

Simon K. Lo, MD, FACP

Diego A. Lopez

Hayden M. Lowenstein, MD

Hsuan Lu

Patrick D. Lyden, MD, FAAN, FAHA

Cheryle C. Maano Requejo, RN, BSN, OCN

David P. Magner, MD, FACS

Barak Maguen, MD

Ezra Maguen, MD

Rajendra Makkar, MD

Leila F. Mallare, RN

Adam N. Mamelak, MD, FACS

Jon J. Mastronardi

Ruchi Mathur, MD, FRCP(C)

Kamran Matin, MD

David N. Matsumura, MD

Allison M. Mays, MD

Michel J. Mazouz, MD

Philomena McAndrew, MD

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, MS

James L. Meltzer, MD

Tamar Meszaros, MD

Kiarash Michel, MD

Stewart Middler, MD, PhD

Becky J. Miller, MD

Kay A. Miranda

Amin J. Mirhadi, MD

Alain C. Mita, MD

Monica M. Mita, MD, MDSc

Joel D. Mittleman, MD

Nancy Moldawer, RN, MSN

Avinash M. Mondkar, MD

Beth A. Moore, MD

Zuri Murrell, MD

Reiad Najjar, MD

Mamoo Nakamura, MD

Ashkan L. Naraghi, MD

Youram Nassir, MD

Ronald B. Natale, MD

Christopher S. Ng, MD

Charles E. Niesen, MD

Nicholas N. Nissen, MD

Edward K. Nomoto, MD

Donald F. Nortman, MD, FACP

Mazen Noureddin, MD

Arthur J. Ochoa, JD

Raena S. Olsen, DO

Katayoun Omrani, DDS

Jay S. Orringer, MD

Adrian G. Ostrzega, MD

Susie Pae, MD

Joseph A. Palatinus

Ronald L. Paquette, MD

Shirley C. Paski, MD

Jignesh K. Patel, MD, PhD

Kurlen E. Payton, MD

Isabel F. Pedraza, MD

Susan Pekarovics, MD

Brad Penenberg, MD

Alice F. Peng, MD

Tiffany G. Perry, MD

Anne L. Peters, MD

Glenn B. Pfeffer, MD

Cheri Phillips, PA

Edward H. Phillips, MD, FACS

Mark Pimentel, MD, FRCP(C)

Lawrence D. Piro, MD

Howard E. Pitchon, MD

Arvinnette F. Plata

Edwin M. Posadas, MD

Shervin Rabizadeh, MD, MBA

Daisy Ramos

Jon Rasak, MD

Alexandre Rasouli, MD

Edward C. Ray, MD

Ali Rezaie, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Richard V. Riggs, MD

Bobbie J. Rimel, MD

Oragun K. Rojanapairat, MD

Barry E. Rosenbloom, MD

Fred P. Rosenfelt, MD

Howard L. Rosner, MD

Soraya A. Ross, MD

Virginia Russell, MD

Amy S. Rutman, MD

Stephen A. Sacks, MD

Bruce A. Samuels, MD, FACC

Kamalesh K. Sankhala, MD

Gregory P. Sarna, MD

Jay N. Schapira, MD, FACP, FAHA, FCCP, FACC

Kevin S. Scher, MD, MBA

Wouter I. Schievink, MD

Maria A. Scremin, MD

Prediman K. Shah, MD

Cigal T. Shaham, MD, MSc, FAAP

Omid A. Shaye, MD

Michael M. Shehata, MD

Dale S. Sherman, PhD

John L. Sherman, MD

Daniel Shouhed, MD

Wendy L. Shuster, RN

Rimma Shvarts, RN, BSN, CN

Nancy L. Sicotte, MD, FAAN

Khawar M. Siddique, MD

Matthew T. Siedhoff, MD

Robert J. Siegel, MD

John W. Sigler

Allan W. Silberman, MD, PhD, FACS

Steven M. Simons, MD, FACP, FCCP

Siddharth Singh, MD

R. Kendrick Slate, MD

Gena T. Smith, RN

Karyn Solky, MD

Igor Spanic, CEP, MS

Mitchell J. Spirt, MD

Andrew I. Spitzer, MD

Jon Mallen St. Clair, MD, PhD

Jasminka Stegic, MS, ANP-BC, CCRN

Daniel J. Stone, MD, MPH, MBA

Leslie M. Stricke, MD, FCCP

Eric R. Sue, MD

Vinay Sundaram, MD, MSC

Naomi O. Suriel, MD

Steven N. Sykes, MD

Nicholas R. Szumski, MD

Lillian Szydlo, MD

Steven W. Tabak, MD

Michele Tagliati, MD, FAAN

Michael M. Tahery, MD

Echo E. Tan, MD

Julleth M. Tejada, RN

John Tiberi, MD

William C. To, MD

Nickolas A. Tomasic, MD

Shirin Towfigh, MD

Alfredo Trento, MD, FACS

Annie Truong

Eugene Y. Tsai, MD

Gregory Tsushima, MD, FACS

Joseph C. Tu, MD

Hannah T. Tualla, RN, MSN, NP-C

Kirk M. Uomoto, MD

Mark K. Urman, MD, FACC, FASE, FAHA

Mike A. Uyeki, MD

Eric A. Vasiliauskas, MD

Raquel A. Vasquez, MS, PA-C

Marina Vaysburd, MD

R. Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR

Robert A. Vescio, MD

Sarah R. Vexelman

Andrew S. Wachtel, MD, FCCP

Xunzhang Wang, MD

Richard L. Watson, MD

Janet Wei, MD, FACC

Jonathan M. Weiner, MD

Mark A. Weissman, DPM

Jeffrey C. Wertheimer, PhD

Christopher W. Wheat, RN

Daniel R. White

Marc D. Wishingrad, MD

Robert N. Wolfe, MD, FCCP

Elsa Wondimu

Paola Wong

Arthur Wu, MD

Richard L. Wulfsberg, MD

Lewis Wyatt, Jr., MD

Keith Yabumoto, MD

Clement C. Yang, MD

Michael C. Yang, MD

Payam R. Yashar, MD, FACC

Tamer B. Younan, DPM

Amir Zadaka, DNP, FNP-BC

Raymond Zimmer, MD

Zachary Zumsteg, MD

Staff Asked to Be Vigilant After Street Robbery

Employees are reminded to be vigilant around the Cedars-Sinai medical center following a street robbery on Sunday, April 7. No one was injured during the incident.

"Incidents like these are extremely rare around Cedars-Sinai," said Robert Parks, executive director of the Security Department. "We take the safety of our patients, visitors and employees very seriously."

A visitor was walking in a crosswalk at Gracie Allen Drive and George Burns Road around 4 p.m., when a suspect approached from behind and grabbed his clutch bag. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the robbery.

Cedars-Sinai employs a number of measures to maintain a high level of security, including vehicle, bicycle, foot and canine patrols. Security personnel also coordinate closely with law enforcement.

Employees also are reminded:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • When walking to your vehicle at night, try to go with another person or in groups.
  • Security provides escort service to your car. Call ext. 3-5511, 15 minutes in advance.
  • If out after dark, try to walk in groups and on well-lit streets, even if it means going out of your way.
  • If you regularly work after 11 p.m., contact Parking to be assigned to a lot near your work location. Call ext. 3-5535.
  • Avoid listening to music or talking on the phone while out at night. It can distract you from noticing signs of danger.
  • If you see someone on campus who looks out of place or makes you feel uncomfortable, call Security at ext. 3-5511.

Makeup Lessons for Transgender Patients Offer Confidence

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For many women, applying makeup is second nature. But for transgender women who undergo gender transition later in life, makeup application can be a daunting prospect and create significant anxiety, according to Maurice Garcia, MD, MAS, director of the Transgender Surgery and Health Program at Cedars-Sinai, one of only two academic medical centers in the Western U.S. that offer gender-affirming genital surgery.

To help alleviate that anxiety, the program now offers makeup lessons—an important piece of the transition process, Garcia said.

"Our program lets women ask any and all makeup-related questions and learn from a professional how to best use makeup to present their true selves to the world, with pride and confidence," Garcia said.

Watch this video to learn more about these confidence-boosting makeup lessons.

CS-Link Tip: Upgrade Coming April 28

CS-Link™ will be upgraded Sunday, April 28. As a result, between Sunday, April 21, and Sunday, April 28, some capabilities will temporarily be shut down.
These include:
  • Applying filters to Chart Review
  • Creating, editing or sharing NoteWriter macros
  • Creating or editing QuickActions
  • Creating or editing SmartPhrases
For a closer look at the upgrades, see the CS-Link web page.

To learn more, attend a CS-Link Efficiency and Review for Physician meeting on the second Thursday of each month. The classes, which begin at 7:30 a.m., are held in PEC 4.

If you have questions, contact groupeisphysicians@cshs.org.