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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY August 2015 | Archived Issues

FDA Warns of Gilenya Risk, Name Confusion, Looks Into GBCA Use

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings regarding the multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya and about reports of confusion between the names of the antidepressant Brintellix and anti-clotting drug Brilinta. Also, the agency is investigating the risk of brain deposits following repeated use of gadolinium-based contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging.


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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Education Schedule

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Education Schedule - August 2015 (PDF)


Surgery Scheduling

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Cedars-Sinai Joins Surgical Quality Improvement Program

From Bruce Gewertz, MD, Surgeon-in-Chief and Chair, Department of Surgery, and Harry Sax, MD, Executive Vice Chair, Department of Surgery

At Cedars-Sinai, we always strive to provide the highest-quality care and look for ways to improve the safety and outcomes of our patients. To help identify these areas for improvement, we recently joined the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

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Upgrade of PACS Workstations Is Complete

The picture archive and communications system used in Main O.R. and the 310 Surgery Center has undergone a much-anticipated upgrade. Highlights of the upgrade are new computer hardware and a 50-inch monitor capable of remaining active, or not "timing out," for up to eight hours.

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ProPublica 'Surgeon Scorecard'

From Chris Ng, MD, Chief of Staff, and Michael L. Langberg, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs

On July 14, 2015, the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica released a "Surgeon Scorecard" for eight procedures. It reviewed five years of Medicare claims data (2009-13) for more than 17,000 surgeons, including more than 40 surgeons who have medical staff privileges at Cedars-Sinai. ProPublica evaluated the physicians based on "complication rates" for eight procedures:

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Liver Transplant Program Grows

By Irene K. Kim, MD

The Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center (CTC) is pleased to announce some exciting changes in the Liver Transplant Program aimed at expansion of services and investment in new research initiatives.

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12 MDs Start Surgery Residencies

Thirteen physicians recently began their residencies in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery.

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Department Adds Faculty Members

Several faculty members have joined the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery in recent months.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for July

The Circle of Friends program honored 101 people in July. 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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More Details About Oct. 1 Transition to ICD-10

Less than six weeks remains until Cedars-Sinai changes its coding classification system from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Until the transition is complete on Oct. 1, updates and requests for assistance will continue, with the goal of ensuring a seamless transition and mitigating negative impact on the organization. Helping Cedars-Sinai meet this goal will be the information gathered during the nearly two years of its dual coding system, which uses both ICD-9 and ICD-10.

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Resisting Heart Failure

Larry Lewis literally lost his heart on a July day a few years ago, but with his optimism and determination — and the expertise of the cardiac-care team at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute — the retired Marine Corps staff sergeant and educator is going strong today.

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