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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY December 2014 | Archived Issues

P and T Approvals, FDA Warnings

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the Oct. 7 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about lenalidomide, duloxetine hydrochloride, alglucosidase alfa and methoxy polyethylene glycol-epoetin beta.


Mark Your Calendar


Grand Rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.


Educational Schedule

Click the PDF link below to see the Department of Surgery's educational schedule.

Educational Schedule - December 2014 (PDF)


Surgery Scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

Amersi Honored as First Recipient of Adashek Award

Farin Amersi, MD, has been named the first winner of the Dr. Kenneth Adashek Surgical Excellence Award. The award was presented Dec. 16 at the Department of Surgery's holiday party. The award comes with a $25,000 prize, which Amersi can use for educational or academic activity.

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Insurance Update for Patients Who Want Cedars-Sinai Health Coverage (2015 Plan Year)

From Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO 

Open enrollment for individual and family health insurance runs through Feb. 15, 2015, and many of you may get questions from patients who want to ensure that their plan continues to cover care from Cedars-Sinai. I'd like to share the following information to help you address such questions and let you know about the additional resources Cedars-Sinai has developed to help our patients navigate the changing insurance marketplace.

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A Very Successful Joint Commission Survey

From Mark R. Gavens, Chief Operating Officer; 
Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer

Once again, you have demonstrated your passion, teamwork and commitment to our patients and community during last week's successful Joint Commission survey.

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Physician Advocates Serve as Attendings' Eyes, Ears

With a role in patient care so new it is literally being defined at Cedars-Sinai, Bill Stanford, MD — a physician advocate — spends a fair amount of time explaining what he does. That's fine with him. As medical director of the Physician Advocate Program, Stanford welcomes the opportunity to discuss how physician advocates are making a difference in quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction.

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Integrating People, Systems, Technology to Optimize Care

By Ken Catchpole, PhD, Director of Surgical Safety and Human Factors Research

Human factors research helps us to understand how human performance is mediated by the tasks, technologies, teams, environment and organization in which work is conducted. Cedars-Sinai has been growing steadily its reputation and capability in this area.

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'Lung Coil' Device May Help Emphysema Patients

Cedars-Sinai thoracic surgeons are evaluating an investigational device that, with a relatively simple procedure, could bring significant relief to patients who suffer from severe emphysema.
 

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Department of Surgery Adds Three Physicians

Three physicians — Timothy Charlton, MD, Carol Lin, MD, and Milton Little, MD — have joined the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery.

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The Wisdom of Hawkeye Pierce

In a column on the Huffington Post website, Bruce Gewertz, MD, Cedars-Sinai surgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Surgery, writes that the maverick, wisecracking surgeons on the television show "M*A*S*H" may have been fictional, but they got one thing right: Creating a positive climate in the operating room can put everyone at ease, allowing doctors and nurses to perform at their best. And therein lies a dose of wisdom for those who practice medicine in the real world. Read the column here.

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Study: Computer's Reports More Effective Than Doctors'

A computer system was more effective than doctors at collecting information about patient symptoms, producing reports that were more complete, organized and useful than narratives generated by physicians during office visits, according to a Cedars-Sinai study.

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Recognition for Alban, Gordon

Physician News

Rodrigo Alban, MD, won a "poster of exceptional merit" award at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons, and Leo Gordon, MD, delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Herb Fred Society.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for November

The Circle of Friends program honored 204 people in November. 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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