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P & T Approvals, FDA Warning About Hepatitis Drugs, Statement About Plavix

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the October meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a warning regarding the risk of serious liver injury with use of hepatitis treatments Viekira Pak and Technivie, and the agency says long-term use of Plavix does not change the risk of death for patients with heart disease.

Mark Your Calendar

Surgery Grand Rounds

Click the "read more" to see information about upcoming Surgery Grand Rounds.

Grand Rounds

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

Education Schedule

Click the PDF links below to see the Department of Surgery's education schedule.

Education Schedule - December 2015 (PDF)  

Surgery Scheduling

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

Building New Solutions to Improve Patients' Lives


Startup Competition is Part of Cedars-Sinai Initiative to Accelerate Innovation

It was a weekend of hard work and sleepless nights that began with about 35 entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts — most of whom had just met — brainstorming about ways to improve healthcare. It ended with applause and high fives as seven teams pitched new business models they had designed during an intense 54 hours, with the goal of making life better for patients around the world.

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Cardiac Monitoring Policy Is Updated

In order to make beds with cardiac monitors available to more patients, Cedars-Sinai has adapted the 2004 American Heart Association cardiac monitoring guidelines for use as its policy concerning the utilization of cardiac monitoring of general medical-surgical adult inpatients.

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Two Minutes With …

This new question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the physicians in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. The first installment features Daniel Shouhed, MD, Ryan G. Spurrier, MD, and Marissa Srour, MD.

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Surgeon Scorecard: How Patients Choose a Physician

By Timothy J. Daskivich, MD, MSHPM
Director, Health Services Research, Department of Surgery

The wide variation in the quality of healthcare provided by physicians in the United States has prompted a call for more transparent reporting of individual physician performance to help consumers identify high quality providers. The medical community at large has been slow to respond, ostensibly due to concerns about accuracy and fairness of comparisons but also due to uncertainty about impact on the profession.

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Research to Improve Outcomes After Colorectal Surgery

By Karen Zaghiyan, MD, and Phillip Fleshner, MD
Division of Colorectal Surgery

Striving to improve the care we provide our patients, the Cedars-Sinai Division of Colorectal Surgery continues to focus on research investigating clinical outcomes after major colorectal surgery.

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OR 360 Wins Award from West Hollywood Chamber

Cedars-Sinai's OR 360 has won a Creative City Award from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The project won the chamber's Creative Concept Award, given to an operation that is "an innovator of a cool new concept, product or service."

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Innovation Challenge Selects 10 Semifinalists


As a part of the first MD/RN Patient Experience Innovation Challenge, more than 250 nurses and physicians came together last week to pitch collaborative solutions to improve the patient experience at Cedars-Sinai. After listening to an array of innovative ideas, the panel of six judges selected 10 semifinalist teams.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for October

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The Circle of Friends program honored 193 people in October. 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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