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

P and T Approvals, Tramadol Change, Warnings About Promacta and Sporanox

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the June 3 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, tramadol is now being managed as a controlled substance, and the federal government has released a warning about Promacta and a list of contraindications for Sporanox.


Mark Your Calendar


Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Education Schedule

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

Educational Schedule - August 2014 (PDF)


Surgery Scheduling

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

Trial of Bioartificial Liver Underway

There has been a decades-long quest on the part of many to develop just that: a device that can, at least temporarily, fill in for the function of the liver. With such a machine, one could bridge patients with acute failure to recovery, or support those with chronic failure through the long wait to a newly transplanted organ. Steven D. Colquhoun, MD, and the Liver Transplantation team are participating in a multicenter trial of a new bioartificial liver for the treatment of patients with acute liver failure.

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New Outpatient Transplant Center to Open Soon

Transplant physicians are preparing to see patients in Cedars-Sinai's new Comprehensive Transplant Center outpatient facility shortly after Labor Day. "This facility represents such a huge benefit to our transplant patients, who will now have access to all of their transplant physicians and many of their support services in one location," said Andrew S. Klein, MD, director of the Comprehensive Transplant Center.

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Breaking Barriers in Reconstructive Surgery

By Randy Sherman, MD

A curious face appeared in last month's GQ magazine. Richard Norris had not created a new clothing line, signed a multimillion-dollar professional sports contract or even appeared on any Broadway stage or silver screen. To the contrary, he lived the life of a shut-in for 15 long years, until he participated in one of the most remarkable surgical feats of all time. In 2012, he became the recipient of the most extensive full-face transplant to date.

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Patient's Gift Will Support Sarcoma Study

A gift of $250,000 for the Surgical Oncology Education and Research Fund in honor of Allan W. Silberman, MD, PhD, (right) was recently received from a grateful patient. The gift will be used to support the ongoing genomic analysis of patients with multiple primary malignancies and sarcomas.

 

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Third-Year Students Enjoy Hands-on Training

Third-year medical students from UCLA rotate year-round through all fields in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. This past year, the directorship of the UCLA program was transitioned to Nicolas Melo, MD, and Alan Pierce, the new course director.

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Dental Residency Program Provides Care to the Community

After a one-year hiatus, the Cedars-Sinai Hospital Dental Residency program has reopened with four new residents and a slightly expanded scope, co-directors Irving Lebovics, DDS, and Denis Weintraub, DDS, announced.

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Resident Credits Great Teaching in Car-Crash Response

Danielle Thomas, MD, had no idea that a drive to her parents in San Diego would suddenly lead to a chance to use her training from the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program. But that's what happened, as she found herself leaping into action at the scene of a car crash.

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Vo Honored for Kidney Transplant Work

Ashley Anh Vo, PharmD, administrative director of the Transplant Immunotherapy Program at the Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center, has been named the 2014 Clinician of Distinction by the American Society of Transplantation for her work in developing anti-rejection drug protocols for patients.

 

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Circle of Friends Honorees for July

The Circle of Friends program honored 131 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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