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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY August 2016 | Archived Issues

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Approvals

Pharmacy Focus

Highlights of the June meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are summarized in the PDF link below.

P and T Approvals - June 2016 (PDF)


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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 - August 2016 (PDF)

Education Schedule - September 2016 (PDF)  


Surgery Scheduling

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

Paired Exchange Program Facilitates 3 Kidney Transplants

By Irene K. Kim, MD
Director, Kidney Paired Exchange Program

On a Sunday morning in May, the Cedars-Sinai Kidney Transplant Program performed its third successful kidney transplant paired exchange. Six simultaneous operating rooms were run to facilitate three laparoscopic donor nephrectomies and three kidney transplant patients, all of whom are doing well with excellent graft function.

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Cedars-Sinai Helps Open Hospital for Acute Care Patients

The California Rehabilitation Institute has opened in Century City as the largest acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital on the West Coast. The 138-bed facility is a joint venture of Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health and Select Medical, a leading provider of long-term acute care and rehabilitation services in hospitals and outpatient locations.

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Cedars-Sinai, Rams Partner to Promote Health and Wellness

Cedars-Sinai is playing an important role in the return of the Los Angeles Rams, partnering with the storied NFL team to promote health and wellness for children and families across the region. With the football season getting underway, the two organizations are preparing to roll out community outreach programs that highlight the importance of exercise, healthy eating, preventive healthcare and health education.

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12 MDs Start Surgery Residencies

Here's a look at the 12 physicians who recently began their residences in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery.

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Vrahas Starts as Founding Chair of Orthopaedics

Mark Vrahas, MD, began serving as the founding chair of Cedars-Sinai's new Department of Orthopaedics on Aug. 8. He arrives at Cedars-Sinai with an international reputation for clinical excellence, and building and leading highly effective orthopedic trauma programs. He was most recently the Robert W. Lovett Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for Population Health and OR Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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U.S. News Ranks Cedars-Sinai Nationally in 11 Specialties

Cedars-Sinai has 11 medical specialties nationally ranked and has been named to the Honor Roll in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals 2016-17" issue that was released this week. Cedars-Sinai was ranked in the top 20 hospitals nationwide (it was number 17), placing it among a group of top healthcare organizations.

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Burnes Bolton to Receive National Nursing Award

Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, is one of five to be recently recognized nationally by the American Academy of Nursing for a distinguished career in nursing and healthcare. The academy's highest honor, which comes with the special designation of "Living Legend," will be awarded at a ceremony in Washington on Oct. 20.

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Two Minutes With ...

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the physicians in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. This month's installment features Eric Ley, MD, director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and Farin Amersi, MD, associate director of the Surgical Residency Program.

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FDA: Monitoring System Coming off Market

Alere Inc. is voluntarily withdrawing its INRatio and INRatio2 PT/INR Monitoring System from the market due to potentially inaccurate results. Alere is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to determine the appropriate timing for the removal of the product.

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Liver Transplant Program Sets New Marks

The Liver Transplant Program continues to break new ground with both its clinical volume and outcomes. The program performed 66 liver transplants in 2015-16, its highest volume ever and an increase of 44 transplants from 2014-15.

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Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer

The Frontier of Lymphedema Management

Secondary lymphedema is a vexing problem that is not well understood. Up to 40 percent of axillary lymph node dissection and 10 percent of sentinel node biopsy patients develop some degree of lymphatic dysfunction. While there is currently no definitive cure for secondary lymphedema, there is an increasing interest in treatments.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for July

CoF

The Circle of Friends program honored 92 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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