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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY August 2012 Issue | Archived Issues

Physician honors

- George Berci, MD, FACS

- Philip K. Frykman, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP

- Hyung L. Kim, MD


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Evan Zahn, MD, an expert in treating children born with life-threatening structural heart problems, has joined the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute to advance the study of congenital heart disease and develop more minimally invasive treatments.


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Physician honors

George Berci, MD, FACS

Berci George 100pxBerci will be awarded the "Doctor Honors" degree from the Senate of Semmelweis University in Budapest

Berci, 90, began his surgical career in 1953 in Budapest, where he helped establish one of the first experimental surgery programs in Europe. His passion for creating tools to improve the imaging and viewing capabilities of endoscopes brought him to academic institutions around the world for the past 40 years. He now leads the field of endoscopic surgery from Cedars-Sinai, where he is senior director of Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Research.

In his decades at Cedars-Sinai, Berci not only has led his field with new visualization techniques, instrument minimizing and high-definition cameras, he also has worked at the fore of the profession to improve patient care, increase safety and better surgical outcomes.

Berci joined the department of surgery in 1970 by the invitation of former chief of surgery Leon Morgenstern, MD, and with his help established the medical center’s first multidisciplinary endoscopic surgical division. During his tenure at Cedars-Sinai, Berci has held numerous leadership positions, including director of the Surgical Simulation and Training Laboratory and director of the Endoscopic Research laboratory.

Philip K. Frykman, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP

Frykman P 100pxFrykman, an associate director of Pediatric Surgery in Pediatric Surgical Services at Cedars-Sinai,recently was appointed to the steering committee of the Hirschsprung Disease Research Collaborative, an academic research collaboration involving geneticists, pediatric surgeons, pediatricians and gastroenterologists interested in a global genetic analysis of Hirschsprung disease.

The group aims to answer questions regarding susceptibility genes for aganglionosis and its complications (such as enterocolitis), and how this genetic information can be used for disease prediction, disease management and therapeutic advances.

Over the past 22 years, the group’s organizers have conducted genetic analyses of the disease. In 2011, the collaborative was formed to further this work by obtaining insight from additional professionals, such as Frykman, who study Hirschsprung disease. The current research works to identify additional genes involved in Hirschsprung disease and further characterize the genes already linked to the disease. The goals of this research are to provide improved genetic counseling for patients and families and discover possibilities for improved and individualized treatment of this disease. For more information, visit www.hdrcstudy.org

Hyung L. Kim, MD

Kim L Hyung 100 pxKim was invited as a visiting professor by the Youjiang Medical College in Baise, China. He is associate director for Surgical Research at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, director of Academic Programs for Urology and co-medical director of the Urologic Oncology Program at Cedars-Sinai.

During the visit, Kim gave two talks, led patient rounds and participated in a seminar on research/educational policies. In Beijing, he was invited to Peking University Health Science Center to participate in a discussion about clinical trials and tour their facilities.