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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


Congenital heart disease expert joins Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

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.


Upcoming CME conferences


Grand rounds

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Advancements in the treatment of pancreatic cancer

By Andrew Klein, MD, MBA, FACS

Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and presents as advanced disease in greater than 80 percent of cases. Numerous advancements have led to significant improvement in survival of patients at all stages of disease.

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Plastic surgery team collaborates across disciplines

By Randy Sherman, MD, FACS

Since the establishment of the full-time plastic surgical service in 2008, we have had the privilege of working with most of the primary surgical specialties within the department at Cedars-Sinai in order to meet the reconstructive needs of each discipline's particular wound-related issues.

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Changes to Medicare reimbursement for outpatient therapy services start Oct. 1

There has been a recent change in policy regarding the reimbursement of outpatient therapy services by Medicare. These changes, established by the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 extended the annual outpatient therapy caps to services provided by hospital-based therapy clinics.

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Department welcomes 2012 surgical fellows

Thirteen surgical fellows have joined Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Surgery for 2012.

» Click here to learn more about them

FDA updates regarding Zofran, Ampyra

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released information that Zofran® (ondansetron) may affect electrical activity of the heart and the risk of seizures in patients with multiple sclerosis who are starting Ampyra® (dalfampridine).

» Read more

Arm yourself against the flu

Flu vaccine clinics begin right after Labor Day

Cedars-Sinai will begin offering free flu vaccinations to all employees, including medical staff, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4, immediately following the Labor Day holiday.

» See the dates and locations

Circle of Friends honorees for July

The Circle of Friends program honored 74 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.

» See the names of those honored

Cedars-Sinai studies galaxy-exploring camera in the operating room

Neurosurgeons and researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute are adapting an ultraviolet camera to possibly bring planet-exploring technology into the operating room.


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Medical mission team in Guatemala sees increased need for care

The goals are the same, but the situations always change when the team based at Cedars-Sinai travels to Guatemala on its annual medical mission. This year 96 doctors, nurses and support staff found the city of Joyabaj to be in extreme need.

» Read more and see photos from the mission

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