sutures newsletter

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

Upcoming CME conferences

State-of-the-Art Spine Care 2012 – Sept. 29

Multi-Specialty Plastic Surgery Symposium and the Bernard G. Sarnat, MD, Lectureship – Nov. 2-4

20th International Symposium on Pancreatic & Biliary Endoscopy Conference – Jan. 25-27


Grand rounds

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Welcome to the new Sutures

Message from the chair

This month's Sutures newsletter is reformatted to share the many significant achievements of our department and provide a convenient place to find relevant information about the full range of our clinical, educational and research activities. There is a lot to say.

Over the past five years, the combined efforts of our attendings and faculty have led to remarkable growth in our clinical productivity with programs of national distinction in many areas. These include, but are not limited to, transplantation, video-assisted thoracic surgery, joint replacement, breast cancer treatment and minimally invasive surgery in every discipline. Our research activities currently are funded by nearly $10 million in external funds; our National Institutes of Health grants alone place us in the top 20 of academic departments of surgery. Finally, our primary certificate residencies in general surgery, urology and orthopedics attract more than 100 applicants for each slot and bring some of the best and brightest graduates to Cedars-Sinai. Regular reports on these achievements will be found in the new Sutures.

What is not so easy to measure – but what is real nonetheless – is the spirit of collegiality that makes it fun to come to work each day. The "big tent" that is our department has sustained these personal relationships and, with our continued focus, will continue to benefit our patients, our staff and ourselves. We hope that this newsletter contributes to that goal.


Bruce L. Gewertz, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief
H and S Nichols Endowed Chair
Vice-President, Interventional Services
Vice-Dean, Academic Affairs
Cedars-Sinai Health System