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

Physician news

Nicholas Nissen, MD, has been appointed as director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai.


Featured publication

The following article was published by members of the Department of Surgery:


Grant announcements

The Department of Surgery Research Division would like to congratulate the following grant recipients:


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Clinical Scholars Annual Welcome and Graduation Ceremony - Sept. 27

All are invited to this clinical scholars welcome and graduation ceremony to introduce the new clinical scholars, acknowledge the 2011 and 2012 clinical scholar grant awardees, and conferring certificates to the graduating clinical scholars. The event is on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP to Emma Yates Casler at yatesec@cshs.org.

Clinical Scholars Program Welcome and Graduation Ceremony - Sept. 27 (PDF)

The New ICU: Intensive Communication Unit - Sept. 28

An end-of-life expert who has created a series of videos to educate patients about advance-care planning choices will speak at the Department of Medicine grand rounds on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8:30 a.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Angelo Volandes, MD, MPH, is internal medicine physician in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine who has explored the role of visual media in medical decision making.

State-of-the-Art Spine Care 2012 - Sept. 29
This conference on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Harvey Morse Auditorium will focus on up-to-the-moment information on the management of spine patients for primary care and first contact providers. The faculty will be comprised of recognized spine specialists who will present lectures focusing on the basics of spine issues, imaging available for assistance in diagnosis, the definitions of pain and its management, conservative treatment options, current spine techniques and technologies, and management of the pre and post-surgical spine patient. Participants will have several opportunities for discussion and are encouraged to join faculty for discussions and debates regarding all topics. Click here for more information and to register.

Mission Control: How NASA Conducts Space Station Mission Operations - Oct. 10

Mike L. Lammers, flight director at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston is the guest at Surgery Grand Rounds on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 7 to 8 a.m. in Thalians Auditorium.

Current Controversies in the Surgical Management of Breast Cancer - Oct. 14

Alice P. Chung, MD, of the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, will speak at Surgery Grand Rounds on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 8 a.m. in ECC-A/B.

Update on Pancreatic Cancer - Oct. 17

Nicholas N. Nissen, MD, director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, will speak at Surgery Grand Rounds on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 7 to 8 a.m. in ECC-A/B.

Ethics Noon Conference: Transplanting Jehovah’s Witnesses - Oct. 17

The ethical challenges in caring for individuals, serving communities and being responsible to society will be addressed in this Ethics Noon Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The guest speaker is Michael C. Lill, MD, medical director of Cedars-Sinai’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, with comments by M. William Audeh, MD, MS, medical director of the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center and Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m.

Ethics Noon Conference - Oct. 17 (PDF)

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff - Oct. 22

The annual meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Highlights include reports from the chief of staff and medical center leadership as well as the presentation of the Chief of Staff Award and the 2012 Pioneer in Medicine Award.

Medical Student Reception - Oct. 23

All medical staff members are invited to attend the annual Medical Student Reception on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The event includes a campus tour at 5:30 p.m. as well as dinner followed by a panel discussion of Cedars-Sinai's training opportunities, campus facilities and mission. If you would like to attend the reception, please RSVP to david.allen@cshs.org or call (310) 423-2126 by Oct. 15.

Medical Student Reception - Oct. 23 (PDF)

Management Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm - Oct. 31

Hazim J. Safi, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at University of Texas at Houston Medical School, will speak at Surgery Grand Rounds on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 7 to 8 a.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Aortic Dissection - Oct. 31

Hazim J. Safi, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at University of Texas at Houston Medical School, will speak at a combined Medicine/Surgery Conference  on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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

This three-day program – held Nov. 2-4 in Harvey Morse Auditorium – will present participants with leading-edge information regarding plastic and reconstructive surgical and non-surgical procedures that can be applied directly to their practice. The ultimate goals of the course are to improve patient safety and physician performance while achieving the best possible outcomes for aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery patients. The program will be divided into sessions with faculty panels and question and answer sessions interspersed to encourage interactivity between participants and session presenters. Click here for more information and to register.

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

This teaching conference – scheduled for Jan. 25-27, 2013, in Harvey Morse Conference Center – will be held in cooperation with three major endoscopy centers in North America and Asia. It will be an intensive and comprehensive review of pancreatic and biliary endoscopy for gastroenterologists, gastroenterology fellows and gastroenterology nurses. Balanced viewpoints, special techniques and practical clinical approaches will be presented throughout the program. Our renowned international faculty members bring unique knowledge and excitement from Asia and North America. Click here for more information and to register.