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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY February 2013 | Archived Issues

Sinus Center Leads with Quality-Assurance Program

Improving quality of care and being able to measure that improvement have become the main ingredients and universal themes in healthcare organizations. Quality and the awareness of its importance are the unifying concepts seen in numerous hospitalwide programs across the nation. Evidence-based medicine allows us to give growing attention to patient safety and quality of care. Recognizing and accepting this, the physicians at the Cedars-Sinai Sinus Center have become leaders in their quality-assurance program.

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Spine Center Starts Year with New Trial, Publications

The surgeons, specialists and researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center have started the year with a new trial and several recent publications.

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Washington Family Scholar Returns to Cedars-Sinai Four Years Later as Neurosurgical Resident

The first time Lindsey Ross worked in the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai, she was a medical school student and the 2008 recipient of the Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program in Neuroscience award. Now she is a doctor and first-year resident in Cedars-Sinai's Neurological Surgery Residency Program.

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Surgeons Asked to Review Use of CPT

Harry C. Sax, MD, MHCM, FACS, is asking Cedars-Sinai surgeons for help in focusing the role of Respiratory Therapy in patient care. There are specific patients who will benefit, notes Sax, senior physician liaison for Cedars-Sinai Medicine and executive vice chair of Surgery. We want to make sure that we deploy resources where they can do the most good.

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Orthopedic Surgeon Recognized for Dedication to Advancing Hip, Knee Surgery in Israel

Andrew I. Spitzer, MD, has traveled to Israel more than a dozen times over the past decade to perform his own brand of community service: Teaching surgeons the latest techniques for replacing hips and knees while treating many patients without charge.



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Neurosurgery Resident Wins Leadership Award from AMA Foundation

Debraj "Raj" Mukherjee, MD, MPH, a neurosurgery resident at Cedars-Sinai, has been named a recipient of the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2013 Leadership Award. The award provides medical students, residents, fellows and early-career physicians with training to develop their skills as future leaders in medicine and community affairs.



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Pediatricians Attend Surgery Conference

Pediatricians gathered Jan. 26 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms and know when to refer a patient to a pediatric surgeon. Cedars-Sinai and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles hosted the conference with expert physicians from both medical centers.

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Here Is Your Chance to Honor a Deserving Nurse!

Online nominations for the 2013 Maggie Stempson-Carter Excellence in Caring Award for eligible nurses are being accepted now through Monday, March 11.

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P&T Decisions, Notification of Injury Risk with Samsca

Pharmacy focus

The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee recently addressed an addition to the Cedars-Sinai formulary and a warning about methadone. In addition, the FDA is noting the risk of liver injury with the drug Samsca®.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for January

The Circle of Friends program honored 73 people in January. 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. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgement.

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