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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY August 2014 | Archived Issues

P and T Approvals, Tramadol Change, Warnings About Promacta and Sporanox

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the June 3 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, tramadol is now being managed as a controlled substance, and the federal government has released a warning about Promacta and a list of contraindications for Sporanox.


Mark Your Calendar


Surgery Grand Rounds

Click the "read more" to see information about upcoming Surgery Grand Rounds.


Grand Rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.


Education Schedule

Click the PDF link below to see the Department of Surgery's educational schedule.

Educational Schedule - August 2014 (PDF)


Surgery Scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

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Dental Residency Program Provides Care to the Community

After a one-year hiatus, the Cedars-Sinai Hospital Dental Residency program has reopened with four new residents and a slightly expanded scope, co-directors Irving Lebovics, DDS, and Denis Weintraub, DDS, announced.

Kristin Geyer, MD

Rod Najibi, MD

Hoa Pham, MD

Hee Jin Yim, MD

The residents — Kristin Geyer, MD, Rod Najibi, MD, Hoa Pham, MD, and Hee Jin Yim, MD — began the training program at the end of June. Their duties include taking dental-related calls in the Emergency Department, providing dental care for oncology and other medically compromised patients, doing dental clearance exams for patients in the transplant and cardiac programs, and responding to requests for consults and dental treatment from throughout the medical center.

"We have a very talented group of residents, and there is a lot for them to do at Cedars-Sinai," Weintraub said. "So few dentists are comfortable seeing medically compromised patients, it is imperative for us to have a full-grade care center here. We also have a highly regarded attending staff whose members are excited to be working again with the dental residents."

In addition to their hospital duties, the residents will do some of their didactic training at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, along with rotations in anesthesia, pain control, internal medicine and oncology at Cedars-Sinai. They will provide general dentistry services at local clinics, which is a new aspect of the program. The addition of the clinic work, which will take place at the Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles and at the Children's Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles in Inglewood, is an important component of the residency program, Weintraub said.

"We want our residents to get out into the community where they can do the most good," Weintraub said. "These clinics are places that are easier for people without regular access to dental care to reach and to return to."

The Hospital Dental Residency program at Cedars-Sinai is fully accredited by the American Dental Association.

To schedule a dental consult with one of the residents, call 310-967-7653.