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

FDA Warns About Lenalidomide, Duloxetine Hydrochloride

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about the cancer drug lenalidomide and the antidepressant duloxetine hydrochloride.


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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Educational Schedule

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Educational Schedule - November 2014 (PDF)


Surgery Scheduling

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Berci Chosen as 'Hero of Surgery'

George Berci, MD, has been named a "Hero in Surgery" by the American College of Surgeons. The distinction was announced at the organization's Clinical Congress on Oct. 28 in San Francisco. Video biographies were shown for Berci and the three other physicians so honored.

Berci, a pioneer of minimally invasive surgery, is a longtime faculty member in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. The Karl Storz Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery was established in Berci's honor.

He was able to start a Multidisciplinary Surgical Endoscopy unit in 1974 at Cedars of Lebanon, a predecessor of Cedars-Sinai. The unit covered urology, gynecology, ear, nose and throat, and general surgery.

The college cited Berci's role in the launch of the Hopkins rod-lens system in endoscopy, which vastly improved the visual field for this procedure. Berci, concerned that surgeons could not see inside the common bile duct well enough to remove gallstones, began working on the system in 1959 with Harold Hopkins, a renowned physicist and professor of applied optics in London.

Berci went on to help pioneer other imaging and visualization advances, including colonoscopy, the college said. He established the GI Lab in 1975 at Cedars of Lebanon and later at Cedars-Sinai.