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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY December 2015 | Archived Issues

FDA Warns About SGLT2 Inhibitors, Contrast Media

Pharmacy Focus

A review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resulted in additional warnings on the labels of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors about the risks of too much acid in the blood and of serious urinary tract infections. Also, the FDA is advising that rare cases of underactive thyroid have been reported in infants following the use of contrast media containing iodine for X-rays and other medical imaging procedures. 


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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Education Schedule

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Education Schedule - December 2015 (PDF)  


Surgery Scheduling

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Surgery Scheduling

Hours of operation:

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on observed legal holidays
  • After 5 p.m., "next day" changes/requests should be forwarded to the triage nurse by dialing 310-423-5520 and entering beeper 0689.

Contact information:

  • Central Scheduling staff: Irwin Alexander, Lilian De Los Angeles, Alexandra Halaby, Demetrius Dennis, Gabriel Arcega, Karen Ford, Rochelle Fantroy, Esmenia Rivera-Jimenez, Jeric Zablan, Erik Zometa, Sri Batchu, Lara Swartz, Dori Rumould
  • For immediate attention — scheduling supervisor: Ferdinand "Jojo" Bernido
  • To learn how to search, request and book procedures — clinical liaison: Mary-Carmen Adams, RN
  • For questions related to scheduling process: Brian Gutierrez
  • For communication involving your Block Time: Michael Sharp
  • Health systems manager: Magnolia "Coco" Dea
  • Administrative director: Shab Nicks
  • Service line vice president: Bryan Croft

Quarterly schedulers meetings are held to share information and updates. Please contact Brian Gutierrez for upcoming dates.

The "Surgery Scheduling Guidelines" handbook has been made available to your offices and staff. Please contact Brian Gutierrez if you would like a copy forwarded to you.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.