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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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Two Minutes With …

Catherine M. Dang, MD, associate director of the Wasserman Breast Cancer Risk Reduction Program and surgeon at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center - A Project of Women's Guild

Where did you grow up?

I was born on a military base in Vietnam and left as a boat person when Saigon fell in 1975. My family moved around a bit while my dad retrained as an anesthesiologist before we settled in Germantown, Tennessee, which is known for its charity horse show and FedEx-St. Jude Children's Hospital golf tournament. I attended college at Harvard and then medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons before moving to L.A. for surgical training at UCLA and finally Cedars-Sinai, where I've been ever since.

Would you share something that many people at the hospital wouldn't know about you?

Most of my family works in healthcare. My father was an anesthesiologist, and my mother is a hospital pharmacist. My two brothers practice urology and medical oncology elsewhere. Even my sisters-in-law are physicians. My husband, Andrew Li, is a gynecologic oncologist here at Cedars-Sinai. We have three young boys, who told us they only want to become doctors if they can't get into engineering or be video game creators. (Smart boys.)

If you had time to develop a new skill, what would it be?

If I had more time and were a lot younger, I would take up a sport like CrossFit because of the emphasis on health, teamwork and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone. Cedars-Sinai's Employee Wellness Program offers a CrossFit style program called SolFit, which I highly recommend. I think that even though we work in healthcare, we don't always make healthy choices for ourselves. We take the elevators when we can take the stairs; we eat not-so-healthy foods because they are more convenient, etc.

Is there something or someplace you have never seen that you would like to see in the near future?

I would love to visit the Galapagos Islands someday. As a history and science major in college, I really enjoyed learning about scientific pioneers like Sir Charles Darwin. It would be really interesting to get a glimpse into his experience visiting the islands and encountering all kinds of new and unusual animals.

What is the most rewarding aspect about your job?

While the worst part of being a breast surgeon is giving someone a diagnosis of cancer, the best part is seeing them come back year after year for routine visits because there's no sign of cancer recurrence and that they look good and feel good about themselves. I love it even more when they bring their children and grandchildren, because it reminds me of the fact that every patient we care for is someone's mother, grandmother or sister. I am also really fortunate to work with a compassionate, dedicated and talented team of physicians, nurses and staff at the Brandman Breast Center at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai.


Andrew Eisenthal, MD, surgical resident

What brought you to Cedars-Sinai?

All the friendly people I met during my interview … and the weather. 

Where did you grow up?

Northern New Jerseey. 

If you were not a physician, what other career would you choose?

Scientist or bread baker.

What did your parents always tell you that you now have to admit was correct?

Scotch is better than beer.

If you could spend the day doing one thing, what would it be?

Play Pebble Beach.


Carol Lin, MD, faculty member

Where did you grow up?

Tustin, California.

What is the most rewarding aspect about your job?

Watching patients get back to their lives after trauma.

What is the funniest thing a patient has ever said to you?

"Doc, do you like photography?"

Um, yes. Why do you ask?

"Well, why don't we turn out the lights and see what develops."

If you had time to develop a new skill, what would it be?

Sailing.

Is there something or someplace you have never seen that you would like to see in the near future?

Iceland.