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

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Recognition for Cossman, Gordon, Reich

Physician News

Cossman Delivers Keynote Address to at Louisiana Surgeons Meeting

David Cossman, MD, of the Cedars-Sinai Division of Vascular Surgery delivered the keynote address to a combined meeting of the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Louisiana Surgical Society in New Orleans on Jan. 17.

Cossman discussed the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the private practice of surgery. He analyzed the influence of regulation, declining reimbursement in the face of surgical progress and the social changes that have remolded surgical practice and education. He presented alternative practice options as a vehicle for maintaining a professionally satisfying surgical practice.

The role of national societies — their failures and successes — was discussed in the context of their contributions to private surgical practice.

Cossman is director of Vascular Trauma and medical director of the Vascular Laboratory.

Gordon Presents to Medical Student Section of American College of Surgeons

Speaking at the Congress of the American College of Surgeons, Leo Gordon, MD, outlined the importance of incorporating elements of medical history into the surgical curriculum.

The presentation before more than 400 surgery-bound medical students took place last October in San Francisco. Gordon, an attending surgeon at Cedars-Sinai, shared the podium with Justin Barr, PhD, a medical student from the University of Virginia with a doctorate in medical history.

Barr presented three seminal discoveries in surgery, all made by medical students. Gordon followed up with three dates that surgical students should know — the date in 1822 that Army surgeon William Beaumont cared for Alexis St. Martin's abdominal gunshot wound, the date in 1846 of the first demonstration of the use of general anesthesia, and the date in 1909 that the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was first awarded to a surgeon, Emil Theodor Kocher, MD.

A discussion of the role of surgical history in educational curriculum followed. Gordon and Barr explained their Web-based repository of seminal papers in clinical surgery. The goal is to have these articles readily available for residents during their surgical education.

Reich Wins Fellowship From Thoracic Surgery Foundation

Heidi J. Reich, MD, a surgical resident at Cedars-Sinai, has won the 2015 Braunwald Fellowship from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education (TSFRE), in recognition of her basic science research conducted in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute with her mentor, Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD.

The $30,000 grant supports Reich's project titled "Repeat Dosing of Allogenic Cardiosphere-Derived Cells After Myocardial Infarction in Immunocompetent Rats."

The fellowship is named for Nina Starr Braunwald, MD, the first woman to be certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. In 1960, at age 32, she led the surgical team that was the first to implant a prosthetic heart valve, which she also designed and fabricated. The TSFRE Braunwald Fellowship supports the clinical or basic science research efforts of women cardiac surgical trainees.