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

FDA Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring the manufacturer of the hyperkalemia drug Kayexalate to conduct studies to investigate Kayexalate's potential to bind to other medications administered by mouth — drug interactions that could affect how well the other medications work.


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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 - October 2015 (PDF)

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Surgery Scheduling

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Soukiasian Named Director of Thoracic Surgery

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Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD

The Department of Surgery is pleased to appoint Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, as director, Division of Thoracic Surgery, effective immediately.

Dr. Soukiasian's expertise is in minimally invasive thoracic and esophageal surgery. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, he completed his general surgery residency at Cedars-Sinai, a cardiothoracic fellowship at UCLA and additional training at the University of Pittsburgh and Cedars-Sinai in minimally invasive esophageal and thoracic surgery. Since joining the faculty in 2008, Dr. Soukiasian has expanded the role of minimally invasive surgical techniques in pulmonary and esophageal disorders, including the use of robotics. He is an outstanding educator and serves as co-investigator on multiple clinical trials in thoracic oncology. Dr. Soukiasian is a member of the Society for Thoracic Surgery and the Association for Academic Surgery, and he serves on the Resident Education Committee for the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

We are thrilled to have Harmik assume this leadership role and look forward to continued growth in the multidisciplinary services we offer to our patients with lung and esophageal diseases. Dr. Soukiasian's meaningful contributions to our patients began when he was a resident and have only increased as a member of our faculty. He is a highly regarded surgeon, teacher and research collaborator. We are delighted with his career trajectory.

Please join us in congratulating Harmik and wishing him all success.

Bruce L. Gewertz, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief
H & S Nichols Distinguished Chair in Surgery
Chair, Department of Surgery
Vice President, Interventional Services
Vice Dean, Academic Affairs