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

P & T Approvals, FDA Warnings About DPP-4 Inhibitors, Canagliflozin

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the August meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about DPP-4 inhibitors and joint pain and has strengthened its warning about fracture risk with canagliflozin.


Mark Your Calendar


Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Education Schedule

Click the PDF links below to see the Department of Surgery's education schedule.

Education Schedule - September 2015 (PDF)

Education Schedule - October 2015 (PDF)


Surgery Scheduling

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Jack Matloff, MD, Leader in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Jack Matloff, MD, the founding chair and chair emeritus of the Cedars-Sinai Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, died at Cedars-Sinai on Aug. 20. He was 82. Matloff was a respected teacher, pioneer and visionary in medicine and in health policy.

Jack Matloff, MD

Matloff was recruited to Los Angeles in 1969 by Jeremy Swan, MD, and Board Chair Steve Broidy to develop a cardiothoracic surgery division at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, a predecessor of Cedars-Sinai. During his almost 30 years at Cedars-Sinai, Matloff and the world-class team he recruited grew the division into one of the most highly respected centers for cardiothoracic surgery in the world, as it remains today. Matloff also shared responsibility for starting Cedars-Sinai's heart and lung transplant programs.

He and his team cared for more than 10,000 patients during his tenure and advanced the science by establishing a comprehensive database of patient treatments and ongoing progress decades ahead of other efforts to track patient outcomes. This knowledge base supported his division's academic contributions, which included more than 275 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and 235 abstracts, five edited books, and numerous visiting professorships and lectureships.

In recognition of his contributions to Cedars, the Cedars-Sinai staff named Matloff Alumnus of the Year in 2002 and awarded him the Pioneer in Medicine Award in 2008 for being "a master physician, teacher, author and philanthropist whose worldwide efforts and scientific contributions set the highest standards for cardiac surgery."

In addition to programmatic contributions, Matloff's work significantly benefited Cedars-Sinai's physical plant, as many of its buildings and spaces bear the names of Matloff's grateful patients who made Cedars-Sinai the beneficiary of their generosity. Matloff's legacy continues in the ongoing work — at Cedars-Sinai and at many other institutions — of many excellent physicians, nurses and others who were on Matloff's teams in the Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit and on 6 Northeast. Many are still part of Cedars-Sinai's staff and community today.

Share Your Memories

The family of Jack Matloff, MD, asks that members of the medical staff share their remembrances of him at rememberingdrjack@gmail.com. A message sent to the address will trigger a return email with a link to an online form where you can share your story.

Matloff was an influential figure in cardiothoracic surgery and health policy beyond Cedars-Sinai. He held a faculty appointment at Harvard University, having spent a midcareer sabbatical earning a master's degree in public administration at the Kennedy School of Government. He later co-founded and co-managed a successful series of healthcare executive courses at the Kennedy School that educated influential members of the healthcare industry on policy-related topics pertinent to "the new world of healthcare."

He also served as president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and developed the strategic plan for the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery that was implemented and continues to be applied. In addition, he served as the chair of the Joint Society, Government Relations Committee and Education Committee of the Thoracic Surgical Foundation. For his service to the STS, other professional societies and the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery, Matloff received the Distinguished Service Medal of the STS and the David J. Dugan Distinguished Service Award of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association.

Matloff also advised state and foreign governments on the future of healthcare and the implementation of population-based healthcare programs, again demonstrating a vision for healthcare that was decades ahead of its time. For his contribution as architect of the Jesselson Heart Center at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Matloff received the Jerusalem Medal, the highest honor accorded foreign nationals who have worked on behalf of Israel.