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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY April 2016 | Archived Issues

FDA Warns About Opioids, Diabetes Medications

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings about safety issues with the entire class of opioid pain medicines and with Type 2 diabetes medicines containing saxagliptin and alogliptin.


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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 - April 2016 (PDF)  

Education Schedule - May 2016 (PDF)  


Surgery Scheduling

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Recognition for Alban, Sax, Danoff, Murrell, Soukiasian

Physician News

Rodrigo Alban, MD, (left) and Harry Sax, MD, at the meeting in Chicago

Alban, Sax Present Poster at ACHE Annual Meeting

Rodrigo Alban, MD, and Harry Sax, MD, presented a poster at the annual meeting of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The poster was titled "Implementation of Lean Six Sigma Processes Decreases Excessive Use of Ancillary Resources in the SICU."

They made their presentation at the meeting in March in Chicago.

Alban is associate program director of the General Surgery Residency. Sax is executive vice chair of Surgery and president-elect of the Southern California Chapter of ACHE.

A PDF with more information about the presentation is at the college's website. ScienceDirect.com has the full text of the corresponding article.


Dudley Danoff, MD, spoke about male sexual health in an author talk at the Medical Library.

Danoff Discusses Book on Male Sexual Health

Before a standing-room-only crowd in the Medical Library, Dudley Danoff, MD, an attending surgeon in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Urology, discussed his newly published book, The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health.

At the March 17 talk, Danoff reviewed the evolution of his book, the problems in bringing it to market and the national response to its content.

Drawing comparisons and contrasts to the current women's healthcare movement, Danoff outlined issues in male sexual health. He reviewed issues surrounding prostate abnormalities in an aging male population.

The rising interest in male sexual health as a result of a youth-oriented culture was analyzed. The topic of male sexuality was explored through several clinical vignettes.

The Medical Library holds author receptions for staff members who have published a book.


Murrell Tells Parishioners About Risks of Colorectal Cancer

Zuri A. Murrell, MD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Colorectal Cancer Center, delivered a straightforward address to parishioners at 88th Temple Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles on March 20. He explained why African-Americans face a greater risk of colorectal cancer and what they can do to prevent it.

"Nobody should die of fear or embarrassment," Murrell told the crowd, referring to many adults' resistance to talking about the subject. He encouraged them to talk to their doctors about colonoscopies.

Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer death among African-Americans, who are more likely than other populations to die within five years of their diagnoses. Murrell explained that African-Americans are less likely to receive preventive screenings, so they're often diagnosed with the disease in advanced stages, when fewer treatment options are available.

As a colorectal surgeon, Murrell devotes his time to spreading the word about colorectal cancer risk and the potentially lifesaving benefits of screening for the disease. He spoke with several parishioners after his Sunday talk, answering their questions and addressing their fears.


Soukiasian Featured in Wall Street Journal Article

A story in The Wall Street Journal about the causes of excessive sweating turned for expertise to Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, who explained the condition and offers possible remedies.

Soukiasian is the chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery.