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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

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

Education Schedule - April 2016 (PDF)  

Education Schedule - May 2016 (PDF)  


Surgery Scheduling

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Two Minutes With …

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the physicians in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery.

Rodrigo Alban, MD, associate director, General Surgery Residency and Surgical Performance Improvement

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Quito, Ecuador, where I grew up. I moved to L.A. in 1999.

Why did you decide to specialize in general/trauma surgery?

I made the decision during my fourth year as a surgical resident. I am sort of an adrenaline junkie and enjoyed the diversity of cases. Acute care surgery combines three different specialties into one (emergency surgery, trauma and critical care); this gives you an opportunity to see and treat a diversity of pathologies, making it an interesting experience every day. Not to mention the leadership and administrative opportunities as well as the close relationship with the residents and students.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The opportunity to teach. It is really a passion of mine. I enjoy passing on whatever knowledge I have to younger generations and try to stimulate their natural and inquisitive nature. Certainly helping patients recover from devastating injuries and conditions is a plus as well.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?

Playing with my son. The moment I see him and play with him everything changes. Being a father is the most amazing experience I could have ever wished for.

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

A lot of places. I love to travel and certainly the list is never-ending.


Monica Jain, MD, general surgery resident

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Chandler, Arizona, a city in the Phoenix metropolitan area, aka the Valley of the Sun. Our summers were spent anywhere with air conditioning or in the pool, and the rest of the time we enjoyed the outdoors. I lived in the same neighborhood as my mother's entire extended family, so I'm very close to my grandparents, aunts/uncles and cousins.

Why did you decide to specialize in surgery?

I inherited my family's scientist genes, so I actually initially pursued a career in biomedical engineering. I eventually realized that no technology could ever replace a doctor's personal touch, and I decided to become a physician. Still, it was the essence of biomedical engineering, with its hands-on nature, immediate results and constant innovation, that drew me to a career in surgery.

How would your best friend describe you to someone who doesn't know you?

Someone who is always there for my friends and family.

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

While discussing why the patient required a colostomy during her operation: "That's all fine (waving her hand dismissively). But you're telling me I never have to poop in a public bathroom ever again?"

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

I would love to go on an African safari.