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

Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Approvals

Pharmacy Focus

Highlights of the June meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are summarized in the PDF link below.

P and T Approvals - June 2016 (PDF)


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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 - August 2016 (PDF)

Education Schedule - September 2016 (PDF)  


Surgery Scheduling

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Vrahas Starts as Founding Chair of Orthopaedics

Mark Vrahas, MD

Mark Vrahas, MD, began serving as the founding chair of Cedars-Sinai's new Department of Orthopaedics Monday, Aug. 8.

"The creation of the Department of Orthopaedics will bring together some of the nation's leading experts in the field," said Mark Gavens, executive vice president of Health System Hospital Operations and chief operating officer. "Dr. Vrahas' successful record of implementing innovative, forward-thinking initiatives will enhance our current programs in Orthopaedics and ensure they continue to meet the needs of our patients and communities."

Vrahas arrives at Cedars-Sinai with an international reputation for clinical excellence, and building and leading highly effective orthopedic trauma programs. He was most recently the Robert W. Lovett Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and vice chair for Population Health and OR Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also, he also was chief of Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Program at Mass General and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Vrahas founded the Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Initiative as an effort to foster collaboration among orthopedic trauma services at all Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals — Mass General, Brigham and Women's, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital.

"Under Vrahas' new leadership, we are excited that Orthopaedics will thrive as an innovative service line that will advance orthopedic and clinical care for our patients," said Shlomo Melmed, MB, executive vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the medical faculty.

He is widely recognized as an expert in orthopedic trauma, and pelvic and acetabular surgery. He lectures around the world, publishes extensively and serves as an editorial board member for leading orthopedic journals. He has successfully mentored dozens of residents and fellows in orthopedic trauma surgery and research.

Vrahas completed medical school and residency at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by fellowships in biomechanics research at the University of Iowa and in orthopedic trauma and adult reconstruction at the University of Toronto. He was chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at Charity Hospital in New Orleans before arriving in Boston in 1999.