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

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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 - February 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.

Chan JoshuaJoshua Chan, MD, Department of Surgery resident

Why did you decide to specialize in surgery?

Surgery is a passionate yet elegant field defined by cerebral decisions made in an immediate fashion.

What is the most rewarding aspect about your job?

Being able to provide definitive and transformative treatment to patients of all walks of life.

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

"How old are you really?"

What did your parent(s) always tell you that you now have to admit was correct?

You can never go wrong with treating others the way you would want to be treated.


Kim IreneIrene Kim, MD, Department of Surgery faculty member

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio, a small farm town in northwest Ohio (I could see four barns from my bedroom window) that is home of the National Tractor Pull and also home to Bowling Green State University, where my parents were professors.

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

I've been fortunate enough in my life to be constantly inspired by great physicians around me. For general surgery, it was Jade Hiromoto, MD, who was a PGY-4 resident at UCSF, where I went to medical school and who is now a vascular surgeon. She commanded the deepest respect in the entire hospital, not only because she was a gifted surgeon, but she worked tirelessly without complaint. And she rode a motorcycle, which I guess I'm not as much into now that I'm a transplant surgeon, but at the time raised her to the level of an action hero. For transplantation, it was because of Rick Rohrer, MD, and Rich Freeman, MD, who were the transplant surgeons at New England Medical Center, where I did my residency. Same theme — gifted surgeons, humble, hard workers. They brought people back from the brink of death with liver transplantation, and I thought, "What can be cooler than that?"

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

Hopefully, that I'm a true friend. And a mean dancer.

If you could spend the day doing one thing, what would it be?

A liver transplant. Or spending time with my baby, Sylvie.

What's at the top of your bucket list?

Hiking the mountains of Bhutan.