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

P & T Approvals; FDA Warns About Zydelig

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the February meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting healthcare professionals about reports of an increased rate of adverse events, including deaths, in clinical trials with the cancer medicine Zydelig in combination with other cancer medicines.


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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.


Education Schedule

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

Education Schedule - March 2016  


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.

Two Minutes With Chou Daisy 140pxDaisy Chou, MD, Department of Surgery resident

Why did you decide to specialize in surgery?

I loved everything about my third-year surgery rotation: the attendings, the surgery residents, being in the O.R., taking care of surgical patients. When I was on my nonsurgery rotations, I would find myself being envious of my classmates who were on surgery and wishing that I could trade places with them.

What is the most rewarding aspect about your job?

The most rewarding aspect of our job is that we see the results of our efforts, sometimes immediately. For example, a patient in pain in the ER due to appendicitis or cholecystitis can walk out of the hospital the next day feeling 100 percent better after our surgical intervention.

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

"You look like a doll."

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

My parents always told me I should listen to them because I can learn from their life experiences — they were right.


Two Minutes With Daskivich TimothyTimothy Daskivich, MD, MSHPM, staff physician, Urology Academic Practice

Where did you grow up?

I spent my childhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My parents and extended family live there. Although I’ve now been living outside of the Burgh for almost 20 years, I still consider myself a card-carrying Pittsburgher since it ruins my day when the Steelers lose.

Why did you decide to specialize in urology?

It’s a field that has incredible variety in terms of types of patients and operative approaches, and has a great balance of medical and surgical management. It is also very gratifying to take care of patients who have new diagnoses of cancer, since we can offer curative therapies for most of the cancers we deal with.

If you had time to develop a new skill, what would it be?

I would love to be able to write music. I can play the saxophone and was president of the chorus at my college, but I never took any courses in music theory and composition. I’m a huge fan of all kinds of music and listen to everything from Mos Def to Mozart, and I would love to be able to create my own.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?

I play with my 2-year-old and 4-year-old daughters, Genevieve and Coco. Sometimes it is more winding up than winding down, but there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.

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

I have never been to Sequoia National Park. I am currently weighing the pluses and minuses of an eight-hour round trip drive there with my 2- and 4-year old. I suspect it will still be there when they are 10 and 12.