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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY October 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 - October 2016 (PDF)  

Education Schedule - November 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.

Neel Joshi, MD

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Phoenix and grew up in a suburb called Mesa. The greater Phoenix area has undergone incredible population growth and development during the past few decades, and now bears little resemblance to the sleepy Southwestern town I remember from childhood.

Why did you decide to specialize in general surgery?

I considered pursuing different subspecialties during my residency training. Ultimately, my interest in laparoscopy led me to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Cedars-Sinai. I enjoy treating patients with diverse problems ranging from cancers to benign gastrointestinal conditions and abdominal wall hernias. There are very few boring days in the life of a busy general surgeon.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The best part of being a surgeon is the opportunity to help people with serious health conditions during times when they are emotionally and physically vulnerable. It's intensely satisfying to know that you have done your best for patients during some of the most difficult periods in their lives. Getting to do cool technical stuff in the operating room is pretty sweet, too.

Outside the O.R., where do you find inspiration?

I've always been a bit of a sports nut. I played on my college golf team, and I still greatly enjoy weekly golf games with my buddies. I am also an on-again, off-again long-distance runner, and I have completed several marathons. I believe it's important to maintain hobbies and interests outside of medicine. These activities provide welcome relief from the pressures and responsibilities of a surgical career.

What's at the top of your bucket list?

I'd say it's a tie between qualifying for the Boston Marathon and playing golf at Augusta National Golf Club (site of the Masters tournament). Thankfully, my chances of qualifying for Boston actually improve as I get older, since the qualifying standards become progressively less rigorous.