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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY April 2017 | 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 - April 2017 (PDF)

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Surgery Scheduling

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Two Minutes With …

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

Michael Nurok, MD, PhD, medical director of the Cardiac-Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Where did you grow up?

I was born in South Africa, but my family moved around a lot when I was young. My earliest memories are of living in Durban, South Africa, and Ferrara, Italy. We finally settled in the United States, but then I moved back to South Africa when I was 17 for university and medical school.

Why did you decide to specialize in anesthesiology and IM/critical care?

In medical school, I worked with a team of exercise physiologists who studied elite athletes. I became interested in the way that the understanding of the extremes of exercise physiology applied to the extremes of pathophysiology (critical illness).

I then did my PhD looking at pre-hospital resuscitation in France, where anesthesiologists run much of critical care both in the pre-hospital and hospital setting. During the doctorate, I applied for anesthesia residencies in the United States.

After training I did fellowships in thoracic anesthesia and then cardiac anesthesia in Boston, and then took a faculty position. The fellowship director at Brigham and Women's Hospital (now a good friend), rightfully convinced me that I should do another fellowship in critical care. Unknown to me was that he had negotiated this with my wife ahead of time. It has been one of the best career choices I've made.

If you were not a physician, what other career would you choose?

Hard to say. Most likely an attorney focused on international aid work or human rights.

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

I've picked up surfing since moving to Los Angeles. It's a great way to be in the moment and feel a sense of flow. That said, I'm a mountaineering enthusiast so I would probably choose a day climbing a peak or backcountry skiing.

What's at the top of your bucket list?

I've been fortunate to do many of the things I've wanted, so I don't really have a bucket list. The moments where you connect with your family or old friends are really precious. And so, more opportunities to do that are what I look forward to most.