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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY August 2017 | Archived Issues

Changes in Senior Leadership Structure

Cedars-Sinai is pleased to announce several changes in its senior leadership structure. These appointments will help the organization efficiently address the expanding geography and scope of Cedars-Sinai’s programs and services, and the important work of integrating clinical care across these sites.

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President's Perspective on Efficiency

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By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

I'd like to share some thoughts on the broader topic of affordability and efficiency, their place in Cedars-Sinai's mission, and the opportunities and challenges they present for everyone who works or practices here.

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U.S. News Best Hospitals 2017-18

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is ranked nationally in 12 specialties and has been named to the "Honor Roll" in the just-released U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals 2017-18." The medical center was ranked #11 of more than 4,500 hospitals in the nation, placing it among a select group of Honor Roll hospitals.

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Leadership Program Graduates Class

The Cedars-Sinai Leadership in Healthcare Improvement Program graduated its inaugural cohort of residents and fellows in July. The six-month program is designed to develop the ability to lead sustainable and rigorous improvement initiatives in healthcare.

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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. This month's installment features Jennifer Anger, MD.


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Study Examines Lung Cancer Among Nonsmoking Women

A new study examines the biology of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and new therapeutic molecular targets, focusing on the pathogenesis of non-smoker female NSCLC patients. Harmik J. Soukiasian, MD, director of Division of Thoracic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai, contributed to the study.

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Deadly Bacteria Could Reduce Organ Rejection

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An experimental treatment derived from a potentially deadly microorganism may provide lifesaving help for kidney transplant patients, according to an international study led by investigators at Cedars-Sinai. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found treating patients with the drug IdeS® before transplantation significantly reduced, and in most cases eliminated, donor-specific antibodies that can cause rejection or failure of new organs.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for July

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The Circle of Friends program honored 85 people in July. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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Librarian Brings Wit and Intellect to Her Work

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For decades, Janet Wulf's inquisitive energy, intellectual curiosity and wry sense of humor have made her an indispensable fixture in the Medical Library. The recent winner of a Cedars-Sinai President's Award is best known for her exhibits that include ones on Civil War medicine, patent medicine bottles and objects removed from human airways.

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Research Helps Predict Outcomes After Liver Transplant

A routinely used hospital tool can predict which liver transplant recipients are more likely to do poorly after surgery, according to a study led by Cedars-Sinai. The findings could help doctors identify which patients should receive physical therapy or other interventions to improve their recovery.

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Using Young Stem Cells to Rejuvenate Old Hearts

Cardiac stem cell infusions could someday help reverse the aging process in the human heart, making older ones behave younger, according to a new study from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. "Our previous lab studies and human clinical trials have shown promise in treating heart failure using cardiac stem cell infusions," said Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the primary investigator of the study. "Now we find that these specialized stem cells could turn out to reverse problems associated with aging of the heart."

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Are You a Veteran? Let Us Know

Were you in the military, or do you know a co-worker who was? For Veterans Day, The Bridge wants to honor Cedars-Sinai's military veterans. Please email thebridge@cshs.org to let us know when and in which branch you served, and any notable details about your service. Also, please include your current position at Cedars-Sinai.

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CS-Link Tip: Avoiding Clicks and Scrolling

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Extra clicks and endless scrolling are a waste of time and unnecessary when you know how to navigate CS-Link™. Instead of scrolling or hunting for a wild card (***) or a list, use the F2 key instead and it will direct you there.

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