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

President's Perspective

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By Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

Accessibility to our services for patients and consumers is one of the three imperatives for Cedars-Sinai that I outlined in June’s President’s Perspective: retain our absolute commitment to quality; make our services more geographically and virtually accessible to patients and consumers; fulfill our obligation to make healthcare affordable through operational and clinical efficiency work. No matter how outstanding, efficient and appropriate Cedars-Sinai’s patient care is, if it is not accessible, we are not fulfilling our mission to the public.

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Providing Care for Transgender People

Cedars-Sinai recognizes the need for transgender care, especially amid the large and diverse community of Los Angeles. The most recent census-based population studies estimate that 1.4 million of adults and 1.6 million adolescents in the United States identify as transgender.

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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 Maurice Garcia, MD.


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New Name in Orthopedics

Cedars-Sinai announced the formation of the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute this week, which includes multiple care locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. Cedars-Sinai, Kerlan-Jobe and Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group are founding partners of the institute.

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HR Launches Multiyear Strategy to Support Staff

Human Resources has embarked on a transformational, multiyear strategy to cultivate Cedars-Sinai’s skillful workforce and to meet the changing demands of the healthcare environment through greater efficiency, better service and enhanced talent management.

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POLST Project Prompts Important Conversations

"As an institution, Cedars-Sinai wants to ensure that the care we're providing aligns with our patients' goals, values and preferences, particularly in relation to end-of-life care. Physicians want to know that they're respecting their patients' wishes," said Edward Seferian, MD, chief patient safety officer and medical director, Medical Affairs.

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FDA Issues Alert About Risks of Febuxostat

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public that preliminary results from a safety clinical trial show an increased risk of heart-related death with febuxostat (Uloric) compared to another gout medicine called allopurinol.

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Surgeons Lead Class at ACS Clinical Congress

Two surgeons and a research scientist from Cedars-Sinai recently helped lead a course at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in San Diego. Harry Sax, MD, Rodrigo Alban, MD, and Tara Cohen, PhD, were part of a team featured in a track on performance improvement for surgeons. The course was entitled: "Measure Twice, Cut Once: Optimizing Surgical Systems of Care."

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Study to Explore Role of Hormones in Breast Cancer

Researchers at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center — A Project of Women's Guild, are conducting a study to explore the role hormones play in the development of breast cancer. The purpose of the study is to find differences in hormone levels between patients who have a new diagnosis of breast cancer and those who do not.

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CS-Link Tip: Pulling Imaging Results

When using CS-Link™, you may want to pull an imaging result into your note. Instead of using copy and paste, you can type dot, "img," and then the anatomical area. For example, typing ".lastimgchest" will pull results for any CT, ultrasound or X-ray of the chest.

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