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

Mark Vrahas Named to New Endowed Chair

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Mark Vrahas, MD, has been named the Levin/Gordon Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedics in Honor of Myles Cohen, MD. Vrahas, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics, joined Cedars-Sinai in 2016 from Harvard Medical School, where he served as vice chair for Population Health and OR Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and as chief of Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Program at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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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 Tsuyoshi Todo, MD.


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Physicians Publish on Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy

Stereotactic body radiation therapy has demonstrated efficacy comparable to surgery for early stage non-small cell lung cancer, according to a new article authored by several Cedars-Sinai physicians in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology.

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Consumer Ratings No Panacea for Picking Doctors

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Online consumer ratings parse everything from tasty burritos to hip beauty salons. While crowdsourced reviews can be helpful when picking a restaurant or hair stylist, are they useful for choosing a physician? Not entirely, according to a new study by Cedars-Sinai investigators, which found that online physician ratings were unrelated to actual quality of care. Timothy Daskivich, MD, MSHPM, was the study's lead author.

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Melmed and Wallace Honored by Los Angeles County Medical Association

Shlomo Melmed, MB, ChB, executive vice president, Academic Affairs, and dean of the Cedars-Sinai medical faculty, and Daniel J. Wallace, MD, FACP, associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Rheumatology Fellowship Program, will be honored by the Los Angeles County Medical Association at its Los Angeles Healthcare Awards Dinner Nov. 1 in Beverly Hills.

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How Vesicles Secreted by Cells Aid Cancer Growth

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In a recently published study, a Cedars-Sinai team led by Dolores Di Vizio, MD, PhD, associate professor of Surgery, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, demonstrated that large oncosomes contribute to tumor growth. The team also identified the molecular mechanism by which large oncosomes play a role in communication between prostate tumors and the surrounding tissue.

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Encryption Service Upgrade Slated for Oct. 30

To improve online security, the encryption service for Cedars-Sinai will switch to Cisco IronPort beginning Monday, Oct. 30. Despite the rise in text messaging, instant messaging and social networking, email continues to be the main communication tool of business. Email, however, can be unsecure, and mishandling it can lead to the exposure of sensitive information.

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From Superman to Iron Man After Surgery

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This story is part of an occasional series highlighting the #CedarsGratitude effort. Share why you are grateful for Cedars-Sinai here.

There are some things Bobby Vinson just won't do. He won't let his family down. He won't let his wife, Tara, train for marathons alone. And he won't complain or let his back problems interfere with the things he loves. He also won't let Arnold Chiari malformation, a rare condition that causes the lobes at the base of the brain to elongate and block or slow the flow of fluid into the spine, slow him down.

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FDA Issues Recommendation Against Intraocular Vancomycin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recommendation against the prophylactic use of intraocular vancomycin — alone or in a compounded drug combining multiple active ingredients — during cataract surgery because of the risk of hemorrhagic occlusive retinal vasculitis.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for September

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The Circle of Friends program honored 256 people in September. 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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CS-Link Tip: Upgrade to Reduce Screen Clutter

A new upgrade to CS-Link™ is planned to take effect the first week of November. The upgrade will reduce screen clutter and deliver a cleaner and more vibrant look.

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