Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

New Officers Elected for 2011

MEC Update

Christopher Ng, M.D., was elected for a second term as secretary of the medical staff and David Kulber, M.D., was elected as treasurer at the Dec. 6 Medical Executive Committee meeting. Also at the meeting, Chief of Staff Scott Karlan, M.D., announced that he has begun to send new Constitutional language to medical staff members for comment.

Morning After Report- December 2010

George Berci, M.D. ...

John Harold, M.D. ...

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Reversal of Dabigatran's Effects

Pharmacy Focus

Dabigatran (Pradaxa®) is a new oral direct thrombin inhibitor approved in the U.S. for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients.1 Over the past few weeks, there has been increased interest in this product and a growing number of inquiries regarding the management of these patients when anticoagulation needs to be reversed.

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Meetings and Events

The Drug Industry, Clinicians and Responsibility
Jan. 19

Advances in Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT
Jan. 21-23

International Symposium on Pancreatic and Biliary Endoscopy
Jan. 28-30

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Physician News

George Berci, M.D. 

Dr. George Berci of the Department of Surgery has been honored with the Jacobson Innovation Award by the American College of Surgeons for his innovative contributions to endoscopy and laparoscopy “for the last half century.”

Dr. Berci has been an important figure in the Department of Surgery for more than 40 years. He was the first associate director of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the founder of the Division of Endoscopic Surgery when the medical center opened in 1976.

The award will be presented at a dinner hosted by the Regents and Officers of the American College of Surgeons in Washington, D.C., in June 2011. “It is a well earned and well-deserved honor for Dr. Berci, now in his 89th year, still highly active and highly innovative,” said Leon Morgenstern, M.D., the inaugural director of Surgery at Cedars-Sinai and senior advisor for the Center for Healthcare Ethics, which he founded in 1995. 

John Harold, M.D.

Dr. Harold has been named vice president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) by the ACC Board of Trustees. His term will go into effect in April 2011 at the close of the ACC annual meeting in New Orleans. He is slated to become president of the ACC at their 2013 annual meeting in San Francisco.

He previously served as chair of the ACC Board of Governors and was the former ACC Governor for Southern California.

Dr. Harold is a past chief of staff at Cedars-Sinai and is an attending physician at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

Prediman K. Shah, M.D.

Dr. Shah was appointed as a member of the Scientific Publication Committee of the American Heart Association, which publishes 11 leading scientific journals related to the cardiovascular field.

Dr. Shah is director of Cardiology and the Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.


Rick B. Delamarter, M.D.

Dr. Delamarter had two articles published in the December 2010 issue of the SAS Journal, a publication of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery.

The first article addressed cervical total disc replacement and four-year follow-up for patients who participated in a ProDisc-C TDR clinical trial. Link to PDF of article

The second article evaluated the difference between hospital service costs of two treatment options for patients diagnosed with 3-level degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine. Link to PDF of article