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

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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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She's No Diva …

But oncologist Angela Lopez does sing opera

Cedars-Sinai’s Angela Lopez, M.D., recently traded her white coat for a black evening gown, surprising peers and patients by singing at the 11th annual Celebration of Life. Few, if any, of those attending knew that Dr. Lopez is a formally trained opera singer.

The medical center’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program hosts the event, which was held at Skirball Cultural Center in October. More than 100 survivors and their families came to the event where patients share their stories.  

Dr. Lopez, a hematologist/oncologist at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, sang “Voi che sapete” from “The Marriage of Figaro,” followed by other, more contemporary selections.

“I had no idea that Angela had this talent. For a split second, I thought she was lip-syncing,” said hematologist/oncologist Amir Steinberg, M.D., with a laugh.

Dr. Lopez grew up primarily in Europe where she began singing in churches. She soon became a frequent soloist in local concerts, specializing in a pre-baroque repertoire. When she moved to the United States, she continued singing and focused on recital performances. She has trained with master instructors in Europe and Los Angeles.

Dr. Lopez’s musical career was sidelined in her early 20s by an injury to her vocal chords. Instead, she decided to go to medical school. Her mother’s death from breast cancer was the catalyst for Dr. Lopez becoming an oncologist.

Music still has an important role in her life; she directs her church choir on the weekends.

“Singing brings a great deal of enjoyment and balance to my life,” Dr. Lopez said. “When I sing in private, I often find myself connecting certain lines or verses to individual patients. And many times, I will sing to honor a person who has passed away as a way to express my sadness. Sharing this part of me with patients at the event was very gratifying.”

Dr. Lopez sang “Voi che sapete” from “The Marriage of Figaro,” followed by other, more contemporary selections.

Dr. Lopez’ performance was a surprise for many who attended the event.

Dr. Lopez prepares to sing at the Celebration of Life event for cancer survivors and their family members.