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Joel Aronowitz, M.D.

Dr. Aronowitz recently led a group in Washington, D.C., to educate legislators and healthcare policy staff about the under-utilization of skin-sparing mastectomy procedures in the U.S. Dr. Aronowitz serves on the Medical Executive Committee and is past Division Clinical Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Meetings were held with Congressional leaders from both parties, including Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., and Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va. Members of the delegation were invited to attend the State of the Union speech in recognition of the efforts of the Breast Preservation Foundation in the fight against breast cancer.

(Pictured l-r) Dr. Aronowitz, Rep. Cantor, and Daniel Aronowitz, his son


Clive Svendsen, Ph.D.

Dr. Svendsen, Ph.D., director of the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute, is receiving the American Academy of Neurology Sheila Essey Award for his research on ALS (amyothrophic lateral sclerosis).

The innovative research that Dr. Svendsen and his team have focused on involves developing specifically-engineered stem cells that, when injected into spinal cords, stalls the degeneration of nerve cells. The specialized stem cells are manufactured to release a growth factor called glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) that has been shown to support the survival of dying motor neurons.

The Sheila Essey Award includes a $25,000 grant to fund continued research. Additionally, Dr. Svendsen will address the American Academy of Neurology during the group's annual scientific meeting in Toronto on April 15.


Keith L. Black, M.D.

Dr. Black has been named the recipient of the 2010 BET Honors Award in Public Service. He also has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work/Non-fiction category for his book, "Brain Surgeon: A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles."

Dr. Black is chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai, director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and director of the Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Brain Tumor Center.