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MEC Update

At its Sept. 3, 2010, meeting, the Medical Executive Committee revised the rules and regulations regarding attendance at committees and added a step to the physician hand hygiene accountability plan, among other things.

MEC Morning After Report - September 2010

Physician News

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Procedure Center Reports in Web/VS

Web/VS Tip of the Week

Reports from the Procedure Center are viewable in Web/VS in PDF format. If a patient has a recent Procedure Report, a link to the report will be shown in the "Recent Results" listing that is displayed by default after a patient is selected. 

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Meetings and Events

Politics and PBS: What You Don’t See on TV – Sept. 24

Irwin M. Weinstein, M.D., Endowed Lectureship in Health and Public Policy – Oct. 8

Medical Student Reception – Oct. 19 (RSVP by Oct. 15)

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2 Minutes with … Edward M. Wolin, M.D.

Edward Wolin MDDr. Wolin is co-director of the Cedars-Sinai Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor Program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, the largest and most comprehensive such program in California and one of just a handful in the United States. He directs a large patient care and clinical research program, including the weekly Carcinoid/Neuroendocrine Multidisciplinary Patient Management Conference, in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

If you were not a physician, what would you be?

A musician. I love to play classical music on the clarinet and the recorder (a historical flute). I most enjoy playing the great solo and chamber music of the past 500 years I'm also a calligrapher, writing over 30 types of historical scripts, and enjoy studying paleography (ancient manuscript writing). I actually worked my way through medical school as the official calligrapher of Yale University School of Medicine.

What drew you to your specialty?

I didn't always know I wanted to be an oncologist. This realization occurred as a medicine resident at Stanford, when I saw that oncology is a speciality where it's possible to be at once on the cutting edge of research, and a compassionate physician of the whole person — not a specialist focused on a single organ.

What brought you to Cedars-Sinai?

I came to Cedars-Sinai in 1988, the year Outpatient Cancer Center was finished — the most patient-friendly, top-quality outpatient cancer center imaginable. I have subsequently become passionate about the treatment of carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumors and have played a major role in growing this program to one of national and international stature. This is uniquely possible at Cedars-Sinai, where in addition to medical oncology, we have great neuroendocrine endocrinology, pancreatic and liver surgery, surgical oncology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, pathology, advanced GI endoscopy, cardiology and cardiac surgery, all closely collaborating to care for these extraordinarily complex patients.

If you could spend the day doing one thing, what would it be?

I love my patients and I love going all out for them. My patients are my number one passion. Actually, they're my number two passion. My number one passion is my wife Susan, a fabulous concert pianist and violinist, and the loving force behind the scenes who has made my career possible. I cherish every day that I spend with my wife and family.

What did your mother always tell you that you now have to admit was correct?

"Follow your dreams and follow your heart even if it doesn't always lead in the direction of contemporary society." I have a rare mom, and I appreciate her.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?

After working long hours indoors, I enjoy hiking and jogging in the sunshine, playing music, reading and writing.

Dr. Wolin can be reached at edward.wolin@cshs.org.