Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Lunch on Us

Annual Medical Staff Meeting is Oct. 24

Chief of Staff Scott Karlan, MD, will discuss the climate of change at the medical center and President and CEO Thomas M. Priselac will speak at the lunch meeting, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

The 2011 Pioneer in Medicine Award will be presented along with the Chief of Staff Award.

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff (PDF)

P&T Committee Approvals Released

Pharmacy Focus

Click the PDF below to review the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee's September approvals.

P&T Decisions September 2011 (PDF)

Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - October 2011 (PDF)

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A Rosy Life after Toddler's 2nd Kidney Transplant


Mother who Donated Organ to Daughter will Ride on Rose Parade Float

Cedars-Sinai performed hundreds of organ transplants last year. But one family's remarkable journey stood out when it came time to select who would represent Cedars-Sinai's Comprehensive Transplant Center on the 2012 Donate Life Rose Parade float.

Cedars-SinaiGaena "Gina" Song Cho, who donated a kidney to her young daughter, will be one of 28 donor family members, living donors and transplant recipients who will ride on the float during the internationally televised Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 2 in Pasadena. The parade is held each year before the Rose Bowl college football game.

When Cho gave birth to her daughter, Cherity, in 2007, doctors suggested hospice care for the infant whose kidneys weren't working.

The family refused to give up on the little girl and came to Pediatric Nephrology at Cedars-Sinai’s Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center for a second opinion.

"After she was born, we were being told to prepare for memorial services," Cho said. "She's now 3 ½ and just starting pre-school."

It was a rough road for the little girl with bouncing pigtails. Cherity was on dialysis when she was just two days old. She received a donor kidney in September 2009. At the time, Cho was pregnant with her son. That transplant failed and the toddler had to undergo hemodialysis five times a week. She had also made antibodies following her first transplant, which precluded her from getting a second transplant. With the use of the cutting-edge research done at Cedars Sinai, she underwent a long "desensitization" process to be ready for another transplant attempt.

Finally, on Nov. 2, 2010, when Cherity was 2 ½ years old, Cho was able to donate her own kidney to her daughter.

"Cherity is the youngest patient in our highly sensitized program," said Dechu Puliyanda, MD, pediatric nephrologist and one of Cherity's doctors. "She would not have had a transplant at most other centers."

Cedars-Sinai is one of the leaders in performing kidney transplants on patients who would otherwise not receive an organ because they have too many antibodies or a perfectly matched donor is unavailable.

While there's no doubt Cherity would easily charm Rose Parade audiences, she is too young to ride on the float. Instead, her mother will carry Cherity's photo with her as the parade rolls down Colorado Boulevard.

"Cherity is the poster child not just for pediatrics, but for the highly sensitized transplant patient and the living donor teams," said Elaine S. Kamil, MD, clinical director of Pediatric Nephrology at Cedars-Sinai's Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center and one of Cherity’s doctors.


Gaena Song Cho and her daughter, Cherity, surrounded by their doctors - (l-r) Dechu Puliyanda, MD, J. Louis Cohen, MD, Elaine S. Kamil, MD.