Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Recognition for Berci, Hadian, Shah, Siegel

Physician News

George Berci, MD, has been named a "Hero in Surgery," Mehrnaz Hadian, MD, MS, has received a law school scholarship, and Prediman K. Shah, MD, and Robert J. Siegel, MD, have won the Elliot Rapaport Cardiologist of the Year award.

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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 - November 2014 (PDF)


David S. Gans, MD, has died.

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Meetings and Events

Advances in Neurology and Neurosurgery – Nov. 22

The course will give neurologists, internists, family practitioners, neurosurgeons, endocrinologists, oncologists and allied healthcare professionals an increased awareness of established and emerging treatment options for brain and pituitary tumors, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, and endovascular and stroke management. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 22, from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. Click here for more information or to register.

Informational Meeting About Guatemala Medical Mission – Nov. 23

A team of volunteers is planning to aid residents of Guatemala from May 9-18, 2015. To learn more about the mission, attend an informational meeting Sunday, Nov. 23, from 10-11:30 a.m. in ECC-C. The annual mission is arranged by HELPS International, a nonprofit organization that supports volunteer work in Guatemala. People with both clinical and administrative experience, as well as friends and family members, are welcome. As always, the team needs people with Spanish language skills. For more information, contact Olivia Marroquin at olivia.marroquin@cshs.org, Jim Laur at james.laur@cshs.org, or Babak Larian, MD, at larianb@yahoo.com.

Presentation of the Howard I. Wilner, MD, Alumnus of the Year Award – Dec. 3

The Cedars-Sinai Alumni Association will present the award to Edward Phillips, MD, on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. The award honors a physician's accomplishments and contributions to medicine. The event also will include a chamber concert by members of the American Youth Symphony, led by Alexander Treger. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for members of the medical staff, residents, members of the nursing staff, employees and volunteers.

Presentation of the Howard Wilner Alumnus of the Year Award - Dec. 3 (PDF)

Arrhythmia Symposium at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute – Dec. 5

The conference will provide a clinically relevant update regarding the management of patients with a broad spectrum of heart rhythm disorders, as well as sudden cardiac arrest. The event will take place Friday, Dec. 5, in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Click here for more information or to register.

Association for Women in Science Monthly Coffee Hour – Dec. 9

Everyone interested in promoting women in science is invited to this monthly coffee meeting, which takes place the second Tuesday of each month from 4-5 p.m. in Davis 1004.

The Evolution of Clinical Trials – Dec. 10

The topic will be presented by Steven Piantadosi, MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 4-5 p.m. in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, PEC 6-7. The event is part of the weekly Statistics in Medical Research Fall 2014 Lecture Series, presented by the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. RSVP to mihai.giurgiulescu@cshs.org.

Statistics in Medical Research Fall 2014 Lecture Series - Oct. 1-Dec. 10 (PDF)

Sinus Center Patient and Community Outreach Conference – Dec. 10

The Cedars-Sinai Sinus Center conference will take place Wednesday, Dec. 10, from 6-7 p.m. in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, PEC 8. The presenters will be Christopher Zoumalan, MD, and Richard Zoumalan, MD, both of the Sinus Center. The conference will combine lectures with an open forum and a question-and-answer session about sinus disease and problems of the ear, nose and throat. Light refreshments will be served. For information, visit cedars-sinai.edu/sinusconference.

Sinus Center Patient Education Forums - March-December 2014 (PDF)

Emergency Medicine Symposium: a Practical Update – Dec. 11

The 12th annual course will provide an overview and update on a range of topics pertinent to emergency medicine practitioners. Lecture topics include acute cardiac emergencies, diagnosis of neurologic catastrophes and critical care at the end of life. The event will take place Thursday, Dec. 11, from 7:15 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Hotel. Click here for more information or to register.

Public Trust and Biomedical Research: Do Research Institutions Deserve the Trust They Enjoy? (Ethics Noon Conference) – Dec. 17

The topic will be discussed by Mark Yarborough, PhD, dean’s professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Davis, Medical School. The Ethics Noon Conference will take place Wednesday, Dec. 17, from noon-1 p.m. in Harvey Morse Auditorium. Lunch will be available at 11:30 a.m. The conference is sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Ethics.

Public Trust and Biomedical Research - Dec. 17 (PDF)

Symposium on Current Concepts in Spinal Disorders – Jan 29-31

The 14th annual symposium will focus on current treatment methodology, new and emerging technologies, and controversies in spine care management. Internationally recognized experts will present lectures focused on healthcare reform, innovations in spine surgeries, biologics and stem cells, minimally invasive surgeries, motion preservation, complications and controversies, and deformities and pain management. The symposium will take place Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 29-31, at the Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas. Click here for more information or to register.

A Night at the Aquarium – Feb. 7

Medical staff members and their families are invited to A Night at the Aquarium, a dinner and sleepover at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 7 p.m. Eat dinner in the shadow of a life-size blue whale replica, experience aquatic exhibits and interactive entertainment, and watch aquarium staff feed the seals and sea lions their breakfast. Pack sleeping bags, blankets, pillows and air mattresses (no tents). Dinner, exhibits and entertainment are included, as is a continental breakfast Sunday morning. Cost is $60 per adult and $45 per child age 3-11. The cost for those who don't spend the night is $50 per adult and $25 per child age 3-11. Parking is $8 per car. Contact Cheryl Verne in the office of Marjorie Santore Besson at 310-423-2681 or cheryl.verne@cshs.org to reserve tickets.