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Recognition for Berci, Hadian, Shah, Siegel

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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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Recognition for Berci, Hadian, Shah, Siegel

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Berci Chosen as 'Hero in Surgery'

George Berci, MD, has been named a "Hero in Surgery" by the American College of Surgeons. The distinction was announced at the organization's Clinical Congress on Oct. 28 in San Francisco. Video biographies were shown for Berci and the three other physicians so honored.

Berci, a pioneer of minimally invasive surgery, is a longtime faculty member in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. The Karl Storz Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery was established in Berci's honor.

He was able to start a Multidisciplinary Surgical Endoscopy unit in 1974 at Cedars of Lebanon, a predecessor of Cedars-Sinai. The unit covered urology, gynecology, ear, nose and throat, and general surgery.

The college cited Berci's role in the launch of the Hopkins rod-lens system in endoscopy, which vastly improved the visual field for this procedure. Berci, concerned that surgeons could not see inside the common bile duct well enough to remove gallstones, began working on the system in 1959 with Harold Hopkins, a renowned physicist and professor of applied optics in London.

Berci went on to help pioneer other imaging and visualization advances, including colonoscopy, the college said. He established the GI Lab in 1975 at Cedars of Lebanon and later at Cedars-Sinai.

Hadian Wins Law School Scholarship

Mehrnaz Hadian, MD, MS, has received the Larraine Segil Strategic Alliance Scholarship, which is awarded to women students pursuing law degrees at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Hadian is an attending physician in Cedars-Sinai Critical Care Medicine.

The scholarship, which offers personalized mentorship in addition to a financial award, is based on academic merit and the student's expressed interest in strategic alliances. Hadian serves as the president of the school's Law and Medicine Society.

Prediman K. Shah, MD

Robert J. Siegel, MD

Shah, Siegel Named Cardiologists of the Year

Prediman K. Shah, MD, and Robert J. Siegel, MD, have won the Elliot Rapaport Cardiologist of the Year award from the California Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

The award recognizes outstanding service and contribution to the field of cardiovascular medicine in California, the U.S. and the world. The honor was announced at the chapter's October meeting in San Diego.

Shah is the director of the Cedars-Sinai Atherosclerosis Prevention and Treatment Center and of the Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center. He holds the Shapell and Webb Family Chair in Clinical Cardiology.

Siegel is director of the Cedars-Sinai Cardiac Noninvasive Laboratory and the Marfan Center. He holds the S. Rexford Kennamer, MD, Chair in Cardiac Ultrasound.