Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Meetings and Events

Reversing Heart Disease
March 12

Ethics Noon Conference
March 20

Virtual Medicine Symposium
March 27

These events and more can be found in the medical staff calendar on the Cedars-Sinai website.

Grand Rounds

Upcoming CME Conferences


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Letter from Chief of Staff: New Wellness Focus

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

In response to excellent feedback to the recent Physician Wellness survey, we are launching a new regular feature for Pulse where a tip, video, story or discount will be highlighted to support physician wellness. The first tip focuses on getting a good night's sleep.

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Cedars-Sinai Earns Highest Distinction Again

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has again earned a five-star hospital rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—the highest distinction offered by the federal agency. The ratings, which assess hospital performance, are based on 57 quality measurements that fall into categories such as patient experience, mortality and readmissions for treatment of common conditions. Of the 3,725 U.S. hospitals included in the assessment, only about 8 percent earned five stars.

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Mosenifar, MD, to Run His 100th Marathon

Zab Mosenifar, MD, is a man of routines. He has spent his entire career at Cedars-Sinai, lived in the same house for 39 years and runs every day—rain or shine, without fail. And on March 9, he will run his 100th marathon—the Catalina Island Marathon, rated the sixth toughest in the world. By the time he completes his latest marathon, Mosenifar will have run the equivalent of roughly 5.6 times around the earth, a total of about 135,200 miles.

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Study in African-American Barbershops Honored

The Clinical Research Forum has recognized the Smidt Heart Institute with a 2019 Top Ten Clinical Research Achievement Award for its study aimed at developing a blood-pressure control program for African-American men in the comfortable and convenient environments of their barbershops. In just six short months, the study—first published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led by the late hypertension expert Ronald G. Victor, MD—improved the outcomes and control of high blood pressure in more than 60 percent of participants. 

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Making Waves in Science: Janine Bilsborough

In honor of National Women's History Month in March, Pulse is celebrating Cedars-Sinai's talented female leaders with a Q&A series, "Making Waves in Science." This week's interview is with Janine Bilsborough, PhD, associate professor of Medicine and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Drug Discovery and Development Unit.

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Alexa Tapped for Smart Hospital Room Pilot

A pilot program underway in more than 100 patient rooms at Cedars-Sinai is allowing patients to use an Alexa-powered platform known as Aiva to interact hands-free with nurses and control their entertainment. Aiva is the world's first patient-centered voice assistant platform for hospitals.

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FDA Issues Warnings About Medications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that there is an increased risk of death with Uloric (febuxostat) compared to another gout medicine, allopurinol. Also, the FDA is warning that there is an increased risk of blood clots in the lungs and death with Xeljanz, Xeljanz XR (tofacitinib).

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Medical Library Users Asked to Take Online Survey

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Library wants your opinion. The library's annual customer service survey is available now and runs through Sunday, March 17. The survey aims to better understand the information-seeking behavior of the Cedars-Sinai community, and to measure awareness and satisfaction with library services. You can take the survey here.

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Pharmacy and Therapeutics Product Updates

See production information updates for February from Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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CS-Link Tip: Using F2 as a Verb

In CS-Link™, "F2" is a verb. You cannot close documentation until you have addressed wild cards and lists. After typing F2, your cursor will be right there. You don't need your mouse.

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