Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Letter From Chief of Staff: Bylaw Amendment

By Clement C. Yang, MD, Chief of Staff

The medical staff approved the bylaws amendment by an overwhelming majority with a 48% turnout of eligible voters. The amendment enables medical staff applicants who are well trained, but who were trained in a foreign country, to become members of the medical staff.

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Improving Sepsis Care

The quality council is focusing on improving early identification of patients who are at risk of developing sepsis and ensuring timely interventions for those patients.

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Makkar, MD, Appointed Vice President of Cardiovascular Innovation and Intervention

Raj Makkar, MD, has been appointed as vice president of Cardiovascular Innovation and Intervention. Makkar has built one of the world's top cardiac intervention programs, and his important new leadership role will help the medical center foster innovation in clinical research and clinical practice as the organization enhances its national stature in emerging device and interventional technologies for cardiovascular disease.


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Physician Wellness Tip: One Step at a Time

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. This week's tip is about the benefits of walking as a part of staying physically active.

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Surgeon Gets Taste of Reality of War

Daniel C. Allison, MD, a Navy reservist and an orthopaedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai, recently returned from a six-month tour of duty in Iraq. He came to realize that most combat injuries today are orthopaedic and that, unfortunately, there's a critical shortage of orthopaedic surgeons in the military. He served overseas to do something about it.

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Congratulations to Leadership Program Graduates

Congratulations to the physicians who graduated in May from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Staff Leadership Development Program. The program is aimed at training and motivating future leaders of the medical staff.

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My PayView: Online Payroll System Now Upgraded

Cedars-Sinai has upgraded its online payroll system, providing staff with the ability to securely view their pay stubs and W-2 forms from work and home computers. Staff members are encouraged to take the time to get to know the new My PayView system soon, as the Payroll Department will cease distribution of printed pay stubs in the coming months.

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Center for the Undiagnosed Patient Examines Mysteries

Sometimes, despite efforts by multiple doctors, a patient with a chronic condition or a rare disorder is unable to get a diagnosis—that's where the Center for the Undiagnosed Patient (CUP) may help provide answers. Led by Medical Director Leon Fine, MD, professor of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine, and Associate Director Michael Lewis, MD, professor of Medicine, the CUP team includes a variety of specialists, including cardiologists, geneticists, neurologists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and infectious-disease experts.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for April


The Circle of Friends program honored 181 people in April. Circle of Friends allows grateful patients to make a donation in honor of the physicians, nurses, caregivers and others who have made a difference during their time at Cedars-Sinai.

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Summer Is Coming, and So Are Fireworks

Celebrate Independence Day at the Hollywood Bowl with fireworks and music by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special musical guests Nile Rodgers and CHIC. The event on Wednesday, July 3, is open to Cedars-Sinai physicians and their immediate family members. Cost is $145 per adult and $75 per child, 3-11 years of age.

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Pharmacy and Therapeutics Product Updates

See production information updates for April from Pharmacy and Therapeutics.

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CS-Link Tip: iPhone And InPatient Orders

With the recent upgrade, CS-Link™ can now place inpatient orders on your iPhone. (Android version is not yet available.) See more information about helpful tips for mobile ordering. 

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