Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Five Question Survey for Physicians

Many Cedars-Sinai doctors treat patients from foreign countries, and some undoubtedly are involved in international educational and research programs or other initiatives outside of the U.S.

To gauge the extent of those global ties, Cedars-Sinai International this month is distributing a five-question survey to physicians throughout the organization.

It’s part of an effort "to try to foster and nurture and enhance some of those relationships," said Heitham Hassoun, MD, vice president and medical director of Cedars-Sinai International.

"We're trying to grow our international patient services," Hassoun added. "We're trying to develop collaborations that provide revenue to the institution but also have an impact on healthcare in other parts of the world."

The survey, he said, will shed light "on the resources that we have." For example, Hassoun said, if Cedars-Sinai embarked on a hospital project in China, it would want to know which of its physicians have experience there.

The survey is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete. It asks physicians to describe any international professional ties they already have, as well as whether they speak any foreign languages proficiently and are authorized to practice medicine in any country outside of the U.S.

In addition, the survey asks physicians whether they would be willing to get involved in international initiatives, such as giving lectures at global conferences or consulting with doctors overseas via video.

Hassoun said the survey will go to medical faculty and physicians throughout the Cedars-Sinai medical network, including physicians in affiliated private medical groups. He hopes to have the initial results within about a month.

Already, Cedars-Sinai serves about 2,000 international patients from more than 100 countries each year. Many of the patients come from Mexico, Canada and China, but there also are rising numbers from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

In a recent interview with Pulse, Hassoun cited "a growing global burden of chronic diseases in areas such as heart, vascular and cancer," and he said it "is applying pressure on all countries to provide the drugs, the know-how and ultimately a different kind of care than what would have sufficed in the past."

"At Cedars-Sinai," he added, "we want to be able to provide that leading-edge care but also engage in international partnerships that foster greater access in other countries so that patients don't necessarily have to leave home to receive the type of sophisticated treatments they want and need."

To complete the survey online, click on this link.