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Physician news

Nicholas Nissen, MD, has been appointed as director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai.

Featured publication

The following article was published by members of the Department of Surgery:

Grant announcements

The Department of Surgery Research Division would like to congratulate the following grant recipients:

Mark your calendar

Grand rounds

Click here to view a schedule of all upcoming grand rounds.

Surgery scheduling

Click the "read more" for hours and contact information for surgery scheduling.

Treatment of cardiac tumors

Because primary cardiac tumors are rare, many hospitals refer their cases to Cedars-Sinai where the most advanced treatment is routinely available. Tumors of the heart typically present in one of four ways: 1) they are found incidentally; 2) after embolization or stroke; 3) with obstruction of blood flow; or 4) with vague constitutional symptoms.

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Minimally invasive thoracic surgery for hyperhidrosis, thoracic outlet syndrome

Patients with sweaty palms and thoracic outlet syndrome benefit from minimally invasive thoracic surgery. While many know the impact of minimally invasive thoracic surgery has had on treatment of lung cancer and esophageal cancer, there are other conditions, such as hyperhidrosis and thoracic outlet syndrome, for which minimally invasive thoracic surgery is also very beneficial.

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Improving OR utilization, availability and throughput

Operating room scheduling and utilization were the topic of one presentation at the Department of Surgery Performance Improvement Committee meeting earlier this month.

Scheduling and Utilization - Dept. of Surgery PIC Sept. 5, 2012 (PDF)

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Attendings encouraged to apply to Clinical Professorial Series

Attending physicians at Cedars-Sinai who actively participate in the Cedars-Sinai teaching mission are now eligible for appointment in the Clinical Professorial Series. Academic titles are conferred via a peer-review process similar to other institutions of higher learning. The series launched early this year.

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Protect patients from harm by getting a flu vaccination

Be sure to protect yourself and our patients from getting the flu. By not getting the flu vaccination, you are putting patients at risk of infection.

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Navigating Crimson on your own

New tutorial enables MDs to surf the physician performance site whenever they like

Cedars-Sinai physicians who have undergone a review of their performance with a Crimson adviser can now have access to their own data 24/7.

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Medical Library offers fall classes

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Library kicked off its fall schedule of classes this month. The classes are designed to help you navigate and search our resources for the information you need.

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Circle of Friends honorees for August

The Circle of Friends program honored 119 people in August. 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.

» See the names of those honored

Noble appointed chair of Cedars-Sinai Department of Medicine

Paul W. Noble, MD, an international leader in pulmonary medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Noble comes to Cedars-Sinai from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., where he has been professor and chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine since 2006.

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FDA alerts for Revatio, stomach acid drugs

Pharmacy focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued alerts regarding the prescribing of Revatio® (sildenafil) to children and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrheabeing associated with proton pump inhibitors

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Breast cancer awareness events at Cedars-Sinai

Throughout October, Cedars-Sinai will be hosting events to raise awareness about breast health. Register at

» See a list of events

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