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Cedars-Sinai's First Paired Kidney Exchange: Another Instrument in Transplanting the Untransplantable

In a way, KM was a typical kidney transplant patient at Cedars-Sinai. He had three previous kidney transplants, all of which had failed, and as a result his immune system was highly sensitized to organs from other people. One glimmer of hope emerged as he languished on the deceased-donor waiting list.

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Blaha Promoted to Service Line Director

Jennifer Blaha, MBA, has been promoted to service line director for the Department of Surgery. She will oversee the administrative operations supporting the clinical and academic missions of the Department of Surgery.

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Cedars-Sinai Physicians Team Up for Editorial in Surgical Endoscopy

Several Cedars-Sinai surgeons collaborated on an editorial that has been published in the journal Surgical Endoscopy. "Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: First, Do No Harm; Second, Take Care of Bile Duct Stones" was published online in January.

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Work Hard / Play Harder

Some succinct advice from Randy Sherman, MD, vice chair of the Department of Surgery.


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The Face Transplant: Modern Marvel of Medicine or Past Procedure ... Perfected?

Robert Lee Norris accidently shot himself at age 17. Charla Nash was mauled by a chimpanzee. Both suffered horrific facial injuries. And both were successful recipients of facial transplants. The stories of Norris and Nash are included in a display in the Medical Library that traces the progression of the face transplant from a simple procedure performed in ancient India to the complicated 36-hour procedure we know today.

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Medical Library Adds The Journal of Visualized Experiments

Cedars-Sinai Medical Library recently added The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) to its collection. JoVE is a peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed journal that publishes biological, medical, chemical and physical research in video form.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for July

The Circle of Friends program honored 105 people in July. 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. When a gift is made, the person being honored receives a custom lapel pin and a letter of acknowledgement.

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Marking the High Holidays at Cedars-Sinai

Senior Rabbi Jason Weiner, manager of Spiritual Care, will conduct services for the High Holidays at Cedars-Sinai. Services also will feature Cantor Jordan Gorfinkel.

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