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Recognition for Gordon, Khoynezhad

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Rear Adm. Donald Sturtz (left) and Leo A. Gordon, MD

Gordon Speaks at Naval Medical Center in San Diego

Leo A. Gordon, MD, delivered the Sixth Annual Sturtz Oration to the Department of Surgery at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego on June 20.

The symposium is named in honor of Rear Adm. Donald Sturtz, former commander of the National Naval Medical Center, now known as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Sturtz, a legendary surgical educator, was in attendance.

Gordon participated in and critiqued the department's morbidity and mortality conference before delivering the oration.

His address — "The M+M Matrix: Channeling Dr. Ernest Codman" — reviewed the origins of the surgical morbidity and mortality conference. He then outlined a plan to convert this isolated conference into an ongoing renewable patient safety curriculum.

A round-table discussion of ongoing research and interesting case reports within the department followed the oration. Gordon met with the resident staff following the morning's presentations.

Khoynezhad Wins Scholarship to Leadership Program

Ali Khoynezhad, MD, PhD, director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery and professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, has been awarded an Alley-Sheridan Scholarship from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education.

The scholarship will help Khoynezhad attend the Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at the Heller School of Public Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

The weeklong program equips health leaders with the knowledge and skills to improve the delivery of healthcare services, and to participate in healthcare policy and reform.