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P and T Approvals, Changes for Hydrocodone, Tramadol

Pharmacy Focus

See highlights of the Aug. 5 meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Also, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is more strictly controlling hydrocodone combination products, and more details are available about tramadol's new status as a controlled substance.

Mark Your Calendar

Surgery Grand Rounds

Click the "read more" to see information about upcoming Surgery Grand Rounds.

Grand Rounds

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

Educational Schedule

Click the PDF link below to see the Department of Surgery's educational schedule.

Educational Schedule - September 2014 (PDF)

Surgery Scheduling

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

The Secret to a Happy Life? Think Inspiration, Not Money

Message From the Chair

About six years ago, I received the startling news that I had breast cancer. Happiness, of course, was fleeting during those months as I underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I happened to be writing a speech at the time, ironically titled "Finding Happiness in Life and Work." I found myself contemplating two questions: What produces a happy life? And perhaps even more important: Can we meaningfully influence our happiness by our attitudes and behavior?

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New Award Named for Adashek

A cash award of $25,000 in honor of Kenneth Adashek, MD, (right) will be given annually to a surgeon on the staff of Cedars-Sinai. The award will provide recognition of Adashek's significant accomplishments, while highlighting Cedars-Sinai's emphasis on compassionate care for each patient.


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Department of Surgery in the News

Members of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery recently made news in a number of fields.

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New Flu Policy Goes Into Effect Nov. 1

To help protect the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff members, Cedars-Sinai is implementing a new flu vaccination policy that will be in effect for the duration of the flu season, from Nov. 1 through March 31, 2015. The new policy applies across the health system and is the same for everyone, including medical staff.

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25 Years, 1,000 Heart Transplants

By Danny Ramzy, MD, PhD

This month, Cedars-Sinai passed a milestone achieved by very few heart centers: We have performed more than 1,000 adult heart transplants since the inception of our program. In 2013, the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute set a record for U.S. heart transplantation. These accomplishments underscore the work of the past four years, when the Heart Institute and the Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center performed more adult heart transplants than any other U.S. medical center.

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UNOS Chief Executive Tours New Transplant Facility

Brian M. Shepard, CEO of the United Network for Organ Sharing, paid a visit on Sept. 18 to the new outpatient facility of the Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center.

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Medicare Advantage Contracts With Cedars-Sinai

From Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

We're pleased to announce that Cedars-Sinai will be participating in two Medicare Advantage HMO plans. This is the first time in 15 years that Cedars-Sinai has had a Medicare Advantage option for our patients. The agreements are with the UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage HMO and Blue Shield 65 Plus plans.

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Cedars-Sinai and Other Major Providers Collaborating With Anthem Blue Cross on Innovative Health Partnership

From Thomas M. Priselac, President and CEO

As part of our ongoing efforts to develop new and innovative partnerships that expand access to Cedars-Sinai for people throughout the region, we are joining with six other major local health systems to participate in a first-in-the-nation insurance product from Anthem Blue Cross that integrates the seven health systems and shares financial risk and gain between the health systems and Anthem.

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Surgeon Uses Cadaver Meniscus to Rebuild Finger Joints

Artist Joost van Oss was chopping wood a few years ago when he injured the middle knuckle on his right hand. The intense pain and swelling that followed nearly ended his career as a painter and sculptor. Then van Oss, 58, turned to Cedars-Sinai plastic surgeon David A. Kulber, MD, and underwent a novel surgery. Kulber (pictured at right) used knee meniscus from a cadaver to reconstruct van Oss' finger joint.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for August

The Circle of Friends program honored 117 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.

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Keeping Work-Related Email in Its Place

Limiting workplace email seems radical, but as an article in the New York Times points out, it's a trend in Germany, and some U.S. companies have followed suit. The sky hasn't fallen.

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