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Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Approvals

Pharmacy Focus

Highlights of the June meeting of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee are summarized in the PDF link below.

P and T Approvals - June 2016 (PDF)

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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Education Schedule

Click the PDF links below to see the Department of Surgery's education schedule.

Education Schedule - August 2016 (PDF)

Education Schedule - September 2016 (PDF)  

Surgery Scheduling

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Two Minutes With ...

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the physicians in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery.

Eric Ley, MD, director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Where did you grow up?

I grew up at the Los Angeles County General Hospital during my first night of intern call.

Why did you decide to specialize in trauma surgery?

As a medical student, I found trauma exciting because the specialty focuses on patients who present with an urgent, acute problem that the trauma team can fix. Trauma was one of a number of specialties that I considered. While in college I thought my future was in ophthalmology because I really enjoyed working in a neurophysiology lab that focused on vision research. When I started my internship, I considered cardiac surgery because operating on hearts seemed amazing. During residency, colorectal surgery held my interest because it seemed like a higher level of general surgery. Trauma was the right choice for me because the cases were exciting. I could establish an elective general surgery practice. Critical care encouraged me to use a different part of my brain, and I enjoyed reading and publishing trauma related papers. I am very happy with my career choice as the trauma community is a close-knit group of friends.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

My job has four areas each with its own rewards: clinical, teaching, research and administration. The most fulfilling aspect of my job is when I can surgically correct the damage related to a traumatic injury and then allow a patient to return to a normal life. Teaching residents to transform from impressionable and easily frightened interns to confident chief residents who can direct complicated surgical cases is satisfying. The ability to conduct clinical and benchtop research keeps me focused on the current and future direction of trauma and acute care surgery. Administratively, I enjoy directing an outstanding surgical intensive care unit, which I believe provides the best care in the nation to critically ill surgical patients.

How do you unwind at the end of the day?

The best way for me to unwind at the end of the day is to play with my kids. We have a small garden in the backyard filled with trampled cherry tomato plants that my kids like to pick and overwater. I also buried colored stones there that they dig up as if they are pirates looking for treasure, which may or may not help the garden.

Is there something you have never seen that you would like to see in the near future?

Something I would really like to see is every car on the road equipped with tools that allow for autonomous driving as I think that the mortality related to motor vehicle collisions would drastically decrease. Advances such as adaptive cruise control, braking assist and autopilot will improve car safety in ways that are barely comprehensible.

Farin Amersi, MD, associate director, Surgical Residency Program

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania. My father was born and raised in Tanzania, and had a ketchup factory. Hence my love for ketchup and my favorite saying at every restaurant: "Everything tastes better with ketchup." My parents decided to move to the United States in order for their children to get a better education. I moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16. Went away to Pittsburgh for medical school, and came back home to Los Angeles for residency and have been here ever since.

Why did you decide to specialize in surgical oncology?

I decided in fourth year of general surgery residency to go into surgical oncology. During my rotation on surgical oncology, I loved not only the technical aspects of complex surgical oncological resections, but also the discussions on the multimodality approaches to treatment of cancer patients.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

My patients: being a part of their journey as they go through the fear of their diagnosis, pain and then exhilaration year after year as they remain cancer free.

What is the funniest thing a patient has ever said to you?

"Dr. Amersi, you're Persian, and you just don't realize it."

What did your parent(s) always tell you that you now have to admit was correct?

Be nice to everyone; you never know when you will need someone's help.

If you could spend the day doing one thing, what would it be?

Learning how to make crepes at my husband's creperie.