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Vrahas Appointed Founding Chair of Orthopaedics


Mark Vrahas, MD, has been appointed the founding chair of Cedars-Sinai's new Department of Orthopaedics. He assumes the post Aug. 8. Vrahas arrives with an international reputation for clinical excellence and a strong record of building and leading highly effective orthopedic trauma programs.

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Romanoff Maintained Relentless Focus on Patient Safety

Romanoff Neil

After more than two decades, Neil Romanoff, MD, vice president for Medical Affairs and associate chief medical officer, is stepping down at the end of the month. The executive helped transform the culture and the way it measures and manages Cedars-Sinai's safety and quality.

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Letter from Chief of Staff: Updating Online Profiles

In an effort to enhance efficient communication and ensure that patients are admitted to correct providers, physicians are being asked to update their online profiles with current information and preferences.

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Two Minutes With …

Chung Rex

This question-and-answer feature will help you get to know some of the physicians in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. This month's installment features Rex Chung, MD.

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Father of Three Thanks Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends Awards

James Liotta can name three good reasons why he's grateful to Cedars-Sinai – Gemma, Hannah and James. They're his children. "It's because of you that my three children are alive today," Liotta said to more than 300 Cedars-Sinai employees at the Circle of Friends recognition event Monday, May 23, in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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FDA Cautions Against Zecuity Patches, High Doses of Loperamide, and Aspirin Overuse

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning about heart problems associated with taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter and prescription diarrhea medicine loperamide. Also, the FDA has temporarily suspended sales of Zecuity patches for migraine headaches over concerns of burning and scarring. And the agency warned about the risks of serious bleeding that can result from taking too much aspirin, which is contained in over-the-counter products for stomach upset.

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Case Against Social Media Triumphs in Debate

Great Debate

The gloves came off in a war of wit and words over the proper role of social media in medicine at the 13th annual Dr. Leon Morgenstern Great Debates in Clinical Medicine Resident Competition. Cedars-Sinai resident physician Ryan Spurrier, MD, triumphed in the clash of ideas.

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Goals of the Anesthesia Pre-Procedure Evaluation Center

The Pre-Procedure Testing Program underwent a redesign to better meet the needs of pre-procedure patients, their surgical teams and referring physicians. In June 2013, its name was changed to the Anesthesia Pre-Procedure Evaluation Center and it opened a one-stop shop in the state-of-the-art Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Plaza Level.

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Metabolic Plasticity in Breast Cancer


The holy grail of breast cancer research is to understand how a transformed cell survives within a normal mammary epithelium amid the prevailing regulatory checkpoints and protective mechanisms in a normal tissue environment.

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Gewertz Lectures About Innovation and Leadership


Bruce L. Gewertz, MD, surgeon-in-chief and chair of the Department of Surgery, delivered four lectures across the country in May. The topics were: sustaining fulfillment in work and life, managing carotid artery disease, leadership lessons for work and life, and fostering innovation in healthcare.

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Reminder About Block Utilization, Operating Room Access

To help improve block utilization and operating room access, here is a reminder about the process related to block utilization credit when applicable.

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The Campaign for Cedars-Sinai Begins Public Phase

Cedars-Sinai is conducting its most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the institution – the Campaign for Cedars-Sinai – with a goal of raising $600 million by 2018. This July marks the beginning of the public phase of the campaign, when the organization will begin sharing its goals and mission with the community at large.

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CS-Link Tip: Creating and Editing Lists

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Physicians often need to find a patient in the hospital, and CS-Link can make this task easier and more efficient. The idea is to create a patient list with the help of the toolbar.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for May

The Circle of Friends program honored 201 people in May. 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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