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Teaching Professionalism

By Bruce Gewertz, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief, Chair of the Department of Surgery

Residents learn from observing the exemplary behaviors of our large number of private physicians and faculty as they interact with patients and families in every inpatient and outpatient venue, on the telephone and, tellingly, even in conversation among themselves. This is the "hidden curriculum" of medical training, and it is our most powerful course.

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Focusing on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

The team of Xiaogiang Cui, PhD, focuses on uncovering the biological basis and novel therapeutic targets for triple-negative breast cancer development and metastasis. The team is also exploring regenerative tissue engineering of the human mammary gland.

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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. This month's installment features Neel Joshi, MD.

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Clinicians Should Be Partners in Value Revolution

By Jonathan Warsh, PhD, Harvard Business School
and Michael Nurok, MBChB, PhD, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute

As conversations about how to control healthcare costs dominate the policy landscape, clinicians in hospitals often find themselves as pawns in an increasingly complex medical chess game. We believe that clinicians, as the providers of frontline care, can be essential players in driving value from the bottom up.

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Figlin to Lead Initiative to Integrate Cancer Care


In an effort to standardize cancer care and ensure optimal treatment of patients, Cedars-Sinai has appointed Robert A. Figlin, MD, to integrate research and clinical strategies across the organization. Figlin will serve as deputy director of the Integrated Oncology Service Line at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.

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Central Processing Is Now Sterile Processing

Central Processing, which helps make sure operating rooms have clean and sterilized surgical instruments, has a new name — Sterile Processing Department. It’s now a department within Perioperative Services.

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Cedars-Sinai Wins National Award for Patient Care

Cedars-Sinai has earned a top award for the quality and efficiency of its patient care. The health system received a 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award by ranking eighth out of more than 100 academic medical centers participating in a study by Vizient Inc., a healthcare performance improvement company.

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Presidential Health Is Topic of Nov. 4 Lecture

Leo Gordon, MD, will discuss "When Your Patient Is the President: Vignettes in Presidential Health." Gordon is a longtime member of the medical staff in the Department of Surgery. The event will take place Friday, Nov. 4, at noon in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for September

The Circle of Friends program honored 92 people in September. 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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Training Available for Nov. 6 CS-Link Upgrade

The new CS-Link™ upgrade begins Sunday, Nov. 6. Physician training sessions have been scheduled.

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CS-Link Tip: Listing Common Diagnoses

CS-Link™ can help you avoid the sometimes-cumbersome task of picking from a long list of specifics when typing in a common diagnosis. Instead you can add the diagnosis to a common diagnoses button list.

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