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Remembering an Inspiring Friend and Colleague

Bruce Gewertz, MD, remembers an inspiring friend and colleague who refused to be confined by his physical limitations and went on to build a successful career as a consultant to nonprofit hospitals, universities and foundations.

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Douglas to Lead New Orbital, Thyroid Eye Disease Center

Raymond S. Douglas, MD

Renowned oculoplastic surgeon Raymond S. Douglas, MD, PhD, has joined Cedars-Sinai to lead its new International Orbital and Thyroid Eye Disease Center. In his new role, Douglas will develop a multidisciplinary clinic to provide highly specialized care to patients with thyroid eye disease and other complex orbital diseases such as cancer and trauma.

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Spotlighting Brain Injuries in Sports and War

Peter Rhee, MD

Peter Rhee, MD, a nationally known trauma surgeon who treated former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will deliver the keynote speech at the 2017 Regenerative Medicine Institute Symposium in February. He is one of many experts who will address the Feb. 9-10 meeting, "Regeneration and Neurological Trauma: From the Playing Field to the Battle Field."

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Trauma Registrars Attend Classes at Cedars-Sinai

New and veteran trauma registrars filled two days of ICD-10 courses at Cedars-Sinai this month. Part of Cedars-Sinai’s mission as a Level I trauma hospital is to be a leader in trauma education. The courses featured lectures and case studies for coding ICD-10 injury diagnoses and procedures.

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Circle of Friends Honorees for December


The Circle of Friends program honored 265 people in December. 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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FDA Issues Warning Against Use of Pioglitazone and General Anesthetic Drugs for Pregnant Women and Children

Pharmacy Focus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning against the use of the Type 2 diabetes medicine pioglitazone, which has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. The FDA is also warning against the repeated or lengthy use of general anesthetic and sedation drugs in young children and pregnant women. Additionally, the agency has determined the risk of stop-smoking medications may not be as serious as once suspected. And the agency is alerting physicians that a commercial facility that tests for Zika virus has reported false positive results.

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MD/RN Collaborative Survey Shows Positive Impact

Results from the MD/RN Collaborative Satisfaction Survey show that the program is having a positive impact on working relationships between physicians and nurses. More than 400 physicians and 1,400 nurses recently provided feedback on how to enhance collaboration, trust and respect among caregivers.

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Residents Win Awards From American College of Surgeons

Two surgical residents from Cedars-Sinai were recognized at the recent annual meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. Nic Manguso, MD, and Halley Vora, MD, won awards.

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Wagner Earns Thanks From Surgery Chair

Bruce Gewertz, MD, chair of the Deparment of Surgery, recently thanked Willis Wagner, MD, for his dedicated and effective service as clinical chief of the department. Wagner continues his leadership in the elected position of clinical chief of Vascular Surgery.

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Alfred D. Katz, MD: 1925-2016

Alfred D. Katz, MD, who joined the Department of Surgery in 1959 and served with distinction for nearly a half century, passed away on Dec. 30, 2016. He was 91.

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CS-Link Tip: Updating Immunization Orders

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Here are some helpful tips to navigate CS-Link™ if you are updating immunizations, writing compounded medications and taking more than one set of vitals.

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