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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY October 2017 | Archived Issues

Mark Vrahas Named to New Endowed Chair

Mark Vrahas, MD

Mark Vrahas, MD, has been named the Levin/Gordon Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedics in Honor of Myles Cohen, MD.

Vrahas, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics, joined Cedars-Sinai in 2016 from Harvard Medical School, where he served as vice chair for Population Health and OR Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and as chief of Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Program at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

"An endowed chair is one of the highest honors an academic physician can receive," Vrahas said. "I am humbled by the recognition and grateful for the resources it provides to further the academic careers of young surgeons in my department."

The chair was established in honor of Myles J. Cohen, MD, a member of the Cedars-Sinai medical staff for 42 years. During that time, Cohen has served in several leadership roles. He spent six years on the Cedars-Sinai Board of Directors, including five years as chair of the board’s Medical Policy Committee. Cohen also has served as a member of the Medical Executive Committee and as clinical chief of Surgery. He is now chair of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Group Board of Directors and director of Hand and Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics.

Cohen currently is director of Hand and Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics and director of Surgery for Cedars-Sinai Medical Group.

"I feel privileged that this distinguished chair has been established in my honor," Cohen said. "I am extremely proud of what this hospital has become and to have my name permanently linked with our outstanding institution."

The endowed chair was made possible by the Don Levin Trust. The chairman of the trust’s board is Thomas D. Gordon, former executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Network and now a consultant to Thomas M. Priselac, president and CEO of Cedars-Sinai.

“I am especially privileged to dedicate this chair in honor of my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Myles Cohen," Gordon said. “Myles is the father of hand surgery at Cedars-Sinai and has dedicated his life to taking care of patients, mentoring young physicians and acting as a leader and role model to everyone he comes in contact with."

Gordon said the creation of the endowed chair is part of Cedars-Sinai’s efforts to attract and retain scholar-researcher-physicians of great distinction.

"Dr. Vrahas reached out to me early in his tenure at Cedars-Sinai to help understand the orthopedic landscape in our network and in the community," Gordon said. "I was extremely impressed by his decency, honesty and modesty. We have met several times since, and he continues to impress me with his appreciation for the whole being greater than the sum of its parts."

Vrahas said he plans to use support from the endowment to fulfill Cedars-Sinai’s mission to teach, innovate and provide quality care to patients and the community — much the way Cohen has done for more than four decades.

"We stand on the shoulders of giants, and Dr. Cohen is truly a giant," Vrahas said. "He exemplifies the ideal, not just as a physician and a surgeon, but as a human being. I’m thankful for the endless support and counsel he has provided me, and feel it my duty to live and work in his example."