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Faculty News: Winter 2019

Sumeet S. Chugh, MD, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the Association of University Cardiologists, which limits its active membership to 125 peer-elected academic cardiologists. He is the Pauline and Harold Price Chair in Cardiac Electrophysiology Research.

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Jane Figueiredo, PhD, has been named associate director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Integrated Research in Cancer and Lifestyle (CIRCL) for Epidemiology. She will help organize and lead epidemiological research for CIRCL as well as help recruit new faculty and staff.

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John G. Harold, MD, received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians in recognition of his significant contributions to the profession, including his work on the cardiovascular impacts of noncommunicable diseases.

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Heitham Hassoun, MD, has been named vice president and medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for International Health and Telemedicine. He previously was medical director for Global Healthcare at Johns Hopkins Medicine International and an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Through the Center for International Health and Telemedicine, faculty at Cedars-Sinai work with counterparts around in the world, consulting, participating in interactive conferences, and offering expert review of patient files. Hassoun plans to expand Cedars-Sinai’s international profile in China, Latin America, and the Middle East. He is taking over the role from Spencer Koerner, MD, who is retiring after 41 years at Cedars-Sinai, including 22 years as vice president and medical director of International Health.

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Waguih William IsHak, MD, and his interdisciplinary research team have been awarded $2.6 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study and compare evidence-based approaches for treating depression in people with advanced heart failure.

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Mitchell Kamrava, MD, has been appointed to a three-year term on the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Cancers Steering Committee as a special clinical expert. He will provide expertise in the design, prioritization, and evaluation of Phase II and Phase III clinical trials in adult gynecologic cancers.

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Andrew Klein, MD, has been inducted as the 66th president of the United States Section of the International College of Surgeons, a federation of general surgeons and surgical specialists dedicated to the advancement of surgical excellence and the provision of humanitarian services. He is the Esther and Mark Schulman Chair in Surgery and Transplantation Medicine.

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Margo B. Minissian, PhD, authored the article “Association of Spontaneous Preterm Delivery and Future Maternal Cardiovascular Disease,” which was selected by the American Heart Association’s Council for Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing as the 2018 Clinical Article of the Year. It was published in Circulation.

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Paul W. Noble, MD, has been awarded $12 million from the National Institutes of Health to investigate two deadly and poorly understood lung conditions: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and chronic lung allograft dysfunction. The grant builds on a dozen years of pioneering work into lung fibrosis by Noble and his collaborators. Noble is chair of the Department of Medicine, director of the Women’s Guild Lung Institute, and the Vera and Paul Guerin Family Distinguished Chair in Pulmonary Medicine. He also has been elected to a five-year term as a council member of the Association of American Physicians.

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Ronald Paquette, MD, has been appointed clinical director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai, after serving as interim director for the past two years.

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Celine Riera, PhD, received the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship Award in Neuroscience from the Klingenstein Fund and Simons Foundation. The award supports young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

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Ueli Rutishauser, PhD, received a 2018 Freedman Prize Honorable Mention from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation in a ceremony in New York City. The prize recognizes exceptional clinical and basic research, and honors the work of outstanding researchers who have been supported by the foundation’s Young Investigator Grants program. He is the Board of Governors Chair in Neurosciences.

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Howard Sandler, MD, has been elected to a four-year term on the board of directors for the American Society for Radiation Oncology. The society provides members with continuing medical education, health policy analysis, patient information resources, and advocacy. He is the Ronald H. Bloom Family Chair in Cancer Therapeutics.

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Edward Seferian, MD, has been named a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. Acceptance into the college is based on commitment to the ideals and practice of multiprofessional critical care, including achievements in fostering the ideals of critical care through leadership, program development, and participation in local, regional, and national critical-care-related organizations.

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Chrisandra L. Shufelt, MD, received the 2018 North American Menopause Society/Thomas B. Clarkson Outstanding Clinical and Basic Science Research Award at the society’s annual meeting. The award recognizes a society member’s outstanding menopause-related clinical or basic science research.

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Matthew Siedhoff, MD, has been elected president of the AAGL Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery. He has been a trustee on the organization’s board since 2014, including a term as secretary/treasurer. The fellowship trains obstetrician-gynecologists in endoscopic surgical techniques to help them better address complex gynecologic conditions in their communities.

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Brennan Spiegel, MD, has been re-elected to a three-year term as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology, one of the leading clinical journals covering gastroenterology and hepatology.

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Alexander Tuchman, MD, has joined the faculty of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurosurgery. A neurosurgeon with a specialty in spine care, he was previously an assistant attending physician at Columbia University. He earned an MD from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, then completed a neurosurgery residency and a combined neurosurgery/orthopedics spine fellowship at the University of Southern California. He went on to an adult and pediatric comprehensive spine surgery fellowship at Columbia.

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