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  • Cedars-Sinai through a doctor’s lens

    By Avishay Artsy

    September 16, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    For four decades, endocrinologist Dr. Roger Lerner walked the halls of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center solely to attend to patients. But when he bought a first-generation iPhone six years ago, he began to see his hospital surroundings in an entirely different way. 

    That’s when he...

  • Ellen Brooks: Lending a hand at Cedars-Sinai for 38 years

    By Jared Sichel

    January 6, 2015 | 9:51 am

    When Ellen Brooks retired in 1977 at the age of 34 from her job as a production assistant on the Warner Bros. lot, she was looking forward to spending some time traveling the country with her new husband, Dr. Philip Brooks, a gynecologist approaching his 50th anniversary at...
  • Finding solutions to reducing teen stress

    By Avishay Artsy

    December 9, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Every weekday at around 6:30 a.m., Henry Muhlheim hits the snooze button a few times before getting up and driving from Hancock Park to Harvard-Westlake School, one of the country’s top private high schools.

    The 17-year-old junior then winds his way through a grueling schedule of...

  • Preparing for the worst: A Q&A with Cedars-Sinai’s director of epidemiology on Ebola

    October 21, 2014 | 4:12 pm


    The dreaded word is all over the news and causing a flurry of activity at hospitals across the nation as officials scramble to prepare for the possibility of new cases of the West African disease in the United States. So far, just three cases of Ebola have been diagnosed...

  • Mending kids in need

    August 14, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    There was a 3 percent chance that the mole on 16-year-old Jacob Rubio’s forehead, which he had had since birth, might turn cancerous. When his mother, Juliann Castillo, noticed some lumps in it, she grew worried and requested a surgery to have it removed.

    But Medi-Cal considered...

  • Shabbat kits keep Cedars patients connected

    July 17, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Marie Kaufman’s life has been an ongoing struggle to remain connected to Judaism.

    A child survivor of the Holocaust, she was hidden by neighborhood children in France from 1942 through 1944. Kaufman’s family was broken up for its own safety — her mother lived with important...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    July 10, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Brianna Fischer

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles named recent UCLA graduate Brianna Fischer of Oak Park as its inaugural Fishel Fellow last month. As part of the two-year paid fellowship, she will participate in hands-on community-service experiences in both...

  • Hospitals and community clergy: A match made in Heaven?

    July 2, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    I remember the life-and-death confrontation as if it happened yesterday.

    An oncologist was trying to deliver painful news to the son of a grievously ill cancer patient. 

    “Your mother is actively dying,” the physician said. “I’m not sure if there is a benefit to further...

  • Leon Morgenstern, first director of surgery and founder of Center for Healthcare Ethics at Cedars-Si

    December 27, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    Dr. Leon Morgenstern, Cedars-Sinai’s inaugural director of surgery and founder of its Center for Healthcare Ethics, died on Dec. 23. He was 93.

    Although born in Pittsburgh, Penn., in 1919, Morgenstern considered himself a New Yorker and earned his medical degree from New York...

  • Cedars-Sinai’s chaplaincy program puts spirituality on the medical charts

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 12, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    Usually, the frantic words, “Someone get the rabbi!” uttered in a hospital room mean only one thing. So Debbie Marcus burst into tears when Rabbi Jason Weiner was summoned to her grandfather’s room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July 2008. 

    Weiner, then interim Jewish chaplain...

  • A Chaplain’s calling: ‘It drew me in’

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    December 12, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    For Rabbi Jason Weiner, his one-year chaplaincy internship at Beth Israel Medical Center New York’s Lower East Side was a not-so-pleasant requirement while he was a rabbinic student at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah.

    “I didn’t feel like I had any impact. I didn’t feel like I could...

  • David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD, director of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute, dies at 75

    May 29, 2012 | 11:45 am

    David L. Rimoin, MD, PhD,  director of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute, a pioneer in research in skeletal disorders and abnormalities who played a pivotal role in developing mass screenings for Tay-Sachs and other heritable disorders, died early Sunday in Los Angeles. He...

  • Irving Feintech, real estate developer and past Cedars-Sinai board chair, 92

    February 8, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    Irving Feintech, real estate developer, philanthropist and past Cedars-Sinai board chair, died on Feb. 5. He was 92.

    Feintech was born Nov. 11, 1918, in Des Moines, Iowa, and moved to Los Angeles as a child with his parents, Abraham and Ida, and his siblings, Norman and Celia.


  • Cedars-Sinai studies liver transplants for HIV patients

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 18, 2008 | 2:44 am

    Although he was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1991, Brent Carrillo had been well enough to pursue careers in custom stone and tile installation and interior design with relatively few health setbacks. A lifelong resident of Burbank, Carrillo moved to Portland in 2005 to enjoy a home...
  • Cancer gives musician a new song

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 4, 2008 | 1:31 am

    This time, Charlie Lustman hadn't come to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for medical tests or to endure another round of chemotherapy. Despite having lost three-quarters of his jawbone, Lustman had come to celebrate, to inspire -- and to sing.

    Lustman was at the Samuel Oschin...

  • Bone marrow match still sought for rabbinical student—can you help?

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The urgent search for a suitable bone marrow transplant donor for University of Judaism rabbinical student Joel Shickman, 37, stricken with AML, a form of leukemia in early February, continues.

    Shickman's family is encouraging people to register with the National Bone Marrow...

  • Dinner of Champions; Really N-Ice Camp

    By Norma Zager

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Dinner of Champions

    Maccabi Team Los Angeles held its gala awards dinner "A Night of Maccabi Champions" on Jan. 20 at the Universal Hilton. Cohosted by the New JCC at Milken, the event honored Jerry Bobrow, Landon Lerner and the outstanding athletes from the 2006 JCC Maccabi...

  • Troubled teens turn to Teen Line and its Leader

    By Karen Alexander

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Every night for the last 27 years, teenagers who need to talk have been able to find an understanding ear at Teen Line, a confidential phone hotline staffed by highly trained teenage volunteer listeners.

    The calls reflect every manner of teen suffering and angst, from mundane...

  • Community Briefs

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Theaters Pull Controversial Turkish film
    Click on big arrow to see 'Valley of the Wolves' trailer

    A Turkish film featuring a venal, bloodstained Jewish doctor has been mysteriously withdrawn from screening in the United States.

    In "Valley of the Wolves: Iraq," American...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leaving a Legacy

    Fariba Nourfshan of Beverly Hills and Holli Rabishaw of Tarzana were among 22 young women selected to participate in Hadassah's recent Young Women's Legacy Mission to Poland and Israel. The program was designed to connect young women with their Israeli heritage and...

  • Cedars-Sinai Ministers to Spiritual Needs

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "A woman came into my office yesterday needing to make a decision about the amputation of her husband's leg," said Rabbi Levi Meier, the chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "It was a very difficult case, because her husband cannot give proper, informed consent, because his mind...

  • Visiting the Sick

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    You'd have no trouble finding me in the treatment area of Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center. Even from a distance, mine is the little roomlet that rings with soft laughter and the sound of -- well, yes -- a party going on.

    How dare I have fun during chemotherapy? It's not that I look...

  • Journey’s End

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Lunda Hoyle Gill sat in her spare room at a Westwood assisted-living center, the last stop on her remarkable life journey.

    The artist once traveled to the remotest parts of the globe, racing to paint indigenous peoples before they disappeared. But that was before cancer ravaged her...

  • Cedars-Sinai Among America’s Best

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Angelenos can sleep a little easier at night, knowing that the best non-university hospital in Southern California stands in their own backyard.

    For the second year in a row, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center topped the list of non-university Southern California hospitals, according to a...