Our Dedicated Nurses

Under the visionary guidance of Chief Nursing Officer Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, the professionalism and dedication of our nursing staff continues to grow. The team is committed, empowered and passionate about improving patient outcomes and advancing Cedars-Sinai's reputation of nursing excellence. Cedars-Sinai values diversity and inclusion and is proud to build and sustain a diverse academic community. Our team reflects that commitment to inclusiveness and benefits from attracting quality nurses from many cultures and backgrounds throughout the nation and around the world.

RNs on the Cardiac Surgery ICU
(CSICU)

Our Featured CSICU Nurse
Ramir De Castro, RN

Ramir came from a small community hospital in Los Angeles. One reason he wanted to join CSICU is his quest for expanding his knowledge. He feels this is the perfect place for him to do just that. He has always heard positive things about Cedars-Sinai, especially CSICU. Ramir is most proud of putting himself through LVN, RN and BSN school.

Justin Huddleston, RN
Destiny Davis, RN
Sherry Renee Sartin, RN
RNs on the Medical ICU
(MICU)

Elvin Marcelino, RN
Ariel Stewart, RN
RNs at the Rheumatology and Endocrinology Clinic

Rimma Shvarts, BSN, PCCN, RN
RNs at the Prenatal Diagnosis Center

Charvette M. Griffis, LVN
Mechanical Circulatory Support/VAD Coordinators on CSICU

Our Featured Coordinator
Mel Runyan, RN

Mel graduated from USC in 1994. Her first nursing job was at Huntington Memorial Hospital as an orthopedic and neuro nurse. Mel continued on to manage an outpatient dialysis center in Pasadena. She later transferred to Cedars-Sinai in 1998 and worked in the dialysis unit for 2 years, and then transitioned into Surgical ICU. She decided to become a VAD coordinator when she was on modified duty in 2008, when the program needed staff. She says, "They basically gave me a book to read about the device, and the next thing I knew I was a VAD coordinator." Mel enjoys the interaction with the patients and their families. One pearl Mel gives is: "Don't be intimidated about the device. If in doubt, always ask any one of us!"

Newman Huie, RN
Jennifer Hajj, RN
Michael Lindsay, RN
Nursing Honor Roll and Awards

Donna Dooley-Aiello, RN, Receives Top Nursing Honor

Donna Dooley-Aiello, RN, a clinical nurse in the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion operating room, is the 2018 winner of the Maggie Stempson-Carter Excellence in Caring Award. The annual award recognizes a Cedars-Sinai nurse who represents clinical excellence, quality care and professionalism. Dooley-Aiello received the honor during the 36th Annual Nursing Award Ceremony, held in May 2018 in Harvey Morse Auditorium.

Dozens of award winners were recognized in more than 20 categories recognizing exceptional nursing service and achievement.

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