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2018: Advances in Orthopaedics, Surgery and Transplant Medicine

In the lab, the operating room and the community, in 2018, Cedars-Sinai physicians and researchers led important advances in orthopaedic surgery, transplant surgery, transgender programs, gene therapy, tissue regeneration, injury prevention and more.

Highlights include:

  • In 2018, Cedars-Sinai posted the top liver transplant rates in California, according to a national report compiled by the Scientific Registry to Transplant Recipients (SRTR). During the two-and-a-half year period analyzed from 2015-2017, 96 percent of liver transplant patients at the Cedars-Sinai Transplant Center survived beyond the important one-year milestone.
  • Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Orthopaedics, led by Mark S. Vrahas, MD, was ranked No. 9 nationally in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2018-2019.
  • The new tissue-regeneration technique developed at Cedars-Sinai harnesses stem cells to regrow tissue damaged by major trauma, such as traffic accidents or war injuries. The technique earned three Cedars-Sinai investigators grants from the Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health totaling nearly $8 million.
  • Neal Elattrache, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe is providing national leadership in his role as the president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
  • Also in 2018, the Cedars-Sinai Transgender Surgery and Health Program unveiled a new program offering makeup lessons to transgender women undergoing gender transition surgery. “Our program lets women ask any and all makeup-related questions and learn from a professional how to best use makeup to present their true selves to the world, with pride and confidence,” said program director Maurice Garcia, MD.
  • Cedars-Sinai orthopaedist Natasha Trentacosta, MD, led an injury prevention session for more than 70 female soccer players from Long Beach’s Beach Futbol Club. Teaching young women how to avoid knee injuries is a priority for Trentacosta, as female athletes are three-and-a-half times more likely than males to suffer from ACL tears, which can put a player out of the game for up to a year.
  • This also was the year that electric scooters took over the sidewalks of Los Angeles—and the pages of the media—as scooter-related emergency injuries soared at Cedars-Sinai. Sam Torbati, MD, medical director of the Ruth and Harry Roman Emergency Department at Cedars-Sinai, spoke to numerous news outlets—including CNN Health, the Washington Post and the LA Times—about the dangers of motorized scooters in pedestrian-heavy cities. His ultimate tip before you decide to hop on? Always wear protective gear -- especially a helmet.