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Cedars-Sinai's New Santa Monica Offices


To better serve the coastal communities, Cedars-Sinai has expanded its offices at 1919 Santa Monica Blvd. in Santa Monica. Already home to an established gastroenterology practice, patients can now also find specialists in primary care, oncology, neurology and cardiology with plans for additional specialists to move in soon.

"I love the space because it was designed with the patient in mind, and it really feels like you're in Santa Monica," said internist Teresa Dean, MD, who practices in the new primary care office. "It has a clean, modern design with outdoor lighting flooding the lobby and most of the rooms."

She likes the flexible design of the exam rooms, which allows physicians to easily share their computer screen with the patient.

"We have the space to sit down together, review the patient's medical record and develop a plan," Dean said.

The offices also feature imaging capabilities, saving patients from making multiple trips to different locations.

"When you visit us with a really bad cough or a knee injury, we're able to get your images done right away," said Gary Gilbert, a medical assistant in the primary care office. "It's nice because we get the results back much quicker, and you can move on with your day."

Teresa Dean, MD
I love the space because it was designed with the patient in mind, and it really feels like you're in Santa Monica.
Teresa Dean, MD

It's also convenient for patients who need to see multiple specialists.

"The multispecialty office is designed to be used by a wide variety of specialists," said neurologist Steven Sykes, MD. "That's great for our patients because they don't have to drive all over town to get the care they need."

The new office currently offers neurology and cardiology, and will soon add reproductive, maternal-fetal medicine and ear, nose and throat specialists.

One of the facility's pluses is its clean, modern décor.

"When you're talking about a disease like cancer where you're pretty sure your life is going to be uprooted, you want everything to be as tranquil and as calming as possible," said Lawrence Piro, MD, CEO of The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai, which offers hematology oncology and surgical oncology at the Santa Monica office.

"We tried to design a place where you don't feel threatened or scared or reminded of the diagnosis," Piro added, "but rather comforted and reassured that you're here for a checkup and hopefully everything is going to be just fine."

The Cedars-Sinai office is at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 20th Street—a quick 10-minute walk from the Expo Line train station at 17th Street.

"You don't have to drive here, which is always nice," said Karina Monroy, a medical assistant in the multispecialty office.

Read more on the Cedars-Sinai Blog: Chasing Health