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2016
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Harvard Professor Mark Vrahas, MD, Selected as Founding Chair of Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics

Contact: Sally Stewart | Email: sally.stewart@cshs.org

Los Angeles — June 16, 2016 — Cedars-Sinai announced today that prominent orthopedic trauma surgeon and Harvard University professor Mark Vrahas, MD, has been selected as the founding chair of the medical center's new Department of Orthopaedics.

"This important leadership appointment reflects Dr. Vrahas' reputation for outstanding patient care, clinical excellence and his strong record of building and leading highly effective orthopedic trauma programs," said Shlomo Melmed, MD, executive vice president of Academic Affairs, dean of the medical faculty and the Helene A. and Phillip E. Hixon Chair in Investigative Medicine.

Formerly a section of the Department of Surgery, orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai has experienced record clinical and academic growth over the past several years, prompting the establishment of a new Department of Orthopaedics.

Vrahas joins Cedars-Sinai from Harvard Medical School, where he served as the vice chair for Population Health & OR Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and as chief of Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Program at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He also founded the Harvard Orthopaedic Trauma Initiative to foster collaboration among orthopedic trauma services at all Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals – Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women's, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital.

"Although it is difficult to move away from the Harvard Medical School community after nearly two decades, I am looking forward to collaborating with my new colleagues as we tackle the challenge of building upon Cedars-Sinai's reputation for excellence in patient care and research," Vrahas said.

An expert in orthopedic trauma and pelvic surgery, Vrahas lectures around the world, publishes extensively and serves as an editorial board member for leading orthopedic journals. He has successfully mentored dozens of residents and fellows in orthopedic trauma surgery and research.

Vrahas completed medical school and residency at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by fellowships in biomechanics research at the University of Iowa and in orthopedic trauma and adult reconstruction at the University of Toronto. He was chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at Charity Hospital in New Orleans before moving to Boston in 1999.

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Prominent orthopedic trauma surgeon and Harvard University professor Mark Vrahas, MD, has been selected as the founding chair of Cedars-Sinai’s new Department of Orthopaedics. Formerly a section of the Department of Surgery, orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai has experienced record clinical and academic growth over the past several years, prompting the establishment of a new Department of Orthopaedics.

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