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James D. Grant, MD, MBA, Joins Cedars-Sinai as Chair of Anesthesiology

James D. Grant, MD, MBA, has joined Cedars-Sinai as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and physician executive in Perioperative Services.

Known for his distinguished record of clinical excellence, organizational leadership and administrative expertise, Grant will direct all aspects of the Department of Anesthesiology, including advanced pain medicine. Grant also will oversee residency and fellowship programs, helping to educate

clinical and research-focused physicians to ensure excellent patient care.

“Coordination and collaboration are at the center of Dr. Grant’s pivotal role,” said Shlomo Melmed, MB, ChB, executive vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the Medical Faculty. “Among his many key responsibilities, Dr. Grant will establish the strategic direction for the department’s clinical, administrative, research and educational missions—and collaborate with leaders across the organization to integrate and coordinate services to improve clinical outcomes and build a unified patient experience.”

Grant joins Cedars-Sinai from Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, in Michigan, where he has served as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and professor and chair of Anesthesiology at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

“The opportunity to join Cedars-Sinai and be part of a world-class organization that delivers high-quality care and is a leader in innovative medicine was incredibly exciting to me,” Grant said. “Serving in this role is a tremendous honor, and I am eager to proactively lead a great team that is visionary and positioning itself for the future of healthcare and take it to the next level.”

The Michigan native has served on the Michigan Board of Medicine for seven years, including as chair from 2003-2006, and was president of the Michigan Society of Anesthesiologists and the Michigan State Medical Society.

In 2018, Grant was elected as the 100th president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He is on the board of directors of the Anesthesia Foundation and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. Grant also is an examiner of the American Board of Anesthesiology.

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