Meet the Chaplains

At Cedars-Sinai, we understand that healing involves the whole person – body, mind and soul.  For this reason,our Spiritual Care Department offers support to patients, their loved ones, and our staff.

For an appointment, a hospital visit or more information, please call the Chaplaincy Line at 310-423-5550.

Here is a list of our spiritual leaders and their contact information:


Meet the Chaplains

Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC

Senior Rabbi and Director

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Khurram Ahmed, Fellow

Muslim Chaplain

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Fr. Lester Avestruz, BCC

Lead Catholic Chaplain

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Dn. George Baghdassarian, MDiv, BCC

ED Chaplain

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Rabbi Sarah Barukh, BCC

ACPE Certified Educator Candidate
CPE Program Supervisor in Training

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Bronwen Jones

Cancer Center Chaplain

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Rev. Peggy Kelley, MDiv, BCC

Lead Christian Chaplain

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Carrie Kohler, MPhil, BCC

Christian Chaplain

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Rev. Pamela Lazor, MDiv

ACPE Certified Educator
CPE Program Manager

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Deborah Schmidt, MA, JD, BCC

Jewish Chaplain

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Rev. Christina Shu, MDiv, BCC

Lead Interfaith Chaplain

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Fr. John Sigler, FSP, BCC

Catholic Chaplain

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Paula Van Gelder, BCC

Jewish Chaplain

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Laura Young, MJS, BCC

Jewish Chaplain

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