Cedars-Sinai is a level I academic medical center in the heart of Los Angeles. It is the largest non-profit academic medical center in the western United States and is the largest academic medical center in California. Cedars-Sinai has 886 licensed beds, including 120 specialized ICU beds, and more than 50 operating and procedure rooms. The medical center admits more than 50,000 patients per year and triages 85,000 emergency room patients annually. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Cedars-Sinai among the best hospitals in the country, including for orthopaedics. Cedar-Sinai has the largest graduate medical education program in California. The institution provides post-graduate training to 315 house staff and 155 fellows in 80 specialty/sub-specialty areas.
The Orthopaedic Faculty consists of 14 full-time fellowship faculty trained physicians who are deeply involved in patient care, teaching and research. The Department of Orthopaedics performs more than 6,000 procedures per year including more than 2,000 elective total hip and knee replacements. We treat over 350 hip fractures, 325 ankle fractures, 200 femur and tibia fracture nailing, and repair more than 150 peri-articular fractures. There are approximately 90-100 pelvic and acetabular fractures treated surgically per year.
The orthopaedic trauma teaching schedule includes daily pass-on rounds with the residents, and faculty as well as a weekly fracture conference and journal club. The Department of Orthopaedics sponsors a monthly Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality Conference & Musculoskeletal Imaging Conference. The Orthopaedic Trauma Fellow must complete on approved research project during the year. The trauma fellow typically scrubs on 850 cases per year.
The Orthopaedic Trauma Faculty includes Mark Vrahas, MD; Charles Moon, MD; Carol Lin, MD; Milton Little, MD; and Geoff Marecek, MD. In September 2015, Orthopaedics transitioned from a division to a full department within the medical center. After a nation-wide search, Mark Vrahas, MD, was selected to be the founding chair of the new department. Dr. Vrahas is a widely recognized expert in orthopaedic trauma and pelvic and acetabular surgery, adding depth, experience and leadership to the orthopaedic trauma service.