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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
View of North and South Towers
Location 8700 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, California, United States
Care system Not for Profit
Hospital type Academic Medical Center
Affiliated university UCLA, USC, Other
Emergency department Level I trauma center
Beds 958 Beds
Founded 1902
Website home page
Lists Hospitals in California
Entrance to old Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, 1956

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is a hospital located in Los Angeles, California, USA.



From 1906 to 1910, Dr. Sarah Vasen, the first female doctor in Los Angeles, acted as superintendent of what was then the Kaspare Cohn Hospital.[1]

In 1910, it moved to Whittier Boulevard and then in 1930 to 4833 Fountain Avenue, where it was renamed Cedars of Lebanon after the religiously significant Lebanon Cedar, used to build King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem in the Bible. In 1923 the Bikur Cholim Hospital became Mount Sinai Home for the Incurables.[2] Cedars of Lebanon and Mount Sinai Hospitals merged in 1961 to form Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.[3]

Donations from the Max Factor Family Foundation allowed the construction of the current main hospital building, which broke ground on November 5, 1972 and opened on April 3, 1976.[4]

In 2006 the Medical Center added the Sapperstein Critical Care Tower with 150 ICU beds.

In fiscal year 2008, Cedars-Sinai served 54,947 inpatients and 350,405 outpatients, and there were 77,964 visits to the emergency room.[5] Cedars-Sinai received high rankings in eleven of the sixteen specialties, ranking in the top 10 for digestive disorders and in the top 25 for five other specialties as listed below.[6]:

Cedars-Sinai ranks as follow in the Los Angeles area residents' "Most Preferred Hospital for All Health Needs" ranking: [7]

Specialty Ranking
Digestive Disorders 10
Heart 15
Endocrinology 19
Neurology and Neurosurgery 15
Respiratory Disorders 29
Geriatrics 33
Gynecology 23
Kidney Disease 20
Orthopedics 26
Urology 38

Notable Staff

Jeremy Swan co-invented the pulmonary artery catheter together with William Ganz while at Cedars.[8]

David Ho was a resident at Cedars when he encountered some of the first cases of what was later labelled AIDS.[9]


According to articles in the Los Angeles Times, Cedars-Sinai is under investigation for significant radiation overdoses of 206 patients during CT brain scans during an 18-month period.[10][11]

"In recent years, Cedars-Sinai has been the site of other high-profile problems. In November 2007, the newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, twice were given 1,000 times the intended dosage of the blood thinner heparin, endangering their lives. State regulators later fined the hospital $25,000 for safety lapses involving the Quaid twins and another child. The Quaids sued the hospital, settling the case for $750,000. In June, a former Cedars-Sinai employee was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing patient information to defraud insurance firms. Personal information from more than 1,000 patients was found during a search of the man's home."[11]

State regulators had also found that Cedars-Sinai had placed the Quaid twins and others in immediate jeopardy by its improper handling of medication.[12]


  1. ^ Beardsley, Julie (April, 2003). "Dr. Sarah Vasen: First Jewish Woman Doctor In Los Angeles; First Superintendent Of Cedars-Sinai Hospital". Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  2. ^ Historcal Perspective
  3. ^ Cedars of Lebanon hospital
  4. ^ "Historical Perspective" (PDF). Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. July, 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Our Report To Our Community, 2008" (PDF). Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. 2008. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  6. ^ "America's Best Hospitals". U.S. News & World Report. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  7. ^ "2009/2010 Consumer Choice Winners". National Research Corporation. 2009.,7,1,Documents. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
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  10. ^ Zarembo, Alan. "Cedars-Sinai radiation overdoses went unseen at several points". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Cedars-Sinai investigated for significant radiation overdoses of 206 patients, Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2009; “4 patients say Cedars-Sinai did not tell them they had received a radiation overdose”, Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2009; Cedars-Sinai finds more patients exposed to excess radiation, Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, November 9, 2009;
  12. ^ Charles Ornstein. "Quaids recall twins' drug overdose". Los Angeles Times.,0,7431993.story+%22Cedars-Sinai%22+%22quaids%22&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 

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