says CEO and president, Paul S.
Viviano cites the efforts of
Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and the
Center for Personalized Medicine as sources of
state-of-the-art strides as well: A recently developed next-generation sequencing panel offers
the promise of delivering personalized cancer
In 2004, California voters approved legislation to fund stem cell research in the state. This
multibillion-dollar effort funds projects involving stem cell transplants, drug development and
diagnostic technology to help doctors identify
and treat disease more effectively.
initiative prompted prominent scientists from all over the country and the world to
establish laboratories in Los Angeles to advance
stem cell research and says Antoni
Ribas, M.D., UCLA professor and director of the
Tumor Immunology Program at the
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Cedars-Sinai researchers received funds
from the California Institute for Regenerative
Medicine to investigate stem cell therapies
for the treatment of blindness and neurologic
disease. And in 2009, Cedars-Sinai physicians
became the fi rst to transform scar tissue from a
THOMAS M. PRISELAC
I A O, DA -S I A I
A LT YS
At 28 years old, Thomas M. Priselac relocated to Los Angeles and started
working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Now, he imagine being
you get a chance to practice your craft at one of the best
institutions in the then you get the opportunity to advance
your career how you stay in one place for 37 says
Priselac. He stepped into his role as CEO on January 17, day the
Northridge earthquake rocked LA.
was a great introduction to how difficult things can become in the city, but it also demonstrated that we have a great capacity to respond in emergency says Priselac.
Today, Priselac presides over one of the medical institutions in the country, with more than
886 licensed beds, 2,000-plus doctors, just over $3 billion in annual revenue and research projects
encompassing heart disease, cancer, neurology and more. He is also a force on the national health
care scene, serving as board chair of the American Hospital Association and advising the Obama
administration as the Affordable Care Act was being developed.
care is a team says Priselac. of the reasons I chose this is the tremendous pride I feel when I hear someone say, saved my It get any better
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