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Oct 27, 2021

Shlomo Melmed, MD, MB, ChB, FRCP, MACP, is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Executive Vice-President and Dean of the Medical Faculty at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and holds the Helene A. and Philip E. Hixon Chair in Investigative Medicine. Dr. Melmed completed his medical school from University of Cape Town and Residency in Internal Medicine from Sheba Medical Center in Israel. He then trained in Endocrinology at UCLA. His research focuses on molecular pathogenesis of pituitary tumors and pituitary receptor signaling. He has received Cedars-Sinai’s ‘Pioneer in Medicine’ Award and has also been honored with the Pituitary Society’s ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award. He is editor-in-chief of The Pituitary, editor of Williams Textbook of Endocrinology and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Melmed has been a faculty leader at Cedars-Sinai for nearly 40 years and has been the health system’s chief academic officer since 1998.

What is the difference between a good physician and a great physician? Dr. Melmed reflects on the culmination of his career in endocrinology and healthcare leadership to explore how tenacity, focus, and amelioration of patient anxiety continue to set the best practitioners apart from the rest in the ever-evolving field of medicine.  Join us to take advantage of the unique perspective offered by Dr. Melmed’s unparalleled expertise and learn how “total commitment: physical, emotional and intellectual dedication” establishes the foundation of greatness and leadership.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. The patient’s number one concern is not the disease or illness; it is anxiety. Our first job as the caretaker is to reassure them and comfort them, to tell them that everything will be okay and we are there for them.
2. The real sign of a great physician is their dedication and commitment. This amounts to being disciplined and strict with time when attending to the patient or interacting with colleagues.
3. Leadership goes beyond I, me, and myself. It is the ability of an individual to say yes when presented with opportunities and transform the people’s mindset from ME to US.