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geon's office to get the results of an MRI, and the surgeon doesn't have to call the endocrinologist to get the most recent hormonal profile. It's all right there," said Dr. Shahinian.

MEDICAL MANAGEMENT AND RESEARCH
Because Cedars-Sinai is one of the nation's premier facilities when it comes to pituitary disease research and treatment, the Pituitary Center offers the most advanced treatment options -- such as novel therapies for pituitary tumors, growth hormone replacement for adults, pituitary function testing, and more. In addition, because Cedars-Sinai oversees more pituitary disease clinical trials than almost any other facility in the country, patients will have unparalleled access to these research protocols.

"We currently have three large NIH grants in pituitary disease and research, as well as an NIH training grant, and literally hundreds of patients enrolled in clinical trials," said Dr. Melmed.

In fact, Cedars-Sinai enjoys a reputation for operating one of the country's largest and most highly respected pituitary programs, and Pituitary Center patients who meet research criteria will be able to participate in appropriate protocols. "With this new multi-disciplinary approach, it will be faster and easier to identify appropriate candidates for the various trials and enroll them in the specific research protocol that is best suited to treat them successfully," said Dr. Melmed.

SURGICAL MANAGEMENT AND OUTCOMES
On the surgical side, Pituitary Center patients will have access to leading edge skull base surgery techniques and technology. For example, Dr. Shahinian is one of only a handful of surgeons in the country to use a fully endoscopic technique in removing pituitary tumors. This minimally invasive and highly successful procedure utilizes a tiny endoscope -- 2.8mm wide and 20cm long -- with angled tips to provide a panoramic view of the brain. Because the point of entry is through a nostril, there is no scarring, the b
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