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The 17th Annual Valentine’s Health Seminar

March 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am

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About 64 million surgical procedures are performed yearly in the US. This has been possible because of modern anesthesia, as opposed to “chug down whisky and grit your teeth” 187 years ago. Millions receive painless treatments and enjoy longer and healthier lives.

However, questions are many. Is it true, that smokers, chronic usage of marijuana (inhaler or ingested) or overweight patients require higher doses of anesthesia? Is it safe in growing children and pregnant women? Which patients or procedures are high-risk? Can general anesthesia cause memory loss, especially after the age of 70, or after recurrent episodes of anesthesia? Can breathing problems, allergic reactions and post anesthesia confusion be predicted? What is local, regional and general anesthesia? We are put to sleep, how is it different from normal sleep, how do we wake up? Do genes play a role? Can long-acting anesthetics through delivery systems be a safer alternate to habit-forming opioids for post-op pain? Etc etc

The excellent panelists will discuss all of this and more. Knowledge is Power. Please attend with friends, colleagues, family and children.

DATE: Saturday, March 23rd, 2024

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Registration

11:00-12:30 pm: 17th Annual Valentine’s Health Seminar

12:30-02:00 pm: Lunch & Presentation of 2024 SKHF Humanitarian Award to Mayor Julian A. Gold, MD

VENUE: The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Seating is limited, PLEASE RSVP asap to Nicole Levitt at nicole@ewamllc.com

You may also attend via the SKHF Facebook Live or Microsoft Teams sites

Admission is FREE                                                                                                                 Hosted Hotel Valet Parking

This event is supported by your generous donations. You may donate through the PayPal (info@skhf.net) or mail a check (SKHF, 150 N. Robertson Blvd, Ste 115, Beverly Hills, CA 90211). Please remember the words of Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. “

 The Sheila Kar Health Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 23701 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code (Tax ID #:20-4259640). Contributions to the Sheila Kar Health Foundation are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.


  • Dr. Michele E. Gold, PhD: Prof. and Researcher at Keck School of Medicine, USC.
  • Christy Slingwine, MD:  Cardiac Anesthesiologist, CSMC
  • Julian A. Gold, MD: Past Co-Chairman of Dept. of Anesthesiology, CSMC
  • Michael S. Kissen, MD: Clinical Dir. of Regional Anesth. at CSMC
  • Xiuling Ma, PhD, PhD, Lac: Prof. Emperor’s Coll. Of Trad. Med. in Santa Monica, CA, incl. UCLA med. students
  • Sheila Kar, MD: Past Clin. Chief of Cardiology, Smidt Heart Institute, Assistant Clinical Prof. of Medicine, UCLA.


March 23
10:30 am - 11:00 am


Nicole Levitt
(310) 930-1858


the Beverly Wilshire Hotel
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210 United States
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