Is it Safe to Have Surgery Right Now?

Available for Interviews: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist, an associate professor of urology & OB/GYN at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and is an expert in women’s health and men & women’s sexual wellness.

What Dr. Eilber can say in an interview on
The Safety of Surgery During Covid:

Dr. Eilber can share her experience of working at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, a nonprofit academic healthcare organization serving the diverse Los Angeles community and beyond during the current public health crisis.

Anxiety stemming from the pandemic is common among those who need to go to the hospital today. During this current phase, can we feel comfortable and safe about going forward with both essential and elective surgeries?

    • Hospitals have been dealing with Covid first-hand since the epidemic began.
    • Most hospital workers are vaccinated and more and more are getting their boosters. Many health systems are mandating all employees be vaccinated.
    • The majority of hospitals and surgery centers require a patient to have a negative Covid test immediately before surgery.
    • Covid positive or potential Covid patients are not near the operating rooms.
    • Even at the height of the pandemic (March to May 2020), a study done at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital showed that only 1.8% of people developed Covid within two weeks of having surgery. This was when most people were not vaccinated.

Looking at the facts and data surrounding Covid, there is minimal risk associated with surgical procedures at this time. Dr. Eilber can offer practical tips to stay healthy before and after surgery.


Interview: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist with sub-specialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and has over 20 years of experience taking care of women’s most intimate needs. She is an Associate Professor of Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is the Associate Program Director for the Cedars-Sinai Urology Residency Training Program. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Eilber served at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Urology Department, where she gained extensive experience in pelvic reconstruction following cancer treatment.

​Dr. Eilber’s research focus has been in the field of urogynecology, and she has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. In addition to being a member and past president of the Los Angeles Urologic Society, Dr. Eilber is a member of the American Urological Association, the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital reconstruction, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the Society of Women in Urology. She is also a Founding Medical Partner of Doctorpedia.

Dr. Eilber earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, which was an accelerated 3-year premedical program that allowed her to matriculate into the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine (UCLA). She completed a general surgery internship, urology residency, and female pelvic medicine fellowship at UCLA. 

Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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