The team from Santa Monica High School won the recent Los Angeles Surf Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The team of four defeated last year’s champion, Arcadia High School. The Samohi team came back from a 28-point deficit to win the event challenging participants’ knowledge of ocean sciences.

The event was held on the USC campus near downtown Los Angeles.

The Samohi team advances to the national finals of the Surf Bowl to be held at Texas University at Galveston on April 29.

Sur becomes first female chief

Dr. Denise Sur made history by being named the first female chief of staff at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, it was announced last week.

Sur had previously served as vice-chief of staff since 2006.

“This is a great honor. I am both flattered and excited to be the first female physician to serve in this role,” she said. “I am really looking forward to working with my physician colleagues and hospital leaders as we prepare to open our incredible new hospital this fall.”

The Rolling Hills Estates resident has been actively involved in physician leadership at the hospital for many years. She is vice chair for education in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine and program director for its Family Medicine Residency, as well as a professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Joining her as officers on the hospital’s 2011 Executive Medical Board are Drs. Philip Levin and Roger Lee, who were elected vice-chief of staff and secretary-treasurer, respectively. Levin is medical director of surgical services at SM-UCLA & OH, as well as a clinical professor of anesthesia. Lee is director of the Hospitalist program and chair of the hospital’s medicine department.