Lunch With… Parkland Chief Medical Officer Roberto de la Cruz

Roberto de la Cruz is a Parkland Health & Hospital System “boomerang,” as he calls it. He worked his way up to associate medical director at a Parkland clinic, and then departed for Baylor University Medical Center in 2000, where he spent the next decade and a half. But de la Cruz would eventually make it back to Parkland, and in 2015, he was named the system’s chief medical officer. For the September issue of D CEO, de la Cruz and I met for lunch at Ascension at The Crescent, where we talked about his career and, mostly, about Hurricane… Full Story

Gary Tigges Resigns From Leadership Roles at Texas Health Plano Following Comments In Dallas Medical Journal

Dr. Gary Tigges, who made national news in recent days after his comments that female doctors “do not work as hard,” has resigned from his leadership positions at Texas Health Plano, the hospital’s president told staff on Wednesday. Texas Health Plano President Josh Floren wrote in an internal memo that the executive committee of the hospital’s medical board accepted Tigges’ resignation on Tuesday. Tigges had been serving on the medical board since 1999 and was the current chair of the hospital’s credentialing committee. He steps down from both positions. “This past weekend we learned of comments that Dr. Gary Tigges… Full Story

Plano Doctor’s Comments on Gender Pay Gap, and His Apparent Twitter History, Come To Light

Over the weekend, comments from a Plano doctor published in the most recent issue of the Dallas Medical Journal elicited far and wide criticism on social media. Answering a question about the gender pay gap among physicians, Dr. Gary Tigges, an internal medicine doc who has a practice in Plano, said the following: Yes, there is a pay gap. Female physicians do not work as hard and do not see as many patients as male physicians. This is because they choose to, or they simply don’t want to be rushed, or they don’t want to work the long hours. Most… Full Story

Medical City Doc Gets National Osteopathic Medicine Award

Matthew Brandon Barker has been named the 2018 Outstanding OMM Resident of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation. The Medical City Forth Worth resident receives the award for his “exemplary work, demonstrated leadership, and steadfast clinical performance.” Barker is specializing in combined family medicine and osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine. He got a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. He’s set to finish up residency in June 2019.

Leaders From Texas Health, Baylor, and StratiFi Discuss Independent Physicians, Community Care, and Microhospitals (Panel Recap, Part II)

Yesterday, we ran part one of our two-part recap from last week’s D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel, featuring Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources; Gary Brock, chief integrated delivery network officer at Baylor Scott & White Health; and Dr. Christopher Crow, CEO of StratiFi Health and president of Catalyst Health Network. Today, we get to the second half of our panelists’ remarks, most of which come in response to questions from the audience. Comments have been edited for length and clarity. Let’s get to it: Crow on consolidation and the importance of independent physicians: “Consolidation in America in healthcare… Full Story

Leaders From Texas Health, Baylor, and StratiFi Discuss Disruption, Cost, Outpatient Growth, and Construction

Last week, we corralled a few heavy hitters in North Texas healthcare onto a stage at the AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria. Over the course of what turned out to be a little over an hour (sorry to keep you), we talked about the evolution of healthcare and impending disruption and, more than anything, about how these things are playing out in the types of investments health systems are making—and should be making, and might make in the future—in Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond. The panelists were Barclay Berdan, CEO of Texas Health Resources; Gary Brock, chief integrated delivery network… Full Story

Conversation With: DCMS President Dr. Ruben Velez On Underserved Communities, Physician Burnout, and Healthcare Fractionation

Dr. Ruben Velez began his involvement with the Dallas County Medical Society through its Project Access program, a free clinic that the organization discontinued due to a lack of funding in 2013. So it should come at no surprise that, as DCMS’ president, Velez has made improving access to care for underserved communities a priority. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Velez moved to Dallas for residency in 1978 and did a fellowship in nephrology at UT Southwestern Medical Center thereafter. By now, he’s a 40-year veteran of Dallas-Fort Worth’s medical scene. He’s also the… Full Story

You Need To Know AMN Healthcare’s Susan Salka

Last year, AMN Healthcare CEO Susan Salka moved herself from the company’s traditional headquarters in San Diego (where it employs 1,100 people) to Dallas-Fort Worth, setting up camp at the company’s 700-employee Cypress Waters hub. Although PR types will argue with you over this sort of thing, a company’s HQ is generally considered to be where its CEO sits. AMN didn’t wait for those questions to surface. Instead, it took a page from the Amazon playbook and deemed Dallas its second headquarters. Business verbiage aside, Salka is a relatively knew-to-the-region CEO heading a $2 billion-plus (revenue) company. AMN does healthcare… Full Story

Suspect Charged With Houston Surgeon’s Murder Kills Self

The hunt for the man suspected of murdering a Houston cardiologist killed himself on Friday as police approached, the Houston Chronicle reports. Joseph James Pappas was charged on Thursday with killing Dr. Mark Hausknecht, with the motive dating back to a surgery that left Pappas’ mother dead two decades ago. Police previously released grainy video of the incident, in which the assailant can be seen shooting Hausknecht while both men cross an intersection on bikes. Hausknecht had been on the way to work in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, on July 20, when he was shot. A lot more detail on… Full Story

AHA Set To Roll Out Subscription-based CPR Training To More Hospitals Through Joint Venture

The American Heart Association on Thursday officially rolled out its new spin off with Norwegian medical equipment maker Laerdal Medical. The joint venture, called RQI Partners, will now set its sites on signing more contracts with hospitals across the U.S. for its re-thought version of CPR training, where trainees go through more frequent but shorter-in-duration training periods. RQI (resuscitation quality improvement) functions as hands-on CPR training within the hospital. Hospital staff practice CPR on mannequins equipped with sensors and attached to computers, which allow individualized feedback. Whereas CPR certification typically requires about a day of training every two years, RQI… Full Story