Treating Cancer with Car-T in DFW – One Year Later

Around a year ago, a cancer break through arrived in Dallas in the form of CAR-T therapy, where cells are modified and the immune system is used to fight cancer. Since then, immunotherapy has expanded in the region to include two different CAR-T therapies. Over the past year, the partnership between Texas Oncology and and Baylor University Medical Center has treated 16 patients with commercially available CAR-T, which is for lymphoma and acute leukemia. Meanwhile, 30 more patients were enrolled in clinical trials for a number of different cancers. Currently an inpatient procedure, trials are looking at moving the cancer… Full Story

Which Local Physicians Were Elected to the TMA Board of Trustees?

The Texas Medical Associations’ House of Delegates elected Dr. Kayla Riggs and re-elected Dr. Sue S. Bornstein to serve on the TMA Board of Trustees at TexMed, the annual conference in Dallas. Riggs is an internal medicine resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and previously served on the board as a representative of the TMA Medical Student Section. She was president of the TMA Medical Student Section while at UT Health Science Center, growing the chapter’s membership by 90 students. “I have enjoyed being involved with health care policy and organized medicine, and as I plan for my future career, I intend… Full Story

Bringing the Free Market to Dallas Healthcare

At the Free Market Medical Association conference earlier this spring, Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Martin Makary showed the crowd a chart about how prices for different items has changed since 1998. Housing, childcare, and wages were up significantly, while cars and clothing had remained mostly static. Toys, televisions, and cell phone service were much lower than 20 years ago. But the items with the largest jumps, around 200 percent more expensive than 20 years ago, are hospital services and college tuition. Makary, best-selling author of The Price We Pay about how employers and families can lower healthcare costs, went on to… Full Story

Why Providers Need to be Familiar with Lyme Disease

When I first felt the sharp stab of pain between my shoulder blades in the fall of 2017, I wasn’t worried. Why should I be? I was a healthy, active, 26-year-old woman who’d never broken a bone, never been hospitalized, and hardly ever taken any medication. Surely this unexpected pain was nothing more than a mild strain that would resolve itself within a day or so. I slapped a heating pad on my back, took an Advil, and went about my day. I should have been worried. The pain in my back did not disappear. A few weeks later, a… Full Story

Two Garland Physicians Suspended by the Texas Medical Board

Garland physicians Dr. Leovares Antonio Mendez and Dr. Cesar B. Pena-Rodriguez have both been temporarily suspended without notice, as the Texas Medical Board has decided their practice threatens public welfare. The U.S. District Court in Dallas issued a temporary restraining order against Mendez and Pena Rodriguez after finding out that they distributed controlled substances through fraudulent prescriptions to law enforcement between May 2017 and March 2018. Between 2014 and 2019, Mendez handed out other false prescriptions for a variety of schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances without any medical purpose. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier this month… Full Story

North Texas Physicians Honored by the Texas Medical Association

The Texas Medical Association handed out several awards to North Texas physicians for their work with students and patients at their annual conference in Dallas. Fort Worth family physician Dr. Linda M. Siy was recognized by Texas medical students for her commitment to mentoring students by giving her the 2019 C. Frank Webber, MD, Award. Siy has worked in the JPS network since 1995. “To be recognized for doing what I truly enjoy is a gift, and I am extremely honored,” said Siy via release. “C. Frank Webber was a remarkable, very accomplished family physician, and that makes this award even… Full Story

Study: Physicians Have Too Many Job Offers and Don’t Want Their Own Practice

The only trouble physicians have finding a job is choosing between numerous options, according to a new survey from Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins. Two-thirds of physicians finishing their residencies said they received 51 or more job offers, while 45 percent received more than 100 possibilities. Most said they were contacted too many times by recruiters, while just seven percent said they were not contacted enough. “Physicians coming out of training are being recruited like blue chip athletes,” said Travis Singleton, executive vice president of Merritt Hawkins via release.  “There are simply not enough new doctors to go around.”… Full Story

Join Us for D CEO’s Value-Based Care Healthcare Breakfast Panel

In many of today’s medical practices, patients and their insurers pay for the procedures and time spent treating their illness, regardless of the outcome. Whether or not the patient needed that blood test, brain scan, or knee scope, they are paying for it directly or indirectly. While it would be bad business to intentionally stack up unnecessary charges, even the most well-meaning providers are incentivized to provide more medical treatment than is actually necessary because of the fee-for-service model of healthcare. But with skyrocketing health costs adding pressure to the employers and taxpayers who pay for healthcare, new systems have… Full Story

Local Physician Named Chancellor of American Association of Endocrinologists

Managing Partner of the North Texas Endocrine Center Dr. Jonathan Leffert has been elected Chancellor of the American Association of Endocrinologists, where he will serve an an officer on the Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term. He served as AACE President from 2017-2018. AACE represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the U.S. and abroad, and is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. The North Texas Endocrine Center cares for adults with diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, testosterone deficiency, adrenal disease, pituitary disease and cholesterol and metabolic disorders. Leffert completed internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital… Full Story

Genesis Physicians Group Partners With Specialty Group for Comprehensive Care

Genesis Physicians Group is partnering with a network of specialty physicians to better manage care as patients move between primary physicians and specialists. The relationship with Dallas-based Aspen Specialty Physicians Network is meant to reduce healthcare costs and improve coordination of patient care. The co-management process will utilize “smart referral” technology and will streamline the treatment of chronic disease conditions. Genesis currently has over 500 primary care and 1,000 specialty physicians members and will add Aspen’s 400-plus specialists in an effort to be successful in contracts with more risk while expanding the ability of primary care physicians to stay independent… Full Story