Baylor Scott & White Physician Who Led Uterine Transplant Trial Named One of Time’s 100 Most Influential People

Dr. Giuliano Testa, the Baylor Scott & White Health doctor who led the clinical trial that delivered the first two uterine transplant babies in the U.S., has been named to the Time 100, which features Time’s selections for the most influential people of 2018. Testa is the chief of abdominal transplantation at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and the principal investigator of the uterine transplant clinical trial. The first baby was born to a mother with a transplanted uterus in November; the second was in February. The mother of the first baby, who has chosen to remain anonymous, penned… Full Story

Read this D Magazine Feature on Deep Brain Stimulation

If you’re like me—and you’re not, because you’re a doctor or nurse or something else brilliant—you’ll be surprised to hear that it’s actually possible and at times advisable for a surgeon to drill a hole in a person’s head while that person is still fully awake. I am still astonished by that little factoid. It’s one of many that made reporting this feature for D Magazine so fun. To accompany the magazine’s Collin County Doctors series—view the best of them, as selected by their peers, here—I wrote about deep brain stimulation, a procedure once tagged by Smithsonian as “the most… Full Story

Survey from Dallas Firm Says Physicians Favor Work Requirements for Medicaid Beneficiaries

About 57 percent of physicians take a “very favorable” view of new federal work requirements for Medicaid benefits that call for able-bodied beneficiaries to be employed or engaged in job searches or job training, according to a survey from Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins. Another 18 percent say they’re “somewhat favorable” of the new rules, meaning three in four physicians overall are for the requirements. The results come from a one-question national survey by Merritt Hawkins, which received 667 responses. About 10 states have proposed work requirements, and the requests have been approved in Indiana, Kentucky, and Arkansas. Kentucky’s… Full Story

UNTHSC, Catalyst Health Network Partnership Will Allow Students to Train for ‘The Future of Healthcare in North Texas’

The UNT Health Science Center and the Catalyst Health Network say a new partnership will allow more future physicians and physicians assistants to train in the outpatient settings in which they’ll eventually practice medicine. The agreement, announced Wednesday, will put UNTHSC students into primary care clinical settings under the direction of Catalyst providers. “Catalyst not only aligns perfectly with UNTHSC’s values, it is the future of healthcare in North Texas,” UNTHSC President Dr. Michael Williams said in a statement. While most medical schools are tethered to traditional teaching hospitals, UNTHSC now attaches itself to a three-year-old network of 515 independent… Full Story

A Dallas Doctor Offers Pain Management Programs as an Alternative to Opioids

I missed this a couple weeks ago, but I found it to be a well-reasoned writing approach to a very important topic, so I wanted to pass it along. Dr. Carl Noe, medical director at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at UT Southwestern Medical Center, takes on the topics of potential alternatives to prescribing opioids for chronic pain. Here’s Noe: But the convenience of offering a prescription for quick relief won over doctors, and our country’s pill culture appeals to patients. We in the medical community should have known better. There’s no scientific data to show that opioids… Full Story

Dallas Plastic Surgeons, Emergency Docs Make More Than $100K Over National Average

On Friday, I walked through the local numbers from a national study on physician compensation. It shows that Dallas physicians do pretty well for themselves, all things considered. Today, the clinician network responsible for that study sent me some additional Dallas data: The five highest- and lowest-paying specialties for our region. As you’ll see, plastic surgeons and emergency medicine physicians do particularly well in Dallas. Quick context, if you missed Friday’s post (linked above): This is based on a survey of more than 65,000 physicians by Doximity. They compared 50 major metropolitan areas. Physicians in Dallas’ metro area made an average… Full Story

New Study Has Dallas Among Top 10 Markets for Physician Compensation

Physician network Doximity has a new study out on physician compensation, and the results show Dallas was a financially favorable place for a physician to practice in 2017. The metro area ranks eighth in the U.S. for highest physician compensation among the 50 markets featured by Doximity, and it beats out the other Texas metros. Doximity got responses from more than 65,000 licensed U.S. doctors. Here’s the average compensation for the top 10 metro areas: 1. Charlotte, North Carolina – $402,273 2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin – $398,431 3. Jacksonville, Florida – $379,820 4. Indianapolis, Indiana – $378,011 5. San Jose, California – $376,585 6.… Full Story

Lawsuit Claims Botched Anesthesia at Texas Institute for Surgery Resulted in Brain Damage

A workers’ compensation insurer is suing the Texas Institute for Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas for a series of missteps they say led a woman to flatline after ankle surgery, resulting in brain damage. Zenith Insurance Co. is suing to recoup millions of dollars in medical and indemnity obligations made to or on behalf of Tyra Price. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. According to the complaint, Price works as an employee of Star Dunkin’ LP, which, from what I can tell, is affiliated with Dunkin’ Donuts. Price… Full Story

Former Children’s Health CMO, Texas Ebola ‘Czar’ Gets a Job with the HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ new assistant secretary for health is a formerly Dallas-based pediatrician who did a stint as chief medical officer at Children’s Health. He also served as head of Texas’ task force on infectious Disease Preparedness and Response during the Ebola scare. The Senate confirmed Dr. Brett Giroir to the spot last week in a move that largely went unnoticed, despite Democrats previously voicing disapproval for the Trump nominee. Giroir earned his MD through UT Southwestern and later served there as a professor; a representative said he was last affiliated with the school around… Full Story

DFW Emergency Medicine Group Bought by Major Hospital Staffing Firm

Fort Worth-based Emergency Medicine Consultants Ltd. has been acquired by hospital staffing firm TeamHealth, the companies said on Monday. EMC provides emergency medicine staffing, deploying about 330 physicians to 24 facilities and an urgent care center across Dallas-Fort Worth. The company also has 80 advanced practice clinicians and, overall, cares for 900,000 patients a year. EMC physicians staff hospitals within Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System, among others. TeamHealth was bought by private equity firm Blackstone Group in a $6.1-billion deal that took the company private in early 2017. In the Knoxville, Tennessee-based TeamHealth, EMC joins a firm with… Full Story