Baylor’s Dr. Goran Klintmalm Remembers Pioneering Organ Transplant Surgeon Dr. Thomas Starzl as ‘Second Father, Mentor’

Dr. Goran Klintmalm, chairman and chief of Baylor University’s Simmons Transplant Institute, fondly remembers his “mentor” and “second father” Dr. Tom Starzl, the pioneer organ transplant surgeon, who died Saturday at the age of 90. “There was nothing he didn’t know,” Klintmalm said. “He never forgot anything he’s ever seen, or heard, or read. He could recall anything with incredible memory. It’s why he was the single most published [medical] author in the 20th century.” Starzl, who was known for performing the first successful liver transplant in the 1960s and discovering immunosupression drugs that dramatically increase the survival rate of… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.15.12)

American Heart Association: Blood type may influence heart disease risk. TMA offers tips for negotiating health plan contracts. Dallas-based Doris Daniely Outreach one of two finalists in Aveeno grant competition. CDC: New strain of swine Flu strain on the rise. Baylor Research Institute releases digital version of its annual report.

Nine Texas Vascular Associates Doctors Sued for Alleged Medicare, Insurance Fraud

A former employee of Dallas’ Texas Vascular Associates is suing the practice and its nine doctors. Cortez Mills, a former medical coding professional at TVA, alleges that she was fired in May after discovering fraudulent billing practices. According to the complaint, Mills discovered the irregularities while reviewing and releasing patient bills to Medicare and private insurers for payment. They include double-billing insurance carriers, coding insurance claims so certain services would not be bundled, and billing for services that were never performed. TVA is based in the Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital on the Baylor Dallas campus near downtown Dallas. Baylor, however, is not… Full Story