'We Get Out There and Do'Thousands of students, resident physicians and faculty members volunteer each year as part of the Rush Community Service Initiatives Programs, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.
Physician, Reveal ThyselfRush has begun including patient survey results in individual physicians' online profiles. It's among few U.S. medical centers, and the only one in the Midwest, to make this information available to potential patients.
Below is a list of scientific publications for which this practitioner was either the primary author or a contributor. Citations come from PubMed, a database of biomedical literature, life science journals and online books. PubMed is a service of the US Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Click on the title of the cited work for more information (this will take you directly to PubMed.gov). Listings go back five years.
Patient feedback information is available for physicians employed by Rush University Medical Center who have received
30 or more patient surveys. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score.
Friendliness/courtesy of the care provider
Explanations the care provider gave you about your problem or condition
Concern the care provider showed for your questions or worries
Likelihood of your recommending this care provider to others
Care provider's efforts to include you in decisions about your treatment
Information the care provider gave you about medications
Instructions the care provider gave you about follow-up care
Your confidence in this care provider
Degree to which care provider talked with you using words you could understand
Amount of time the care provider spent with you
For more information about patient feedback, see the Quality Care section of the Rush University Medical Center website.
I started medical school in 1975 and finished in 1979. Interventional cardiology did not exist as a specialty. There were no balloons. There were no stents. There were no ways for doctors — interventional cardiologists like me — to open up and unclog blocked coronary arteries. All of this technology, all of these tremendous advances have established themselves over the last twenty-five years, all during the time that I’ve been in practice.
It’s a great joy to take a patient who’s having chest pain — whether it’s in the setting of a heart attack or it’s a more chronic problem — and then be able to treat that blockage without surgery — with a minimally invasive approach with balloons and stents.
We’re doing research now with stem cells. These are stem cells that may come from the patient’s own body or perhaps from an unrelated donor. The stem cells are then injected using a small catheter, a minimally invasive approach, injecting the stem cells directly into the damaged heart muscle to try to repair and regenerate some of that damaged heart muscle to improve the patient’s quality and perhaps quantity of life.