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Items Tagged ‘surgery’

May 9, 2019

How can we get better outcomes for our patients? Research.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, every project is inspired by real-world challenges experienced by patients at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere. Together with Mayo Clinic’s health care providers, center experts research ways to improve outcomes for patients across all of medicine, from Alzheimer’s […]

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Tags: bile ducts, cancer, care transitions, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, ICU, intensive care unit, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, multiple chronic conditions, readmissions, surgery


July 2, 2018

A revolution in pancreatic cancer treatment

By Advancing the Science contributor advancingthescience

Mark Truty, M.D., has dedicated his career to giving patients with pancreatic cancer more quality time with their loved ones. Much more time. The mission is personal for him. His own father, Kazimierz Truty, a Polish immigrant and mechanic at a meatpacking plant near Chicago, died 20 years ago from pancreatic cancer at age 58. “My […]

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Tags: collaboration, Mark Truty, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, pancreatic cancer, surgery


April 11, 2018

Training the next generation of clinician scientists

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

In the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery education focuses on integrating programs and opportunities to deliver training to current and future health care providers. Within Education , the Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars Program is training and mentoring the next generation of clinically trained doctoral-level fellows and […]

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Tags: Adam Schwartz, Ali Duarte-Garcia, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Dorin Colibaseanu, education, Erin Barreto, hematology, Kern Health Care Delivery Scholars, Nandita Khera, orthopedics, pharmacy, Rahma Warsame


November 16, 2017

What the heck is a nomogram? And other medical research questions answered.

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

The Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery focuses on the science of best practice. Best practice in health care, that is. Across the center, researchers work together with the medical practice to find ways to improve health, and the ways people (patients, caregivers, providers) experience […]

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Tags: breast cancer, cancer, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, herniated disk, Judy Boughey, minimally invasive surgery, neurology, surgery


August 3, 2017

Mayo researchers seek to manage pain while minimizing opioid prescriptions

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

For decades, the emphasis nationwide for treating surgical patients was to prescribe enough opioid pain medication to ensure they didn’t have any pain. But health care providers are realizing it’s a balancing act between managing pain and ensuring patients aren’t overprescribed.

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cornelius Thiels, Elizabeth Habermann, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, opioids, Robert Cima, surgery, surgical outcomes, Tad Mabry


May 16, 2017

A Better Way

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

A BETTER WAY A cancer procedure has better outcomes — so why isn’t everyone using it? Researchers from a national group including Sean C. Dowdy, M.D., discovered the U.S. health care system would have averted 2,300 complications among 32,000 cases if minimally invasive surgery had been used to treat endometrial cancer. As she sips warm […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, gynecology, health disparities, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, minimally invasive surgery, Sean Dowdy, surgery


May 10, 2017

Research looks to improve patient satisfaction, reduce costs by predicting surgery length

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Accurately predicting the length of an operation has benefits beyond simply informing patients and their families. Doing so means improved patient satisfaction and has the potential to prevent over- or under-utilization of operating rooms, which has significant implications on both resources and staff. Ultimately, that leads to improved quality of care for patients, improved well-being […]

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Tags: Bethany Lowndes, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Cornelius Thiels, minimally invasive surgery, population health, surgery


May 8, 2017

When medical literature is sparse or not clear, where do doctors turn?

By Adam Harringa harringaadam

Mayo research shows surgery adds years for kidney cancer patients It started with anecdotal evidence. Mayo Clinic urologist Bradley Leibovich, M.D., says he had long seen indications that surgically removing secondary tumor growths, called metastases, in patients with kidney cancer would result in a longer life expectancy. However, studies on the subject were not conclusive, […]

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Tags: Bradley Leibovich, cancer, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Harras Zaid, M. Hassan Murad, surgery


September 27, 2016

Mini Breaks, Many Benefits

By Elizabeth Zimmermann elizabethzimmermann

Surgeons find short breaks prove valuable in providing best care Perfecting a skill requires equal parts natural talent, dedication and practice. A concert violinist plays a single piece of music over and over. A major league pitcher hurls strikes across home plate until the stadium lights go out. And a surgeon spends day after day […]

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Tags: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, health care systems engineering, surgery


February 6, 2015

Dr. Mark Allen to head Society of Thoracic Surgeons

By bobnellis bobnellis

Mayo Clinic thoracic surgeon Mark S. Allen, M.D., has been elected president of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the society’s annual meeting in San Diego. Dr. Allen is a professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. His research at Mayo includes serving as principal investigator for a study examining whether removing all […]

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