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Surgical Group of North Texas Earns Outstanding Patient Satisfaction

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Surgical Group of North Texas Earns Outstanding Patient Satisfaction

Delivering exceptional service to those needing assistance.

(July 13, 2017) Grapevine, TX – Throughout the business world, customer experience is measured by something called the Net Promoter Score®, or NPS®. It is a proven metric, ranging from -100 to 100 that measures the willingness of customers to recommend a company’s products or services to other.

We are excited to announce that the Surgical Group of North Texas Net Promoter Score is 93% with over 200 responses over four months. This shows outstanding patient satisfaction.

About Surgical Group of North Texas

The Surgical Group of North Texas (SurgicalGroupNT.com) is an independent general surgery practice with eight surgeons who have provided high quality surgical care since 1991. They specialize in advanced hernia repair, bariatric surgery, breast cancer, incisionless reflux surgery, oncologic surgery, vein surgery, and minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. They practice at multiple locations, including hospitals affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, HCA, Methodist, and other local hospitals.

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Dr. Nathan Emerson Becomes Certified In Placement of Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters

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Dr. Nathan Emerson Becomes Certified In Placement of Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters

Brings extensive experience in General Surgery, including specialized training in an endoscopic reflux surgery.

(May 16, 2017) Grapevine, TX –  Dr. Nathan Emerson has been certified for placement of peritoneal dialysis catheter from Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter University. At the end of April, he was on a recent trip to Tampa and engaged in a training course certifying him for the procedure.

Dr. Emerson is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is an experienced general surgeon capable of performing the full range of operations in the specialty as well as advanced laparoscopic techniques. He has a special interest in endoscopic reflux surgery. And is specially trained to perform transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF), an innovative procedure that restores the body’s natural protection against esophageal reflux. Many patients suffer from heartburn and regurgitation despite adequate medical therapies. The TIF operation is an effective and safe procedure with minimal complication rates for those patients with difficulty controlling the symptoms of reflux.

Prior to joining the Surgical Group of North Texas, he practiced in Massachusetts for six years.

To make an appointment with Dr. Emerson, call 817-251-0700 or contact your primary care physician for a referral. For more details on the Surgical Group of North Texas, go to SurgicalGroupNT.com.

About Surgical Group of North Texas

The Surgical Group of North Texas (SurgicalGroupNT.com) is an independent general surgery practice with eight surgeons who have provided high quality surgical care since 1991. They specialize in advanced hernia repair, bariatric surgery, breast cancer, incisionless reflux surgery, oncologic surgery, vein surgery, and minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. They practice at multiple locations, including hospitals affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, HCA, Methodist, and other local hospitals.

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A Review of the Role of Robotics in Bariatric Surgery

Originally published Journal of Surgical Oncology 2015;112:279–283

KEY WORDS: bariatric surgery; robotics; obesity; gastric bypass; gastrectomy; biliopancreatic diversion; laparoscopy; cancer

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INTRODUCTION

The number of obese children, adolescents, and adults continues to
rise exponentially and represents a major health issue. Even more
alarming is the increase in patients who are considered morbidly obese
(body mass index [BMI] over 40) [1]. Today, roughly two out of every
three adults in the US are overweight and one out of every three adults
are considered obese. Globally, it is estimated that 500 million adults
are obese and 43 million preschool children are overweight or obese [2].
The adverse consequences of obesity have been recognized for decades.
There are multiple studies showing the correlation between obesity and
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, and
even increased risk of cancer [2–4]. In June 2013, the American
Medical Association formally adopted a policy designating obesity as a
chronic disease [5].

OBESITY AND CANCER

The association of obesity and increased risk of cancer has been
shown in several studies. This association has best been demonstrated in
what has traditionally been thought of as high BMI-related cancers,
such as esophageal (adenocarcinoma), colon, rectal, kidney, pancreas,
gallbladder, and postmenopausal breast and ovarian cancer [4]. Lim
et al. [6] estimated that 3.9% of cancer mortality in 2010 could be
attributed to high BMI. Arnold et al. evaluated worldwide cancer
incidence and its association to BMI. Interestingly, they found that
481,000 (3.6%) of all new cancers cases and 12.8% of all high BMIrelated
cancers in adults were attributable to obesity. The majority of
cases attributed to obesity in this study included uterine, colon, and
breast cancer. The relation of obesity to new cancer cases was
significantly higher in developed as compared to developing countries.
Interestingly, but not surprisingly, this mirrors global obesity
statistics [3,4].

BARIATRIC SURGERY AND CANCER RISK

Recently, there have been several studies looking at the effect of
bariatric surgery on cancer incidence and oncologic outcomes [7,8].
The data are mostly observational studies; however, conclusions
favoring bariatric surgery can be drawn. Two meta-analyses of the
published data concluded that patients undergoing bariatric surgery
when compared to obese individuals who had not undergone surgery

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Steve Schierling, MD, FACS joins Surgical Group of North Texas

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Steve Schierling, MD, FACS joins Surgical Group of North Texas

Brings Extensive Minimally-Invasive General Surgery Experience, Along with In-Office Minimally-Invasive Vein Treatments

(January 5, 2017) Grapevine, TX –  Surgical Group of North Texas is excited to announce the addition of Steve Schierling, MD, FACS to their group. Dr. Schierling, a General Surgeon, has been in practice since 2009, with special expertise in minimally invasive vein treatment, laparoscopic and robotic surgery, including single site robotic surgeries, endocrine surgery, hernia surgery, and exposure for spine surgery.

“Dr. Schierling is a great addition to our group because of his unwavering commitment to surgical quality and safety. His surgical expertise adds to our repertoire of surgical techniques that will provide more options for our patients,” says Dr. Sina Matin, one of the founders of the Surgical Group of North Texas.

Dr. Schierling is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an Aggie through and through, undertaking undergraduate, medical school, and General Surgery residency at Texas A&M University, with clinical training at Scott & White Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Schierling is excited to continue his practice in Las Colinas. “I joined the Surgical Group of North Texas because of our shared value of delivering high quality, patient-centered, safe and effective surgical care,” stated Steve Schierling, MD, FACS. “Working with surgeons with a focus on surgical quality is paramount to me.”

Dr. Schierling also offers a new service to the patients of Surgical Group of North Texas – comprehensive in-office treatment for varicose veins and spider veins. He uses Radiofrequency Ablation, Ambulatory Phlebectomy and Sclerotherapy in the office to treat physical and emotional discomfort caused by these unsightly veins.

About Surgical Group of North Texas

The Surgical Group of North Texas (SurgicalGroupNT.com) is an independent general surgery practice with eight surgeons who have provided high quality surgical care since 1991. They specialize in advanced hernia repair, bariatric surgery, breast cancer, incisionless reflux surgery, oncologic surgery, vein surgery, and minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. They practice at multiple locations, including hospitals affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, HCA, Methodist, and other local hospitals.

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Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai Joins Surgical Group of North Texas

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Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai Joins Surgical Group of North Texas

Brings Extensive Experience in Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery

(December 27, 2016) Grapevine, TX –  Surgical Group of North Texas is excited to announce that Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai has joined their team of exceptional surgeons. Dr. Alibhai adds to the practice’s already impressive skill set of minimally invasive techniques, such as robotic, laparoscopic, endoscopic surgery, and incisionless surgery.

Dr. Sina Matin, one of the founders of Surgical Group of North Texas, stated, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Alibhai in our practice because of his commitment to high quality, safe surgical care. His advanced surgical expertise enables us to offer more options to our patients.”

Dr. Alibhai’s primary interest is enabling obese patients achieve a healthy life through both medical and surgical weight loss. He is well versed in surgical options including sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric bypass, endoscopic incisionless surgery, and more complex operations, such as biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. He believes in helping patients make the transition to a healthier lifestyle through sustained weight loss, which is the key to improved health and a higher quality of life for patients and their families.

In addition to weight loss surgery, Dr. Alibhai ’s areas of interest include the full spectrum of general surgery, treating benign and malignant conditions of the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, hiatal hernias, ulcer disease, and hernias of the abdominal wall.

Dr. Mustafa Alibhai grew up in West Texas and attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas for undergraduate studies. He received his medical degree and General Surgery training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Afterwards, he completed advanced surgical training at the Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas in San Antonio. Dr. Alibhai then served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UT Houston, taking an active role in medical education and research.

About Surgical Group of North Texas

The Surgical Group of North Texas (SurgicalGroupNT.com) is an independent general surgery practice with eight surgeons who have provided high quality surgical care since 1991. They specialize in advanced hernia repair, bariatric surgery, breast cancer, incisionless reflux surgery, oncologic surgery, vein surgery, and minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. They practice at multiple locations, including hospitals affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, HCA, Methodist, and other local hospitals.

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Shahid Shafi, MD, Named CEO of Surgical Group of North Texas

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Shahid Shafi, MD, Named CEO of Surgical Group of North Texas

(December 19, 2016) Grapevine, TX – Surgical Group of North Texas is pleased to announce the appointment of Shahid Shafi, MD, as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Shafi has been a surgeon with Surgical Group of North Texas since 2009.

After receiving his medical degree at Aga Khan University in Pakistan in 1988, Dr. Shafi moved to the US. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He then went on to complete his General Surgery residency at New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ, and Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Surgical Group of North Texas, he was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern and Director for Trauma Surgery service line at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at SMU.

Dr. Shafi’s experience in measuring and reporting quality of surgical care has earned him national and international recognition. He has published over 100 articles in medical journals, and has served in leadership roles at local, state, and national level in the medical field. He also serves as a Medical Director for Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance. In this role, his primary focus is on improving quality of surgical care in the Quality Alliance’s network of over 45 hospitals and over 4600 physicians across Texas.

Dr. Shafi is looking forward to his new role as the first CEO of the Surgical Group of North Texas. He plans to focus on maintaining high quality of surgical care provided by their surgeons, ensuring safe surgery, and treating patients and their families with kindness, compassion, and respect.

Dr. Sina Matin, one of the founders of Surgical Group of North Texas, stated, “Dr. Shafi’s appointment to lead our group reflects our ongoing commitment to return our patients to health through safe, timely, and effective surgery. Dr. Shafi is fully committed to advancing our goals, and we are thrilled that he will lead us through the next phase our growth.”

About Surgical Group of North Texas

The Surgical Group of North Texas is an independent general surgery practice with eight surgeons who have provided high quality surgical care since 1991. They specialize in advanced hernia repair, bariatric surgery, breast cancer, incisionless reflux surgery, oncologic surgery, vein surgery, and minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. They practice at multiple locations, including hospitals affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, HCA, Methodist, and other local hospitals.

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Two SGNT Doctors Recognized as Super Doctors® by TEXAS MONTHLY

Two SGNT doctors were recognized as Super Doctors® by Texas Monthly Magazine. The list is to be published in the December 2016 issue of Texas Monthly Magazine. We are very proud of the dedication and expertise these doctors bring to our patients.

Who are the Super Doctors®?

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Sina Matin, MD, FACS

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Ed Clifford, MD, FACS

Dr. Sina Matin and Dr. Ed Clifford were selected by their peers as outstanding practicing doctors in Texas. After an extensive nomination and research process conducted by MSP Communications, the results were published in Texas Super Doctors®, a special advertising section in the December 2016 issue of TEXAS MONTHLY.

Texas doctors are surveyed each year and asked to nominate one or more doctors other than themselves from specified medical specialties, based on the answer to this question: “If you needed medical care, which doctor would you choose?” Only the highest-scoring doctors, based on recommendations by their peers, are included on the Super Doctors® list. Only 5 percent of the physicians within the respective state or region are named to Super Doctors®.

Surgical Group of North Texas salutes both its doctors named in Super Doctors®.

About Surgical Group of North Texas

The Surgical Group of North Texas is a general surgery practice with specialists in breast cancer surgery, bariatric surgery, comprehensive hernia repair and oncologic surgery.  They also offer minimally invasive techniques such as advanced laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery.  Surgical Group of North Texas is known for their experienced surgeons, quality care, and compassionate relationships with their patients.  For more information, please visit our website.

 

 

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Nathan Emerson, MD, FACS Joins Surgical Group of North Texas

Grapevine, TX – Surgical Group of North Texas is pleased to announce that Dr. Nathan Emerson has joined the practice.  He brings extensive experience in General Surgery, including specialized training in an endoscopic reflux surgery.

Dr. Nathan Emerson did his undergraduate studies at Princeton University and medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine.  Then, he completed a General Surgery Residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.  Prior to joining the Surgical Group of North Texas, he practiced in Massachusetts for six years.   

Dr. Emerson and his wife, a Neurosurgeon, chose to move to the area to be closer to family.  When asked why he selected Surgical Group of North Texas, Dr. Emerson said, “I joined Surgical Group of North Texas because of their great reputation and excellent relationships with patients and physicians.”

He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is an experienced general surgeon capable of performing the full range of operations in the specialty as well as advanced laparoscopic techniques.

Dr. Emerson has a special interest in endoscopic reflux surgery; he is specially trained to perform transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF), an innovative procedure that restores the body’s natural protection against esophageal reflux.  Many patients suffer from heartburn and regurgitation despite adequate medical therapies.  The TIF operation is an effective and safe procedure with minimal complication rates for those patients with difficulty controlling the symptoms of reflux.

To make an appointment with Dr. Emerson, call (817) 251.0070 or contact your primary care physician for a referral.

About Surgical Group of North Texas

The Surgical Group of North Texas is a general surgery practice with specialists in breast cancer surgery, bariatric surgery, oncologic surgery, and reflux surgery.  They also offer minimally invasive techniques such as advanced laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery.  Surgical Group of North Texas is known for their experienced surgeons, quality care, and compassionate relationships with their patients.  For more information, please visit our website.

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Accountable Care Organizations – What, Why, Who, When?

Author:  Shahid Shafi, MD, MPH, Surgical Group of North Texas, Grapevine, TX

Currently, health care delivery in the United States is fragmented and expensive with $2.6 trillion spent on national health care expenditures annually. This accounts for almost 18% of the gross domestic product, higher than any other country.1 Despite this level of spending, the United States ranks 37th in the world in performance.2 Our current health care system focuses on treatment of diseases rather than maintenance of health and wellness.  Care of individual patients is fragmented between primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals, and other providers, with little coordination. Another problem inherent in the current fee-for-service model is the incentive for overutilization. These factors contribute to a system that is vulnerable to duplication of services, higher cost, and lower quality.

What is an Accountable Care Organization?

The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a health care delivery model, proposed in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, to achieve efficient and effective high quality health care at lower costs. An ACO is an integrated group of health care providers working together to provide a continuum of care for the patients that will improve quality and reduce cost of care (Figure 1). These providers include primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals, post-hospital facilities, and home health.3

Patient benefits of ACO

There are two key features of an ACO: integration of care and value-based payments.

Integration of care requires a network of providers that utilize electronic health records (EHR) which meet specific interoperability standards and allow access to patients to their health information, in a private, secure and confidential environment.4 Interoperability allows sharing of patients’ medical information between different providers, which is essential to coordinate care of the patients and minimize duplication of services and tests.

Value-based payment systems will require a change from the current “fee for service” model to a “fee for value” system that rewards better patient outcomes instead of utilization of services. Under this system, quality of care will be measured using benchmarks that have been defined by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and are summarized in Figure 2.5 Thirty-three quality benchmarks in four domains will be used to measure quality of care: (1) patient experience of care, (2) care coordination/patient safety, (3) preventative health, and (4) at-risk population/frail elderly health. Implementation of these quality metrics will require a robust infrastructure to ensure adoption of best clinical practices, obtain quality metrics, and to track patient outcomes.

There are three models of value-based payment systems that are currently under investigations: pay for performance, bundled care, and shared savings. Pay for performance model will require health care providers to meet certain quality benchmarks before they receive full payment for their services.  Bundles care payment model will provide a single payment for a well-defined episode of care, such as an elective surgery, that will be shared by all providers involved in that episode of care. Shared savings model will reward providers with savings that may be generated by reducing cost of care while achieving quality benchmarks. Each of these models of payments has its own risks and benefits. ACOs will likely use a combination of these models.

What is the current status of ACOs?

Across the nation, physician groups, individual hospitals, and local health care systems have initiated a number of pilot projects. These projects are funded by local health care systems, large employers, commercial health insurers, and CMS. Common elements of all ACOs are the following:

  • A network of providers is established.
  • One or more models of payment are adopted.
  • An integrated electronic health record system is implemented across the providers.
  • Quality metrics, as well as information systems to measure them, are defined and established.
  • Patients are assigned to the ACO based upon their current providers and insurance plan.
  • Reports on cost and quality are developed and shared in a transparent manner.

Conclusion

Accountable Care Organizations established by the Affordable Care Act will likely have a major impact on health care delivery in the country. Seniors on Medicare will be assigned to an ACO over the next few years. While the goal of this delivery model is to improve the quality of care and reduce cost, it will also reduce choices for patients. Hence it is imperative for everybody to educate himself or herself on how it will impact them.

Figure 1: Accountable Care Organization – Conceptual Framework

Managing Care Transitions

Align Physicians

Reduce Cost of Care

Managing Care Transitions

Align Physicians

Reduce Cost of Care

Figure 2: Quality Benchmarks

*At-risk population is defined as patients with one or more of the following diseases:  diabetes, heart failure, coronary artery disease, hypertension, ischemic vascular disease.

REFERENCES:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of the Actuary. [Accessed April 13, 2012]
  • World Health Organization – World Health Organization Assesses the World’s Health Systems. [Accessed April 20, 2012]
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, ‘Affordable Care Act in Action at C.M.S.’ <http://www.cms.gov/home/aca.asp> [Accessed March 21 2012].
  • HITECH Act Enforcement Interim Final Rule. [Accessed April 23, 2012].
  • Desmararais, H.R. (2012). “The Medicare Shared Savings Program. Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons 97(3): 7-12.

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Sina Matin, MD, appointed to board of Texas Association of Bariatric Surgery

Grapevine, TX – Dr. Sina Matin has been appointed as the northeast regional board member for the Texas Association of Bariatric Surgery. TABS was established in 2005 as a resource for physicians, bariatric surgeons, and weight loss surgery patients. Through TABS, members can share ideas, access referral networks, and participate in patient education on health and wellness. The TABS membership includes 65 physicians and surgeons across the state and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

With his appointment to the TABS board, Dr. Matin adds to his list of medical associations and certifications. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is in private practice with Surgical Group on North Texas and works within the Baylor Health Care System. Dr. Matin is a General Surgeon with additional training in advanced laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, and bariatric surgery. He follows a consultative approach with his patients and is known for his outgoing personality and caring bedside manner.

After receiving his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Matin completed his surgical residency and research fellowship at the University of Texas in Galveston (UTMB). He then trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and as faculty at UTMB.

Dr. Matin is active in and recognized by the following organizations: the Texas Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

To make an appointment with Dr. Matin, call (817) 305.5061 or contact your primary care physician for a referral.

About Surgical Group of North Texas

The Surgical Group of North Texas is a general surgery practice with specialists in breast cancer surgery, bariatric surgery, and oncologic surgery.  They also offer minimally invasive techniques such as advanced laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery.  Surgical Group of North Texas is known for their experienced surgeons, quality care, and compassionate relationships with their patients.  For more information, please visit our website.

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