Brent Smith of Cleveland. Smith has returned to his hometown of Cleveland after spending his last few years in Jackson serving as PRN physician for MEA Medical Clinics and American Family Care Medical Clinics. He has served as a member on several medical and philanthropic organizations. He has also been the recipient of several awards, his latest being the 2012 AMA-RFS Paul Ambrose Award for Leadership Among Resident Physicians. Smith said that he has decided to move back to his hometown in order to set up his own practice, which will be his first practice since completing his training. “What I would call my goals for working really just encompass my vision for what I want my practice to be,” said Smith. “Family medicine meshed with what I thought a doctor should be, as a clinician and a member of a community, and being a small town doctor fulfilled a need to give back to a community for the material and status blessings it gives to physicians.” Smith also described an experience with a shoulder injury from playing football for Cleveland High, which he said encouraged his interest in studying sports medicine. “At the time,” said Smith, “there was a local orthopedist who evaluated me and diagnosed me with an injury that would eventually need surgery, but that ‘could wait until after the season.’ By the last week of the season, I could barely lift my arm to the shoulder and my mother and I decided to seek a second opinion. To do that, we waited a week on the orthopedic group from Jackson to come to town, where they diagnosed me with a nerve injury to my shoulder that could have potentially paralyzed my arm if injured again before healing.” “The realization that I had played for six weeks with an arm that could have been paralyzed for life honestly scared me to death, and that realization planted a burning desire in me to not let another kid in my hometown take that risk, to be misinformed and because of it be in danger of an injury that can affect the rest of their life,” said Smith. That inspiration has brought Smith a long way, as he aspires to further the advancement of medical care in the Delta and establish a family medicine residency program in the future. “We know that residency program location is a huge driver for eventual practice location for young physicians,” said Smith, “so establishing a residency here will help serve the needs of the community be helping to boost the physician population as well as training physicians in an environment where they can see the challenges that face this population on a daily basis and let those experiences mold their educational experience.” Though Smith knows that he has a long road ahead of him and the challenges he will face will be difficult, he said that it is those difficulties that tend to make his career the most worthwhile. “For me the most difficult experiences in medicine are the most rewarding, and thats delivering bad news,” said Smith. Telling a family that Grandma probably wont make it to the morning, that this condition probably isnt going to get better, or that their son or daughter is going to need surgery to fix this injury are easily the hardest conversations to have.
Dr. Paul Gans, beloved family physician in Queens, dies at 84
Paul Gans, beloved family physician in Queens, dies at 84 Dr. Gans, who also loved to fish, ran his practice in Astoria for more than 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Diane Grossman; daughter, Martha Gold; and grandson Benjamin Ferraioli. By Tina Moore / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, September 15, 2013, 9:21 AM Dr. Paul Gans, an iconic figure in his Queens neighborhood, died on Wednesday. Dr. Paul Gans, a family physician in Queens died on Wednesday. He was 84. Gans ran his practice on 35th St. in Astoria for more than 50 years, and sadly closed it down in 2010. An iconic figure in the neighborood, Gans treated generations of families, as well as kindly taking as patients those who were unable to pay. He graduated from SUNY Downstate medical school in 1954 and served his residency in the Army at the U.S. Army Hospital as a captain until 1957. Gans loved to fish. He is survived by his wife, Diane Grossman; daughter, Martha Gold; and grandson Benjamin Ferraioli.
Poor Physician Understanding of Drug-Coated-Balloon Mechanics Affects Perceived Effectiveness and Limits Adoption in Peripheral Vascular Treatment
“Manufacturers who are able to establish more clear evidence regarding the speed of drug diffusion and the duration of the drug in the vessel wall would boost physician confidence in DCB efficacy and increase adoption.” The results come from a new MRG report, The Use of Drug-Coated Balloons in Peripheral Vascular Interventions (Europe), part of its Physician Forum series. Physician Forum survey reports are produced in response to specific market events and trends that are expected to have significant effects on utilization and sales of medical devices. The survey report is now available. The results are based on surveys that were conducted in June 2013 and included 200 physicians. Survey respondents were interventional cardiologists, interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons, with a total of 40 physicians each from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Millennium Research Group’s The Use of Drug-Coated Balloons in Peripheral Vascular Interventions (Europe) survey report provides information about current and future clinical applications for DCBs as well as physician perceptions of the various DCB brands. About Millennium Research Group Millennium Research Group ( http://www.MRG.net ), a Decision Resources Group company ( http://www.DecisionResourcesGroup.com ), is the global authority on medical technology market intelligence and the leading provider of strategic information to the healthcare sector. The company provides specialized industry expertise through multiclient market research, ongoing Marketrack projects, customer loyalty tracking, facility-level procedure forecasting, and customized solutions. About Decision Resources Group Decision Resources Group is a cohesive portfolio of companies that offers best-in-class, high-value information, and insights on important sectors of the healthcare industry. Clients rely on this analysis and data to make informed decisions. Please visit Decision Resources Group at http://www.DecisionResourcesGroup.com .