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David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – April 2021(1)

April 1, 2021

The last year has been mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting for health care professionals, particularly those individuals on the front lines of providing care to coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) patients and those who have had to postpone operations for patients needing nonurgent care. Add to that situation constant threats of payment cuts, hospital and private practice […]

Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding the business of health care and the importance of maintaining appropriate surgical training, particularly during the pandemic.

Reducing returns to the operating room

Technology has continued to drive advances in surgery toward more minimally invasive, cost-conscious, patient-centric procedures. At the same time, the battle to prevent surgical complications has taken center stage as a means to improve patient outcomes and reduce overall health care costs for both patients and hospitals. Complications and their associated costs after surgical intervention […]

Neoadjuvant immunotherapy: Results in melanoma show promise and pave the way for other solid tumors

It is astonishing to consider that it was only 10 years ago that the first immune checkpoint blockade inhibitor garnered Food and Drug Administration approval. Modern immunotherapy began as single-agent therapy in patients with widely metastatic disease in just a few types of cancer, whereas today, hundreds of different agents targeting various aspects of the […]

Where there’s smoke: Quick Safety article recommends safety precautions

Identifies precautionary measures related to the removal of surgical smoke, including engineering controls, smoke evacuators, and high-filtration masks.


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