Developing Minimally Invasive Surgery Centers Within Kaiser Permanente: The Integrated Multidisciplinary Experience of Los Angeles


Gary W Chien, MD; Maher A Abbas, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Spring 2009 - Volume 13 Number 2


Minimally invasive surgical therapies are growing in type and volume of interventions. As one of the largest health delivery organizations in the US, Kaiser Permanente staff must be aware that the proliferation of these technologies has occurred in parallel within many surgical specialties, with a large variation in level of implementation between different regions and even within regions. In Los Angeles, we have developed the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, encompassing a multidisciplinary, integrated approach. It unites the effort and expertise of many outstanding practitioners within the organization and consolidates the achievements of many surgical specialties. It also brings together the elements needed to provide the highest level of care to our patients in a safe, efficient, cost-effective environment, with minimal morbidity and best long-term outcome.

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