Date: March 1, 2012
In a year or so, well after our division is settled in this long-awaited new space, the changes that I’m especially interested in will take place. Yes, our rooms won’t have to do double-duty, patients’ families will be far more comfortable and engaged and, we can now admit, there won’t be a mismatch between the way we look and the standard of care that we offer.
But I’m eager for the change that will come now that we can expand our staff. With more hands, our expertise will be richer, our care even broader. We expect to deepen the innovation that we greatly value.
A case in point: Performing NOTES*—the emerging endoscopic surgery—requires the air pressure and airflow of a surgical suite, a higher sterilization capability and special tilt tables. Now we’ll have that!
But as we train new staff in this pioneering technique, each will bring fresh ideas and unique skills and let us expand NOTES to its limits. What that will bring to medicine goes well beyond anything the blueprints could show.
We hope that you will enjoy this glimpse of what we’re undertaking. Please call on us to learn how we can contribute to your practice.
Anthony N. Kalloo, M.D.
Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
*natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery