4 Sep 2012
Overcoming Interventional Radiology Turf Wars
by Joe Cantlupe for August 2012 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.
It sounds like a conflict of epic proportions when you talk to some healthcare leaders. As David Levin, MD, former chairman of the department of radiology for the 969-bed Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia puts it, "There are turf wars, and there's been a big turf war between interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons."
Levin is referring to a longstanding healthcare issue: the disputes between interventional radiologists and other physician groups that center on which medical professionals should do certain procedures. Today, more health systems see the value in working to overcome the conflicts and finding ways to thrive in models where radiologists collaborate with physicians from different service lines. Read entire article...