FRENCH CAMP — San Joaquin General Hospital continues to raise its profile, this time with the surrounding medical community, by holding its inaugural Research Day later this month.
Research Day is slated from 8 a.m. to noon June 27 on the French Camp campus and includes a jam-packed agenda for surgeons, physicians, nurses and medical researchers focusing on the latest innovations in cancer research, early detection and treatments.
But in addition to the cancer presentations by several world-class experts, the day will include “intellectual conversations” on everything from surgery to cell biology, medical law, patient diversity, big data, medical occupational hazards, genetics, global health, health economics and precision medicine.
Event Chairman Dr. Dinesh Vyas, director of the county hospital’s General Surgery Residency Program, expects the venue to provide for an open and lively exchange of ideas and information among medical practitioners regarding all phases of general medical science, procedures and best practices.
“This community has so much potential which has not been realized,” Vyas said, noting that he initially came to San Joaquin General to help get its trauma program off probation. Now that that’s been accomplished, he has set his sights on making not only the hospital but San Joaquin County itself “a top-notch center of medicine. Research is how you can bring that intellect to town. And once that’s here, it shifts care to the next level,” Vyas said.
“In the past 10 months, we have built the infrastructure in all aspects of surgery. We are not only taking care of local patients, but we are bringing in patients from areas where it is hard to get care. Our goal is to be better than centers like (University of California, San Francisco) and UC Davis.”
One way he already is building the foundation for that is by bringing in highly regarded physicians who stay for a day, talk and work with the medical residents and share hands-on experiences.
“We are doing that type of critical thinking and activity, and that will create a critical mass. Eventually, that will bring in the research industry and our patient care here will become world class,” Vyas said, seeking to create an atmosphere of optimism regarding the future of medicine in San Joaquin County.
It’s possible, he said, because of the support the program has received from the county Board of Supervisors and advancing technology in research practices that, thanks to better connectivity, make possible completing experiments in five years that previously took 20.
Vyas already has seen a change in the residents who have come to train and work at San Joaquin General: two have Ph.D.s, one in cell biology and the other in gene therapy. Another has an MBA in health economics from New York University, one was formerly a paralegal, and still another ran an independent science lab before going into medicine.
With those varied backgrounds, if they remain in the community after their residencies, “the next step is bringing excellence to this community.”
Research Day, Vyas said, “is the time to showcase all these happenings in one day.”
The featured speakers at Research Day include:
• Anthony Senagore, MD, MS, MBA, professor and vice chair of clinical operations, chief of GI/Oncology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He is credited with developing minimally invasive surgery for colorectal cancer while he was with the Cleveland Clinic.
• Ishwalal Jiatal, MD, Ph.D., assistant dean of research, professor of physiology, metabolism and clinical pathology, California Northstate University College of Medicine.
• Phillip Mack, Ph.D, vice president of research at CNSU and professor, UC Davis.
• Lakshni Shankar Chaturvedi Ph.D, professor of clinical research and genetics, San Joaquin General Hospital Department of Surgery.
Physician attendees will receive education credits and will be able to tour the San Joaquin General campus to get acquainted with the hospital’s technology and facilities at their professional disposal. This event will be a yearly activity that will advance medical care for all residents in Northern California, Vyas said.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Jessica Kolatch, SJGH Department of Surgery Graduate Medical Education at (209) 468-6622.
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