The American College of Radiology (ACR) published an Imaging 3.0 case study on March 7th featuring UVA Radiology Department Chair Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, and Interventional Radiology (IR) Division Director John Fritz Angle, MD. The article focuses on the work Drs. Matsumoto and Angle, as well as the other UVA interventional radiologists, did over the course of many years to build UVA’s IR clinic into a thriving practice that prioritizes value over volume.
An excerpt from the article:
UVA’s interventional radiologists (IRs) began establishing a patient-facing, multidisciplinary care model in the late 1990s to manage complex diseases and treat the entire person. Since then, they have spent over two decades building the visibility and credibility of IR into a thriving, patient-oriented practice — one that imparts guiding principles to the next generation of IRs.
“We feel comfortable taking care of patients and believe we have real responsibility for and accountability to the care of patients,” says [Dr.] Matsumoto. “We’ve always wanted them to see us as their physicians.”
To that end, Matsumoto and Angle worked tirelessly in those early years to demonstrate the visibility of IR in the hospital setting and build a strong and cohesive clinical service. They consulted with patients in the prep and recovery area of the procedure suite and provided clinical notes in patient charts, adding complementary and timely information to the admitting specialty’s notes. Their input provided not only relevant case details, but also illustrated the breadth of expertise and value the IRs bring to patient care.
Such efforts did not go unnoticed. In fact, several members of the IR team received the UVA School of Medicine’s Dean’s Clinical Excellence Award the first five years the model was implemented, bolstering the specialty’s clinical reputation in Virginia and beyond.