Vituro Health premieres peer-to-peer HIFU training for partner physicians
May 9, 2016
Vituro Health, a comprehensive prostate care provider that empowers men during all stages of life, launched the first Elite Center for HIFU Training at its Sarasota, Fla., location on April 22-23, 2016, providing peer-to-peer education on minimally invasive high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy for prostate cancer.
A total of four Vituro Health partner physicians participated in the in-depth training. Activities included observing HIFU cases performed by Medical Director Stephen Scionti, M.D., and a lectured seminar series focused on the patient experience, advanced techniques and the application of technology to HIFU procedures by Gerald Grubbs, M.D., interventional radiologist for Vituro Health.
“Our partner physicians get a superior level of support because of the unique situation we offer, having Dr. Scionti, who honestly is the best in the field, as our medical director,” said Clete Walker, CEO of Vituro Health. “We have the resources to facilitate a comprehensive training of state-of-the-art HIFU technique and advanced diagnostics to help our partner physicians build their programs with excellent outcomes.”
This course offering not only sets physicians on a pathway to success for each patient case, Scionti says, it also sets them apart from others performing HIFU treatments.
“We can ensure quality with Vituro Health partner physicians because of our strict training protocols and very close physician supervised proctoring programs,” explained Scionti. “Our use of advanced diagnostics and our careful approach to patient selection coupled with a solid understanding of the highly complex procedure helps protect our patients.”
Following the training, partner physicians treat patients alongside Dr. Scionti as the lead surgeon. Once the partner physicians have mastered the core concepts of HIFU, they are assisted in opening their local HIFU centers. Once open, Dr. Scionti and other proctors are on-site for the initial cases until the physician partner is issued a certificate proving they can conduct safe and effective HIFU therapy.
“Partner physicians will not treat patients independently until they demonstrate confidence of competency,” said Scionti. “Our approach certainly is more time-consuming, but our comprehensive training provides every patient the opportunity to have their cancer treated with the much reduced side-effect profile HIFU offers. HIFU can preserve quality of life when performed with care.”
Urology Centers of Alabama partner physician Bryant Poole, M.D., says participating in the training was crucial due to the complicated nature of performing HIFU.
“This training helped tremendously because you need someone with many years of experience, such as Dr. Scionti, showing you how to avoid the complications that can happen,” Poole said. “The outcomes with HIFU can be very good, but if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to poor outcomes.”
Kasraeian Urology surgeon and Vituro Health partner physician Ali Kasraeian, M.D., FACS, agrees.
“Patients choose HIFU because it can preserve as much normal tissues as possible to preserve function that impacts quality of life,” Kasraeian said. “In doing peer-to-peer training, you can see firsthand what it takes to understand the technology, but also how to take that information and apply it to patient care, to achieve those desired outcomes.”
The next Elite Center for HIFU Training is anticipated to take place in early summer 2016.
About Vituro Health
Vituro Health empowers men with comprehensive prostate care during all stages of their lives. We arm partner physicians with HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) technology and other patient-centric, concierge services to elevate the standard of care and patient experiences. Vituro Health serves patients nationwide and is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., with partnering physicians in Birmingham, Sarasota, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla., and Atlanta who are carefully selected based on their depth of experience, expertise and dedication to achieving the highest levels of patient outcomes. For more information visit www.viturohealth.com.