The Goal of the Interventional
Cardiologist in the Midst of
Health Care Reform
As the discussion around health care reform intensifies, leaders in the field of interventional cardiology are faced with the
challenge of providing more efficient and cost-effective care.
“We cannot waste. We have to be more efficient in our care,” says
Christopher White, MD, MSCAI, who will present the Founders
Lecture at the SCAI 2017 Scientific Sessions (SCAI 2017) in New
Orleans, La. “Any decision [interventional cardiologists] make about
growth or new programs and strategies has to fundamentally pass the
test: Does this improve the efficiency of my care? Does this lower the
cost per unit of care? Because when it raises the cost per unit of care,
then you’ve got a real problem.”
Dr. White is the chief of medical services and
professor and chairman of medicine at the John
Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New
Orleans. Attendees of this year’s Founders Lec-
ture can expect an honest appraisal of the future
of the interventional cardiology profession from
Dr. White during his talk.
As the Chief of Medical Services, Dr. White
oversees strategic development institution-wide,
Dr. White hopes to use his expertise and experience to convince
SCAI 2017 attendees to start taking the initiative on health care
reform. The difficulty in change is the uncertainty that comes along
with it, which Dr. White believes may be uncomfortable for many
health care professionals.
“But I do think [there are] some fundamental principles that I
can help them understand that will steer some of their thinking,” he
Dr. White envisions a bright future for interventional cardiology;
a future that must begin with better management of medical care,
treatment, and procedures. Dr. White claims that successful reform
will not happen by accident.
“If we are responsible for what we need to take care of, I think our
future is very bright and robust,” he says. “I think that the theme of
being efficient and reducing the cost per unit of care is going to be
our ticket to success. As we become more efficient, we will become
Dr. White will present the Founders Lecture on Friday, May
12th, at 8:30 a.m. EST. To register for SCAI 2017, go to http://www.
SCAI 2017 PREVIEW
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Dr. Kern describes coronary physiology as a “perfect complement”
to the goals of the Scientific Sessions, which provide a framework
Morton J. Kern, MD, FSCAI for attendees to learn new techniques
that are easy to implement.
The topic is very near and dear to Dr. Kern, as he has witnessed
the evolution of the coronary physiology practice. “Coronary physiology happens to be a very personal subject of interest for me as I grew
up in an era before this field was widely applied,” he says.
“In my fellowship training, I learned how to measure coronary
sinus blood flow and expanded with new measuring techniques to
coronary arterial Doppler flow and finally transregional coronary
Dr. Kern’s extensive research on coronary physiology led him to
better understand the human coronary circulation, which he states is
“applicable” to many of the things taking place within the profession.
Dr. Kern will deliver the Hildner Lecture on Thursday, May 11th,
at 8:00 a.m. EST. To register for SCAI 2017, visit http://www.scai.
The History of Coronary Physiology and Its Flow in the Right Direction