Since announcing The Change Institute of Cook County Health, one of our immediate priorities has been to create a structure to enhance and expand our service lines in three key areas where we too often see patients presenting with late-stage disease: cardiology, neurology, and oncology. We are pleased to announce the appointments of three new interim leaders tasked with spearheading initiatives that will improve patient outcomes in their respective area of expertise.
As interim Director of the Cardiovascular Service Line Project, Dr. Rami Doukky will lead the effort to bring cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, rehabilitative medicine, physical therapy, and radiology together to meet the needs of our patients. Expanding non-invasive procedures in the Catheterization and EP labs is already underway.
Dr. Lakshmi Warrior will serve as interim Director of the Neuroscience Service Line Project, charged with developing a multidisciplinary program that more closely unites neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, rehabilitative medicine, physical therapy, and radiology. Building neuroscience capacity to perform more complex surgical procedures will provide our patients with integrated state-of-the-art care.
For the Cancer Center Service Line Project, Dr. Urgeet Patel has been named interim Director and will lead in providing a comprehensive continuum of cancer care for our patients. Under Dr. Patel’s leadership, the Cancer Center will bring together Medical and Radiation Oncology, Surgery, Pathology, Genetic Counseling, Infusion Center, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Psychosocial Services, and Palliative Care to provide integrated care for the communities we serve.
Please join me in congratulating Drs. Doukky, Warrior and Patel. We look forward to sharing updates about their work to address health equity and improve patient outcomes in the coming months.
Israel Rocha Jr., CEO
Cook County Health
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