Nothing is more demanding for a great company than to meet the challenge of perpetuating its excellence and quality from one generation to the next. Can the challenge be met? Now in its 54th year, the Michigan Vascular Center (MVC) has taken great strides to meet the challenge and answer this question with a resounding “Yes!”
A Stellar Year
Although no Olympic gold was collected, 2016 was truly a golden year for MVC. From research, to education, to volunteerism, MVC demonstrated how it continues to flourish by assuming leadership roles in the community and beyond. Below are some examples.
MVC Wins Research and teaching Awards
The Michigan State University/Flint Area Medical Education (FAME) Community Research Forum is a collaborative event sponsored by McLaren–Flint, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Hurley Medical Center and MSU/FAME. This past year’s 18th annual event in May featured 104 oral presentations and 43 poster presentations of research conducted by teaching facilities, resident physicians, medical students, nurses and other health professionals. MVC announces the following awards:
Specialty Research Award in the Category of Surgery: awarded to second-year vascular fellow Baraa Zuhaili, M.D. for his work on “The Incidence of Carotid Stent Fracture and Concerns Regarding Stent Durability over Time.” Authors: Baraa Zuhaili, M.D., and Robert G. Molnar, M.D.
Outstanding Educator Award, MSU Flint Campus: awarded to Mark A. Mattos, M.D. This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the personal development of his or her students. In addition, Dr. Mattos received a Faculty Teaching Award from the Department of Surgery Residency program at Genesys Regional Medical Center.
FAME Faculty Investigator Award, McLaren–Flint: awarded to Robert G. Molnar, M.D. This award recognizes a faculty member whose academic and teaching efforts in research and scholarly activity have advanced research education in the community. Dr. Molnar also received this award the previous year, which underscores his commitment to promoting research in the Flint area.
Faculty Appointments to Clinical Professorship
MVC is honored to announce that Carlo A. Dall’Olmo, M.D., and Robert G. Molnar, M.D., were appointed clinical professors of surgery in the MSU Department of Surgery this year. To be considered for appointment, a physician must be board certified in a medical specialty and recognized for distinguished productivity, to include academic leadership in his or her community. Appointees must have a history of significant activity supporting the primary academic department and college’s educational, research and service goals. They must also meet several guidelines concerning teaching or research and have a record of service to their profession.
Vascular Fellowship Announcements
Baraa Zuhaili, M.D., successfully completed the two-year Michigan State University/Michigan Vascular Center Vascular Fellowship Program. Dr. Zuhaili has joined a private practice in Baltimore.
Anan Tawil, M.D., represents the 2016–2018 class. Dr. Tawil received his medical degree from Jordan University. He completed general surgery training at Harlem Hospital Center.
2015 graduates Sherry Cavanagh, M.D., and Mohammad Sarhan, M.D., vascular fellows from the first graduating class, are now board-certified vascular surgeons.
MVC interviewed 14 vascular surgery candidates and successfully “matched” its top choices for the class of 2017–2019: Neeta V. Karani, M.D., and Jessica L. Williams, M.D. Dr. Karani received her medical degree from St. George’s University. She completed general surgery training at Carle Foundation Hospital. Dr. Williams is a Michigan native who received her medical degree from MSU, Flint Campus. She completed general surgery training at California State University, East Bay.
New Vascular Surgeon Joins MVC
MVC proudly announces the addition of Ranjith Dodla, M.D., as of July 1, 2016. He completed general surgery training at Montefiore Medical Center, the Bronx. He completed a two-year vascular fellowship at Northwell Health in Great Neck, New York. Dr. Dodla received the prestigious Fellow Teacher of the Year award and has a special interest in the complex hybrid debranching technique for the management of complex aneurysms.
Named Michigan Medical Group Management Association Administrator of the Year
Gary C. Paavola, M.B.A., C.M.P.E., received the 2016 MiMGMA Administrator of the Year award. This award recognizes a medical group practice administrator affiliated with the MiMGMA who has exhibited exceptional leadership/management proficiency. It recognizes leaders who have enhanced the effectiveness of health care delivery in their practice and community through commitment to the health care business. Paavola has been the executive director of MVC since 1985 and the past president of MiMGMA and the national Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) for over 31 years. He is past president of MiMGMA, MGMA Midwest Section and the MGMA Surgical Assembly. Paavola also served on the national MGMA Board of Directors for six years, representing over 33,000 medical practice administrators, 18,000 health care organizations and 385,000 physicians.
MVC Awarded Three Distinct Reaccreditations
ACGME: The Michigan State University/Michigan Vascular Center Vascular Fellowship Program was awarded full reaccreditation in January 2016, with continued approval of up to two vascular fellows per year. The program received its initial three-year approval by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2012 as one of only two programs approved that year and one of only 140 vascular fellowship training programs throughout the United States.
IAC: MVC opened its noninvasive lab in 1980 as the first of its kind in Genesee County. In 1990 the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) implemented national standards and accredited their first vascular labs. MVC became one of the first vascular labs in the country to receive accreditation. ICAVL expanded in 2008 to become the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). MVC has participated in accreditation for over 26 years and was reaccredited through 2019.
AAAHC: On April 21, 2016, MVC was awarded its third three-year Certificate of Accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). This organization measures the quality of an ambulatory center’s services and performance against nationally recognized standards. MVC is accredited at all five office-based locations. Subjecting offices to this rigorous review is in keeping with values of maintaining and delivering the highest standard of quality for patient care.