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For Americans facing surgery for conditions such as gallbladder or thyroid issues, hernias, weight loss or breast cancer there are a number of treatment options. But one thing many patients don’t consider is the care model of the providing practice.


Care models matter

According to the American Medical Association, physician‑led practice models are an effective approach to health care delivery.

They believe this approach will have the potential to address and access problems due to an imbalance between the supply of health care professionals and the demand for health care.


Doctor-led. Patient-focused.

In specialty practices, such as general surgery, physician-led care gives doctors more control over treatment choices, which allows them to keep a patient’s unique experience at the center of all decisions.

Their doctors take into consideration the patient’s preferences, medical history, support system, and relationship with health care providers throughout his or her health care delivery experience.*

Better experience. Better outcomes.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, doctors at USMD general surgery clinics provide a good example of physician-led care being used to deliver more coordinated care.

 “Regardless of the condition, our focus is always on doing what’s best for our patients,” says H. Paul Stiefel, MD, Medical Director of General Surgery at USMD.

“USMD doctors understand the importance of being involved in a patient’s treatment every step of the way – until a patient is back on their feet.”

State-of-the-art expertise

Dr. Stiefel provides examples such as USMD surgeons’ state-of-the‑art robotic or laparoscopic surgery expertise. “Our world‑class surgeons are really skilled at understanding patients as real people."

"This means they know things like reduced incision size, faster recovery times, minimized scarring, decreased downtime and fewer complications are important to patients.”

Independently Healthy

To learn more about USMD surgery services, and how their physician‑led care model helps keep their patients Independently Healthy, visit



*American Medical Association, “Models of physician-led team-based care”, 2015.


The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.