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Clinical Programs

The Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care is working to launch new models of care, focusing on some of the more common conditions affecting Americans today, such as musculoskeletal disease. The department works closely with clinical experts on its faculty to design evidence-based, person-centered care pathways that focus on helping people get and stay healthy.

UT Health Austin

Faculty in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care lead care teams at UT Health Austin, the clinical practice of Dell Med, focused on musculoskeletal conditions, heartburn and acid reflux and — coming soon — pain management.

At the Musculoskeletal Institute, a team of experts provides care for everything from severe osteoarthritis to mild ankle sprains. It includes orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, associate providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), physical therapists, social workers and dietitians. By bringing together these experts, the department can better ensure that patients will be connected with the right provider at the right time to address their specific needs and preferences. The institute also hosts its Immersion Program in Value-Based Health Care for health care professionals looking to learn firsthand how to design and implement value-based care models within their own organizations.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease and related conditions are a major issue for a significant number of Americans. The Center for Heartburn and Esophageal Disorders at UT Health Austin comprehensively addresses the causes and offers a range of treatments for patients suffering from these conditions.

The Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease offers comprehensive surgical care for the treatment of pediatric heart diseases and defects with a focus on patient-centered outcomes. The department operates a Comprehensive Pain Management clinic at UT Health Austin that is composed of pain management physicians, associate providers, physical therapists and clinical social workers who assess the complex causes of chronic pain conditions and deliver multimodal care.

Other Clinical Work

In addition to its clinical programs at UT Health Austin, the department is focused on:

  • Urology: In partnership with Ascension Seton and the Community Care Collaborative, the department has developed new referral protocols for primary care providers to better define what conditions can be managed by primary care and what conditions are better suited for specialist management. Additionally, the team has implemented an active referral management approach that includes triaging patients based on clinical need to ensure timely access and streamlining new referrals so that patients are connected with the right providers.
  • Surgical Oncology: The department’s fellowship-trained surgical oncologists offer cutting-edge care for multiple types of cancer diagnoses. They work closely with medical and radiation oncologists to provide a whole-patient approach to integrated cancer care.
  • Coordinated Care for Complex Surgical Patients: In February 2018, the department co-launched a Perioperative Surgical Home in partnership with Ascension Seton. This program, composed of anesthesiologists, internal medicine hospitalists, advanced practice providers and other allied health providers, aims to provide perioperative assessment and global optimization of complex surgical patients.
  • Geriatric Trauma: Elderly patients who suffer a traumatic injury are at high risk for additional complications and often face a significant worsening of their quality of life afterward. This integrated program, in collaboration with the Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Internal Medicine, helps elderly patients safely transition after a traumatic injury.