Dr. Patel returns to Tucson, providing pediatric endocrinology at TMCOne

Patel C PhotoDr. Chetanbabu Patel returned to Tucson in June and joined the TMCOne location on 2380 N. Ferguson, across the street from the TMC main campus.

While there are many great reasons for moving to Tucson, Dr. Patel summed it with just one. “The best care for the children we are treating,” he said. “This was a unique opportunity to be a part of a comprehensive program involving specially trained staff who communicates frequently and openly with families – that’s why I chose TMCOne.”

Dr. Patel and his team provide care for children ages 0 to 18 who are experiencing a wide range of endocrine related illnesses, including diabetes, thyroid disorders, adrenal and pituitary disorders, metabolic challenges, and much more.

“Chronic endocrine issues are complex and require a team working together to best help children achieve strong health,” the doctor explained. The team involves the coordinated efforts of specialists at the TMCOne clinic and Tucson Medical Center. The specialists include clinical dieticians, social workers, certified diabetic educators and several others.

Why the certified educators? “The importance of communication cannot be overstated – we want parents to feel comfortable and confident working with us because they are the most important part of the treatment team.”

Peds Endocrinology Care Flyer JPEGEach endocrine challenge is as unique as each human body and what works for one child may not work for another, which can frustrate parents and the patient. Dr. Patel says empathy is an important part of the care provided at his clinic.

“I try and place myself in the parent’s shoes, and understand what is happening with respect to the family dynamics as well as with happening with that particular child. I give them my undivided attention and spend enough time so that they understand why I want them to get labs or to consider one of the treatment options.”

Dr. Patel has dedicated his career to learning as much as possible about pediatric endocrine illness, and he is a devoted advocate for children and their families.

“I always dreamed of becoming a doctor to help others,” he said. “I enjoy working with the parents as well as the babies and teenagers to help them achieve optimum health.”

In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Patel has held many respected positions, including director of diabetes education at the Steele Research Center, chief of pediatric endocrinology at Texas Tech University and assistant professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Arizona.

His immediate and extended family also reside in Arizona, and Dr. Patel has always felt that Tucson is his home. While basketball, tennis and reading are his favorite hobbies, he most enjoys spending time with his family.

Dr. Patel is currently accepting new patients. Please call (520) 324-1010 to schedule.

 

 

Comprehensive Weight-Loss Program now available at TMC

TMC Weight Loss Program 3Super foods – juice cleansing – metabolism kick starters – core workouts. Weight-loss is very challenging and the dizzying number of diets, fads and exercises can make it even harder. Tucson Medical Center’s Comprehensive Weight-Loss Program offers safe and effective plans that are personalized to meet each patient’s needs.

These days, busy lifestyles are common– stretching schedules for career, family, activities and so much more. With only so many hours in a day, it’s hard to make time for health and easy to put on pounds fast. More than 70 percent of American adults are overweight and we understand that everyone faces unique challenges to achieving a weight loss goal.

TMC Wellness Director Mary Atkinson explains how the TMC Weight-Loss Program is different. “We look at the whole person,” she said. “Registered dietitians and certified exercise-professionals will work with you to create a personalized plan you can live with, so you can lose weight and keep it off.”

Weight-Loss Counseling Program The 12-week program includes three, one-hour initial appointments and eight follow-ups that last about 30 minutes. Periodic assessments help determine what is working best and allow you and your team to make adjustments to keep

  • Nutrition, fitness and general wellness assessments
  • Reliable advice that you can use
  • Tracking of weight and estimated body composition
  • Development of personalized nutrition and fitness plans
  • Strategies to promote long-term weight-loss success

Weight-Loss Surgery from the TMC Bariatric Center

The TMC Bariatric Center, a comprehensive center accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, guides you every step of the way on your weight-loss journey:

  • Pre-surgery counseling and evaluations
  • Post-op care that includes nutritional counseling
  • Psychological support
  • Instruction on incorporating exercises into your lifestyle
  • Discussion groups – build relationships with others who have had bariatric surgery at TMC
  • Some services may be covered by insurance.

TMC Weight Loss Program 4Weight Management Support Group

No matter what method you have used to lose weight, sticking to your new good habits and keeping the weight off can be a challenge. Don’t try to tackle it alone. Join our monthly support group, led by a certified health coach, to learn new tips and stay motivated.

Program Pricing

  • Flat fee for the entire program: $400
  • Weekly rate: $60 for one-hour sessions, $30 for 30-minute sessions (total of $480 for entire program)
  • Weight management support group = $5 per meeting (meets monthly at The Core at La Encantada)

For more details, please contact TMC Wellness, (520) 324-4163 or wellness@tmcaz.com.

Need a primary care doc? TMC One welcomes new internal medicine physician

Dr. Katie Kellogg Internal Medicine TMC One

Dr. Katie Kellogg
Board-Certified, Internal Medicine
TMC One

Mutual trust and respect are two things Dr. Katie Kellogg believes are essential for a successful relationship between a patient and physician. Dr. Kellogg is an internal medicine physician who is new to TMC One. Her focus is on helping her patients prevent diseases and educating them on how to best manage their health. Dr. Kellogg is available to treat patients at TMC One’s Wyatt office, conveniently located on the TMC campus.

Learn more about Dr. Kellogg, her approach to caring for others and how a personal experience impacted her decision to go into medicine. 

What is your background? 

I was born and raised in Southern Colorado. I attended Colorado College for my undergraduate degree. I then went to the University of Colorado for medical school and training. I practiced with Kaiser for a year before moving to Montana where I practiced for five years. I am delighted to now be in Tucson.

What inspired you to become a PCP?

I wanted to become a primary care physician because I have a desire to care for the whole patient rather than focusing on one organ or disease state.

What made you decide to come to Tucson?

I wanted to come to Tucson because I love sunshine and the opportunity to be outdoors all year.

What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

Like all of America, I think the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans is obesity and the medical problems that accompany it including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and increased risk for many cancers.

Do you have any areas that are of particular interest to you, both in medicine and also outside of work?

I enjoy working with patients to prevent disease as well as helping them to manage chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure. Outside of work, I mountain bike, scuba dive, camp and ride dual sport motorcycles.

Why is it so important for people to get established with a practitioner before they get sick?

We often focus on disease control in our country. Prevention of disease and promotion of wellness should be more emphasized. Often, by the time people realize they are sick due to a chronic illness, irreversible damage has already been done. By working with a provider to monitor overall health early on, many of the complications related to chronic disease can be prevented.

What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

The most valuable life experience that has impacted my medical career is when my grandfather was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer when I was age 13. We were extremely close. We played Cribbage and I cooked him dinner at least once a week while he was ill. Watching the illness affect him so quickly and watching the Hospice team help him focused me towards medicine.

How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I like to work with my patients as a team. I like patients to feel they have some control over what happens with their health. I feel that mutual trust and respect are essential in the patient/physician relationship.

Dr. Kellogg is located at TMC One’s Wyatt office, 2424 N. Wyatt Drive, #100, on the TMC campus.
Valet parking is available! Dr. Kellogg is acc
epting new patients.
Call (520) 324-TMC1 (8621) to make an appointment.

TMC One’s new nurse practitioner ready to partner with you and your family

Maria

Maria “Maricruz” Bustamante 
Family Nurse Practitioner
TMC One

Maria “Maricruz” Bustamante is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with TMC One who is ready to provide compassionate health care for you and your entire family during every phase of life. Bustamante partners with her patients of all ages to help them achieve health and well-being with a focus on disease prevention. She blends her expertise and passion about fitness, nutrition and wellness coaching to help her patients achieve their goals, whether they be weight loss, increasing strength, reducing or eliminating medication, managing chronic health concerns, or decreasing pain.

Bustamante is also fluent in Spanish.

▪ What is your background?

I am a registered nurse with more than 12 years of intensive care experience. I have worked at all the local ICUs in town throughout my career. I decided to further my education in hopes of preventing patients from being admitted to the ICU from things like a high blood pressure crisis and diabetes complications.

▪ What inspired you to go into primary care?

I am a firm believer that health care starts in the home. I enjoy empowering parents to lead the way for their children in the hope that good health will be passed from one generation to another. I want to care for the whole family. Knowing and understanding the dynamics of an entire family allows me to better tailor the care plan for the family as a unit.

▪ What made you want to practice in Tucson?

I was raised here, so Tucson is and always will be a special place for me. I understand the culture and I see the need for people to do better for themselves. It is my sincere hope to help them make that happen by focusing on health care as wellness, not disease management.

▪ What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

I believe the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans is obesity. In most cases, obesity is preventable. I strongly believe that if we educate our patients and empower them to take control of their well-being, many diseases can be prevented.

▪ Do you have any areas both in your practice and outside of work that are of particular interest to you?

In primary care, I love caring for the entire spectrum from newborns to the elderly. I especially enjoy pediatrics and women’s health, as well as helping patients manage their diabetes. When I’m not working, you’ll likely find me outside hiking and enjoying nature. For indoor activities, I love breaking a sweat with Zumba classes and really experience the health benefits of yoga.

▪ Why is it important for people to get established with a primary care provider before they get sick?

It is so important for people to get established with a primary care provider before they get sick because many specialty care needs can be prevented. I strive to help my patients and their families with disease prevention. I approach every patient holistically and team with them to best meet their health care needs. Being under the supervision of a primary care provider can also help in coordinating care for those times when specialty care is needed.

▪ What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

My most valuable life experience that has impacted my medical career has been my time as an ICU nurse. It taught me not to take life for granted and showed me how quickly our loved ones can be taken from this earth.

▪ How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I approach my relationship with my patients as a partnership. I love empowering them to take control of their health and will be there for them along the way, acting like their biggest cheerleader and guide.

Maricruz Bustamante is located at TMC One, 5295 E. Knight Dr., right across from TMC.
She is accepting new patients! Call (520) 324-1010 to make an appointment.

Dr. Sarah Siddiqi’s plan to provide you and your family with exceptional care

Board-Certified, Family Practice Saguaro Physicians

Dr. Sarah Siddiqi, Family Practice
Saguaro Physicians

Dr. Sarah Siddiqi is the newest family practice physician to join the outstanding team at Saguaro Physicians. Tucson Medical Center would also like to extend a warm welcome to her as she begins accepting new patients.

Why is it so important to get established with a physician BEFORE you get sick?

Here are six reasons you should consider it.

Dr. Siddiqi works hard to build a strong foundation of trust with her patients, and chose family practice so that she can care for an entire family instead of just one or two members.

Learn more about Dr. Siddiqi and find out if she’d be a good match to provide exceptional care for you and your family during every phase of life:

What is your background? 

I grew up in the Dallas metroplex, where I attended the University of Texas at Dallas. I then went on to Ross Medical School and completed my clinical rotations in New York City. I completed my Family Medicine residency at the prestigious University of Texas at Southwestern in Dallas where we primarily rotated through Parkland Hospital where the Medicare bill was signed into effect.

What inspired you to go into primary care?

I earnestly believe that health maintenance and preventative care is the foundation of good medicine, and I want to be on the front line caring for patients to help prevent complications of their diseases. I enjoy working with patients and their families to incorporate healthy standards in their life to improve their health. I’ve always wanted to take care of the whole family, and I believe primary care allows for that.

What made you decide to come to Tucson?

My husband’s job brought us to Tucson, along with the love for a slower pace of life and the outdoors.

What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

The greatest health risk facing Southern Arizona, and the United States, is obesity. Obesity is a leading preventable condition that contributes to many diseases processes such as Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and heart disease.

Do you have any areas that are of particular interest to you, both in medicine and also outside of work?

In medicine, I particularly enjoy geriatrics and women’s health. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, shopping, and time with family and friends.

Why is it so important for people to get established with a PCP before they get sick?

Having a PCP is important for many reasons. A PCP is someone you should trust to help take care of you. Your PCP should be able to help you keep up with your health and preventative maintenance. It’s important to have a PCP before you get sick so that there is a physician who knows you at your baseline as well as to be able to walk you through whatever it is you’re going through.

What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

I’ve been involved with medicine since I was very young and that has helped me to empathize with patients in ways that is unique to them. I’ve encountered medicine in several different countries and states, which has brought a special understanding of cultural needs of different patients.

  How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I work hard to build a strong foundation of trust with my patients. It’s important for patients to know that I like to work as a team with them, and they are the ones leading their own care. I strive for a well-rounded approach to health care that includes education and lifestyle modification.

Dr. Siddiqi is located at Saguaro Physicians, 105 S. Houghton Road, #101
She is accepting new patients! Call (520) 324-4403 to make an appointment.

 

Meet Dr. Emily Harrison, a Board-Certified Family Practice Physician

Dr. Emily Harrison Board Certified, Family Practice Saguaro Physicians

Dr. Emily Harrison
Board-Certified, Family Practice
Saguaro Physicians

Tucson Medical Center and Saguaro Physicians is proud to welcome Dr. Emily Harrison, a board-certified family practice physician who is now accepting new patients. Does your family really need a primary care physician? Absolutely.

Here’s why.

Learn more about Dr. Harrison and find out if she’d be a good match to provide compassionate care for you and your family through every phase of life:

▪ What is your background? 

I earned my bachelor’s degree and medical degree through a combined degree program at Rutgers University and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I completed a Family Medicine Program at Hunterdon Medical Center (an affiliate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), where I served as chief resident and then went on to practice at One Medical Group in Washington, DC.

▪ What inspired you to go into primary care?

My passion for preventive care inspired me to go into primary care.  I really enjoy working with patients to set personal goals to improve their health. I focus on the importance of incorporating diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications to prevent and treat disease.

▪ What made you decide to come to Tucson?

My husband’s job brought us to Tucson, along with the love of nature and being outdoors.

 ▪ What do you think is the biggest health risk facing Southern Arizonans?

The greatest health risk facing Southern Arizonans and the rest of the U.S. is obesity. Obesity contributes to medical conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, elevated cholesterol and heart disease. I focus on lifestyle modifications to help treat and prevent these disease processes.

▪ Do you have any areas that are of particular interest to you?

I am especially interested in preventative medicine and women’s health. I enjoy getting to know my patients as individuals, and understanding cultural, spiritual and psycho-social factors that may be contributing to my patients’ health concerns. I focus on educating my patients and setting personal goals to help improve their health. I stress the importance of incorporating diet, exercise and lifestyle modifications to prevent and treat disease.

▪ Why is it so important for people to get established with a PCP before they get sick?

It is important to get established with a PCP before you get sick in order to establish a baseline for your health; ensure you are up to date on preventive examinations and are taking steps towards improving your health and wellness. It is also helpful to have a PCP who knows you well and can gauge any change in your baseline health.

▪ What has been your most valuable life experience that has impacted your medical career?

Having grown up taking care of an ill family member, I empathize that illness has a great impact on patients, family, friends and caregivers. I feel it is important to get to know my patients as individuals, understanding cultural, spiritual and psychosocial factors to better address patients’ health concerns.

  How do you approach your relationship with your patients?

I strive to build relationships with my patients to improve their health and wellness. I focus on educating my patients on their health and setting personal health goals.

Dr. Harrison is located at Saguaro Physicians, 5300 E. Erickson, #116, right across from TMC.
She is accepting new patients! Call (520) 324-3940 to make an appointment.

Rigorous study confirms what TMC bariatric surgeons preach about surgery benefits for diabetics

A recent study done at the University of Minnesota and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests bariatric surgery is a more effective way to reduce and even reverse diabetes than medication and lifestyle changes.  The findings, which came from one of the most rigorous studies of its kind, could lead to changes in who qualifies for the surgery.

Dr. Scott Welle TMC Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Scott Welle
TMC Bariatric Surgeon

TMC Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Scott Welle said the research corresponds with exactly what he and other bariatric surgeons have said all along – that weight loss surgery is an effective tool for getting diabetes under control and even having it go into remission.  “It’s a lot more common for people to come into my office saying they want to get off their diabetes medicine rather than wanting to lose the weight.  Losing the weight is just the bonus.”  Type 2 diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans.  Most of these patients are overweight or obese, and are at a higher risk for heart disease and stroke, among other things.  Diabetes that is not controlled properly can damage the kidneys, eyes and blood vessels.

The yearlong study indicated that gastric bypass, the most common bariatric surgery in which the stomach is stapled to create a small pouch and attached to a lower part of the intestines, can effectively treat diabetes in patients who are considered mild to moderately obese.  “We’re finding this especially true for patients with a lower BMI, who are about 50 to 70 pounds overweight.  Our overall success rate is more effective with this patient population typically because they haven’t been diabetic as long as patients who are morbidly obese,” said Dr. Welle. 

To qualify for weight loss surgery outside of a research institution, a patient must have a BMI of at least 35, and a comorbid condition like diabetes, hypertension, or sleep apnea.  That magic number, 35, Dr. Welle explained, was recommended from the National Institutes of Health in the early 1990’s.  Newer research, which looks at treating people with a lower BMI, may lead to updated recommendations if the surgery is proven to be safe and effective.

“We’re starting to see these patients when they just barely qualify for surgery based on their BMI.  They’re coming in when they’re 80 to 100 pounds overweight, for example, wanting to get off their diabetes medication rather than waiting until they’re 300 pounds overweight,” he said.

Even then, Dr. Welle said, he and his team are not quick to operate.  “It’s not like diabetic patients come into our office, and we schedule a surgery date.”  The amount of time from the consultation to the actual surgery day can range from two to eight months.  There is a pre-authorization and pre-screening process.  Patients are given a psychological evaluation, and undergo nutritional counseling.  The pre-op workup is intense.  Plus, by the time a patient even hits his door, they’ve typically put considerable thought into their decision.  “Nine times out of ten, someone who presents for bariatric surgery has been thinking about it for at least five years on average,” he said. 

clip_image002Since 2011, TMC has been a Bariatric Center of Excellence, an accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).  All bariatric surgeries performed at TMC are minimally invasive, and some are even done using the da Vinci surgical robot.  Dr. Welle said the surgery requires a one-to-two-day hospital stay,  and oftentimes patients are off their diabetes medication by the time they are discharged.  “Yes, it happens that quickly with metabolic procedures like gastric bypass.  A majority of my patients leave the hospital off their diabetes medication.”  Most patients resume their normal lifestyle in one to two weeks.

The study did mention an alarming complication rate.  About a third of the 60 adults who underwent gastric bypass developed serious problems within a year of the operation, although some cases were not directly linked to the surgery.  For more serious complications, including infections, intestinal blockages and bleeding, the rate was six percent. 

“If you look at the study, the number of people who had a complication in the surgery group was 22 out of 60.  If you look at the non-surgical group, 15 of those 60 people also had a complication.  It’s important to realize that no deaths were reported.  So when we say bariatric surgery is safe and effective, it truly is.  When you see high complication rates like this in a study, you need to really delve in and look at how strict they’re classifying their complications,” Dr. Welle said.  Patients in the surgery group ended up using an average of three fewer medications than patients in the non-surgical group.  “That’s medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  It’s not just diabetes, rather the gamut of the metabolic syndrome that can be treated effectively with bariatric surgery,” Dr. Welle explained.

For more information about TMC’s Bariatric program, please click here.

The Recipe for Good Family Health Starts in the Kitchen

TMC HealthCare’s Recipes for a Healthy Family helps parents and their children lead healthy lives and have fun cooking. The cookbook promotes healthy food choices, at-home meal preparation and family dining. Parents and children learn important nutritional information about the food they are eating and helpful safety tips for preparing meals at home.

Rampant childhood obesity and poor nutrition are major factors placing children at significant risk for a myriad of health problems in adolescence and adulthood. From 1976 to 2002 the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity has more than doubled. Children who are overweight are at greater risk for health problems like diabetes, heart disease, depression and sleep apnea. In fact, obese children face these health threats while still in adolescence. Sadly, this generation of children may be the first generation to have a life expectancy less than their parents!

One way to combat this issue is to educate and enable families to improve a child’s nutrition. To that end, TMC has created an online cookbook for families in effort to address this epidemic in Southern Arizona . Recipes for a Healthy Family is more than a collection of recipes; the web site attempts to educate and involve children and families in important nutrition and food decisions. With this, we can improve the nutrition and health of all family members.

Visit https://www.tmcaz.com/TucsonMedicalCenter/Food_and_Nutrition_Services/Recipes to access the cookbook.

Recipes were taken from credible sources such as U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dairy Association, Arizona Beef Council and National Pork Council. All recipes were tested and surveyed before inclusion in the cookbook. The cookbook also has an interactive piece for families, allowing parents to consult a registered dietitian via email for specific questions.


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