Prominent Interventional Cardiologist Joins Texas Health Physicians Group
01/26/2011

DALLAS — Dr. James B. Park, medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and an interventional cardiologist on the hospital’s medical staff, has joined Texas Health Physicians Group.

Dr. James B. Park
Dr. James B. Park
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Park, nationally recognized for his work in endovascular therapies, said he hopes to grow the breadth and continually improve the quality of the hospital’s heart and vascular services, with a focus on providing a superior patient experience. “We have a tremendous opportunity to create an even more collaborative environment with the main focus being a commitment to providing a high level of care to our patients,” he said.

In addition to Park, Texas Health Dallas expects to add a new cardiothoracic surgeon who will further expand the hospital’s work on valvular heart disease. THPG also anticipates the addition of other cardiovascular specialists who will add to the already diverse and strong physician group committed to advancing heart and vascular care, he said.

As the new medical director of the heart and vascular service line, Park is interested in growing the program — with the help of other directors in the cardiology and vascular surgery division — and achieving national recognition for its quality outcomes and continued cardiovascular and peripheral arterial disease research. Park also wants to continue providing innovative therapies for complex cardiovascular disease utilizing all the talents of physicians already on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas, along with other leading physicians anticipated to join the newly created Texas Health Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Group. He also has significant interest in developing community outreach programs to improve the health of residents in Dallas and throughout North Texas through education programs that raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.

“This is about providing comprehensive, quality care to cardiac patients and patients with a variety of vascular diseases who come to Texas Health Dallas,” said Britt Berrett, Ph.D., president of Texas Health Dallas. “Along with the physicians who are already on the medical staff, we plan to add talented physicians who are interested in exploring the latest treatment technologies and developing a research program while maintaining the compassionate care we've always been known for.”

“We want to grow the program through the expansion of services and the addition of world class physicians,” Berrett added.

Park’s addition to THPG and the formation of the Texas Health Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Group comes as Texas Health Dallas begins designing new hybrid operating rooms that will provide advanced technologies for endovascular and open repairs of a variety of cardiovascular conditions. Under the leadership of Park and other physicians on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas, the hospital’s catheterization lab has been a leading center for endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and has used pioneering techniques and novel devices to treat all forms of PAD, including abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Additionally, Park and Dr. Brian Le, an electrophysiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas, have led the hospital’s heart and vascular education program. Through their efforts, cost-saving initiatives have been implemented with the savings funneled into the education program, which helps technicians, nurses and doctors earn accreditations and attend continuing education conferences.

“This reinvestment in the heart and vascular program continues to improve the competencies of caregivers and, most importantly, improves care for our patients,” said Dr. Mark Feldman, chair of internal medicine at Texas Health Dallas. “It has helped the program become more evidence based and patient centered, and we think that these outcomes will only grow in the future.”

Previous projects Park has led include the STEER initiative to transfer patients suffering from ST-elevated myocardial infarction to medical centers that offer advanced treatments for the potentially deadly heart attacks; a limb salvage program at Texas Health Dallas that has advanced treatments for peripheral arterial disease and non-healing diabetic wounds; and a women’s heart and vascular screening program at Texas Health Dallas. Park has been tapped to help lead the strategic planning and business development committee for heart and vascular services throughout Texas Health Resources, which will involve all facilities within the system.

“This is exciting for our THPG and Texas Health Dallas’ cardiovascular program because it further advances our mission to provide comprehensive, quality care in a coordinated, compassionate way,” said Barclay Berdan, Texas Health’s senior executive vice president for system alignment and performance. “This will enhance our ability to develop an ‘accountable care’ model that provides high level services to patients throughout the continuum of care.”

Jon Scholl, Texas Health’s executive vice president and chief strategy officer, said: “This is the right time to join together, and we hope that it’s a sign of more things to come. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a stable, exciting work environment for physicians. In addition to advancing the program, joining together will better prepare both physicians and hospitals for health care reform.”

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.