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Clinical trial evaluates new endovascular sealing system
Dr. Scott Kujath's work on a new clinical trial at North Kansas City Hospital is featured in this recent hospital physician newsletter article. Read more here.
Jonathan Wilson receives Centerpoint's Frist Humanitarian Award
June, 2018 - The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., this award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need and whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment. It is the highest honor award that HCA gives. For his mission work in Central America, Centerpoint Medical Center – part of HCA Midwest Health - proudly named Jonathan E. Wilson, DO , as its physician Frist Humanitarian Award recipient.
Man on a Mission
Jonathan Wilson, DO, is a vascular surgeon on a mission.
His involvement in humanitarian work began in college. His uncle, an ophthalmologist, introduced him to mission work in Guatemala through Health Talents International (HTI). There, Dr. Wilson became fully immersed with a local family, learning the culture and language and assisting in the medical clinics.
He was hooked.
He returned to Central America just before medical school, this time serving as a team leader during a three-month stay. As a student in the mobile medical clinics, Dr. Wilson saw patients with every kind of medical condition. Some of his first duties involved administering vaccinations and treating scurvy, a severe vitamin deficiency almost unheard of in the United States.
Initially his career specialty interests were in primary care, but that changed after seeing the needs in Guatemala.
“You see a lot of varicose veins and hernia issues there, in people who do hard labor, heavy lifting of things like firewood they need just to stay warm,” he says. “I decided to become a surgeon because knew I could help improve their health through simple procedures like hernia repair that don’t require a lot of technology.”
After he completed a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Missouri, he returned to Guatemala as part of a medical/dental clinic team. HTI teams include physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, dental hygienists, and related health personnel. Mobile clinics serve Mayan and Ladino communities, often located in remote areas, to deliver basic services. Procedures of all kinds – from hernia repairs and hysterectomies, breast biopsies and cleft palate repairs – are performed.
His proficiency in Spanish, developed in high school classes and language school, helps him communicate on mission trips and in his practice in Kansas City with patients who don’t speak English. In remote areas of Central America, dialects sometimes present a challenge, but through physical exams and facial expressions that transcend language, he’s able to adequately communicate.
As with many who do mission work, Dr. Wilson is impressed by the simplicity of life in areas they serve. On his first trip to Guatemala, a family practitioner from the States he was traveling with shipped and donated a wheelchair to a boy he’d befriended who couldn’t walk. It was a small thing, but the joy it brought and the difference the wheelchair made in the boy’s life made a powerful impact.
“You realize that people who live simply are actually pretty happy. In some ways I come away envying them.”
Dr. Wilson is also thankful, reminded of how good health care in the U.S. is by comparison. “Things we consider basic health care here - like dialysis for example – is a luxury in third world countries.”
He’s witnessed both progress and decline during his years of mission service in Central America.
On his first trips, Dr. Wilson often stayed in local homes or slept on cots or sleeping bags on the floor wherever space was available. In recent years HTI built and opened a modern new facility, complete with surgical suites, exam rooms, pharmacy and lab. Adjacent dormitory and efficiency apartments, a commercial kitchen and dining space provide comfortable accommodations now for visiting team members.
He’s also noticed an unfortunate increase in diabetes and obesity, and decline in dental health, a result of the introduction of sugary cola drinks and other unhealthy foods in the area.
In addition to surgical talents, a sense of adventure and ability to adapt and improvise are valuable qualities. “You need to be willing to go outside your comfort zone, be willing to do things you maybe haven’t seen or done since you were a resident. In that environment, you have to be prepared for just about anything,” says Dr. Wilson.
Given a choice, he would do medical mission work full time. “The need for clinical expertise is so great.” His medical evangelism through HTI – a non-profit Christian organization - helps feed the desire to use his talents to promote healing in God’s service.
Continued mission work is definitely in his future, and hopefully more than just a week or so annually, he says.
Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute adds office-based procedure services
Endovascular Suite provides services in office setting outside of the hospital
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Nov. 14, 2016) – Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute – the area’s largest vascular surgery practice – is offering office-based procedures at its Northland location.
Patients in need of uncomplicated procedures to diagnose, evaluate and treat a variety of vascular conditions may now have them performed in an Endovascular Suite located within the office at 2750 Clay Edwards Drive in North Kansas City, Mo.
The eight surgeons at Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of artery and vein disease while providing a wide spectrum of interventional procedures. The shift is part of an emerging trend in the nation to offer basic interventional vascular services in an office setting.
“Advances in technology have made it possible for some procedures to move to the office-based setting,” said Annette Small, CEO, Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute. “Our new Endovascular Suite provides an added level of flexibility, speed, comfort and continuity of care to accommodate patients’ specific needs, helps them avoid the stress often-times associated with a hospital visit and lowers health care costs.”
As leaders in the vascular care community, the Endovascular Suite provides a solution to address the growing epidemic of Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI), providing testing and treatment for CLI in a time- and cost-efficient manner while maintaining safety outcomes. Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute physicians are board-certified or board-eligible (it takes a minimum of 18 months after completing a vascular fellowship to become board certified) and highly specialized in the image-guided, minimally invasive procedures which often serve as alternatives to traditional, more-invasive forms of surgery.
The 1,176 square-foot suite is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to produce better outcomes for patients and minimize the discomfort that can be associated with traditional surgical procedures. Typical procedures performed in the Endovascular Suite include arteriograms, venograms and dialysis access management.
Improving patient lives through research
Two MAVI physicians, Drs. Robert Carter and Scott Kujath, attended the 40th Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society meeting to present the results of two research projects. Dr. Maxwell Almenoff, a resident, and Nathaniel Parker, a medical student, both of whom work under the mentorship of our MAVI physicians, presented the projects to the members of the society. The first project reviewed complication rates of IVC filters and their clinical significance. The second described a novel, cutting edge surgical procedure for hand ischemia developed by our MAVI team. This is just another example of how our MAVI physicians are continually striving to improve patient outcomes throughout the Midwest and nationwide!
From left: Dr. Robert Carter (MAVI), Nathaniel Parker, KC School of Medicine and Biosciences, Maxwell Almenoff, UMKC, Ankit Mohla, KC School of Medicine and Biosciences, Dr. Scott Kujath (MAVI).
Dr. Scott Kujath, Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute, accepts the INMED International Medicine Award from INMED President & CEO Dr. Nicholas Comninellis, at the INMED Exploring Medical Mission Conference in Kansas City on May 20, 2016.
Scott Kujath, MD, Receives INMED International Medicine Award
The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to health in developing nations. Recipients have demonstrated uncommon dedication and endurance in pursuit of this cause.
A vascular surgeon at Midwest Aortic & Vascular Institute, Dr. Kujath frequently serves in Eastern Africa, providing direct medical care as well as pioneering innovative hospice and palliative care in connection with the Living Room, offering dignity and quality of life for Kenyans affected by HIV-AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses.
In the Kansas City area, Dr. Kujath leads the Mission of Hope Clinic, which provides primary medical and dental care to the region’s most under resourced people.
Dr. Kujath is a board certified vascular surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also holds board certifications in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Kujath is the Chief of Vascular Surgery at Truman Medical Center and the University of Missouri - Kansas City and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, University of Kansas and Kansas City University.
He serves as the chair of the Department of Surgery and also as a member of the Medical Executive Committee and Surgery Advisory Committee at North Kansas City Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Kujath is Board member of MetroCARE which provides services to the underserved in the community, is on the Metropolitan Medical Society Board of Directors and maintains active membership in many professional organizations including the Society for Vascular Surgery, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, and Missouri State Medical Society. Dr. Kujath is a leader in research serving as the Local Principal Investigator for multiple clinical trials with a focus on the utilization of stents in aortic and vascular disease.