Transforming the Practice of Medicine

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2 p.m. Eastern time | Register now

Presenter: Ryan Uitti, M.D., professor and consultant, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Practicing medicine has evolved from an art involving a single practitioner and patient to an art and science involving teams treating many patients at expenses that consume large proportions of the nation’s economy. Medical expertise and experience is gained and shared in multiple ways – ranging from anecdotal recollections over a lifetime of an individual practitioner’s practice to publication of randomized, controlled clinical trials – none of which completely reflect realistic expectations for most actual patients. Quality measurements that are collected often reflect adherence to proposed ideal processes or arbitrary data measurements thought to represent surrogates for high quality. Costs associated with the practice of medicine are typically unknown to both the providers and recipients of care, while charges for care vary dramatically depending upon payer.

The presentation will describe methods that are achievable for leveraging technology, teams, and scientific method to improve patient-centered outcomes, while continuing to honor the art of medicine in a manner that is sustainable for those providing care and affordable for those receiving this care.

Dr. Ryan Uitti is a professor and consultant in the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, where he has served since 1994. He was promoted to professor of neurology in 2003 in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and American Academy of Neurology. He also serves as medical director for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery – a hybrid center in Florida interacting with Mayo’s clinical practice and research teams to measure outcomes and continuously improve the value of care. He is also the medical director for the Mayo Clinic Provider Relations in the Southeast.

Uitti is an international expert on Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He has an active research career, being funded by the National Institute of Health, principal investigator in surgical and pharmacological trials and author of more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and editorials. He has made more than 350 presentations at national or international meetings and invited lectures. Uitti is the associate editor for Neurology.