Erlanger Hosts Southern Surgeon’s Travel Club

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Erlanger Health System hosted the Southern Surgeon’s Travel Club with a series of lectures. Leaders from within the medical community presented their experiences, innovative technology, and procedures to surgeons from throughout the region. 
As a teaching facility and affiliate of University of Tennessee College of Medicine, representatives from Erlanger and UTCOM discussed ways in which medical professionals can facilitate more effective treatment to patients due to historical practices and new technology.
Topics of discussion ranged from management of rib fractures to surgery during the civil war. 
Dr. L. Richard Sprouse II, endovascular surgeon and UTCOM professor, spoke about his success with office-based minimally invasive endovascular procedures. As one of the first surgeons in the region to perform office-based endovascular procedures, Dr. Sprouse is considered a medical “pioneer.” Dr. Sprouse said that in addition to providing the same medical care that is offered in a traditional facility-based center, in-office procedures offer patients continuity of care, reduced costs, and more time-effective treatment options when compared to a traditional surgical procedure. 
“Our ability to work with Erlanger allows us bring contemporary procedures and technology to patients,” said Dr. Sprouse. “Most people don’t realize Erlanger vascular procedures are world-class, there is truly no reason to go anywhere else.”
The Southern Surgeon’s Travel Club travels to different hospitals and universities for their annual meetings. The meetings consist of a scientific day and a few days of sightseeing in the area all while building relationships within the community.

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