Physician Group of Arizona Expands with New Surgical Specialists Practice

 

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PHYSICIAN GROUP OF ARIZONA EXPANDS WITH NEW SURGICAL SPECIALISTS PRACTICE

Collaboration Brings Bariatric and General Surgery Options to Patients

PHOENIX (Dec. 7, 2016) – Physician Group of Arizona, Inc. (PGA), an organization comprised of primary and specialty care physicians, is expanding with a new practice: PGA Surgical Specialists.

The expansion allows PGA to offer a wide range of bariatric and general surgical services, from major operations to minimally-invasive laparoscopic and outpatient procedures. PGA Surgical Specialists is affiliated with three IASIS Healthcare hospitals in the Valley – Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe.

Affiliated with the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management, the PGA Surgical Specialists perform weight loss procedures at St. Luke’s Medical Center – a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) center, Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, and Mountain Vista Medical Center.

The expansion also brings two Valley surgeons to PGA who have been recognized by Phoenix Magazine as “Top Doctors,” along with their surgical physician assistant:

  • Daniel T. Fang, M.D., FACS: Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Fang has extensive experience in a wide range of bariatric and general surgical procedures. He is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Fang serves as a clinical instructor for the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency, a clinical assistant professor at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an assistant professor at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University.
  • Rob F. Schuster, M.D., FACS: Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Schuster has extensive experience and is fellowship trained in bariatric and general surgical procedures, specializing in general, oncologic, endocrine, trauma and bariatric surgery. Dr. Schuster has also served as a Clinical Instructor in minimally-invasive surgery, and as a Research Fellow at Stanford University. He has also been the recipient of America’s Top Surgeon Award by Consumer’s Research Council of America for many consecutive years.
  • Emile Manansala, PA-C: As a Surgical Physician Assistant, Emile Manansala supports Dr. Fang and Dr. Schuster. Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, Manansala has extensive experience serving in a support role during advanced laparoscopic and laparotomy procedures. Emile is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and an associate member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

The need for bariatric surgery services for weight management is increasing. In Maricopa County alone, one in four adults are obese. In the Hispanic community, that number climbs to nearly 33 percent of the population.

“Obesity-related issues contribute to heart disease and diabetes, the second- and seventh-leading causes of death, respectively,” said Jodi Johnson, Director of Bariatric Services of Bridges Center for Weight Management. “According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, approximately 30,914 lives are lost in the county each year due to premature deaths.”

Although choosing to undergo bariatric surgery is one of the most difficult decisions an obese patient

can make, it is also tied to undeniably cathartic health benefits. Phoenix resident Winchell Rabara was morbidly obese. His life consisted of taking a lot of prescribed medications to control his diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. This day-in and day-out routine led him to a life-changing epiphany. He had had enough of this lifestyle. After having bariatric surgery performed by Dr. Fang at the Bridges Center for Weight Management, Rabara was able to get his health back on track.

“Today I spend my free time walking and jogging every morning, along with working out at the gym most evenings,” said Rabara. “I no longer spend hundreds of dollars at the pharmacy every few weeks. Bariatric surgery has helped me to regain my health and take control of my life.”

To learn more about weight loss options through bariatric surgery, visit www.pgasurgical.com or call 602-251-8828. Most major insurance plans are accepted.

About Physician Group of Arizona, Inc.

Physician Group of Arizona, Inc., (PGA) part of IASIS Healthcare, is comprised of primary and specialty care physicians and surgeons committed to delivering the highest quality patient care. Combining expertise and personalized service with advanced technological equipment and facilities, these physicians provide high-quality healthcare to adolescents, adults and seniors throughout the Valley. PGA physicians are members of the medical staff at IASIS Healthcare hospitals in Arizona, including Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe. Physician Group of Arizona is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information about PGA, visit PhysicianGroupAZ.com or call 1-855-551-DOCS (3627).

About St. Luke’s Medical Center

Serving Metropolitan Phoenix for more than 100 years, St. Luke’s Medical Center is a 200-bed tertiary care hospital part of IASIS Healthcare offering a full range of medical services, including emergency care, orthopedics, cardiac care, bariatrics, physical rehabilitation, pain management and wound care. St. Luke’s has a long history of innovation as the first hospital in Arizona to open a cardiac catheterization lab, and the first in the Valley to perform open heart surgery. With a focus on serving the diverse health care needs of the community, experienced professionals provide high quality care with the latest technology, in a caring environment. St. Luke’s Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit stlukesmedcenter.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355).Find St. Luke’s Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

About Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital, part of IASIS Healthcare, is an 87-bed, community hospital that has been serving the East Valley for more than 70 years. Tempe St. Luke’s offers comprehensive health care services, including emergency care, orthopedics, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services, pain management and wound care in a caring, community hospital atmosphere. Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.  For more information, visit tempestlukeshospital.com or call 1-877-351-WELL (9355). Find Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.

About Mountain Vista Medical Center

Mountain Vista Medical Center, part of IASIS Healthcare, is a 178-bed, full-service hospital, featuring all-private rooms and advanced medical technology. Designed to provide comprehensive health care services for residents of the East Valley, the hospital is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center, Chest Pain Center and a Level III Trauma Center. The hospital also features a Cardiac Receiving Center.  Mountain Vista Medical Center is directly or indirectly owned by an entity that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital’s medical staff. It is located in Mesa, just north of U.S. 60 at Crismon Road and Southern Avenue. Mountain Vista Medical Center is an Official Healthcare Partner of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. For more information, visit www.mvmedicalcenter.com or call 1-877-924-WELL (9355). Find Mountain Vista Medical Center on Facebook and follow the hospital on Twitter.   

About Bridges Center for Weight Management

Designated as a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) bariatric surgery since 2005, the Bridges Center for Surgical Weight Management provides a comprehensive program to help individuals achieve healthy, long-term weight loss. The multidisciplinary weight management program features preoperative education, weight loss surgery, nutritional guidance and postoperative support — all designed to help individuals achieve and maintain their weight loss goals. The Bridges Center team consists of knowledgeable health care professionals — all dedicated to making every experience a positive one by guiding and supporting individuals through every stage of their weight loss journeys. In addition to a highly-experienced team of board-certified bariatric surgeons, staff includes a psychologist, registered nurse, registered dietitian, licensed practical nurse, physical therapist, and a team of patient advocates. For more information, visit www.bridgesaz.com or call 1-800-248-5553.

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