Podcast | Southern Medicine | September 13, 2021

Perioperative Medical Management: Beyond the OR

Patient care pathways exist as a method to create safe entry and exit strategies for patients undergoing surgery. Good perioperative care should improve the patient’s experience, including quality of, and satisfaction with care. We invite you to join Dr. Christopher Morris and Dr. Christopher Jackson as they discuss the perioperative management of surgical patients, focusing on best practices from a medical management perspective. The discussion will briefly highlight three areas of successful surgical outcomes, including preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management, and postoperative care. At the conclusion of this activity, the learner should be able to:

  • Analyze continuation of medications during the perioperative period;
  • Discuss approaches to preoperative evaluation;
  • Describe steps a healthcare provider can take to maximize patients’ operative stability.

Christopher D. Jackson, MD, FSSCI, FACP
Dr. Christopher Jackson serves as Associate Program Director for Curriculum and Education, and Assistant Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Center for Health System Improvement. A native of Augusta, GA, he studied Biology and Sociology at Emory University and received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency and a year as Chief Medical Resident residency at UTHSC where he joined the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Health System Improvement in 2019. Dr. Jackson’s research interests focus on evaluating educational and quality improvement efforts to improve primary care practice, patient-centered health outcomes, and delivery of evidence-based medicine.

Christopher R. Morris, MD, FACR
Dr. Christopher Morris, SMA’s President (2020-2021), is a board certified rheumatologist with more than 25 years’ experience, and is in private practice in Kingsport, Tennessee at Arthritis Associates. Additionally, he has served as a clinical educator for internal medicine residents at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Norton Community Hospital in Norton, Virginia, and Johnston Memorial Hospital, in Abingdon, Virginia. Dr. Morris has served on 5 Committees for the American College of Rheumatology, currently serving on the Insurance Subcommittee of the ACR, which advocates for the specialty of Rheumatology, as well as-for the patients with arthritic diseases.

References and Resources:

  1. Perioperative medication management
    Authors: Visala Muluk, MD, Steven L Cohn, MD, MACP, SFHM, Christopher Whinney, MD
    Section Editors: Andrew D Auerbach, MD, MPH, Natalie F Holt, MD, MPH
    Deputy Editor: Lisa Kunins, MD
  2. Preoperative Testing
    Gyanendra K Sharma, MD, FACC, FASE Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Director, Adult Echocardiography Laboratory, Section of Cardiology, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University