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Diversity in Surgery - November 2019 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5 5 M onths after enrolling in Harvard Medical School in the 1980s, Lisa Iezzoni, MD, MSc, received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Although she completed her degree, medical educators discouraged her from seek- ing an internship, arguing her disability was incompat- ible with medical practice. In the absence of any support to go into practice, Dr. Iezzoni was forced to pursue health policy research. For the last 23 years she has investigated health policy issues related to peo- ple with disabilities. Today, she's arguably one of the world's leading experts on the topic. She is the author of the book When Walking Fails, has authored or co-authored more than 250 papers on health policy and served as professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. We talked with Dr. Iezzoni to discuss what you can do to improve the care and comfort of patients with disability. Q Many surgery managers may feel that if their facilities are com- pliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), they have done enough for patients with disability. Are they right? Is Your Facility Disability Friendly? Take steps to ensure disabled patients and staff have comfortable access to every room. Outpatient Surgery Editors

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