BackTable / Urology / Podcast / Episode #121
Balancing Acts: A Journey in Leadership & Multitasking
with Dr. Dipen Parekh
In this episode of BackTable Urology, Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy and Dr. Dipen J. Parekh, COO and urology department chair at the University of Miami Health system, discuss Dr. Parekh’s journey to institutional leadership and career advice as a surgeon-leader.
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2023, September 22). Ep. 121 – Balancing Acts: A Journey in Leadership & Multitasking [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Dipen Parekh
Dr. Dipen Parekh is the founding director of the Desai Sethi Urology Institute, professor and chair of the department of urology, director of robotic surgery and COO of the University of Miami Health System.
Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy
Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy is the Director of Reproductive Urology as well as an Associate professor at the University of Miami in Florida.
First, Dr. Parekh explains his role as the chief operating officer (COO) of a major hospital system. The COO is entrusted with clinical decision making. Various services and departments report to the COO, such as patient safety and quality, construction and facilities, pharmacy, and patient experience. Dr. Parekh’s experience at the health system has taught him an enormous amount of discipline and strategic planning. He balances multiple tasks each day and surrounds himself with world class, high quality people.
Then, Dr. Parekh proposes rethinking how physicians go about their training, emphasizing quality over quantity in the promotion process. He suggests recognizing those who are stellar clinicians and those who make immediate and tangible impact on outcomes in the community and patient populations. The doctors also discuss the importance of teaching the business of medicine in medical school, residency, and fellowship. Dr. Parekh then explains the importance of sustainability in academic health systems in different areas, such as in leadership. He also considers the future of the academic physician model, noting characteristics that build resilience in the long-term.
Finally, Dr. Parekh shares his perspective on how to balance innovation and leadership in medicine. He provides advice for the younger generation of physicians and healthcare professionals by emphasizing the need to be original and to focus on their own goals and successes.
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