Sixteen Leading Dallas Physicians Join Together to Advance Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

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The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery continues to bring together physicians from competing practices to promote the benefits of these procedures

The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) today announced 16 physicians from five different Dallas-area clinics have joined the organization to take a leadership role in furthering the benefits of minimally invasive procedures in Texas and throughout the nation.

"Many private medical practices, like other businesses, have struggled in our recent economic climate," said Dr. K. Warren Volker, CEO and chairman of AIMIS. "We are very pleased these leaders in the Dallas medical community—many of whom work in competing practices—have come together through AIMIS to promote and advance the many patient benefits of minimally invasive procedures.”

AIMIS is a national organization promoting awareness and providing education programming surrounding the growing number of surgical procedures that can now be performed with minimally invasive techniques. Such procedures involve no large incisions, opting instead for extremely small surgical cuts that enable the insertion of miniature cameras equipped with microscopes and tiny fiber-optic flashlights. Minimally invasive procedures benefit patients through decreased scarring, shorter hospital stays, less pain and dramatically reduced recovery times.

AIMIS works to bring together hospitals, surgeons, medical technology companies, the insurance industry and patients to provide a new platform to promote minimally invasive technologies and offer business solutions, professional education models and other data.

"While we are enthused about all of our members, we are especially pleased these 16 leaders in the Dallas community have come together through AIMIS to promote these techniques—which offer the rare combination of patient benefits and cost savings—rather than building silos of competition, despite the continuing challenges of the economy and the changes in the healthcare marketplace," said Volker.

The 16 physicians and their clinical affiliations are:

  •     Joseph P Behan, MD (Glen Lakes OB/GYN)
  •     John D. Bertrand, MD (Walnut Hill OB/GYN)
  •     David M. Bookout, MD (Walnut Hill OB/GYN)
  •     Gregory A. Chapman, MD (Health Central Women's Care)
  •     Robert S. Darrow, MD (Glenn Lakes OB/GYN)
  •     Tara A. Dullye, MD (OB/GYN Dallas)
  •     Ted E. Fogwell, MD (OB/GYN Dallas)
  •     Clark Wells Griffith, MD (Health Central Women's Care)
  •     Julie M. Hagood, MD (Walnut Hill OB/GYN)
  •     Ann E. Lutich, MD (Women's Association For OB/GYN)
  •     Jane E. Nokleberg, MD (Walnut Hill OB/GYN)
  •     Hampton B. Richards, MD (Walnut Hill OB/GYN)
  •     James K. Richards, MD (Walnut Hill OB/GYN)
  •     A Jay Staub, MD (Health Central Women's Care)
  •     Jeffrey M. Thurston, MD (Walnut Hill OB/GYN)
  •     Felicia M. Tillman, MD (Health Central Women's Care)

“Every one of us is pleased to join the important mission of AIMIS. Minimally invasive procedures not only reduce costs, they provide dramatically improved patient outcomes,” said Dr. David M. Bookout of Walnut Hill OB/GYN.

In just 2 years, AIMIS has attracted physician members representing hospitals and clinics in 29 states.

The American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery is the nation's pre-eminent educator of minimally invasive surgical techniques. The organization both teaches minimally invasive methods and also supports graduates and members with opportunities where they can find marketing support, consulting services and strategies to help them grow and strengthen their practices. AIMIS also provides resources for patients, corporate partners and physician members and affiliates to help foster progress throughout the medical profession. For more information, please visit

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