Medical speaker T. Brian Callister, M.D., F.H.M. enlightens and inspires physician, nursing and healthcare administration groups

T. Brian Callister, MD, FACP, FHM, speaks at American Hospital Association 2012 Leadership Summit

T. Brian Callister, MD, FACP, FHM, was selected as a speaker for the American Hospital Association’s 2012 Leadership Summit, held July 19-21 in San Francisco.  Billed as the “most important hospital leadership conference of the year,” the Leadership Summit draws more than 1,200 top executives who gather to hear from nationally recognized speakers on topics of strategic interest to hospitals and health systems.

Dr. Callister’s presentation topic was “Successful discharge options for your medically complex patients: The continuum and the post-acute balancing act.”

Dr. Callister, recently nominated as one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician executives, is a recognized leader in the field of post-acute care and is the national medical director for LifeCare, a system of 27 hospitals in 10 states.  He serves on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panels for long-term acute care hospitals and for inpatient rehabilitation facilities. He is president of the northern Nevada district for the American College of Physicians and the immediate past president of the Nevada State Medical Association.

Dr. T. Brian Callister nominated for Modern Healthcare Magazine’s 2012 50 Most Influential Physician Executives Award

Online voting open through February 10, 2012

Modern Healthcare Magazines 50 Most Influential Physician Executives award honors physician leaders who are influencing the direction of healthcare in the post-reform era. Anyone may vote, and voting is open through February 10, 2012.

Dr. T. Brian Callister has been nominated for Modern Healthcare Magazine’s 2012 50 Most Influential Physician Executives Award.  Modern Healthcare Magazine stated it renamed the award program “Most Influential Physician Executives” from the former title of “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives” to “reflect the skills needed to improve the healthcare delivery system in the post-healthcare reform era. It took power to make reform happen; now it will take influence to make reform work.”

Dr. Callister has been a positive influence and physician leader on a national level as national medical director for LifeCare Hospitals for more than a dozen years.  A recognized authority on long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals, he serves on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panels for LTAC hospitals and for inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

Quality measurement and benchmarking are both critical areas for the future of healthcare in which Dr. Callister has taken a leading role.  As the Chairman of the Clinical Committee of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association (ALTHA), he pioneered the effort to develop the first LTAC industry outcome benchmark study and helped develop the post acute criteria with the American Hospital Association (AHA). 

Dr. Callister has contributed as an active local voice for physicians in northern Nevada.  He is the current president of the Nevada State Medical Association as well as president of the northern Nevada district for the American College of Physicians.

Anyone may cast a vote in this recognition program by visiting:  http://www.modernphysician.com/section/50mostinfluential-about

Voting is open through February 10, 2012.

Nevada History of Medicine project documents hantavirus contributions of Dr. T. Brian Callister and Dr. Stephen St. Jeor

Dr. Anton Sohn

Dr. Anton Sohn is founder of the History of Medicine Program at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and was chair of pathology at the School from 1985 until his retirement in 2009.

Hantavirus has been documented for more than 1,000 years, but it made only a few appearances in western countries after being identified in the 1950s in American soldiers serving in Korea.  However, it became more widely known in late 20th and early 21st century North America, with more than 700 Americans diagnosed with the disease by 2009.  The first patients in Nevada were diagnosed and treated in the 1990s by Dr. T. Brian Callister.  He and researcher Dr. Stephen St. Jeor of the University of Nevada School of Medicine were instrumental in advancing understanding of hantavirus and development of the most effective lifesaving treatments.  Read more in “Nevada Public Health: Hantavirus with Drs. Stephen St. Jeor and T. Brian Callister’s Contributions” by Chelsea Isom, University of Nevada School of Medicine medical student.  The article was published in the Nevada History of Medicine Foundation website, founded by Dr. Anton Sohn.  The Foundation’s mission is to preserve, teach, research and promote the history of medicine and health science in Nevada.

Cowboy medicine shapes the frontier in rural Nevada: Dr. Brian Callister is called upon to do just about everything

This article ran in the Los Angeles Times on July 9, 1995, and in numerous other media outlets.

Cowboy medicine shapes the frontier in rural Nevada: Dr. Brian Callister is called upon to do just about everything

‘Cowboy Medicine’ Shapes the Frontier in Rural Nevada : Health care: Dr. Brian Callister is called upon to do just about everything, even sew on a dog’s ear. But 90-hour workweeks take a toll on family life; he plans to move to Reno.

July 09, 1995 | TOM GARDNER | ASSOCIATED PRESS

TONOPAH, Nev. — The patient’s ear was sliced off–word had it by devil worshipers. It was a Sunday night and the nearest specialist for this type of patient was 150 miles away. So the call went to Dr. Brian Callister.

After initial reluctance to take the case, Callister responded and reattached the ear. He performed surgery on a kitchen table in a mobile home.

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Dr. Callister speaks to KRNV News 4 Reno about Nevada’s increasing obesity rate

With Nevada ranked the 39th most obese state for adults and 23rd for children in the latest annual F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011 report, Dr. Brian Callister discusses the reasons behind the increasing obesity epidemic with Reno’s KRNV-TV News 4. Read the full interview airing July 10, 2011.

LifeCare Holdings, Inc. enters into agreement to acquire HealthSouth’s long-term acute care hospitals

Plano, TX, May 18, 2011 — LifeCare Holdings, Inc., parent company of Tahoe Pacific Hospital with two facilities in Reno, has entered into an agreement to acquire all of HealthSouth Corporation’s long-term acute care hospitals. The acquisition will include HealthSouth Hospital at Tenaya in Las Vegas. Reno internist T. Brian Callister, MD, FHM, has been National Medical Director of LifeCare Hospitals for 12 years and will continue in that role for the combined system of 28 hospitals in 10 states. Read full news release.

T. Brian Callister, MD, FHM, installed as president of Nevada State Medical Association

NSMA and NSMA Alliance 2011-2012 presidents

T. Brian Callister, MD, FHM, became president of the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA), and Beverly Daly-Dix became president of the NSMA Alliance at the group's 107th annual conference.

Reno internist T. Brian Callister, MD, FHM, on April 16 became president of the Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA) at the group’s 107th annual conference at Incline Village, NV. He represents more than 1,700 physicians and medical students who are members of the NSMA, Nevada’s oldest and largest physician advocacy organization. He now serves as the association’s official spokesperson during legislative and regulatory agency presentations, professional and public group presentations and for the media on issues affecting the practice of medicine in Nevada. Dr. Callister also will lead NSMA legislative group meetings and attend local and county medical society board meetings.

Dr. Callister’s involvement in physician leadership groups has spanned more than three decades. He is Nevada chair of the American Medical Association’s Organized Medical Staff section and past president of the Washoe County Medical Society and the Governor’s Council for the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Callister received the Volunteerism and Community Service Award at the 2011 American College of Physicians Nevada Chapter scientific meeting in Las Vegas. The recognition is given to a physician who has shown outstanding volunteerism and community service and has raised the level of awareness and promoted dialogue and action in volunteerism within his or her region.

Dr. Callister has served for more than a decade as National Medical Director for LifeCare Hospitals and has directed its medical staff leadership for fifteen years. He is a past Chief of Staff and a current board member of Catholic Healthcare West’s Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno. He is a frequent national educational lecturer on topics including improving relationships in healthcare; quality outcomes; body, mind and soul; and end of life issues.

As the chair of the clinical committee of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association, Dr. Callister led the initiative to develop and release the first-ever clinical outcomes benchmarking study in the long-term acute care field.

T. Brian Callister, MD, FHM, honored by American College of Physicians

This article ran in the Northern Nevada Business Weekly on January 24, 2011, and in the Reno Gazette Journal on January 29 and February 5, 2011.

T. Brian Callister, MD, FHM, honored with American College of Physicians
Nevada Chapter Volunteerism and Community Service Award

Reno internist T. Brian Callister, MD, FHM, was honored on January 15 by the American College of Physicians for his long record of community service. He received the Volunteerism and Community Service Award at the American College of Physicians Nevada Chapter scientific meeting in Las Vegas. The recognition is given to a physician who has shown outstanding volunteerism and community service and has raised the level of awareness and promoted dialogue and action in volunteerism within his or her region.

Dr. Callister’s volunteer involvement has spanned more than two decades. He currently serves as president-elect of the Nevada State Medical Association and is Nevada chair of the American Medical Association’s Organized Medical Staff section. He is past president of the Washoe County Medical Society and the Governor’s Council for the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Callister has provided care for those without resources to pay through his medical practice in Reno. He is a teacher and lecturer for medical students and residents at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is a frequent national educational lecturer on topics including improving relationships in healthcare; quality outcomes; body, mind and soul; and end of life issues.

Dr. Callister has served for more than a decade as National Medical Director for LifeCare Hospitals and has directed its medical staff leadership for a dozen years. He is a past Chief of Staff and a current board member of Catholic Healthcare West’s Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno.

As the current chair of the clinical committee of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association, Dr. Callister is leading the initiative to develop and release the first-ever clinical outcomes benchmarking study in the long term acute care field with the initial results now available.

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Better follow-up care could reduce hospital readmissions

By T. Brian Callister, MD

This article appeared originally in the fall, 2009 issue of Continuum, the quarterly journal of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association and is reprinted with permission.

A recent Medicare study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, reports that a great many hospital readmissions could be prevented with more effective follow-up care.  According to the study, an estimated one-fifth of all Medicare hospital patients are readmitted within a month of discharge, and a third of Medicare patients are back in the hospital within 90 days.

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LTACH Outcome Benchmark Project

By T. Brian Callister, MD

This article appeared originally in the spring, 2010 issue of Continuum, the quarterly journal of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association and is reprinted with permission.

Establishing specific benchmarks for patient outcomes is a complex and difficult process. However, it is widely accepted as a necessity within the medical community in order to attempt to show “quality” in patient care and “value” for the healthcare dollar. Benchmarking outcomes has recently come into the spotlight of the mainstream media and has also become a focus of legislators, regulators, and third party payers. The recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine that demonstrated a 19.6% thirty day hospital re-admit rate for Medicare beneficiaries has become a frequently cited rallying call for improvements in inpatient quality as well as a call for a wholesale re-evaluation of what defines an appropriate discharge.1

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