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Rosof Chairs Committee On Office Surgery Guidelines

PHILADELPHIA - (February 16, 2001) A committee chaired by Bernard M. Rosof, MD, FACP, of Huntington, N.Y., chair-elect of the ACP-ASIM Board of Regents, has authored new medical guidelines for the optimal safety and effectiveness of office-based surgery in New York as the number of procedures and their levels of complexity increase. The guidelines were endorsed by the New York State Public Health Council and by the New York State Department of Health. They are being mailed to all physicians in New York state.

The ad hoc Committee on Quality Assurance in Office-based Surgery, formed in late 1997, included representatives from various surgical specialties, anesthesiology, internal medicine, dentistry, managed care plans and organizations, and consumers. In an 18-month process, the committee received input from the public at large and from health care providers.

The guidelines are intended to provide uniform professional standards of care for practitioners who perform surgery and invasive procedures in private offices requiring anesthesia, analgesia or sedation, including cryosurgery and laser surgery. Included are recommendations for qualifications of practitioners and staff, equipment, facilities and policies and procedures for patient assessment and monitoring. The appendix includes a model Surgery Patients' Bill of Rights.

Dr. Rosof, a specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology, is senior vice president of academic and external affairs at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, N.Y., and senior vice president of clinical affairs and quality for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. In March 2001, he will take office as Chair of the ACP-ASIM Board of Regents. Rosof is a member of the AMA Specialty Society Practice Parameters Partnership and the National Committee for Quality Assurance practicing physicians advisory council.

Rosof served as president of ASIM in 1997, after serving on its Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1996. He was president of ASIM's Internal Medicine Center to Advance Research and Education (IMCARE) from 1992 to 1995. He served on the board of directors of the New York State Society of Internal Medicine for 10 years before becoming its 1989-1990 president. He has been a member of the ACP-ASIM Board of Regents since 1998.

Dr. Rosof is a graduate of New York University Medical School. He pursued postgraduate training in internal medicine at Buffalo General Hospital and fellowship training in gastroenterology at Yale University. Rosof is an associate professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was in the private practice of internal medicine for 25 years before becoming chief of Huntington Hospital's department of medicine in 1991. He is on the medical staffs of both Huntington Hospital and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y.

ACP-ASIM is the nation's largest medical specialty society. Its membership comprises more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. Internists are specialists in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses that primarily affect adults.

Contact: Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655

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