“Dr. Ty” Thaiyananthan, MD, is a neurosurgeon, researcher and the co-medical director for the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine (SCCNS) at Chapman Medical Center in Orange, Calif., an outpatient department providing treatment for spinal and cranial surgery, which opened in Dec. 2009.
Dr. Thaiyananthan discusses the concept of a “privademic” model of care, seen at SCCNS, and identifies some of the reasons he prefers it over the academic model and what he misses from his previous work at University of California, Irvine.
Q: What is a “privademic” model?
Dr. Gowriharan Thaiyananthan: The “privademic” model is the safe and effective practice of academic medicine within a private practice setting. This is an increasingly popular form medical practice that involves a physician’s participation in cutting edge research outside of the spectrum of a university. Presently, there are numerous novel treatments and clinical trails that are offered by practices that are not formally affiliated with a university medical center.