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On the Job


Patricia Kal Sauter, RN, MSN, ACNP, NCTMB, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery Since graduating from the University of Maryland School of Nursing, Pat Sauter had worked at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore –the last 15 years with Charles J. Yeo, MD, whom she accompanied when he was appointed in 2005 as the Samuel D. Gross Professor and Chair of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She works four days a week and spends the others on her farm near York, Pennsylvania, with children Kate, age 14, and Jack, 11. Describe your work with Dr. Yeo. I assist Dr. Yeo with his clinical practice. We treat patients primarily with hepatobiliary and pancreas cancers. We hope to continue some of the clinical research projects we worked on at Johns Hopkins. Any other responsibilities? Nationwide networking and collaborative research are significant portions of my job. I also do quite a lot of teaching, to patients, families and staff, and precept students from the nurse practitioner program. What are your impressions of Jefferson? Everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful. We have a very talented house staff and a bright, intelligent nursing staff. They are fundamental to the department's development. Such as? I'd like Jefferson to develop centers of excellence using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach. We're now using the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Category 1 concept of multidisciplinary practice. It's highly evidence-based and requires uniform consensus so therapies are safe and patient outcomes are efficient, traceable and cost effective.

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