Concurrent surgeries save lives, Partners CEO contends

In response to backlash over concurrent surgeries, David Torchiana, M.D., CEO and president of Partners HealthCare and former chairman and CEO of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, defended the practice fiercely, the Boston Business Journal reports. "Let me just say in particular one of the places we overlap rooms is in trauma," Torchiana said. "And thank goodness we do that. Because there are people in this city who are alive in this city today after the Boston Marathon bombings that went to all of our teaching hospitals and we opened up rooms and did a bunch of surgeries simultaneously … you want to be able to do that safely and well." He went on to argue that allowing residents the opportunity to do parts of operations, sometimes unsupervised, is a critical part of their training experience. Article