The most important member of the multidisciplinary team is the patient.
Your multidisciplinary care team is a partnership among everyone who will be involved in your care, consisting of a diverse group of health care professionals including physicians (your primary care physician, specialists and surgeon), nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, and health educators, social workers and patient advocates.
A team approach helps to assure the patient and family that the health care professionals are all talking to one another; everyone knows what everyone else is doing.
Multidisciplinary care is associated with improved patient outcomes and enables teams of experts to examine a case from every
possible angle. Together, team members brainstorm possible treatments — an approach that expands the patient's range of options. Members of the team then meet with patients to help them create the plan that's right for them and assist them in the management of their care.
At an Academic Medical Center like UTMB Health, Cardiothoracic Surgeons have contact with a wide range of specialists and
sub-specialist, many of whom are the very best in their fields of expertise: