>>My name is Dr. Oluseyi Aliu. I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery
at Johns Hopkins Hospital. I specialize in complex
reconstruction of defects that result from trauma
or treatment of cancer with a focus on breast reconstruction. I do a variety of breast reconstruction including the use of implant
based breast reconstruction and reconstruction using
patients own tissue to reconstruct breasts
after cancer treatment. I also do general
reconstruction all over the body including defects also from
trauma or cancer treatment of the chest wall, of the abdominal wall and extremities as well. During my residency, I did
a two year masters degree in Health Services Research. What that specifically means is, Health Services is a discipline
that tries to understand how populations access healthcare,
what their outcomes are and how this can be improved
for the population in general. And my research interest has
followed along that path. I am specifically interested in looking at insurance based disparities in how patients can access
breast reconstruction. There is robust, strong evidence
that breast reconstruction improves the quality of life
for patients who undergo the procedure, desire
to undergo the procedure and undergo it, but the
utilization of the procedure is very, very disparate depending on what insurance the patients have. So, understanding the underlying problems why this disparity exists
and offering solutions will ensure that across
populations regardless of race and ethnicity and what
insurance the patient has they have access to this
very helpful procedure or set of procedures if
that’s what they desire. I think trauma and
treatment for cancer have one thing in common in that
they leave an intellivue mark, some sort of deformity on
patients that go through them. And from the get go in my
training in medical school I think the idea of
coming in at the back end of the treatment and restoring
some sort of normalcy to a patients life after undergoing something so traumatic meant something. I run my practice by two
very simple philosophies. The first is: Do the right thing. Period. And the second is striving to make ensure that every decision that I make is one I’ll be be happy with if it were a decision made
for my family member. Meaning that if I do something I want to be sure that
I’d be happy if that was the same thing that was done for my mother if she was under someone else’s care. (relaxed music)