Richard Kube, MD, Spine Surgeon, CEO and founder of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute, Peoria, Ill. is one of four spine surgeons around the country featured in Becker’s Spine Review for the weekly column Ask Spine Surgeons. The surgeons discuss whether or not hospital employment will be the future for industry physicians.
Dr. Kube’s response: I will not be seeking hospital employment. Reasons are many, but the main issue is that I do not wish to lose my autonomy as a physician. Taking a hospital position makes me an agent of the facility and places a large variety of business degree bureaucrats between me and the patient. Also, I have spent many years building a successful integrated spine care model that I don’t wish to walk away from at this time. I value my ability to adapt my practice to engage patients in fresh new ways that would never be possible if those ideas were bogged down in a committee.
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