ERIC SCHLESINGER, M.D.
Passionate, detail-oriented physician, with a robust record for successfully treating and healing patients in wound care, bariatrics, general surgery, and emergency care. Dedicated to educating patients, administrators, and healthcare practitioners on the intricacies necessary for creating efficient and effective healthcare system.
In-depth healthcare background
Compassionate bedside manner
Strong administrative expertise
Accomplished, retired surgeon
Experienced with hospitals across
Active Arizona licensure
Billing and private practice know-how
Aptitude in surgical critical care
Skilled educator to nurses, residents, and patients
August 2017 – Medical Director, Wound Care Physician
April 2019 Wound Care Center at Mountain Vista Medical Center — Phoenix & Mesa, AZ
Rigorously assessed patients to accurately diagnose and treat the underlying causes of wounds.
Deployed extensive examination, diagnostic tools, and advanced wound healing techniques, to ensure efficient, effective, and affordable care.
Developed approachable methods for communicating with patients to establish comprehensive and manageable care routines.
Coached patients through becoming actively involved in their own treatment and healthcare plans, enabling them to heal their wounds, dramatically improve their quality of life, and decrease the risk of new wounds.
Managed weekly leadership meetings with administrative program director and nurse manager, reviewing policies, procedures, protocols, and outcomes.
Trained physicians and nursing staff on pathophysiology, wound healing strategies, comprehensive patient care, and soliciting difficult information with compassion.
Implemented training and strategies that improved quality of care, resulting in a 10% increase in comprehensive healing rates and a decrease in the median days to heal from 45 to 28.
Feb 2009 – Medical Director of Bariatric Program, Bariatric Surgeon, Emergency Surgeon,
May 2013 General Surgeon
Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital — Tempe, AZ
Methodically determined and performed various surgical procedures with care and precision, including gastric bypasses, lap-bands, sleeve gastrectomies, duodenal switches, and revisions for patients with previous failed procedures.
Led the implementation and strategy for obtaining the Center of Excellence certification—acquiring funding, specialized equipment, retrofitting hospital offices, debriefing the board of directors, etc.—which increased our caseload by 75% and helped secure coverage for bariatric procedures by insurance agencies.
Consistently improved patient wellness through clinical assessments, medical treatments, and surgical procedures, including covering the hospital’s Correctional Medical Ward.
Admitted and treated patients as part of the hospital on-call services for general surgery and emergency care.
Prepared patients for surgery, evaluated and treated co-morbidities, and monitored their progress acutely and longitudinally.
Implemented first support groups in metro area to provide patients with advice, community, and tools for maintaining successful results post-bariatric surgery.
May 2003 – Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery, Bariatric Surgeon
Nov 2006 Barix Clinics of Arizona — Scottsdale, AZ
Advocated for medical staff before administration and board of directors as the Chief of Staff, ensuring conflicts and concerns were resolved judiciously and swiftly, protecting the hospital from potential litigation.
As Chief of Surgery, sat on the executive board and consulted on executive budget, grievances, scheduling conflicts, granting of temporary privileges, and dispute resolution.
Mediated conflicts between OR surgeons across hospital departments, conducting in-depth, rapid analysis on factors like severity of patient illness, length of procedure, number of OR crews available, overall staffing, and alternative methods for expediting care.
Presented to Tribal Councils on local Indian Reservations about healthcare opportunities, services, and outcomes available to them in collaboration with a team, including hospital administrator, dietician, and patient advocate.
April 1998 – Chief of Surgery, Bariatric Surgeon, General Surgeon
May 2003 Northwest Suburban Community Hospital — Belvidere, Illinois
Built the hospital bariatric practice from the ground up, culminating in a robust program performing approximately 2000 gastric bypasses a year with 28 hospital beds and two operating rooms running Monday through Friday every week.
Advised hospital administrators multiple times a week on the details of bariatric surgery, patient load, metabolic medicine, general hospital care, staffing issues, and our place in the community.
Collaborated with physicians and administrators to ensure consistent understanding on the intricacies of bariatric practices and the components necessary for generating outstanding patient care across the organization.
University of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Surgical Residency, USC Medical Center — Los Angeles County
B.A. in Biological Sciences
Rutgers College — New Brunswick, New Jersey
Wound Care Center of Excellence, 2018, Healogics
Wound Care Center of Distinction, 2014 & 2017, Healogics
Certified Center of Excellence, 2010-2013, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Specialists
Certified Bariatric and Metabolic Surgeon of Excellence, 2010-2013, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Specialists
Top Bariatric Surgeon 2010, Phoenix Magazine
American Medical Association
Arizona Medical Association
Fellow of the Interactional College of Surgeons
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Society of Graduate Surgeons
American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons
Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Advanced Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine