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Veterans Honor Dr. Richard Merkin During Research Week
Date:4/24/2008

veterans with diabetes is considerably higher than the 50% amputation rate among diabetes in the general US population. It is therefore not surprising that the costs of treating diabetic patients with LE amputations have steadily increased in the VA system from 1989 to 1998 and is expected to increase unless we are able to prevent DFU.

The study is being conducted at two VA hospitals in California: the Long Beach VA and the West Hills/Northridge VA. The principal investigators at each site are Ian Gordon, M.D., Ph.D. and Aksone Nouvong, DPM.

Heritage Medical Research Institute was established to actively conduct medical research in conjunction with nonprofit hospitals. Its TRIP Program (Translating Research into Practice) aims to apply research findings into measurable improvements in patient care.

Dr. Richard Merkin is the President of Heritage Provider Network, one of the largest physician-owned multi-specialty physician groups in California. The company consists of medical groups and IPAs with 21 satellite medical facilities serving Southern/Central California and New York, comprised of 3,500 primary care physicians, 13,000 specialists, and 36 hospitals.


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