For today’s Flashback Friday, we are highlighting Masoud Panjehpour, director of the Center of Excellence for Barrett’s Esophagus at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center (also referred to as the Laser Center). Masoud has been a part of the Center since its inception and over the last 31 years he has seen several groundbreaking treatments. He credits his long tenure to the support of the hospital which has allowed him to help provide state-of-the-art treatment for his patients. Read more about Masoud below.
1.) When did you start your career at Fort Sanders Regional?
I started in July 1988 at the Laser Center which at the time was a department of the Thompson Cancer Survival Center.
2.) Have you always worked in the same department?
Yes, I have always worked at the Laser Center.
3.) What is one major thing related to your job that has changed significantly over the course of your career? (ex. Any new technology/innovations?)
Our department was instrumental in introducing outpatient endoscopic treatment for Barrett’s Esophagus with dysplasia. At the time, the gold standard was esophagectomy, surgical removal of the esophagus. As a result of our research, the standard for treatment of Barrett’s Esophagus is now one of many outpatient endoscopic procedures we offer at the Laser Center.
4.) What’s your favorite memory over the course of your time at Regional?
My favorite memory is when I received the Healthcare Hero Award for Innovation in 2013.
5.) What’s kept you at Regional over the last 25+ years?
I have had many years of support to provide state-of-the-art treatment for our patients, making a difference in their lives.
6.) How much was a gallon of gas when you started at Regional?
About 96 Cents, per Google search!
7.) What was your favorite TV show when you started?
Star Trek: the Next Generation, Cheers, Golden Girls
8.) Do you remember the major news story from the year you started?
The Space shuttle program resumed launches 2.5 years after the Challenger shuttle disaster.