Parker County Today March 2018 - Page 54

52 interested in making everything better for cancer patients across the coun- try,” he said. To that end, he is engaged in writ- ing policy at the state and national levels as well as globally. “I do a lot of legislative work and policy work and society work with the medical societies.” Page has been actively engaged administratively in numerous cancer-related roles. He currently serves as an American Society of Clinical Oncology representative to the American Medical Association House of Delegates. He is the Chair- Elect of ASCO’s Clinical Practice Committee. He also serves on ASCO’s Nominating Committee as the community oncology represen- tative. Page also serves on ASCO’s Government Relations Committee. He was the previous Chair of ASCO’s State Affiliates Council and is current- ly the Texas Representative. Page serves on several working groups involving Payment Reform, Clinical Pathways, 340B, Site Neutrality, Provider/Payer relationships, Drug Shortages, Sunshine Law, and the Conquer Cancer Foundation Grant Review Committee. He is the Immediate-Past President of the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology and serves on the Legislative, Education and Membership Committees. Page is politically active both in Texas and nationally working on cancer-related legislative issues. He has served as a Consultant to the Texas Medical Association Cancer Committee, and as the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association representative on the TMA Physician Oncology Education Program. He also serves as one of the two mentors of ASCO’s new Healthcare Policy Fellowship program. Page has been instrumental in the development of a national oncology “Supergroup,” Quality Cancer Care Alliance (QCCA), where he serves on the board, executive committee, and chairs the membership commit- tee. He serves on the Physician Advisory Boards of VitalSource GPO and Flatiron Health. He is a member of the Via Oncology Pathways Steering Committee and Publications Committee and serves on the Lung Cancer and Melanoma Advisory Panels. He was a member of the Weatherford Regional Medical Center Board of Directors and is currently the Vice-Chief of staff and a member of the Medical Education Committee for the Internal Medicine residency program. He previously served on the Tarrant County American Cancer Society Board. Dr. Page is on the Fort Worth Adolescent Young Adult Cancer Task Force and Board. In his spare time, Dr. Page enjoys spending time with his wife, Dr. Sheila Page, and their five children. He is active in his church and also enjoys skiing, water sports and fishing with his kids. Dr. Christopher Happ Board-Certified Spine Surgeon DFW Center for Spinal Disorders D r. Happ is an Osteopathic Surgeon by training. “We focus one-to-one on how the person actually needs to be treated,” Dr. Happ said. “There are a lot of surgical modalities that for some people just really aren’t right, but for other people it is. In this day and age, we are working to prevent doing harm. We are using every- thing we have in the area of modern technology and modern science to improve quality of life for our patients while abstaining from putting people through these big surgeries that aren’t going to help them very much. In the last three-to-five years, our biggest focus has been changing by recog- nizing who will and who will not improve by surgery because, while we maybe can improve the situa- t ion by surgery, down the road there may be some problems and some consequences from doing surgery. The patient might want to sit down and talk about who’s going to actu- ally benefit from surgery in the long term versus who’s going to feel good right now, but then have to deal with some things down the road.” At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, they focus on the person, not the X-Ray, meaning they custom- ize a treatment program to suit the individual patients. “This is why I do what I do,” Dr. Happ said. “In Orthopedics, if the hip is bad, the knee is bad, the shoulder’s bad, you go on and replace those. It’s pretty straightforward. The ballast joints are fairly large; there’s only two of them … they do fairly well after surgery.” “Within the spine, the joints are small, there’s multiple (compo- nents) and we don’t really understand the bio-mechanics because it is a very intricate system. So, that’s part of what makes my job great and it’s part of what makes my job extremely frustrating at times. We try to do our best with everybody and we try to treat patients non-surgically as much as possible.” Are there ways to prevent back injuries? “Absolutely,” Dr. Happ said, adding that a number of different factors contribute to back problems; most of them can be avoided or controlled. The main contributing factors are: •Poor physical fitness – Patients who are in poor physical shape tend to have a higher incidence of back pain. Exercise! •Obesity – Patients that are obese tend to be in poor physical shape, leading to a higher incidence of back pain. •Heredity – Back pain unfortunately, with certain conditions, tends to be hereditary, though not for all causes of back pain. “There’s not much you can do about this one,” Dr. Happ said. •Smoking – Tobacco use degenerates the intervertebral discs, which can be a cause of back pain. Smoking slows