Dr. Srinivas Vuthoori, or Dr. V as he is called, has worked in large hospitals, and in managed care practices with thousands of patients. “I was a hospitalist before I knew what a hospitalist was,” the internist says.
Dr. Vuthoori practiced for 17 years, in 17 different hospitals throughout his career. A native of Canada, Dr. Vuthoori studied his undergraduate at the University of Toronto and earned his medical degree from Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College in India. He completed his residency at Columbia University and the University of Arizona.
Dr. Vuthoori has learned to balance clinical medicine with an entrepreneurial zeal. During his tenure, he was a Medical Director for a national hospitalist group in Las Vegas; Medical Director for an 80,000-member independent practice association in Palm Springs and Chief Medical Officer for a national hospitalist company based in Texas.
Dr. Vuthoori says his experience has helped him develop an in-depth understanding of healthcare metrics required by hospital systems while keeping a focus on the quality of patient care.
“The attraction to Lompoc Valley Medical Center for my clinical practice is the administration and the nursing staff,” he says. “They are an amazing group to work with; people who really want to make a difference for the community and who are working with us to improve patient hospitalization experiences.”
Lompoc resident Hal Bellone said that during the hospitalization of his wife, Peggy, Dr. Vuthoori came to her room during rounds.
“The attentiveness and empathy he put into both of us, I can say my comfort level went to 100 percent,” Bellone says. “I knew my wife was in good hands.”
Dr. Vuthoori said Lompoc is a good fit for him now.
“Even though it’s a small place, it’s a small place where you can make a big difference,” he said.
What is a Hospitalist?
Hospital medicine is a specialty organized around a site of care (such as emergency medicine), as opposed to an organ (such as cardiology), a disease (such as oncology) or an age group (such as pediatrics). Hospitalists are usually Internal Medicine specialists.