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Meet Barry Hammaker, MD

Oct 20, 2022

Dr. Barry Hammaker is a surgeon and the Chief Medical Officer at Vail Health in Vail, Colorado. Before a chance encounter set Barry on the path to working at Vail Health, Dr. Hammaker completed 16 years of active duty military service, including multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2005. Barry received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and has an interest in advanced laparoscopic surgery, thoracic surgery, surgical endoscopy and colon cancer screening.

Dr. David Ford's Passion for Robotic Surgery

Aug 08, 2022

David Ford, MD, is Vail Health's newest general and robotic surgeon. Dr. Ford joins Vail Health's Surgical Associates team. In this episode, Dr. Ford goes into detail about his history specializing in robotic surgery, and why robotic surgery leads to faster recoveries and better outcomes for patients. Dr. Ford performs robotic surgeries at Vail Health hospital in Vail, Colorado.

Robotic Surgery | Incredible Outcomes at Vail Health

May 19, 2022

For many patients, robotic surgery is not only more cost-effective, but safer and with incredible recovery times, getting patients back to the lives they love faster. At Vail Health, our talented, experienced surgical team utilizes the latest and greatest device in robotic surgery, the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. In this video, you'll hear directly from patients at Vail Health who had incredible outcomes from their robotic surgeries, and got back to work and hobbies faster than if they'd underwent traditional surgery.

What is Peripheral Vascular Disease?

May 12, 2022

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is prevalent, even in people with healthy, active lifestyles without a family history of heart disease. Dr. Kate Schuetze, a cardiologist at Vail Health, speaks with Chelsea Dentler about the common symptoms in men and women of PVD, and how you can schedule an appointment to get quickly screened for PVD. Patients with PVD, left undetected or untreated, have an increased risk of heart attacks.