Before Doctor House, there was Doctor Michael Laposata! For 15 years he's been figuring out what's wrong with patients when other doctors can't.
"We take tests that are very complicated and very difficult to interpret and that people have learned very little in medical school … and we force them to pick between thousands of different tests, and interpret the results correctly," he said.
His team at Vanderbilt University is the first in the country to bring physicians, clinical pathologists, and lab experts together to break down blood disorders. It's all done on-the-spot - while patients are being treated.
'It turns out, 50% of the cases requires some sort of change, which is dramatic!" said Michael Laposata, M.D., Vanderbilt University Hospital.
"I heard somebody fall. So I sprinted upstairs…when I went into the bedroom, Craig was laying on the floor," said Steven Smith.
He was rushed to the hospital. After emergency brain surgery, doctors and nurses immediately blamed… his father!
"We get pulled into a conference room by one of the doctors and she says, we've run tests, we've eliminated all other possibilities. I'm looking at child abuse," said Corinne Smith.
Craig's brain and eye bleeding looked just like shaken baby syndrome.
Steve found Doctor Laposata. His tests on Craig didn't reveal shaken baby syndrome, rather a blood disorder called Von Willebrands Disease.
"75% of doctors told us if they wouldn't have given us the interpretation, they would have made a mistake!"
A new type of medical team - experts trained to know which test to order and when - could change the lives of millions of others.
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