For something like 130 years, humans have had the telephone, yet it didn’t occur to the health care industry to formalize phone-based diagnosis and treatment until some 50 years ago. In 1996, the next frontier arrived when the Institute of Medicine said, “Hey, I bet this Internet thing could make it a lot easier to see patients who live out in the middle of nowhere!”
Greater Las Vegas has bought its first property on the game board of medical tourism: Vanity Street. The Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition—the main player in boosting the Valley’s reputation as a medical-tourism destination—has forged a strategic alliance with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, which holds its world congress at the Sands Convention Center from Dec. 12-15.
Twenty-four hours before MMA bad boy Nick Diaz lost a controversial decision to Carlos Condit and retired from the sport on the spot, all was serene in his world as he sat speaking with the doctor who had helped save his career. Diaz’s notorious scowl was unfurrowed, allowing full view of Las Vegas plastic surgeon Frank Stile’s finest work. A notorious bleeder because of his sharp orbital bones, Diaz had turned to Stile for help in 2007. He had just lost a fight that was stopped because of severe cuts over his eyes.