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Dr. Amit Patel and Patient Screening in Thailand

Friday, June 09, 2006 - Stem Cell Guru

Over the past few months, there have been a growing number of questions regarding the relationship between TheraVitae, Bangkok Heart Hospital (BHH) and Dr. Amit N. Patel from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

It is well documented that in the past, Dr. Patel made several trips to Thailand where he observed thoracoscopic injections of VesCellâ„¢ autologous adult stem cells at Bangkok Heart Hospital for several patients including Hawaiian singer Don Ho.

Currently, Dr. Patel is not associated with TheraVitae or Bangkok Heart Hospital in any capacity. He does not evaluate patients for treatment in Thailand and his office cannot provide any information regarding TheraVitae and VesCell therapy at Bangkok Heart Hospital.

This is a direct result of the recent embryonic stem cell research scandal in involving Korean Prof. Woo-Suk Hwang and University of Pittsburgh researcher, Prof. Gerald Schatten. To put things into perspective, this was one of the biggest scientific scandals in the history of modern science. For more information, please refer to the following Washington Post article:

Since then, the UPMC legal department has forbidden all of its stem cell researchers and doctors (adult or embryonic stem cells) from working with companies outside the United States such as TheraVitae. They are also forbidden to make any comments. This includes Dr. Patel.

We regret this unfortunate turn of events and wish Dr. Patel and his staff the best of luck during this difficult time.

Patients interested in VesCell stem cell therapy for heart disease should contact TheraVitae directly:

Telephone: 1-866-690-2008 (24 hrs. Toll-free in US)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thjis sounds ominous

4:43 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

This is not right! Dr. Patel and TheraVitae helped my niece, Jeannine, in so many ways.
They gave her the opportunity to Thailand and receive the adult stem cell treatment - she never would have agreed to fetal stem cell therapy. The treatment may not have lengthened her life but it certainly improved the quality of her last twelve months. She was healthy enough to travel, to devote time to her husband and son that she would otherwise have had to spend resting. She encouraged others to investigate the treatment and convinced me to support this reaseach.

We were fortunate enough to visit with Jeannine and her family in February of this year to celebrate her grandmother's 75th birthday. She was still feeling energetic and positive even then. Losing Jeannine this month has only strengthened her family's resolve to support and promote this therapy. UPMC should continue to promote this cause as well. So many lives (not just those of patients, but their families as will) depend on doctors and research facilities such as these to find the cures they need.

I hope that UPMC will reconsider their decisions and focus on the Hypocratic Oath.

12:54 AM  

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