The following paper was written by Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS and published in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. Telemedicine has the potential to provide rapid, safe, and high-quality care, but these virtual clinical services did not take center stage until the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In fact, the pandemic may well be […]

Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Telepresence: Principals, Strategies, Applications, and New Directions by Dr. Rifat Latifi, Charles Doarn, and Dr. Ronald Merrell, was just released through Springer. Telemedicine and telehealth have consistently been shown to be effective for remote areas or limited-resource locations, regular medical and surgical practice, primary care, second opinion, extreme conditions, major crises, and […]

The following study was published through Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers. Background:Telemedicine systems increase access to care, particularly in remote and developing countries. Nationwide telemedicine programs in Cabo Verde and Albania have been built by the International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation (IVeH) and based on the effective Initiate-Build-Operate-Transfer (IBOT) strategy. The aim of this study was […]

The International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation (IVeH) (  has been working for last 20 years in Kosova, where it created the first telemedicine program in the Balkans. Now, the IVeH is proud to have engaged with local surgical organizations and local health authorities to establish the Kosova College of Surgeons (KCS).  IVeH is implementing this project […]

The Kosova College of Surgeons (KCS) has been established as a scientific and advocacy body that will lead the advancement of the discipline of surgery in Kosova. The  KCS will be modeled on the famed American College of Surgeons (ACS). The Kosova College of Surgeons is a non-profit scientific and educational association of surgeons that […]

Dr. Latifi was recently honored by the Westchester County Business Journal with a Doctors of Distinction award in the No Land Too Far category, recognizing his efforts to bring advanced medicine to people around the world VALHALLA, N.Y. (November 27, 2017) – While many physicians travel around the globe to treat patients in underdeveloped nations, […]

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