CMH welcomes first interventional cardiologist

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WILMINGTON — CMH Regional Health System announced that it has brought on its first interventional cardiologist — Rakesh Chawla, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACP.

CMH recently announced that it will be launching an interventional cardiology program, a first for the health system and the region. CMH will launch inpatient and outpatient services (not including PCI and heart attack interventions) on May 1, begin elective PCI in early summer, and have full 24/7 coverage for PCI and heart attack victims beginning late summer/early fall.

CMH CEO Greg Nielsen expressed his confidence in Dr. Chawla as the program’s inaugural physician and lead.

“Dr. Chawla is exactly the right physician to help us launch this program,” said Nielsen. “His breadth of experience in interventional cardiology, passion for life-saving care, and his Dayton, Ohio roots will serve our patients well. We’re excited to have him on board.”

Dr. Chawla received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He later completed a residency in Internal Medicine with Summa Health System, a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, and an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Chawla has over 13 years of experience as an interventional cardiologist, working in Chillicothe, Columbus, Cleveland and, most recently, with St. Joseph Medical Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

While at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Dr. Chawla led a team of registered nurses, pharmacists and radiation technologists in acute myocardial infarction angioplasty without surgical backup, a CPORT Registry which was approved by the state of Ohio in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and its lead investigator, Thomas Aversanno, MD, FACC. It was the only such hospital/organization to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty without surgical backup in Ohio at the time.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the American College of Physicians, and he is licensed in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

CMH Chief Medical Officer, Dr. John Hollon, echoed Nielsen’s confidence and spoke to Dr. Chawla’s medical background.

“Dr. Chawla’s credentials combined with his passion for patients and quality care will make him an excellent fit for CMH,” said Dr. Hollon. “I look forward to welcoming him to our medical staff and seeing all that he will do for CMH as we grow and expand services to southwest Ohio.”

Dr. Chawla is now accepting patients in CMH’s interventional cardiology clinic – Cardiology Associates of Southwest Ohio. To schedule an appointment, call 937-283-9888

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