WVU Heart and Vascular Institute expands offerings at Garrett Regional Medical Center

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Patients in the Oakland, Md., region who once had to travel out of town or even out of state for heart and vascular services can now be seen close to home by experts from the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, thanks to the affiliation with Garrett Regional Medical Center.

Recently, vascular surgeon Pamela Zimmerman, M.D., associate professor of surgery and director of the noninvasive vascular laboratory at WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, joined the roster of providers traveling to Oakland to see patients, and later this summer, Ghulam Abbas, M.D., chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and director of surgical thoracic oncology at the WVU Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer, will join as well.

Last September, Luke Marone, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery, and Jonathan Lanham, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, began seeing patients at the clinic, located at 13079 Garrett Highway in Oakland.

“We are very pleased with the partnership we established with the outstanding physicians at Garrett Regional Medical Center last year, and we are honored that the demand has been such that it has required the expansion of our offered services in Oakland,” Vinay Badhwar, M.D., executive chair of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, said. “We look forward to further growing this partnership and continuing to provide the Garrett region of Western Maryland with unprecedented access to advanced heart and vascular therapies.”

Vascular surgeons treat conditions of poor circulation in the blood vessels, assisting with inadequate blood flow problems of the veins and arteries in all parts of the body, except the brain and the heart. Some of the conditions a vascular surgeon treats include abdominal aortic aneurysm, carotid arterial disease, peripheral arterial disease, and varicose veins.

Dr. Zimmerman is board certified in surgery and vascular surgery. After receiving her medical degree from the East Carolina University School of Medicine, she completed a surgical residency at the State University of New York Upstate University Hospital and a vascular surgery fellowship at Kaleida Health in Buffalo, New York. She joined the WVU faculty in 2006.

Thoracic surgeons treat conditions of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs, including lung and esophageal cancer; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); Barrett’s esophagus; chest wall and mediastinal tumors; swallowing disorders, such as achalasia; mesothelioma; severe emphysema; hiatal hernias; and pleural diseases.

Dr. Abbas completed his residency training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York and fellowship training in cardiothoracic surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He subsequently obtained advanced training in minimally invasive lung and esophageal surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 2013, he received his master’s degree in healthcare management from Harvard University. He is internationally recognized for robotic lung sparing surgery for lung cancer and minimally invasive esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. He joined the WVU faculty earlier this year.

“The affiliation with WVU Medicine has been terrific for the community. We are so pleased to have cardiology and vascular services so that people don’t have to travel for academic medical center level of services. Our new doctors are excellent,” stated Mark Boucot, president and CEO of Garrett Regional Medical Center.

The clinic is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 844-424-0411.

For more information on the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, visit www.mywvuheart.com

The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute is comprised of an integrated team of cardiovascular surgeons and cardiologists who are considered national experts in their field, working closely together to bring the most state-of-the-art therapies to patients from West Virginia and the surrounding region.


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