WVU HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE OPENS CLINIC IN PARTNERSHIP WITH GRMC

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The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, in an effort to provide patients with high quality specialty care close to home, has opened a clinic in partnership with Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC).

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 earlier this month at the clinic in Oakland, MD.

Dr. Marone joined the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute in April after serving as the director of peripheral vascular intervention and an associate professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Marone is board certified in surgery and vascular surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Lanham officially joined the faculty on September 1 after completing fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute. He received his medical degree from and completed an internal medicine residency at the WVU School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, and cardiovascular disease.

“It is our honor and privilege to partner with the outstanding physicians of Garrett Regional Medical Center to help develop cardiovascular services for the region,” Vinay Badhwar, M.D., executive chair of the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, said. “Through his collaboration, we aim to provide the Garrett region of Western Maryland with unprecedented access to advanced heart and vascular therapies.”

“This is an important development in the clinical affiliation between Garrett Regional Medical Center and WVU Medicine,” GRMC President Mark Boucot said, “WVU Medicine has been an excellent partner, bringing specialty services to the community so patients no longer need to travel long distances for care.”  We’re excited about our relationship with WVU and have asked Robert Goralski, MD and Thomas Johnson, MD from the Garrett Medical Group to partner with the Heart and Vascular Institute from the primary care perspective.  As family practitioners, The Garret Medical Group has a rich history in disease prevention and managing chronic conditions.  For years, they have been performing ancillary tests in the cardiology service line at the hospital.  In working with The Heart and Vascular Institute, the role of the Garrett medical Group will be to help manage patients from the primary care perspective to keep patients with cardiac conditions as healthy as possible and to reduce the need for the higher levels of cardiac care.  “It’s important to our patients that we care for them proactively and focus on disease prevention,” said Robert Goralski, MD.  He continued, “We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Lanham as a cardiologist and Dr. Marone, who will be focusing on vascular conditions, to the community.”

The clinic, located at 13079 Garrett Highway in Oakland, Maryland, 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.

Media Inquiries: Angela Jones-Knopf, Manager of Media Relations, 304-263-7087, knopfa@wvumedicine.org

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