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Trust your heart care to the experts at Yakima Valley Memorial Heart & Vascular.
Mohan Ashok Kumar, MD, FACC, FACP Medical Director
Medical school: Annamali University, India. Internal Medicine residency at Creighton University- St Joseph’s hospital, Phoenix, Cardiology fellowship at Geisinger Commonwealth school of medicine, PA
What inspired you to choose medicine? The ability to integrate science and humanity and to help people attain their health goals.
Why did you choose your specialty? The heart is the most fascinating structure and the study of it’s imaging and physiology is a passion to me.
What is your philosophy of care? I believe in communicating effectively with and empowering patients to make healthy, informed choices.
What do you like about Yakima? The natural beauty that surrounds us and the warmth of the people.
What do you like to do outside of work? I love hiking, classical music, travel and reading.
Mark S. Berman, MD, FACC
Medical Education: Oregon Health and Science University School Of Medicine, 1987
Residency: Internal Medicine, Maine Medical Center, 1990
- Cardiology, Brown University
- Fellow in the American College of Cardiology
- Fellow in the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventionists
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- Interventional Cardiology
- Cardiovascular Disease
Adarsh Bhardwaj, MD
Medical school: BJ medical College, Pune, India
Residency: Internal Medicine Residency, University of Connecticut.
Fellowship: Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, Danbury Hospital (affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine), Connecticut.
What inspired you to choose medicine? The field of medicine was attractive to me because it allowed to me use science to solve problems.
Why did you choose your specialty? The heart is a dynamic, complex organ. Cardiovascular disease is rampant in most communities and gives me the opportunity to help a lot of people. My interests include cardiac imaging, congestive heart failure, preventive cardiology and heart rhythm disorders.
What is your philosophy of care?I believe that honesty and patience are critical in developing a great doctor-patient relationship. I strive to provide compassionate, evidence-based, state-of-the-art care.
What do you like about Yakima? The climate, abundant outdoor activities available in the beautiful state of Washington and the delicious tree-ripened fruit!
What do you like to do outside of work? Reading, hiking, motorcycling, cooking and hanging out with my family and pets.
Jesse P. Cone, MD
Medical school: SUNY-Buffalo
What inspired you to choose medicine? Being able to help people when they need it most.
Why did you choose your specialty? It combines working with patients as well as technical knowledge.
What is your philosophy of care? My goal is to help people live as well as possible for as long as possible.
What do you like about Yakima? The wonderful weather and small-town atmosphere.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy running, reading and the Seahawks!
Chatt Johnson, MD
Medical school: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 1993
Residency: Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA 1996-2000
Fellowship: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 2002-2004
What inspired you to choose medicine? I enjoyed science classes and wanted to incorporate that passion with an occupation where I can help people directly
Why did you choose your specialty? Vascular surgery is specialty where you can an issue and have multiple medical, surgical and cath-lab based solutions that the individual surgeon can tailor to the patient's needs.
What is your philosophy of care? Provide cared based on patient's individual circumstances regardless of patient's ability to pay or type of insurance.
What do you like about Yakima? Yakima reminds me of where I grew up in New Mexico. I really enjoy the climate and the sense of pride in the community
What do you like to do outside of work? Being with my wife and family, my dogs, golfing.
R. Thomas McLaughlin, MD, FACC
Medical Education: Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, 1987
Internship: University of California, Irvine, 1988
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of California, Irvine, 1990
- Cardiology, University of California, Irvine, 1993
- Invasive Cardiology, Long Beach Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, California
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- Cardiovascular Disease
Erik A. Monick, MD, FACC
Medical School: University of Southern California; Los Angeles
Residency: Internal Medicine, Northwestern University/Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Chicago
Fellowship: Cardiology, Rush University Medical Center; Chicago
What inspired you to choose medicine? I’ve always had an interest in science and working with people.
Why did you choose your specialty? I have a specific interest in math and physics, and also the variety of services a cardiologist provides. Also, I followed in my father’s footsteps.
What do you like about Yakima? Yakima has been my home ever since I was 2 years old. I love the weather and the outdoor opportunities — hot and sunny in the summer but with quality snow skiing in the winter.
What do you like to do outside of work? I like to spend time with my family, go hiking, camping and bicycling. I also enjoy water and snow skiing, golf and tennis. I also enjoy reading, and I’m a Seahawks fan.
Dao Gia Pham, MD
Medical school: University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
What inspired you to choose medicine? Medicine allows me to help people and improve their lives with good care and intention.
Why did you choose your specialty? Electrophysiology Cardiology is a challenging field. It is a mix of medicine and some surgery requiring skills and talents. The result is very satisfying.
What is your philosophy of care? The purpose of providing good care is to make people feel better symptomatically, physically and mentally.
What do you like about Yakima? Yakima is a small town, but it has almost everything one can find in a big town. What I like the most about Yakima is its light traffic and its close location to my home town, Seattle.
What do you like to do outside of work? Reading, traveling, playing chess and classical guitar.
Scott Miller PA-C
PA School: Idaho State University
What inspired you to choose medicine? From a young age, my parents taught me to serve and care for others.
Why did you choose your specialty? I fell in love with cardiology when I did a rotation during my second year of physician assistant school.
What is your philosophy of care? I gain satisfaction from partnering with patients to improve their cardiovascular wellness by giving them the tools they need to improve their health.
What do you like about Yakima? My family has lived in Yakima since 2006. It’s been a great place to raise our children with my wife, LaVon.
What do you like to do outside of work? Hiking, fishing or camping. Spending time in nature with my family and friends is the best!
Buffy Sawyer, PA-C
PA School: Wichita State University
What inspired you to choose your specialty? I wanted a career that would be challenging, rewarding, provide continuous learning opportunities and would allow me to work one-on-one with people.
Why did you choose your specialty? When I began practicing in the late 1990s, Physician Assistant opportunities were becoming more specialty focused. I chose cardiology because it allowed me to provide acute and chronic care for patients.
What is your philosophy of care? Cardiac disease is a chronic process that involves not only the input from the medical provider but also from the patient. It is a team effort and requires commitment from both to be successful.
What do you like about Yakima? I love that Yakima is close to the mountains and also has plenty of recreational opportunities during all four seasons. It was what drew me here 20 years ago.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy outdoor sports and reading.
Kari Brewer, PA-C
PA School: Duke University, Durham, N.C.
What inspired you to choose medicine? I’m amazed by the workings of the body and couldn’t think of anything greater than to study it and use my knowledge to help people.
Why did you choose your specialty? My first job in health care was as a unit secretary in an intensive care unit/critical care unit, and the heart/circulatory system became my primary interest from that time.
What is your philosophy of care? I enjoy teaching patients about their health, using my training to guide them in making decisions about their health while acknowledging that, in the end, the decisions are up to them.
What do you like about Yakima? I like the size of Yakima and that we usually have four distinct seasons. Plus, we’re close enough to Seattle and Portland to travel there when the urge hits.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy spending time with my family and my four-legged “kids.” I also enjoy games, puzzles, trivia and golfing.
Suzanne Ramm, MN, ARNP, NP-C
Medical school: Bachelor of science/nursing; master’s of science/nursing, University of Washington
What inspired you to choose medicine? I have always had a desire to figure out how things work. That coupled with my passion to help people merged naturally when I decided to pursue a career in nursing.
Why did you choose your specialty? My first position in nursing was in the telemetry and intensive care unit. At that time, there was a large presence of cardiac and cardiac surgery patients, which really piqued my interest.
What is your philosophy of care? I believe that our current health care system is really disease care. My interest is in motivating patients to focus on what they can do to improve their health: understanding the effects of food choices, physical activity, sleep and stress; sharing tools to live healthier.
What do you like about Yakima? This is a beautiful place to live with the four seasons, ample sunshine, many opportunities for outdoor recreation, and a wide range of locally grown food.
What do you like to do outside of work? My husband and I own just over four acres, which keeps us busy. I love to ski. When travel allows, I also enjoy hiking, swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and recently scuba.
Sarah Voline, MSN, CCRN, PCCN
PA School:Gonzaga University
What inspired you to choose medicine? I admired my two aunts who were nurses, and I always wanted to help people like they did.
Why did you choose your specialty? I like the complexity of the cardiac system. I like feeling challenged each and every day.
What is your philosophy of care? Inspiring others to make the best health care choices they can by giving them the education they need.
What do you like about Yakima? I enjoy Yakima because of its outdoor beauty, central location, and all the memories l have growing up here.
What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy running, cooking, reading, and spending time outdoors with my husband and two boys.
Megan N. Hodges, PharmD, BCACP