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Cardiology program welcomes two physician fellows

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Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiology Fellowship Program welcomes two new fellows, Theodore Foster, DO, and Kenneth Nelson, DO.

Nelson earned a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a medical degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys inventing and building medical devices, running, weight lifting, gardening, hiking and cooking. 

Foster earned a master’s degree from Oregon State University and a medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  His interests include photography, golf, Oregon State University athletics and Red Sox baseball.

The three-year Cardiology Fellowship Program develops highly-skilled, compassionate cardiologists, through a combination of self-study, didactic (observational and experiential) instruction and supervised exposure to a wide range of cardiac patients. Research skills and the ability to properly review the medical literature are also emphasized. The American Osteopathic Association-approved program is based at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and is structured to ensure that fellows acquire the consulting expertise and the technical skills required of a cardiologist.

Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute now hosts five cardiology fellows – David Lemons, DO, and Jeremy Warner, DO, each in their third and final year of the fellowship program; Benjamin Hudson, DO, in his second year; Foster and Nelson. Bryon Dorgan, DO, the first physician accepted into the Cardiology Fellowship Program, completed the program in June.

“As more fellows join the program, we are able to increase patient access to cardiology clinic visits, as well as staff Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, with both an attending cardiologist and a cardiology fellow, 24-7,” said Cardiologist Francis Celis, DO, FACC, co-director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program. “Cardiology fellows in the program see both inpatients and outpatients, and they are very much involved in all aspects of cardiology care at Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute.”

Patients of cardiology fellows benefit not only from the extra time fellows are able to spend with each patient, but from having two experienced internist physicians engaged in their care.

“The cardiology fellowship also enhances patient care by helping bring the latest academic topics and discussions into our clinical setting,” Celis said. “Teaching goes both ways and the attending, supervising physicians also learn a lot from the fellows. This raises the bar for the benefit of all.”