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Physician assistant joins Cardiovascular Surgery team

Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute is pleased to welcome Physician Assistant Joseph Wills to its Cardiovascular Surgery team.

Joseph earned a bachelor’s degree from Juniata College and a master’s degree from the Physician Associate Program of the Yale University School of Medicine.

“Becoming a physician assistant was an easy choice for me,” Joseph said. “This profession allows for a level of care and integration into an interdisciplinary health model that allows me to continually grow within the field.”

Joseph will serve patients alongside cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons Mark Taylor, MD, and Nervin Fanous, MD, and the rest of the Cardiovascular Surgery team, which includes highly skilled and specially trained physician assistants, nurses and other staff members.

In his free time, Joseph enjoys spending time with his family and friends, cooking, barbequing, home brewing, woodworking, hiking, camping, skiing and snowshoeing.

For more information about Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute and the Cardiovascular Surgery Department, visit, or call toll free 1-877-474-7484.

Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute provides a wide range of advanced cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and electrophysiology services, with clinics in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City, Newport and Toledo, and also serves patients from Eugene, Salem and neighboring areas.