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Electrophysiologist Joins Samaritan Heart Rhythm Team


Samaritan Health Services welcomes Electrophysiologist Ross Downey, MD.

Electrophysiology, a sub-specialty of cardiology, focuses on diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities in the electrical impulses of the heart – the heart’s rhythm. Dr. Downey joins Electrophysiologist Jeffery Hsing, MD, Physician assistants Maggie Ebert and Christine Magill, and Family Nurse Practitioner Tanya Morgenstern at Samaritan’s Heart Rhythm Center, caring for patients of Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties. 

Dr. Downey is board certified in clinical cardiac electrophysiology, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Dartmouth College and a medical degree from Dartmouth School of Medicine. He completed internship and residency training in internal medicine at Stanford University, where he also served as chief resident. He completed fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and electrophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. He is also a member of Healthcare Volunteers Overseas and has cared for patients and studied the delivery of health care in Bhutan, Nepal, New Zealand and Sweden.

He provides a full-spectrum of care for heart-rhythm problems, including atrial fibrillation and flutter, bradycardia, tachycardia and other rhythm abnormalities, and offers a wide variety of electrophysiology procedures including testing, ablations, implantation of cardiac devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators and more. Dr. Downey specializes in lead extractions – removal of a wire that delivers energy from a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator to the heart muscle, as well as a relatively new method of connecting heart devices to the heart muscle where the pacing wires are implanted directly into the heart’s conduction system.

“Medicine is an incredibly rewarding and gratifying profession,” Dr. Downey said. “It is an honor and privilege to take care of people at different times in their lives including at their most vulnerable times. I particularly enjoy cardiology because of the tremendous amount of knowledge that has been accumulated to the field, given all of the resources allocated to the field and research that has been done. I feel I have a better sense of the impact of medications and procedures.”

Dr. Downey looks forward to being part of the continued development of heart care provided by Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute and hopes to assist with the training of medical students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest in Lebanon, as well as physician residents of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education program. 

“The enthusiasm of the medical students and residents is infectious,” Dr. Downey said. “It is something that will sustain my own enthusiasm to practice medicine for a long time,”

In his free time, Dr. Downey enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, ages 7 and 9, hiking, camping, backpacking, gardening and generally staying physically fit.