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Physician Assistant Joins Cardiac Surgery Team

Samaritan Health Services’ Cardiac Surgery Department is pleased to welcome Physician Assistant Tarah Roberts to its team. Roberts will assist Cardiothoracic Surgeon Edward Bender, MD, and Cardiac Surgeon Billie-Jean Martin, MD, in providing patient care and surgical services to our community. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies from Westmont College, and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Idaho State University. 

She was drawn to health care with a desire to provide holistic care.

“It combines very human elements such as compassion, empathy, and personal connection, with technical elements such as medical knowledge and procedural skill, to produce the best patient care,” she said. “It is a field in which I can exercise myself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually and I love being able to connect with patients in each of those categories.” 

Roberts comes to Samaritan from the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Cardiovascular Surgery in Rochester, Minnesota.

“I believe in the values and direction that Samaritan is headed,” she said. “Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has a small-town familiarity with big-city amenities that are great to work with. Plus, the cardiac surgery group is awesome!”

Samaritan’s Cardiac Surgery Department offers comprehensive cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgical services, serving Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties and the surrounding areas. Through a partnership with Stanford Health Care, an internationally recognized leader in cardiac surgery, patients have access to even more kinds of lifesaving procedures. For more information, visit or call 541-768-5223