The following providers joined WVU Medicine in December:
BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE AND PSYCHIATRY
Claire Baniak, PsyD, joins WVU Medicine as a pediatric psychologist at the WVU Medicine Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center. She earned her degree at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at WVU.
Kendra Henline, PLPC, joins WVU Medicine as a clinical therapist at the Chestnut Ridge Center. She completed her training at WVU.
Tabitha Lindsay, PLPC, joins WVU Medicine as a clinical therapist at the Behavioral Medicine Westover location. She completed her training at WVU.
GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY
Shailendra Singh, MD, joins WVU Medicine as an advanced endoscopist/gastroenterologist at the Physician Office Center. He completed an advanced endoscopy, GI/hepatology fellowship at Allegheny Health Network. He was formerly in practice at Charleston Gastroenterology/Charleston Area Medical Center.
HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE
Samantha Wise, AGNP, joins the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute as a nurse practitioner in the critical care medicine stepdown unit at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was a registered nurse at the WVU Medicine Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and completed her training at Maryville University.
Ryan Rafa, PA-C, joins WVU Medicine as a physician assistant with the hospitalist service at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. He completed training at West Liberty University.
Ana Brandt, PA-C, joins WVU Medicine as a physician assistant at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. She completed training at Duquesne University.
Utkarsh Kohli, MD, joins WVU Medicine Children’s as a pediatric cardiologist. He completed two fellowships, pediatric cardiology and pediatric cardiac electrophysiology, at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Kohli completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He was formerly a pediatric electrophysiologist at the University of Chicago.
Sebastian Brooke, MD, joins WVU Medicine as a microsurgery and pediatric craniofacial surgeon at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital. He completed a microsurgical reconstructive fellowship at UPMC and a pediatric craniofacial surgery fellowship at Royal Children’s Hospital of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Brooke is a former adjunct professor and microsurgery fellowship co-director at Baylor Scott & White, Texas A&M.
Kyle Lehosit, PA-C, joins WVU Medicine a physician assistant at the United Hospital Center. He completed training at Alderson Broaddus University.
Mitch Maser, PA-C, joins WVU Medicine as a physician assistant at the neurosurgery clinic in Martinsburg. He completed training at University of St. Francis.
Casey Lassiter, PA-C, joins WVU Medicine as a physician assistant with the neurosurgery practice in Parkersburg. She completed training at Marietta College.
HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE
Francis Ergina, MD, joins WVU Medicine as an interventional cardiologist with the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute at Uniontown Hospital. He practiced at UPMC, McKeesport for the majority of his career.
HEART AND VASCULAR INSTITUTE
Francis Ergina, MD, joins WVU Medicine as an interventional cardiologist with the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute at Wheeling Hospital. He practiced at UPMC, McKeesport for the majority of his career.
Lisa Kazmirski, FNP, joins WVU Medicine as a cardiology nurse practitioner at Wheeling Hospital. She was previously at Valor Health. She completed the family nurse practitioner program at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Ganga Prabhakar, MD, joins WVU Medicine as the surgical director of cardiac surgery with the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute at Wheeling Hospital. He formerly practiced at the Iowa Heart Center, MercyOne, in Des Moines. He practiced at WVU for seven years prior to that appointment and trained at WVU as well.
For questions or to refer a patient, call 855-WVU-CARE. / Visit WVUMedicine.org/advances for more physician resources.
Chapman and Associates Health Care to join WVU Medicine United Health Associates as LaVale Medical Center
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Chapman and Associates Health Care in LaVale, Md., will join WVU Medicine University Health Associates (UHA) on February 22. The practice will be operated by UHA as LaVale Medical Center. Chapman and Associates Health Care was started in December 2012 by Cathy Chapman, C.R.N.P. The integrated practice has grown to include primary care, behavioral health medication management, and therapy services. “We are excited to join WVU Medicine and are looking forward to the services and resources this affiliation will provide to our patients,” Chapman said. “WVU Medicine is committed to continuing our team based integrated care approach in providing high quality care to our patients.” The practice includes Cathy Chapman, family practice nurse practitioner and psych mental health nurse practitioner, April Cross, C.R.N.P., family nurse practitioner, certified diabetes educator, and health coach, Carrie McDonald, L.C.S.W.-C., certified cognitive behavioral therapist; Geri Fox L.C.S.W.-C., certified diabetic behavioral therapist; Andrea Opel, L.C.S.W.-C., certified mind-body medicine therapist. The practice currently sees patients age seven and older for primary care and behavioral health services. Office hours are Monday through Friday with early morning and evening appointments available. For more information call 240-362-7294. We are excited for the opportunity to welcome LaVale Medical Center to the WVU Medicine family,” Michael Edmond, M.D., WVU Health System chief medical officer, said. “As we continue to partner with facilities across the border in neighboring states, we further our mission to offer the best possible care to our patients close to where they call home.” The West Virginia University Health System, which operates under the brand “WVU Medicine,” is both West Virginia’s largest health system and largest private employer. Comprised of 13 owned hospitals, including its 700-bed flagship academic medical center in Morgantown, WVU Health System also provides management services to several community-based hospitals and clinics across a four-state region that includes West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland. The academic health system also includes a children’s hospital – WVU Medicine Children’s – and five institutes – the WVU Cancer Institute, the WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute, the WVU Eye Institute, the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute, and the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute. For more information, visit WVUMedicine.org.
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