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Heart of Emanuel Beats Stronger with Opening of Emanuel Cardiovascular Associates

Turlock, CA- As part of its ongoing effort to keep hearts in Turlock healthy and strong, Emanuel Medical Center announces the opening of Emanuel Cardiovascular Associates, a specialty medical group founded by three noted cardiologists.

The cardiologists launching the practice are Dr. Oussama Dagher, Dr. Reza Nazari and Dr. Yohannes Gebreegziabher.

"I'm thrilled to announce the opening of Emanuel Cardiovascular Associates," said Dr. David Canton, Emanuel's vice president of medical affairs. "The addition of these outstanding doctors, the specialty practice of cardiology will help us continue to meet the growing medical needs of Turlock-area residents."

Emanuel Cardiovascular Associates have two Turlock offices. Dr. Nazari and Dr. Dagher are located at 880 E. Tuolumne Road, and Dr. Gebreegziabher is at 2121 Colorado Avenue. All three doctors can be reached at (209) 250-5300.

Dr. Oussama Dagher, MD, FACC
Dr. Dagher moved to Turlock in 2007 after completing his training in internal medicine at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital and a cardiovascular and interventional cardiology fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center the University Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NewYork City.

"With the establishment of the diagnostic cardiac catheterization laboratory at Emanuel that I have the privilege of being the first medical director of, I felt that to be able to proceed with the development of the heart program in Turlock I had to be part of the Emanuel family," he said. "Being in a multispecialty group gives a broader perspective with input from different medical experts. Our plan is to provide the community of Turlock and surrounding areas with the highest quality cardiac care."

Dr. Dagher's medical background includes multiple board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and board eligible in cardiac CT angiography.

In the near future Drs. Dagher and Nazari will be starting primary percutaneous coronary interventional services at Emanuel, where patients suffering from a heart attack can be saved by opening blocked heart vessels in a timely and efficient way.

Dr. Reza Nazari, MD, FACC
Interventional cardiologist Reza Nazari came to Turlock in 2009, seeing patients for general cardiology, interventional cardiology, peripheral vascular disease and cardiac arrhythmia.

Dr. Nazari did his cardiology training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx where he served as a chief fellow in the program. During a three-year fellowship, he was involved in the management of a variety of cardiac patients including the critically ill, patients with a mechanical (artificial) heart and those associated with a heart transplant. He continued on for another year of specialized interventional cardiology, in which he performed angioplasty on patients with acute coronary syndrome and patients with peripheral arterial disease.
He is board certified in interventional cardiology, adult cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, adult echocardiography and internal medicine. 

"I'm excited about what I do," Dr. Nazari said. "The bottom line is, when I come to work, I get to help the community."

Dr. Nazari is one the few cardiologists in the Central Valley who performs coronary angiography through the patient's wrist, known as  coronary angiography from radial artery, which also has less risk of bleeding.

Yohannes Gebreegziabher, MD,
Patients find it easier to address cardiologist Yohannes Gebreegziabher simply as "Dr. G." and he likes it that way.

Dr. G. came to Emanuel by way of New York City where he has trained for the past seven years at State of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center. In 2002, he entered the internal medicine internship and residency programs at SUNY, gaining experience in three hospitals and serving as chief resident of King's County Hospital from 2006-07. He completed a cardiology fellowship at SUNY where he served as a chief fellow in the program. Dr. G is board certified in adult cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, adult echocardiography, cardiac CT angiography and internal medicine.

In 1997 Dr. G. completed a one-year honors program in physiology at the University of Witswatersand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His research there earned him the Wyndham's Prize for Excellence in 1997 and a medical research grant in 2000.

"I've always been interested in patho-physiology of the cardiovascular system," he says. "I strive to give the best possible cardiac care in the fastest time possible." 

Before coming to the United States in 2002, Dr. G. earned his medical degree and in 1995 did an internal medicine internship at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, his native country. He followed that with work as a general practitioner at government hospitals in both Ethiopia and Swaziland.

The new practice is one of a series of steps Emanuel is taking to bring advanced cardiac care to the community. The hospital opened its Cardiac Cath & Interventional Lab in April, bringing a number of advanced surgical and noninvasive procedures to Turlock for the first time. Over 500 invasive and noninvasive procedures a month are being performed in the hospital's new addition.

In addition, cardiac surgery will begin next spring in a newly renovated operating room.  Concurrently, construction of two state-of-the-art cardiac operating suites is underway and scheduled to open in late 2012.

Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, medical and surgical services, cardiology, cancer diagnosis and treatment services, women's health services, and hospice services.

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