KDH welcomes new internal medicine specialist

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by Jenny Read, Communications Officer

Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is pleased to announce that Internal Medicine specialist, Dr. Rimon Ghattas, has joined the KDH team of physicians. Dr. Ghattas will be providing general Internal Medicine services, as well as assessment and management of chest pain (including referrals for exercise stress testing), atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and thyroid disease.

Dr. Ghattas comes to KDH from Hamilton Health Sciences, where he practised as an Internal Medicine Consultant at both the Juravinski and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital sites, and taught the next generation of physicians as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine. For a significant part of his career, Dr. Ghattas’s practice has included a focus on the management of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Ghattas began his healthcare career as a Clinical Pharmacist, after graduating from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto. He then pursued his medical training and completed Internal Medicine residency and subsequent fellowship training at the State University of New York.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Ghattas to KDH,” said the hospital’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Penny McGregor. “As a general internist, Dr. Ghattas will provide specialty support to all aspects of our existing hospital services, in particular our ER and inpatient services.”

KDH’s Chief Executive Officer, Frank J. Vassallo, also expressed his appreciation of Dr. Ghattas’ appointment: “I must commend our Chief of Staff for her ongoing success in recruiting the best physicians to KDH to care for the people we are privileged to serve, in North Grenville and beyond. We are fortunate to have attracted a physician of Dr. Ghattas’ calibre to our community. Our patients, families, and providers will benefit from his service.”

Dr. Ghattas responded by commenting on why he chose to practice at KDH. “Over the last four years,” he said, “I worked in a community hospital that is very similar to KDH. I really enjoyed practicing community medicine and interacting with friendly patients and colleagues. After visiting KDH, I immediately felt the same about the hospital and community. I was also very happy to know of the need for management of cardiovascular disease, which is a great fit for my clinical interests.”

Dr. Ghattas welcomes referrals from family doctors and nurse practitioners.

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