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Published on July 02, 2014

Peninsula Primary Care-Cardiology opens with trusted local physicians


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MONTEREY, Calif. — Peninsula Primary Care-Cardiology opened Tuesday as six cardiologists and a sleep specialist officially became part of the growing primary and specialty care practice established by Community Hospital Foundation.

PPC Cardiology

Peninsula Primary Care- Cardiology

Forming Peninsula Primary Care-Cardiology are Dr. Nicholas Chee, Dr. Michael Galloway, Dr. Alexander Izmailov, Dr. Richard Kanak, Dr. Thomas Kehl, Dr. Eugene Liu, and Dr. Pir Shah. The physicians previously were members of the private practice Cardio-Pulmonary Associates Medical Group Inc. The new practice remains in the same location on Garden Court in Monterey and retains the same hours and telephone number. As an added service to patients, Community Hospital’s Tyler Heart Institute on Tuesday opened a cardiac imaging center in an adjoining office.

THI Cardiac imaging

THI Cardiac imaging

“We’re very excited to be working more closely with this trusted and experienced group of physicians, who have been providing care to our community for more than 30 years,” says Dr. Steven Packer, president/CEO of Community Hospital. “They bring a range of specialization, including in electrophysiology,  interventional cardiology, non-invasive cardiology, cardiac imaging, and sleep medicine.”

Community Hospital’s parent company, Community Hospital Foundation, opened the first office of Peninsula Primary Care in 2009 in Carmel, followed two years later by an office at the Peninsula Wellness Center complex in Marina. A second Monterey office is expected to open later this year at Carmel Hill Professional Center, near Community Hospital.

PPC was established as a key part of Community Hospital’s efforts to alleviate a shortage of primary care physicians in the area. As the practice has grown, shortages in some medical specialties have become more acute, prompting PPC to begin recruitment and retention efforts directed at specialties, including neurology, urology, gynecology-obstetrics, and cardiology.

“Establishing and maintaining relationships with primary care doctors and specialists is key to achieving the best health possible,” Packer says. “With the addition of these six physicians to PPC, we can preserve the continuity of the excellent care they provide to our community.”

PPC-Cardiology is at 30 Garden Court in Monterey and may be reached by calling 646-8570. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tyler Heart Institute’s cardiac imaging center is open from 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. and may be reached at 622-8070.

The physicians of PPC-Cardiology are:

Nicholas CheeDr. Nicholas Chee, who specializes in nuclear and general cardiology. Chee graduated from the Kansas City School of Medicine and Biosciences in Missouri and did his residency in internal medicine at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He completed his cardiology fellowship at the University of Missouri, Kansas City and Mid-America Heart Institute. He also completed a year in non-invasive cardiovascular imaging, focusing on nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. He is board certified in cardiology and has advanced certifications in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

Michael GallowayDr. Michael Galloway, a general cardiologist. Galloway graduated from Georgetown University Medical School and did his internal medicine residency at New England Deaconess Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He completed fellowships in cardiology and echocardiography at University of California, Davis Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine and has an advanced certification in echocardiography.

Alex IzmailovDr. Alexander Izmailov, a general cardiologist. Izmailov is a graduate of the UC Davis Medical Center. He completed his residency at the UC San Francisco School of Medicine and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at California Pacific Medical Center, where he was chief cardiology fellow. He is board certified in internal medicine.

KanakDr. Richard Kanak, a pulmonary, critical care, and sleep specialist. Kanak is a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Loyola. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Loyola. He is board certified in internal, pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Kanak is medical director of Community Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center.

KehlDr. Thomas Kehl, a general cardiologist. Kehl graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and completed his residency at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center in internal medicine. He served as chief resident, focusing training in cardiology and critical care. He is board certified in internal medicine and has restricted his medical practice to cardiovascular disease for more than 25 years.

LiuDr. Eugene Liu, specialist in general cardiology and electrophysiology. Liu is a graduate of New York Medical College in Westchester, New York and completed his internship and residency at UC San Francisco. He completed training in cardiovascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Liu is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and cardiac electrophysiology.

ShawDr. Pir Shah, specialist in interventional and general cardiology. Shah is a graduate of Khyber Medical College in Pakistan. He completed fellowships at Stanford University School of Medicine and Sequoia Hospital and an internship at Loyola Hospital in Illinois. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and interventional cardiology.

Peninsula Primary Care opened its first office in Carmel in 2009, its second in Marina in 2011, and its third in Monterey in 2014. A fourth office, also in Monterey, is expected to open in 2014. The centers have more than 25 primary and specialty physicians and a nurse practitioner, many of whom are accepting new patients. Peninsula Primary Care is a subsidiary of Community Hospital Foundation, the nonprofit parent company of Community Hospital of the Monterey. More information may be found at