4 New Physicians Join Erlanger Health System

Monday, September 23, 2013

Erlanger Health System welcomes the addition of four new physicians: Helen Furr, MD; Jesse Doty, MD; Brian Cooper, MD; and Dharmendra A. Patel, MD, MPH.

Academic Internal Medicine is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Helen Furr to its team. Dr. Furr is board-certified in family medicine and has practiced in the Chattanooga area since 2005. Dr. Furr received her undergraduate degree from the University of California San Diego prior to earning her medical degree from Ross University. She completed her residency in family medicine at Loyola University/Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Furr is now accepting new patients at Academic Internal Medicine, phone 423 778-8179.

Southern Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Jesse Doty and his practice, UT Erlanger Foot and Ankle Institute. Dr. Doty is a fellowship trained foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon predominantly focused on arthroscopic and open reconstruction procedures of the lower extremity. Dr. Doty received his undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman University prior to earning his medical degree from University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and received fellowship training at the Coughlin Foot and Ankle Clinic in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Doty is now accepting new patients at UT Erlanger Foot and Ankle Institute, part of Southern Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons, phone 423 778-5995.

Drs. Dharmendra Patel and Brian Cooper have joined the team of 12 board-certified cardiologists at UT Erlanger Cardiology. Dr. Patel is board-certified in internal medicine and board-eligible in cardiovascular disease and specializes in general cardiology and multimodality cardiovascular imaging. Dr. Patel received his medical degree from the Government Medical College in India and completed an internal medicine residency and cardiovascular disease fellowship at Ochsner Clinic Foundation. Prior to joining Erlanger, Dr. Patel served as chief cardiology fellow during his fellowship training at Ochsner.

Dr. Brian Cooper is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiology and board-eligible in electrophysiology. Dr. Cooper received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his family medicine and internal medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts. He received his fellowship training in cardiology and electrophysiology at Drexel University, where he served as chief fellow for both specialties. Dr. Cooper is currently performing research in permanent pace maker and internal cardiac defibrillator extraction.

Drs. Patel and Cooper are accepting new patients at both the Erlanger Medical Mall and Gunbarrel Road locations of UT Erlanger Cardiology. To schedule an appointment, call 423 778-5661.


Alzheimer’s Association Support Group Coming To Rhea County

The Alzheimer’s Association support group in Rhea County will hold its kickoff meeting on Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. at The Veranda Assisted Living Community. Alzheimer’s Association Education Liaison, Wendy Winters, will be the guest speaker for the initial meeting. The support group, facilitated by Melissa Wood, will hold regularly scheduled meetings on the fourth Tuesday ... (click for more)

9th Annual "Press Out Domestic Violence" Fundraiser Set For May 22

The ninth annual "Press Out Domestic Violence" fundraiser presented by the University of Tennessee College of Medicine - Chattanooga Transitional Year Residency Program and Erlanger Health System, will be Thursday, May 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Erlanger Medical Mall. All proceeds will benefit the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults of Chattanooga. Since 2006, ... (click for more)

Haslam Signs Bill Ending Forced Annexation And Giving Tennesseans Right To Vote

Governor Bill Haslam signed HB 2371/SB2464 on Wednesday. The law ends forced annexations and gives Tennesseans the right to vote. The law now requires cities to annex by consent of the landowner or through referendum approved by a majority of the landowners to be annexed. As an additional protection to farmers, land primarily used for agriculture purposes may not be annexed by any ... (click for more)

One Of "Worst Of The Worst" Gets 10-Month Federal Sentence

One of the men labeled as the "worst of the worst" in a Chattanooga roundup was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months and three years supervised release after he pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Guy Wilkerson told Federal Judge Sandy Mattice, "I'm just a young father and I want the best for my kids." He said he apologized and that he knew what he ... (click for more)

Time For Tennessee To Act On Climate This Earth Day - And Response

Tennessee will join the rest of the southeast region, the nation and countries across the world in celebrating Earth Day on April 22. The entire month of April is a great time to reflect on the strides we have made to reduce pollution over the last 44 years, and assess current environmental conditions while evaluating our personal responsibility to a cleaner environment.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Jim Coppinger Excels

Jim Coppinger, who as the mayor of Hamilton County has understandably had to grow some thick skin, wants no part of the repulsive billboards now seen around town that ask, “Do you have gonorrhea?”  His Tuesday morning telephone call revealed he is just as disgusted as the rest of us who see them showing a picture of a forlorn African-American male. “You need to know the Hamilton ... (click for more)