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.


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