Dr. Adel El-AbbassiDr. Adel El-Abbassi Joins Wellmont Medical Associates; Becoming Physician Fulfills Lifelong Dream

Improving patients’ lives was a lifelong plan that has now been fulfilled for Dr. Adel El-Abbassi 

“Ever since I was a child, I had the dream of helping patients who might be suffering from a medical condition,” said Dr. El-Abbassi, the newest member of Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep. “This is an extremely important period in their lives, and they need support as they battle major illnesses.

“That’s why I had this dream of standing beside patients and helping them during challenging times – perhaps even saving their lives.”

Dr. El-Abbassi, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist, sees patients at the practice’s offices at 271 W. Medical Park Blvd. in Bristol and 24530 Falcon Place Drive in Abingdon, Va. He also performs a variety of pulmonary procedures at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

In particular, Dr. El-Abbassi has an interest in treating respiratory conditions such as shortness of breath, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, occupational lung diseases and asthma. Other conditions for which he provides care are pneumonia, emphysema, sepsis and chest infections.

Dr. El-Abbassi also helps patients who need the following interventional pulmonology procedures: electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, airway stents and palliative lung cancer treatments. Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive outpatient procedure that enables physicians to reach potentially cancerous legions in more distant regions of the lung.

Dr. El-Abbassi practices in the same office as Drs. Michael Baron, Girendra Hoskere, Lisa McKinney-Smith and Roger McSharry and nurse practitioner Melissa McPhail.

Choosing to work for Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep was easy for Dr. El-Abbassi. He worked in Wellmont Health System facilities for six years as he completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in pulmonology and critical care medicine at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He also served as a hospitalist for Wellmont.

“Wellmont is my family,” Dr. El-Abbassi said. “I feel comfortable working with my fellow caregivers, and they are very nice to me. People have said good things about the care I deliver to patients, and it became clear that working for Wellmont would be the right choice for me. It’s a pleasure to work with the other physicians in the hospital and interact with the administration of Bristol Regional and Wellmont Medical Associates.”

Dr. El-Abbassi graduated from medical school and also completed a residency in ear, nose and throat medicine at Beirut Arab University in Lebanon.

He considers himself to be a good team leader, which he finds particularly beneficial in the intensive care unit. But Dr. El-Abbassi also said his goal is to continue improving his research and clinical skills so he can provide even higher-quality care and practice at the top level of his profession.

Dr. Stephen Combs, chief executive medical officer of Wellmont Medical Associates, said Dr. El-Abbassi is an outstanding addition to the physician team.

“He is a well-trained physician who brings an impressive skill set to patient care,” Dr. Combs said. “We were impressed during Dr. El-Abbassi’s residency and fellowship with the high caliber of care he delivered and his commitment to the welfare of his patients. We’re pleased he has joined Wellmont Medical Associates and look forward to watching him contribute to the innovative care for which our physicians and other medical providers are so well-known.”

Dr. El-Abbassi’s practice, formerly known as Blue Ridge Medical Specialists, was renamed Wellmont Medical Associates to reflect a more dynamic relationship between Wellmont and its integrated physicians. Created earlier this year, Wellmont Medical Associates is a physician-led, professionally managed organization that better enables physicians to set the direction for patient care.

Patients who are referred to Dr. El-Abbassi can schedule an appointment at his Bristol office by calling 423-968-2311 or his Abingdon office by calling 276-619-3876.