Dr. Lean BassDr. Leon Bass Adds High-Quality Sleep Care For Children To Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep

Dr. Leon Bass, a pulmonologist, has joined Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep and will play a pivotal role in helping the region’s children sleep better.

Dr. Bass will treat adults and pediatric patients who are older than 6 and suffer from sleep disorders due to chronic sleep apnea or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Pediatric patients with sleep apnea can benefit from seeing Dr. Bass because they might have enlarged tonsils and adenoid issues.

Working with the nine other pulmonologists at the Kingsport location of Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep, Dr. Bass will see patients at 111 W. Stone Dr., Suite 100. He will also see patients at 110 W. Main St., Suite 3, Lebanon, Va., and 1980 Holton Ave., Big Stone Gap, Va.

Dr. Bass can also see adult and pediatric patients for a variety of lung conditions.

“We’re thrilled Dr. Bass has brought his specialized skills to Kingsport,” said Dr. Stephen Combs, chief executive medical officer of Wellmont Medical Associates. “His ability to treat pediatric patients for sleep disorders fills a critical role in the region. I’m pleased we're able to help meet that need.”

Dr. Bass graduated from Ross University School of Medicine on the Caribbean island of Dominica. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care, all at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease and critical care, he is fellowship-trained in sleep medicine and has received specialized training to treat pediatric patients for this condition. Dr. Bass is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

"To treat a patient, you have to listen,” Dr. Bass said. “You can't just hear what they're saying. You have to listen and work together to create a plan that addresses their symptoms or illness.

"I always try to treat patients with the same compassion I would want from a physician. It's vital to form a lasting relationship with patients so you can provide them with the very best care.”

Physicians at Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep improve patients’ breathing and respiratory function. They treat a wide range of respiratory illnesses and chest conditions, including pneumonia, asthma and emphysema.

Sleep medicine physicians focus on the many potential reasons why a person's body might be unable to achieve optimal sleep. Many times, sleep and breathing problems are found to be related and may be treated together.

In addition to Kingsport, Lebanon and Big Stone Gap, Wellmont Medical Associates Pulmonology & Sleep treats patients in Johnson City, Bristol and Rogersville in Tennessee and Abingdon and Marion in Virginia.