Two Wellmont Medical Associates Physicians Bolster Patient Care With Certifications In Sleep Medicine

Wellmont Health System’s high-quality sleep care services have been enhanced with the recent certifications of two physicians.

Dr. Girendra Hoskere and Dr. Lata Shah, who were already board-certified in pulmonary, critical care and internal medicine, recently received that designation in sleep medicine. The two physicians practice at Blue Ridge Medical Specialists and Hawkins County Pulmonary and Sleep Consultants, respectively, both of which are part of Wellmont Medical Associates.

Dr. Hoskere was recently named director of the Bristol Regional Sleep Evaluation Center.

“The medical community and society as a whole are becoming more familiar every day about potentially harmful effects when someone does not receive proper rest,” Dr. Hoskere said. “By obtaining a board certification in sleep medicine, I have greater insight into conditions that can have an impact on a patient’s quality of life.”

Insufficient sleep has been linked to a number of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression.

“This certification will give our sleep center even greater respect from the community and enable me to have a fuller understanding of my patients’ condition,” Dr. Shah said. “It is satisfying to work with patients who are struggling with their sleep and put them on a path to better health.”

Wellmont has nine sleep evaluation centers throughout the region, where patients can gain valuable information about their sleep. Sleep techs place sensors on different parts of the patient’s body, and eight to 10 functions are monitored with electrodes. Physicians such as Dr. Hoskere and Dr. Shah evaluate the test afterward to determine whether the patient might have a disorder, such as sleep apnea.

Dr. Hoskere received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in Mangalore, India. He completed an internship and practiced as an internist there for two years before completing the rest of his training at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. He has practiced in the region ever since.

Dr. Shah received her medical degree from Baroda Medical College in Gujarat, India, and completed some additional training in that country before coming to the Quillen College of Medicine to finish the remainder. She has practiced in Northeast Tennessee since her training concluded.