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