Drs. Chris Metzger, Rahul Sakhuja Take National Stage With Broadcast Of Procedures At Holston Valley

Continuing a tradition of sharing his expertise with colleagues across the country, Dr. Chris Metzger will conduct cases that will be transmitted live this week from Holston Valley Medical Center to an audience of medical professionals in New Orleans.

Dr. Metzger, an internationally respected interventional cardiologist for the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, will serve as lead physician in five procedures on Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6. He will perform two types of cases: opening complex blockages in a patient's leg to save the limb and opening the carotid artery to a patient's brain to prevent strokes.

The procedures will be broadcast to physicians attending New Cardiovascular Horizons, the nation's largest medical meeting on peripheral artery disease. A moderator and panelists will discuss the cases with Dr. Metzger, who directs Holston Valley's carotid artery stenting program.

This is the fourth consecutive year in which Dr. Metzger will share best practices through this interactive method.

"We are immensely pleased that leaders of this prestigious conference continue to showcase Dr. Metzger's skills in advancing the quality of cardiovascular care across the United States," said Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute's president. "Dr. Metzger not only improves patients' lives every day in his practice, but he is extremely gracious in sharing what he knows with other physicians.

"He is a marvelous ambassador for delivering the highest-quality cardiovascular care on a national scale."

Dr. Metzger is not the only heart institute physician to excel at this conference. Dr. Rahul Sakhuja, another interventional cardiologist at the heart institute and Dr. Metzger's partner, will serve as part of the expert panel and as moderator for some of the cases on Wednesday. He will then return to Kingsport in time to perform cases with Dr. Metzger on Thursday.

Dr. Sakhuja worked on cases with Dr. Metzger at Holston Valley during the 2012 New Cardiovascular Horizons conference.

"It's a great privilege to have Dr. Sakhuja join Dr. Metzger on this national stage," Dr. Blackwell said. "As a more recent addition to the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute family, Dr. Sakhuja has elevated the quality of care at Holston Valley even further. These two outstanding physicians work collaboratively to enhance our standing in our region and throughout the United States."

Dr. Metzger, who has performed as many or more carotid artery stents than anyone else in the country during the last six years, said his participation in this conference will reinforce the quality of care available at Holston Valley.

"The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute is focused on providing a world-class cardiovascular program for the residents of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia," Dr. Metzger said. "My colleagues and I are relentless in delivering the best health care anywhere, enabling our patients to receive superior cardiovascular care close to home.

"So when a conference this impressive repeatedly asks us to participate, it reflects positively on the program we have worked so hard to develop at Holston Valley."

Dr. Metzger is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. Dr. Sakhuja is board-certified in these three fields as well as general vascular medicine and endovascular intervention.

Once he concludes his work for the New Orleans conference, Dr. Metzger will begin preparations for the Complex Cardiovascular Catheter Therapeutics: Advanced Endovascular and Coronary - C-3 - Intervention Global Summit in Orlando. He and his team will perform two live cases from Holston Valley on Tuesday, June 18.

In addition to participating in the New Orleans and Orlando conferences, Dr. Metzger regularly trains fellows from some of the nation's pre-eminent universities, such as Harvard Medical School, Ohio State University and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

For more information about the heart institute, please visit www.wellmont.org.