Dr. Raffat Jaber, A Vascular And Endovascular Surgeon, Joins Wellmont CVA Heart Institute

Dr. Raffat JaberDr. Raffat Jaber, a high-caliber vascular and endovascular surgeon who completed training at one of the premier hospitals in his field, has joined the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute.

A medical doctor, Dr. Jaber will see patients at The Heart Center, 2050 Meadowview Parkway, and perform a variety of noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures, as well as traditional surgeries, at Holston Valley Medical Center. He will improve the lives of patients with conditions such as carotid artery disease, aortic abdominal aneurysms and peripheral artery disease.

"Vascular patients usually have a number of medical issues, including heart disease and diabetes, and we work diligently to improve their quality and length of life," Dr. Jaber said. "Our specialty is changing every day, with new minimally invasive treatments coming online virtually every day. That's exciting because of these new opportunities to make a positive difference in our patients' lives."

Before a procedure becomes necessary, Dr. Jaber works with patients in multiple ways to improve their health, such as encouraging a better diet and smoking cessation.

"It's very satisfactory when you can help people and possibly save their life or spare them from a limb amputation," Dr. Jaber said. "It's rewarding for me as a caregiver emotionally and intellectually to be able to alleviate people's pain and empower them to move successfully to the next chapter in their lives."

Dr. Jaber obtained his medical degree from Kuban State Medical Academy in Krasnodar, Russia. He finished a general surgery residency at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque and internal medicine and surgery residencies at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif.

He then embarked on two fellowships - vascular and endovascular surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., and advanced endovascular surgery at the Arizona Heart Hospital in Phoenix. Both of these were high-volume hospitals, and Arizona Heart is considered one of the elite endovascular training facilities in the United States.

"When I came for my interview with the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, I was impressed with the level and breadth of care the practice delivers," Dr. Jaber said. "We provide advanced care at the highest possible level, including participation in many multinational clinical trials. I'm excited to use my training and skills with such an outstanding organization."

Dr. Jaber was also pleased to learn Wellmont Health System has a robust wound care program, including the use of hyperbarics at Holston Valley, Bristol Regional Medical Center and Lonesome Pine Hospital. He said that is essential for vascular patients, many of whom have nonhealing wounds

Dr. Jerry Blackwell, a medical doctor and the heart institute's president, said Dr. Jaber is an excellent addition to the practice.

"It's a pleasure to bring another highly skilled physician with sensational training to our region to reinforce the superior care the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute provides our patients," Dr. Blackwell said. "Our patients deserve the best care close to home, and it's our privilege to find another caregiver in Dr. Jaber who will continue the tradition of high-quality care that transforms lives."

More information about Dr. Jaber and the heart institute's vascular services is available by calling 423-230-5000 or visiting www.wellmont.org.