Dr. Matt Luff Joins Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, Returns To Healthcare Roots At Bristol Regional
Dr. Matt Luff, an invasive cardiologist who was born and
raised in the Tri-Cities, has joined the Wellmont CVA
Dr. Luff will perform diagnostic cardiac catheterizations
and see patients in his office for consultations and follow-up care at Bristol
Regional Medical Center. He said he enjoys this form of
cardiovascular care because he can be involved in so many aspects – from
consultation to testing to procedures.
“It gives me the opportunity to take care of patients as a
whole and work with them to determine what types of intervention they want as
we go forward in their care,” Dr. Luff said. “I really enjoy listening to my
patients and understanding their concerns and perspective and helping them
understand how they can improve their health.”
Dr. Luff has a special interest in heart failure management,
echocardiography and critical care. He said he likes working with patients in critical
care settings because he sees the potential for their lives to improve.
In his practice, Dr. Luff will use an innovative method to
perform cardiac catheterization procedures. Traditionally, cardiologists in the
United States have used the femoral artery in the groin as the entry point for
this procedure. However, in certain situations some cardiologists at the heart
institute are now using the radial artery in the wrist. This option offers
unique benefits including a shorter recovery time and a more comfortable
procedure for the patient. Dr. Luff said patients appreciate this alternative.
A valedictorian at Sullivan Central High School, Dr. Luff
has come full circle, having started his medical career working as a patient
care technician at Bristol Regional when he was an undergraduate at East
Tennessee State University.
“That’s how I paid my way through college,” Dr. Luff said.
“It’s exciting to be back where I first learned about health care and providing
it from a different angle.”
Not only did Bristol Regional hold a special place in his
heart because of his work history, but Dr. Luff was attracted to the heart
institute because it matched the level of care he was able to deliver during
his training. Dr. Luff graduated from the James H. Quillen College of Medicine
at ETSU and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and his
fellowship in cardiology, all at Medical University of South Carolina in
“I found that the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute provided one
of the most unique ways to continue practicing in a progressive manner in
essentially an academic environment while still affording me opportunities for
advancement that are common in private practice,” Dr. Luff said.
Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the heart institute’s president, said
he is thrilled the practice was able to add Dr. Luff to the largest and premier
cardiovascular group in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
“His extensive ties to our region will benefit our patients
greatly because he clearly understands their health needs, having seen them
first hand all his life,” Dr. Blackwell said. “Dr. Luff’s training, skill set
and goals for enhancing the quality of life for our patients are equally
impressive. We are thankful he decided to return home and share his expertise
with communities he knows so well.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Luff, please call
423-230-6900. For more information, please visit www.wellmont.org.