Two Wellmont Cardiologists To Perform Procedures At Holston Valley As Physicians Watch In New Orleans
Metzger, who directs the No. 1 carotid artery stenting program in
the nation at Holston
Valley Medical Center, and his partner, Dr. Rahul
Sakhuja, will share their expertise Thursday, June 7, with their
colleagues across the country via satellite to New Orleans.
For the third consecutive year, Dr. Metzger will perform
procedures in the cardiac catheterization lab at Holston Valley as training for
an audience of thousands of physicians watching at New Cardiovascular Horizons,
the nation’s largest medical meeting on peripheral artery disease. A moderator
and panelists will also watch him and Dr. Sakhuja, who recently joined the Wellmont CVA
Heart Institute, work live Thursday afternoon and discuss the cases
Dr. Metzger and Dr. Sakhuja will perform two complex
stenting procedures – one to open complex blockages in a patient’s leg in an
attempt to save the limb and another to open the carotid artery to a patient’s
brain to prevent strokes.
Earlier in the day, the two physicians will be taped
performing these types of procedures for use in Dr. Metzger’s educational
lectures and as training for other physicians who use the same type of stents.
“This is a tremendous honor for Dr. Metzger to perform
procedures again in front of his peers,” said Dr. Jerry
Blackwell, the heart institute’s president. “It is reflective of the
high-quality cardiovascular care he delivers every day and shows how other
extraordinary physicians use the heart institute as a benchmark nationally for
“My colleagues and I at the heart institute have watched Dr.
Metzger perform these procedures for years with utmost skill and innovation and
are proud he will be sharing his best practices with physicians he respects so
much. It is also marvelous to have Dr. Sakhuja join Dr. Metzger to demonstrate
how our program continues to grow and evolve.”
Dr. Metzger said he is grateful to again have such a
prominent outlet where he can exchange ideas with his fellow physicians.
“When you consider the honors all of us at the heart
institute have achieved, it just reaffirms that patients in the Tri-Cities area
have no need to leave the region for their cardiovascular care,” he said.
“That’s what is so special about being asked to perform these procedures again
this week. It’s recognition that our region has some of the finest physicians
in the country, who are committed to better health of their patients.”
Dr. Metzger has performed as many or more carotid artery
stents than anyone else in the country during the last five years. In the fall,
CareChex, a national ratings agency, selected Holston Valley’s carotid artery
stenting program as the best in the nation.
Board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease
and interventional cardiology, Dr. Metzger has set a high standard throughout
his medical career and helped establish the heart institute as one of the
premier practices in the country. And now, Dr. Sakhuja has joined the heart
institute to give it more depth and expand the horizons of care.
Dr. Sakhuja, who joined the heart institute in the fall
after training with Dr. Metzger, is board-certified in internal medicine,
cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, general vascular medicine
and endovascular intervention. He said he looks forward to working with Dr.
Metzger on these cases.
“It is an honor to be selected among all of the esteemed
sites internationally to share our expertise,” Dr. Sakhuja said. “Dr. Metzger
has integrity, and the respect his colleagues across the country – and the
world – have for him is evident in their selection of Holston Valley as a site
to perform live cases that will educate other physicians on how to care for
patients with complex vascular disease.”
Dr. Metzger is thrilled Dr. Sakhuja is joining him in the
“The heart institute has added one of the brightest young
medical minds and a physician with impressive clinical judgment, dexterity and
bedside manner,” Dr. Metzger said. “Having him standing with me will add an
extra layer of expertise that will enhance the discussion and the learning that
Participating in this conference is the latest example of
Dr. Metzger sharing his experience and knowledge. He regularly trains fellows
from prestigious universities, such as Harvard Medical School, Ohio State
University and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
The 13th annual conference begins today, June 6, and runs
through Saturday, June 9. The conference’s website, www.ncvh.org, says the
event’s goal is to focus on a team approach to complete cardiovascular care in
patients who have peripheral artery disease and critical limb ischemia.
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