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Calvert Memorial Hospital Welcomes New Physicians

(August 9, 2013) Calvert Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of three new physicians to its active medical staff. They are pediatrician Dr. Coralyn Bhogte and cardiologists Dr. Meena Shah and Dr. Vasundhara Muthu.

“Dr. Bhogte is a well-trained pediatrician with a passion for childhood health,” said CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis. “People have already commented on her warmth. I think parents and children will take to her instantly.”

“We are also delighted to welcome Dr. Shah and Dr. Muthu to the cardiac team at CMH,” said Xinis. “With cardiovascular disease on the rise, their strong academic and clinical training will be a great resource for our community.”

Dr. Bhogte, a recent graduate of the Children’s National Medical Center residency program, has joined Bay Shore Pediatrics. The practice, located in Suite 207 of the Calvert Medical Arts Center, combines the latest research and clinical guidelines with gentle, compassionate care for newborns to teens.

She is experienced at providing a broad range of pediatric care including more complex conditions such as asthma and obesity. Additionally, Dr. Bhogte received specialized training in caring for children with mental health problems. “Depression and anxiety is becoming more recognized in children and adolescents,” she said. “I feel comfortable in caring for children with these issues.

“So much of pediatrics is helping families to anticipate and prepare for what will come next in their lives,” she said, “such as development, feeding, school, sleep, growth and safety. I hope to help families navigate each of these steps and when the time comes to ease the transition to an adult healthcare provider.”

“My goal when I meet with a new family is to find at least one thing I can do to make a difference in that child’s life,” Dr. Bhogte said. “I want parents to be active partners in planning their child’s care so that we take into account their specific needs and situation.”

Dr. Shah is board certified in cardiology and specializes in non-invasive imaging. She will see patients in the Prince Frederick office of Shah Associates located in Suite 300 in the Calvert Medical Arts Center.

Dr. Shah graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2006 and went on to complete her specialty training at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital where she was the chief fellow in the cardiovascular medicine program from 2011-2012. She also has a master’s degree in public health. Her special interests include cardiac disease in women and advance therapy for those with left ventricular dysfunction.

A native of Southern Maryland, Dr. Shah is excited about returning to the community where she grew up. “I want my patients to feel like they are entering into an open partnership,” she said,” and that my staff and I are caring and approachable.”

She went on to add, “Our goal is to provide comprehensive care but at the same time educate them about their own disease process.” Dr. Muthu, who is board certified in internal medicine, has joined Patuxent Cardiology Associates in Huntingtown. She provides treatment for all aspects of general cardiology including performing cardiac catheterizations. She has a special interest in cardiac imaging and heart failure.

“Women’s heart health is another area that holds special interest for me,” she said. “I believe this is an area where we still need to make major improvements in accurately diagnosing and managing the disease as well as educating patients.”

Dr. Muthu graduated from Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi, India in 2004 and went on to complete her residency in internal medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY in 2009 and her fellowship in cardiology there in 2013.

Dr. Muthu said, “I want my patients to feel comfortable enough to discuss anything regarding their health with me and to ask as many questions as they want.”

“When they leave, I want them to feel empowered,” she added, “where they feel they can positively impact their health by making the right choices.”

Pictured (l-r) are pediatrician Dr. Coralyn Bhogte and cardiologists Dr. Meena Shah and Dr. Vasundhara who recently joined the active medical staff at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

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