Nebraska Heart Institute To Provide Full-Time Cardiology Services To Columbus And Surrounding Region

August 2, 2010 – For immediate release

Nebraska Heart is excited to announce the association of Ajay Chander, MD. Dr. Chander will begin practice full-time with the Nebraska Heart Institute (NHI) medical staff September 27 and will serve as the primary cardiologist for patient care provided through the NHI Columbus office, located in the Medical Office Building on the Columbus Community Hospital campus.

For more than 15 years, NHI has partnered with Columbus Community Hospital and its medical staff to serve the cardiology needs of the community and surrounding region. “Our physicians and staff respect the trust patients and their primary care physicians have placed in us throughout the years,” says Thomas Burnell, Chief Executive Officer for Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital. “The relationships built during the last two decades with patients, families and referring physicians will serve as springboard to even greater outcomes with the addition of Dr. Chander.”

Dr. Chander is a graduate of the University of Birmingham School of Medicine, United Kingdom, where he also participated in a surgical residency. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York University and then his cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Chander specializes in diagnostic and clinical cardiology as well as interventional treatment. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and its subspecialty of Cardiovascular Diseases as well as Nuclear Cardiology and board-eligible in Interventional Cardiology.

“Nebraska Heart is fortunate to have a physician with such strong credentials and training as Dr. Chander to join our practice,” says Kaliprasad Ayala, MD, Cardiologist with NHI. According to Dr. Ayala, Nebraska Heart will continue to provide support from resources based in Lincoln. “We plan to continue our collaboration with hospital administrators and medical staff to provide patients with innovative and timely diagnostic testing and therapies such as echocardiography and nuclear imaging.”

Nebraska Heart’s goal is to provide patients with as much care in their hometown community as possible. “Dr. Chander will further our mission of keeping patients close to home while ensuring patient access to quality healthcare, superior outcomes and a place where patients do come first,” says Burnell. “At the same time, patients will have access to the Nebraska Heart Hospital which has been ranked number one in Nebraska for cardiology services the last five years.”

Dr. Chander completed residencies in oral and maxillofacial surgery with specialized training in anesthesia and critical care. His interests include heart failure, nuclear cardiology and geriatric cardiology. The New York Downtown Hospital recognized Dr. Chander for providing outstanding care to 9/11 victims. Dr. Chander and his wife, Gulshan, look forward to becoming active members of the Columbus community.

Nebraska Heart provides unparalleled cardiac, vascular and thoracic care services. These services include consultative cardiology; nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiology and cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery. Nebraska Heart includes 27 physicians and more than 500 nurses, technologists and support staff providing care throughout Nebraska, western Iowa and northern Kansas from its six office locations in Lincoln, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings and North Platte and the 63-bed Heart Hospital, located in Lincoln.

For more information, contact:
J Hoffman
Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital
402-328-3940
jhoffman@neheart.com

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