Healthcare Industry Headlines

Monday, July 22, 2019

New Chair for CCF Cardiovascular

Cleveland Clinic has appointed Samir Kapadia, MD, as department chair of the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Samir Kapadia, MD
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In this capacity, Dr. Kapadia will lead the team of cardiologists for the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. Cleveland Clinic has retained its position as the nation’s No. 1 hospital for cardiology and heart surgery for 24 consecutive years, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual hospital rankings. Since 1995, no hospital has ranked higher in heart care than Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kapadia specializes in percutaneous treatment for valve disease, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and specialized clips for mitral regurgitation, as well as complex coronary interventions and other structural heart disease interventions, including paravalvular leak, atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure.

Dr. Kapadia joined the staff as an interventional cardiologist in 2003. He served as the director of the Sones Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories since 2009 and as section head of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology since 2014. He earned his medical degree with highest honors from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College in Gujarat, India, in 1989. In 1993, Dr. Kapadia completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, where he was named Outstanding Resident. He also completed fellowships in cardiology in 1998 and interventional cardiology in 2000 at Cleveland Clinic, where he also served as Chief Interventional Fellow. Following the completion of his training, Dr. Kapadia served from 2000 to 2003 as an interventional cardiologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, in Seattle, and held an academic appointment at the University of Washington.

“Dr. Kapadia has been a dedicated researcher, educator, innovator and devoted physician to his many patients,” said Lars Svensson, MD, chair of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. “We look forward to his energy and enthusiasm taking our cardiology team to the next level of national recognition as new innovations are implemented.”

Phillip Khalil, DO, Joins Summa Health

Phillip Khalil, DO
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The Summa Health Medical Group (SHMG) recently announced the addition of Dr. Phillip Khalil to its growing list of employed providers. Dr. Khalil joined the SHMG on April 1 and will lead its Otolaryngology specialty.

In his new practice, Dr. Khalil will see pediatric and adult patients, and treat a variety of conditions. They include: sinus and allergy problems, hearing and balance disorders, swallowing and speech conditions, breathing and sleep issues, skin cancers of the head and neck, and facial plastic reconstructive surgery. Dr. Khalil earned his Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University, his Master of Science degree from the Wright State University School of Graduate Studies and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Doctors Hospital of Stark County.

His practice is located on the Summa Health System – Akron Campus at 55 Arch St., Suite 2A and new patients are being accepted. For more information, visit

Pioneer Physicians Network Responds to CMS on Proposed Direct Contracting Models

Gary Pinta, MD
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In response to a request for information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Agilon Health along with regional partner Pioneer Physicians Network based in Green, has submitted comments applauding the agency’s work on developing Direct Contracting models in traditional Medicare, while calling on CMS to ensure that new payment models support high-performing physician practices as they expand access to traditional Medicare patients in their local communities.

The Agilon Health-Pioneer letter will help to further inform CMS’s effort to design models within the Primary Cares Initiative, first announced in April. The new project advances Direct Contracting payment models in traditional Medicare. These models start with the premise that the primary care physician is central to the patient’s long-term engagement with the healthcare delivery system and consequently to a satisfying and high-quality care experience. These models will restructure the way that physicians and physician groups are paid, moving away from a broken fee-for-service system toward a system of greater financial and clinical accountability.

In the letter, Dr. Gary Pinta, practicing internist and President of Pioneer Physicians Network in Akron, suggested that “Aligning the model to Medicare Advantage is particularly important for benchmarking, risk adjustment and quality measurement reporting. Creating consistency across programs will allow us to reduce burdens, make the program more easily understandable, and allow us to make consistent investments across our entire Medicare population. We encourage the agency to consider how alignment to the Medicare Advantage benchmark could create stronger incentives for efficient, high-quality provider organizations to participate in the Direct Contracting global model.”

Agilon Health partners with physician practices in Austin, Texas, Akron, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio, representing 400 primary care physicians and over 50,000 traditional Medicare beneficiaries.

Western Reserve Hospital Physicians Neurosurgery Expands to Canton

Toomas Anton, MD, and Paul Hartzfeld, MD
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Western Reserve Hospital Physicians Neurosurgery continues to grow with the addition of a new Canton location. Neurosurgeons Toomas Anton, MD, and Paul Hartzfeld, MD, of Western Reserve Hospital Physicians Neurosurgery offer a number of diagnoses and treatments, including minimally invasive spinal surgery, complex spine disorders, degenerative back and neck disorders, chronic back pain, spinal stenosis, spinal tumors and trauma, spinal deformities and fracture, surgical management of stroke, brain tumors and trauma, intracranial hemorrhage, spinal vascular malformations, metastatic malignancies and benign tumors, operative and non-operative treatment for cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, cervical myelopathy and resection of brain tumors. With the addition of the new Canton location, Western Reserve Hospital Physicians Neurosurgery has three convenient locations: 4275 Steels Pointe Road in Stow, 701 White Pond Drive, Suite 300 in Akron and 1330 Mercy Drive, NW, Suite 319, in Canton. For more information go to

OB GYN Associates of Akron Adds Convenient Weekend Hours

As an added convenience for patients, OB GYN Associates of Akron has expanded their service to now include weekend hours. Christine Arnold, MD, will be providing new patients with appointments on every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon. These appointments are for new patients only and may be booked by patients anytime by calling OB GYN Associates of Akron at (330) 668-6545, or by submitting a request online. These special office hours will only be available at the group’s West Office, which is located at 605 N Cleveland Massillon Road in Akron. OB GYN Associates of Akron, the Akron area’s only all-female group of Ob/Gyn physicians, takes pride in providing compassionate, patient-centered, state-of-the-art women’s health care.