New ER medical director, interventional cardiologist, and internal medicine doctor join UTHSCT

Thursday, October 25, 2012

A new medical director of emergency medicine, an interventional cardiologist, and an internal medicine physician have joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. They are Paul B. Roberts, MD; Sridevi Pitta, MD; and Riad Kesiry, MD, MSBS.

Dr. Roberts returns to UTHSCT as medical director of emergency medicine after spending seven years as an emergency physician with Texas Health Resources in the Dallas area.

He is a Fellow of the American Board of Family Practice and is board certified in emergency medicine. He enjoys teaching resident physicians and medical students and helping patients and their families during times of stress.

Dr. Roberts, an associate professor of medicine at UTHSCT, is certified in advanced cardiac life support, advanced traumatic life support, advanced pediatric life support, neonatal resuscitation, and basic life support.

He completed his family medicine residency at UTHSCT and then held positions as an emergency medicine physician and medical director of emergency services at UTHSCT for 11 years.

He received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dr. Pitta, an assistant professor of medicine, joins UTHSCT after two years in private practice as an interventional cardiologist in San Antonio.

She is board certified in interventional cardiology, endovascular medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and internal medicine. Dr. Pitta also has a certification from the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

Dr. Pitta has been specially trained in the minimally invasive transradial procedure for coronary and peripheral angiography – opening blocked arteries that lead to the heart and legs. In this procedure, a catheter is inserted in the wrist’s radial artery rather than in the groin’s femoral artery. This method has been shown to reduce complications from bleeding, shorten recovery time, and lessen patients’ pain.

In addition, she has a special interest in treating peripheral artery disease, the narrowing of blood vessels in the legs caused by buildup of plaque, a substance consisting of fat and cholesterol.

Dr. Pitta completed an advanced fellowship in research/interventional cardiology and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Before that, Dr. Pitta completed a fellowship in cardiology at Wayne State University, Harper University Hospital, and an internal medicine residency at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center/VA Hospital, both in Detroit, Mich.

She received her medical degree from the Kurnool Medical College in Kurnool, India.

Dr. Kesiry, an assistant professor of medicine, comes to UTHSCT after serving as chief of staff at Morton General Hospital in Morton, Wash. He is board certified in internal medicine.

His special interests include disease prevention and helping patients manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Dr. Kesiry completed his residency in internal medicine at the Medical University of Ohio in Toledo, where he also received a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences. He received his medical degree from Damascus University Medical School in Damascus, Syria.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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