WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Starting last Friday, Interventional Cardiologist Eric Cohen, M.D., will be providing monthly consultations at North Country HealthCare in Williams. Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., is the medical director of Peripheral Vascular Intervention at the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, located in Flagstaff.
"We are in essence, a multi-disciplinary group," Cohen said, who specializes in vascular care and the treatment of peripheral arterial disease and limb salvage. "So within us is cardiology and vascular medicine, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery. That is sort of a trend nationally toward combining the disciplines of medical cardiology, interventional cardiology and surgery. We have all basically come here from elsewhere. I had a very long career in tertiary care, cardiology. I was the head of the interventional program at the Heart Institute in Birmingham, which is the second largest program nationally. We sort of came here to Flagstaff to build this regional multidisciplinary heart and vascular program."
Cohen said there are two ways to see patients in a region. Patients come to the tertiary care center for imaging, diagnostic testing and for therapeutic intervention that can be provided remotely.
"Aligned with that is usually basic clinical practice, these patients refer to it," Cohen said. "And also see patients at its home base hospital. That's part of what we do everyday."
The other way to see regional patients is with outreach clinics. Currently, the Heart and Vascular Center is operating a series outreach projects in Chile, Tuba City, and Hopi Medical Center as well as Williams to name a few.
"Basically we to go to clinical facilities remote to the medical center and do clinical days where you see people, you try and figure out their story, you figure out their needs, what diagnostic testing is relevant, what therapeutic intervention, of whatever sort, from medical to surgical to catheter based," Cohen said. "You try to do is see people in their home environment. It's easier for them and it allows you to more efficiently plan whatever their intervention ought to be whatever their intervention ought to be, so they aren't running around spending a lot of time, either on unnecessary trips, unnecessary testing or whatever."
Before joining the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Dr. Cohen spent 20 years in private practice as an interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates P.C. and with Heart South Cardiovascular Group, both in Birmingham, Ala. Before going into private practice, Dr. Cohen was an attending cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at Albany Medical College and Medical Center. He was an attending cardiologist, chairman of Critical Care and co-director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY.
For more information, call North Country HeathCare at (928) 635-4441.