PHYSICIANS Volume 19, Issue 5 • January 2008
MidMichigan Welcomes New Physicians
New Specialists Expand Surgical Offerings
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Melwyn Sequeira, M.D. Kelly J. Wirsing, M.D. Curtis S. Young, M.D., M.S.
General Surgeon General Surgeon Hand Surgeon
Melwyn Sequeira, M.D., is a general Melwyn Sequeira, M.D. She is on the Dr. Young received a medical degree from
surgeon specializing in endocrine surgery. active medical staff of MidMichigan George Washington University School of
He is a member of MidMichigan Physicians Medical Center–Midland. Medicine, Washington, D.C., and a Master
Group General Surgeons and is on the ac- Dr. Wirsing earned a medical degree from of Surgery from Michigan State University,
tive medical staff at MidMichigan Medical Indiana University School of Medicine in College of Human Medicine. He completed
Center–Midland. Indianapolis, Ind., and performed a surgi- a residency in general surgery at MSU, and
Dr. Sequeira completed residencies at cal residency at Michigan State University, a fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Tata Grand Rapids Medical Education Center. Institute for Hand and Microsurgery,
Memorial Hospital in India. He completed She is board eligible in general surgery. University of Louisville School of Medicine,
fellowships at Tata Memorial Hospital in Louisville, Ky., and is a member of the
Dr. Wirsing sees patients at MidMichigan Christine M. Kleinert Society. He is a fellow
surgical oncology and at University Hospital Medical Offices–Midland, 4011 Orchard
of Lille in Lille, France in endocrine surgery. of the American College of Surgeons and
Drive, Suite 2004, phone (989) 839-1795 a candidate with the American Society for
He received his medical degree from and (866) 494-8934; MidMichigan Medical
St. John’s Medical College in India. He Surgery of the Hand. He is board certified
Offices–Gladwin, 609 Quarter Street and in general surgery and recently passed
is board certified in general surgery. MidMichigan Medical Offices–Auburn, the exam for the Certification of Added
Dr. Sequeira accepts general surgery and 939 West Midland Road. Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand.
endocrine surgery referrals by calling Curtis S. Young, M.D., M.S., a hand
(989) 839-1795 or (866) 494-8934. His Dr. Young sees patients at the Orthopaedic
surgeon, recently joined the Orthopaedic Institute of Mid Michigan, located in
office is located at MidMichigan Medical Institute of MidMichigan. He has active
Offices–Midland, 4011 Orchard Drive, Midland Professional Suites at 555 West
privileges on the medical staff of Wackerly Street, Suite 2500, Midland,
Suite 2004. MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. phone (989) 839-8824.
Kelly J. Wirsing, M.D., is a general
surgeon with MidMichigan Physicians
Group General Surgeons and is in practice MidMichigan Access Line (800) 395-1355
with surgeons George G. Zainea, M.D., and
One call for direct physician-to-physician referrals.
New Specialists Expand Surgical Offerings (continued)
Gratiot Medical Center and MidMichigan
Dr. Ware received his medical degree
from Kirksville College of Osteopathic
Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. He completed
Brad Binsfeld, D.O. James Ware, D.O. his internship and residency at Genesys
Orthopaedic Surgeon Orthopaedic Surgeon Regional Medical Center in Flint. Dr.
Ware is member of the American Osteo-
Orthopaedic Surgeons Dr. Binsfeld practices with Joseph Yacisen,
pathic Academy of Orthopaedics and the
Practice in Alma and Clare D.O., and James Ware, D.O., and performs
American Osteopathic Association. He is
surgeries in Alma and Clare. His offices are
Brad Binsfeld, D.O., an orthopaedic board certified in orthopaedics.
located at Mid Michigan Bone and Joint
surgeon, has joined the active medical Center, P.L.C., 315 East Warwick Drive, Dr. Ware practices with Joseph Yacisen,
staff at Gratiot Medical Center and Suite B in Alma, phone (989) 466-2663, D.O., and Brad Binsfeld, D.O., at the Mid
MidMichigan Medical Center–Clare. MidMichigan Medical Offices–Clare, 602 Michigan Bone and Joint Center. Their
Dr. Binsfeld received his medical degree Beech Street, Clare, phone (989) 466-2663 and offices are located at 315 East Warwick Drive,
from Kansas City College of Medicine and MidMichigan Health Park–Houghton Lake, Suite B, Alma, phone (989) 466-2663,
Biosciences, Kansas City, Mo. He completed 9249 W. Lake City Road. MidMichigan Medical Offices–Clare, 602
an internship and an orthopaedic residency Beech Street, Clare, phone (989) 466-2663
James Ware, D.O., an orthopaedic sur-
at Genesys Regional Medical Center in and MidMichigan Health Park–Houghton
geon, recently joined the medical staff of
Flint. Dr. Binsfeld is board eligible. Lake, 9249 W. Lake City Road.
Cardiovascular Team Members
Dr. Cherukuri received his medical degree
from Guntur Medical College in India. He
completed four years of postgraduate work
in surgery and served as chief resident at
Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.,
Norbert Baumgartner, M.D.
Thoracic and Ramesh Cherukuri, M.D.
followed by a residency in cardiovascular
Cardiovascular Surgeon Cardiovascular Surgeon and thoracic surgery at Wayne State
University in Detroit. Dr. Cherukuri is
Norbert Baumgartner, M.D., is a tho- Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. Dr. board certified by the American Board
racic and cardiovascular surgeon with Baumgartner is board certified by the of Surgery and the American Board of
active staff privileges at MidMichigan American Board of Surgery and the Thoracic Surgery.
Medical Center–Midland. He is affiliated American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
with Michigan CardioVascular Institute Dr. Cherukuri sees patients at MCVI,
Dr. Baumgartner sees patients at MCVI, 1015 South Washington Avenue, Saginaw,
(MCVI). 1015 South Washington Avenue, Saginaw, phone (989) 754-3000 or toll free
Dr.Baumgartner received his medical phone (989) 754-3000 or toll free (877) 725-6284.
degree from the University of Illinois (877) 725-6284.
College of Medicine in Chicago, Ill. He Christopher Genco, M.D., a thoracic
Ramesh Cherukuri, M.D., is a cardio- and cardiovascular surgeon, is on the active
completed a residency in general surgery vascular surgeon on the active medical staff
and a fellowship in thoracic and cardio- medical staff at MidMichigan Medical
at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. Center–Midland and affiliated with
vascular surgery at Loyola University He is affiliated with Michigan CardioVascu- Michigan CardioVascular Institute (MCVI).
lar Institute (MCVI).
Cardiovascular Team Members (continued)
Christopher Genco, M.D.
Thoracic and Greg Kleynberg, M.D. Gregory G. Pellizzon, M.D.
Cardiovascular Surgeon Cardiac Anesthesiologist Interventional Cardiologist
Dr. Genco graduated from the School of Dr. Kleynberg received his medical degree interventional cardiology at St. Luke’s Mid
Medicine at Stony Brook University/State from Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Mo.
University of New York in Stony Brook, N.Y. in Uzbekistan. He practiced anesthesiology He is a member of Cardiology Peer Review
He completed his internship and residency for more than 10 years before coming to the Committee of William Beaumont Hospital
in general surgery, and served as chief United States. He completed an internship and the American College of Cardiology. He
surgical resident at the same institution. at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and is board certified in cardiovascular disease,
He completed a cardiothoracic research a year of special training in cardiac anes- internal medicine, interventional cardiology
fellowship and a cardiothoracic residency thesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Founda- and nuclear cardiology. He has special ex-
at New England Medical Center in Boston, tion. He is board certified in anesthesiology. pertise in peripheral vascular interventional
Mass. Dr. Genco is board certified by the Gregory G. Pellizzon, M.D., is an procedures and has trained in patent
National Board of Medical Examiners, interventional cardiologist on the active foramen ovale/atrial septal defect clo-
the American Board of Surgery and the medical staff at MidMichigan Medical sures performed peripheral vascularly.
American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Center–Midland and affiliated with Dr. Pellizzon sees patients at MCVI,
Dr. Genco sees patients at Michigan Michigan CardioVascular Institute (MCVI). 301 W. Wackerly in Midland, phone
CardioVascular Institute, 1015 South Dr. Pellizzon received his medical degree (989) 832-0900 and (877) 725-6284,
Washington Avenue, Saginaw, phone from Wayne State University School of as well as MidMichigan Medical Offices–
(989) 754-3000 and (877) 725-6284. Medicine, Detroit, and completed a residen- Clare, 602 Beech Street, Clare, and
Greg M. Kleynberg, M.D., is a cy at Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, MidMichigan Health Park–Mt. Pleasant,
cardiac anesthesiologist who has joined Kalamazoo. Dr. Pellizzon completed fellow- 4851 East Pickard Street, Mount Pleasant.
MidMichigan Anesthesiology Group and ships in cardiovascular disease at William
has active privileges on the medical staff Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and in
at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland.
Cardiac Mid-Level Providers
Ed Flattery, P.A.-C., a certified Sheila Wing, P.A.-C., a certified physi-
physician assistant, provides in-patient cian assistant, assists surgeons during
care in collaboration with the Michigan cardiac surgery and monitors patient care
CardioVascular Institute (MCVI) cardi- during the pre- and post-operative periods.
ologists. He completed the physician She completed the physician assistant pro-
Ed Flattery, P.A.-C. assistant program at Western Michigan gram and received a Master of Science
Physician Assistant University and received a Bachelor of degree from Central Michigan University
Science in Medicine degree. He has been in Mt. Pleasant. Earlier, she worked at
affiliated with MCVI for 15 years as a MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland as
physician assistant. Prior to becoming a registered respiratory therapist for nine
a physician assistant, Ed worked as an years. Sheila is affiliated with Michigan
athletic trainer in minor league hockey. CardioVascular Institute.
Sheila Wing, P.A.-C.
Gregory J. Dardas, M.D. Erich Kickland, M.D. Terry Pietryga, M.D.
Neurologist Emergency Medicine Radiologist
Gregory J. Dardas, M.D., a neurologist, Medical Center–Midland emergency
has joined the active medical staff of department medical staff. Dr. Newcomb
MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. received his medical degree from the
He is board certified in neurology. University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Dr. Dardas received his medical degree where he also completed his residency.
from Wayne State University School of David Newcomb, M.D. Dr. Newcomb sees patients in the emergency
Medicine in Detroit. He completed his in- Emergency Medicine department of MidMichigan Medical
ternship and residency, and later served Center–Midland emergency department Center–Midland, 4005 Orchard Drive,
as chief resident, at Ohio State University medical staff. He received his medical de- phone (989) 839-3100.
Medical Center Department of Neurology, gree from Wayne State University School of Terry Pietryga, M.D., a radiologist, has
Columbus, Ohio. Medicine in Detroit. Dr. Kickland completed joined Midland Radiology Associates and
Since 1995, Dr. Dardas has been in practice his residency at the University of Michigan the active medical staff of MidMichigan
in Essexville. Since joining MidMichigan in Ann Arbor. Medical Center–Midland. He received
Medical Center–Midland, he now sees pa- Dr. Kickland sees patients in the emergency his medical degree from Michigan State
tients every other Tuesday at MidMichigan department of MidMichigan Medical University College of Human Medicine in
Medical Offices–Auburn, 939 West Midland Center–Midland, 4005 Orchard Drive, East Lansing and completed his residency
Road, phone (989) 662-2755. phone (989) 839-3100. at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Erich C. Kickland, M.D., joined the David E. Newcomb, M.D., joined the Dr. Pietryga’s office is at MidMichigan
Midland Emergency Room Corporation and Midland Emergency Room Corporation Medical Center–Midland, 4005 Orchard
is a member of the MidMichigan Medical and is a member of the MidMichigan Drive, phone (989) 631-9193.
Primary Care Physicians
Philippines and completed an internship
and a pediatrics residency at Elmhurst
Hospital Center, Elmhurst, N.Y., and a
pediatric residency at Philippine Children’s
Medical Center in Manila, Philippines.
Maria-Eloisa Bernas, M.D. Dr. Bernas also completed fellowships in Robert Douglas, M.D.
Pediatrician pediatric hematology/oncology at the Family Medicine
Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Dr. Bernas sees patients at MidMichigan
Maria-Eloisa Bernas, M.D., a pediatri-
Manila, Philippines and at the University Medical Offices–Clare, 602 Beech Street,
cian, has joined MidMichigan Physicians
of Chicago Children’s Hospital, Chicago, Ill. Suite 2240, phone (989) 802-8830.
Group and is on the active medical staff of
MidMichigan Medical Center–Clare. She is a member of the American Academy
Robert M. Douglas, M.D., a family medi-
of Pediatrics and the American Society
Dr. Bernas received her medical degree from cine specialist, has joined MidMichigan
of Hematology. She is board certified
the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Physicians Group Family Practice and
Primary Care Physicians (continued)
Anjali Pawar, M.D. Mary Ann Slominis, M.D. Scott Strom, D.O.
Pediatrician Family Medicine Family Medicine
has active medical staff privileges at development at Michigan State University/ Scott Strom, D.O., is on staff at Alma
MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Earlier, she Family Practice. Dr. Strom has active medi-
Dr. Douglas received his medical degree practiced as an attending physician in OB- cal staff privileges at Gratiot Medical Center.
from Michigan State University College Gyn at Ashwini Hospital in India. She also Dr. Strom received his medical degree from
of Human Medicine in East Lansing and completed a pediatric hematology oncology Michigan State University College of
completed his residency at MidMichigan fellowship at the University of Michigan Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing. He
Medical Center–Midland. He is a member of Hospital, Ann Arbor. She is board certified completed his internship and his residency
the American Academy of Family Physicians. in pediatrics. at Genesys Regional Medical Center in
Dr. Douglas sees patients at MidMichigan Dr. Pawar’s office is located at MidMichigan Grand Blanc. He is a member of the
Medical Offices–Campus Ridge, 4401 Medical Offices–Clare, 602 Beech Street, American Academy of Family Physicians,
Campus Ridge Drive, Suite D2100, Midland, phone (989) 802-5945. the American College of Osteopathic Family
phone (989) 837-9300. Mary Ann Slominis, M.D., a family Physicians, the American Osteopathic
medicine specialist, has joined Gratiot Association, the Michigan Association of
Anjali Pawar, M.D., is a pediatrician Family Practitioners, and the Michigan
with special training in pediatric hematol- Health Partners. Dr. Slominis has been
granted active privileges on the medical Osteopathic Association. He is board eligible.
ogy oncology. A member of MidMichigan
Physicians Group, she shares a practice staff of Gratiot Medical Center. Dr. Strom may be reached for appoint-
with pediatricians Maria-Eloisa Bernas, She received her medical degree from ments Alma Family Practice, located
M.D., and Sonali Mehta, M.D. She is on Michigan State University College of at 1335 North Pine Avenue, phone
the active medical staff of MidMichigan Human Medicine, East Lansing, and com- (989) 463-2181.
Medical Center–Clare. pleted her residency at Sparrow Hospital
Dr. Pawar earned her medical degree from in Lansing.
Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences of Dr. Slominis sees patients at 211 South
Karnataka University in India. She also holds Crapo Street, Suites H & I, Mount Pleasant,
a diploma in obstetrics and gynecology from phone (989) 775-7641.
Dr. V.M. Medical College in India. She com-
pleted a residency in pediatrics and human
Hospitalists Serve Medical Centers
The following physicians have joined
Midland Hospitalist, P.L.C., and serve in
the hospitalist program at MidMichigan Gena Kluwe, M.D. Jayashree Vasanthi, M.D.
Medical Center–Midland, which was • Medical degree from M.D. Spartan Jayashree Vasanthi, M.D.
established in March of 2005. Health Sciences University in the • Hospitalist medicine and internal
Gena Kluwe, M.D. West Indies medicine specialist
• Hospitalist medicine and internal • Internship and a residency at the • Medical degree from Kerala University
medicine specialist University of Rochester School of Medical College in India
Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N.Y.
• Residency at Hurley Medical Center, Flint
• Board certified in internal medicine
Midland Hospitalist Mid-level Providers
Kenneth A. VanSumeren,
Jessica Funke, P.A.-C. Amy Vandervane, F.N.P. P.A.-C.
Physician Assistant Family Nurse Practitioner Physician Assistant
Jessica Funke, P.A.-C. Amy Vandervane, F.N.P. Kenneth A. VanSumeren, P.A.-C.
• Physician assistant • Master of Science degree in nursing with • Physician assistant
• Master of Science degree in physician a concentration in advanced clinical • Master of Science degree from the
assistant studies at Wayne State University studies/nurse practitioner from Saginaw physician assistant program at Central
in Detroit. Valley State University, University Center. Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant
• Certified Physician Assistant • Fellow of the American Academy of
Physician Assistants and the Michigan
Academy of Physician Assistants
• Certified Physician Assistant
These hospitalists join Gregory Endres-
Bercher, M.D., a MidMichigan Medical
Jawad Y. Agha, M.D.
Center–Clare physician serving the Internal medicine, V. Tahki Campbell, D.O.
Medical Center’s hospitalist program. hospitalist medicine Internal medicine
The new physicians are employed by
HPMG of Michigan, P.C.
Jawad Y. Agha, M.D.
• Internal medicine, hospitalist medicine
• Medical degree from the University of Imad S. Ayyar, M.D. Alvin Riley, Sr., D.O.
Damascus in Syria. Internal medicine, Internal medicine,
hospitalist medicine hospitalist medicine
• Residency in internal medicine at
Michigan State University, East Lansing
• Board certified in internal medicine
Imad S. Ayyar, M.D.
• Internal medicine, hospitalist medicine
Vikas Bajpai, M.D. Majid M. Taj, M.D.
• Medical degree from the University of Internal medicine, Internal medicine,
Baghdad College of Medicine in Iraq hospitalist medicine hospitalist medicine
• Residencies in cardiothoracic surgery,
University of Baghdad College of Medicine V. Tahki Campbell, D.O. • Internship at Michigan State University
and in internal medicine at Saint Joseph • Internal medicine in East Lansing
Mercy Hospital Oakland, Pontiac • Residency in internal medicine at
• Medical degree from Chicago College of
• Board certified in internal medicine Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, Ill. Michigan State University
Vikas Bajpai, M.D. • Internship at Ingham Regional Medical • Board certified in internal medicine
• Internal medicine, hospitalist medicine Center in Lansing Majid M. Taj, M.D.
• Medical degree from B.R.D. Medical • Residency in internal medicine at • Internal medicine, hospitalist medicine
College in India Mount Clemens General Hospital in • Medical degree from Gandhi Medical
Mount Clemens College in India
• Internship at Georgetown University
School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. • Board certified in internal medicine • Residencies in cardiothoracic surgery at
• Residencies at Georgetown University Alvin Riley, Sr., D.O. Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences in
School of Medicine, Washington, D.C., • Internal medicine, hospitalist medicine India; in internal medicine/pediatrics
and Medical College Hospital in India at Michigan State University in East
• Medical degree from Michigan State Lansing; in general surgery at Gandhi
• Board certified in internal medicine University College of Osteopathic Medical College.
Medicine in East Lansing
• Board certified in internal medicine
MidMichigan Locations Adopt In This Issue
Tobacco-Free Environment Meet the physicians who
On January 1, a tobacco-free environment medical office buildings, buildings being
went into effect at all MidMichigan affiliates. constructed or renovated, leased offices, have joined our active
MidMichigan Medical Center–Gladwin other temporary structures and medical
and Gratiot Medical Center earlier adopted center vehicles. Employees and visitors medical staffs at the
a tobacco-free policy, and now the other who must smoke are only allowed to do
affiliates are instituting it as well. so in their own, closed, private vehicles. Medical Centers affiliated
MidMichigan’s tobacco-free policy is in ac- To help smokers kick the habit, MidMichigan with MidMichigan Health
cord with the Michigan Hospital Association’s offers several smoking cessation options.
Campaign for Smoke-Free Hospitals. The More information on this assistance is
since publication of the
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