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September 7, 2001

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Cardiologist Joins Hospital Staff

Juan M. Cordero, M.D., an invasive cardiologist, has joined the Medical Staff at Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital and will practice with George Panas, M.D., at Chestertown Cardiology located in the Medical Services Building at the Hospital. Dr. Cordero is board-certified in internal medicine and will sit for his sub-specialty certification in cardiology this fall. He has recently completed a three-year fellowship in cardiology at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan where he served as chief fellow for the last year.

Educating patients is high on his priority list.He explains, "Heart disease
is a difficult condition to treat because after being diagnosed, many patients limit their daily activities and rely only on medical treatment. We need to help them understand there are many things they can do besides taking medication to improve their health such as decreasing body weight and increasing activity."

Dr. Cordero notes he is impressed by the active cardiology program at Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital and is looking forward to the opening of the diagnostic cardiac catheterization lab that is part of the current building project. It will allow the two cardiologists to perform a diagnostic procedure called cardiac catheterization in which a slender needle, a catheter, is threaded through the blood vessels into the heart to diagnose and treat blockages. Currently they perform this procedure for local patients in a cath lab in Baltimore and they provide follow-up treatment locally.

The new physician earned his bachelor's degree in general sciences and a medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus in Rio Piedras and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Center in San Juan.
Dr. Cordero has moved to Chestertown with his wife, Helga, and five-month-old son.