Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

Melvin An­drews , a driver for YRC Freight in Spring­dale, won the straight truck di­vi­sion at the Arkansas Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s cham­pi­onship July 14 and 15 in Rogers. An­drews has worked at YRC Freight for 17 years and com­peted in the cham­pi­onship for 10 years. He came in sec­ond place in the straight truck class in 2012 and third place in 2009. Gary Mars, a driver for Wal-Mart Trans­porta­tion, won the sleeper di­vi­sion and re­ceived the 2017 sports­man­ship award. He has been a driver for 26 years, the past 14 with Wal-Mart. Mars has com­peted in the cham­pi­onship seven times since 2009, was named the Arkansas Grand Cham­pion in 2014 and 2016, and placed seventh in the five-axle class at the Na­tional Truck Driv­ing Cham­pi­onships in 2014.

Doug Gib­son, an af­fil­i­ate bro­ker of Crye-Leike’s Rogers branch of­fice, was ranked No. 2 by REAL Trends among all Arkansas real es­tate agents based on closed sales vol­ume of $25.68 mil­lion in 2016. He also ranked No. 11 among Arkansas’ real es­tate agents when ranked by closed trans­ac­tion

sales with 72.

Dr. Sarah Jewell joined the High­lands On­col­ogy Group on July 24. She com­pleted med­i­cal school at the Univer­sity of Arkansas for Med­i­cal Sciences in Lit­tle Rock. She did her res­i­dency in 2014 at Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity School of Medicine in St. Louis and a fel­low­ship in hema­tol­ogy/on­col­ogy at UAMS. She is cer­ti­fied in in­ter­nal medicine from the Amer­i­can Board of In­ter­nal Medicine and is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Clin­i­cal On­col­ogy and the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Hema­tol­ogy.

Dr. Raj Ram­mo­han, a foot and an­kle spe­cial­ist, joined Cooper Clinic’s Foot Health Cen­ter in Fort Smith and will be­gin see­ing pa­tients Mon­day. He earned his Doc­tor of Po­di­atric Medicine de­gree at the Barry Univer­sity School of Po­di­atric Medicine in Florida. He moved from Tuc­son af­ter his res­i­dency train­ing at South­ern Ari­zona VA Health­care Sys­tem.

Dr. An­dres Var­gas joined Mercy Clinic Car­di­ol­ogy Rogers Av­enue in Fort Smith as an in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­o­gist. He earned his med­i­cal de­gree from Univer­si­dad de Guayaquil in Ecuador and com­pleted an in­tern­ship at Hos­pi­tal Luis Ver­naza in Ecuador. Var­gas com­pleted a one-year in­tern­ship, twoyear res­i­dency and served as chief res­i­dent in the in­ter­nal medicine depart­ment at Louisiana State Univer­sity in Ba­ton Rouge. He com­pleted a one-year fel­low­ship in in­ter­ven­tional car­di­ol­ogy and a three-year fel­low­ship in car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease at Univer­sity of Iowa Hos­pi­tals and Clin­ics in Iowa City, Iowa. He is board cer­ti­fied in in­ter­nal medicine, car­di­ol­ogy, nu­clear car­di­ol­ogy and by the Na­tional Board of Echocar­dio­g­ra­phy.

Dr. Sachil Shah also joined the Mercy car­di­ol­ogy clinic in Fort Smith. Shah earned his med­i­cal de­gree from the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham Med­i­cal School in the United King­dom. He com­pleted a three-year fel­low­ship in car­dio­vas­cu­lar medicine at Ge­orge­town Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal and Med­star Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter and a three-year res­i­dency in in­ter­nal medicine at Univer­sity of Mi­ami Miller School of Medicine. Shah is board cer­ti­fied by the Amer­i­can Board of In­ter­nal Medicine.

Briefs are for peo­ple in North­west Arkansas who are new hires, were pro­moted, re­ceived an award from out­side their or­ga­ni­za­tion or re­ceived a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Email: cswan­son@nwadg.com or send your item to: Christie Swan­son, P.O. Box 7, Spring­dale, AR. 72765. In­for­ma­tion must be re­ceived by noon Wed­nes­day prior to the Sun­day the item is to be pub­lished.





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