New car­di­ol­o­gist joins North­west Health staff

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SILOAM SPRINGS — Board cer­ti­fied non­in­va­sive car­di­ol­o­gist, Ashu Dhan­jal, M.D., F.A.C.C., has joined the med­i­cal staff of North­west Health at Siloam Springs and Fayetteville.

After com­ple­tion of res­i­dency and clin­i­cal fel­low­ship in car­dio­vas­cu­lar medicine at Mar­shall Uni­ver­sity in Hunt­ing­ton, W.V., Dr. Dhan­jal prac­ticed at Lo­gan Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter for the past four years. Her ex­pe­ri­ence in ru­ral medicine is what brought her to North­west Arkansas.

“There are a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Siloam Springs and the area of West Vir­ginia where I pre­vi­ously prac­ticed, so I un­der­stand the small­town at­mos­phere,” said Dr. Dhan­jal. “I strive to in­still trust and build re­la­tion­ships with my pa­tients so they are com­fort­able seek­ing car­diac care lo­cally. In West Vir­ginia, I was able to treat the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents in their home­town by pro­vid­ing com­pas­sion­ate car­diac ser­vices. Once pa­tients saw ev­i­dence of my clin­i­cal skill, word of mouth spread quickly.”

Dr. Dhan­jal re­ceived her med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion at Lady Hardinge Med­i­cal Col­lege in Delhi, In­dia. She is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy and is cer­ti­fied in nu­clear medicine and adult echocar­dio­g­ra­phy.

Dr. Dhan­jal joined the prac­tice of North­west Car­di­ol­ogy, where she serves at clinic locations in Fayetteville and Siloam Springs. She cur­rently is ac­cept­ing new pa­tients in Siloam Springs at 603-2 N. Progress Ave., Suite 400, and same- or next-day ap­point­ments are of­ten avail­able. Her ar­eas of ex­per­tise in­clude non­in­va­sive car­di­ol­ogy, which means pace­maker man­age­ment, echocar­dio­grams, stress tests, heart mon­i­tors and other heart-re­lated di­ag­nos­tics that can be per­formed lo­cally.

Dr. Dhan­jal and her hus­band have two young daugh­ters, ages 9 and 1. In her spare time, she en­joys trav­el­ing, mu­sic and art.

“I was in­trigued by North­west Arkansas be­cause of the cos­mopoli­tan in­flu­ence that pro­vides an area rich with artis­tic out­lets to en­joy. It re­ally is the best of all worlds to have the abun­dance of mu­si­cal venues and art gal­leries that ex­ist here, while still en­joy­ing the com­forts of small-town Amer­ica,” said Dr. Dhan­jal.

“We are ex­tremely ex­cited to have Dr. Dhan­jal as a new mem­ber of our med­i­cal staff,” said Pa­trick Ker­rwood, CEO of Siloam Springs Re­gional Hos­pi­tal. “She brings ta­lent and ca­pa­bil­i­ties to serve the grow­ing needs of our com­mu­nity. Ex­pan­sion of car­diac clinic avail­abil­ity to five days a week means that res­i­dents of Siloam Springs and the sur­round­ing area have greater ac­cess to lo­cal, con­ve­nient and quick car­di­ol­ogy ser­vices.”

“Be­ing a woman, I feel like my fam­ily care­giver re­spon­si­bil­i­ties carry over to pa­tient care be­cause pa­tients do be­come al­most like fam­ily to me,” said Dr. Dhan­jal. “My great­est honor is when former pa­tients rec­om­mend my ser­vices to their loved ones.”

Dr. Dhan­jal is a strong pro­po­nent of life­style well­ness and has par­tic­i­pated in the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion’s “Go Red for Women” events to pro­mote car­diac health aware­ness.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 479-215-3060 or visit North­west­Health.com.

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