When Jayapal Reddy, MD, joined Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC)
in 2003, the Hospital was already at the forefront of cardiac care. Today,
PVHMC offers the area’s leading cardiovascular and stroke program
and Dr. Reddy is dedicated to carrying on this tradition of excellence
as Medical Director for Cardiac Services at PVHMC’s Stead Heart
& Vascular Center.
This year, Dr. Reddy celebrates his one-year anniversary of being named
Medical Director of Cardiac Services in January 2019. He continues the
legacy of his mentor Rama Thumati, MD, who pioneered the development of
PVHMC’s cardiovascular program. Dr. Thumati retired in December
2018 after 32 years as Medical Director, but maintains a robust cardiology practice.
“I want to build on the great work and leadership that Dr. Thumati
provided over the last three decades,” Dr. Reddy said. “The
advancements in the field of cardiology during this time have been revolutionary
and my goal is to continue to offer cutting-edge treatments and new services
to the community.”
During Dr. Thumati’s tenure, the Hospital invested in new technology,
staff, training and infrastructure to treat complex heart problems. It
also expanded its program to include vascular disease and stroke. As a
Comprehensive Stroke Center, PVHMC offers the highest level of stroke
care available in the region.
“We’re providing advanced services in cardiovascular medicine
that are second to none,” said Dr. Reddy. Those treatments include
minimally invasive valve procedures (TAVR) and acute treatment of strokes
with thrombectomy, a minimally invasive technique that Interventional
neurologists use to remove blood clots in the brain.
“We can do procedures with smaller incisions, quicker recovery times
and shorter hospitalizations,” Dr. Reddy said. “Patients with
aortic aneurysms are being treated through a small puncture in the groin
and they’re home the next day. Patients who aren’t candidates
for surgical heart valve replacement (TAVR) because of the high risk can
now have them implanted through the skin without surgical incisions. There
have been enormous strides made in the field of cardiology. And while
cardiovascular disease is still a leading cause of death, there’s
been a huge improvement in people being able to survive and live longer.”
For more information on how you can help support the advanced care provided
at the Stead Heart & Vascular Center, please contact Glenda Ferguson
at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 909.865.9659 or go online at pvhmc.org/foundation.