North Country cardiology is growing

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NEWPORT — Dr. Steven Anisman has joined North Country Hospital and is already getting to know and care for cardiology patients in the community.

He comes with extensive experience, including 14+ years as a cardiologist in Bennington, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.

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The change is one he’s very excited about – the opportunity to run his own practice was irresistible and was made more so by the people he’s met here, and by the community.

“Everyone we’ve met has been so welcoming and friendly, and the Northeast Kingdom immediately felt like the kind of place where we want to be. Also, at this point in my career, the idea that I could make a real difference was the main thing I was looking for, and I think North Country offers me that chance,” Dr. Anisman said.

The cardiology team is growing rapidly, with Ashley Luneau joining as a new NP in March and a new RN in the near future.

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The expanded staff means that we can offer much more than we have in the past – Dr. Anisman implants and manages pacemakers, which means patients will no longer need to travel to Dartmouth or St. Johnsbury for those services.

Also, a pacer clinic, heart failure clinic, and potentially a coumadin clinic are all in the discussion and planning phases, which means a busy office.

And, of course, he’ll also be busy seeing patients in the office and the hospital.

“This is only possible thanks to Shelly Starr, who has done an incredible job coordinating a lot of changes in a short amount of time,” says Dr. Anisman.

The complete range of adult cardiology services remains available – echocardiograms, TEE, stress testing (including stress echo and nuclear stress), monitoring, and so on.

Dr. Anisman also has worked closely with the Dartmouth cardiology team for many years, and that connection will only grow stronger over time.

“They’re an incredible resource for us, with interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure, and other areas where they provide world-class support.”

“Dr. Anisman has hit the ground running, so organized and already providing consults on the floor. We are delighted he is here and fitting right in with all of us,” Cardiology Practice Manager, Shelly Starr said.

Dr. Anisman’s training was initially in music and then psychology at the University of North Texas, with a master’s in Psychology from Southern CT State.

He worked as a crisis clinician for a few years in St Albans and then obtained his MD from UVM College of Medicine in 2001.

His internal medicine residency was from Baystate in Springfield, MA, and he worked briefly as a hospitalist before obtaining his fellowship in cardiovascular disease from Worcester Medical Center in Worcester, MA.

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