Dr. Mella to specialize in lung disease, critical care, sleep medicine
Board certified physician Juan Mella, MD, has joined the team at Ozarks
Medical Center where he will serve as Medical Director of Respiratory
and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Mella is an American Board of Internal Medicine
Diplomat, board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and sleep medicine.
"We welcome Dr. Mella to OMC," said Tom Keller, OMC President
and CEO. "We have received many requests from the community for a
pulmonologist and we do our best to respond to community health needs.
Dr. Mella brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to OMC that will
greatly benefit our patients."
His office hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8
a.m. to noon Friday in the OMC Heart Care Services facility, located in
the Doctor's Pavillion at 1115 Alaska Avenue in West Plains. He will
also be available to consult for inpatients at all times. A referral from
a primary care provider is required to make an appointment with Dr. Mella.
"OMC is an outstanding health care organization with such a wide range
of health specialties," Dr. Mella said. "I'm glad to bring
additional specialty care to the patients in this region, so they may
receive the care they need without traveling long distances."
A pulmonologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating disorders
related to the lungs and respiratory system such as pneumonia, tuberculosis,
emphysema and complicated chest infections. Dr. Mella said he also has
a special interest in asthma, sleep disorders, lung diseases, and chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As the Director of Sleep Medicine,
Dr. Mella will work closely with the OMC Sleep Lab. The lab, which performs
studies on people of all ages, is accredited by the American Academy of
Sleep Medicine. It is located in Parkway Center in a new, completely renovated,
state-of-the-art facility with four private rooms for sleep studies.
Dr. Mella comes to OMC with 30 years of experience in pulmonology and sleep
medicine. Most recently, he served as the Medical Director for the Respiratory/Pulmonary
Department, Critical Care and Sleep Lab at Marietta Memorial Hospital
in Marietta, Ohio. Dr. Mella also spent nearly 25 years in private practice
in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Mella graduated with a degree in psychology from Washington University
in St. Louis. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University
Medical School in Detroit, Michigan and went onto complete an internship
and a residency in internal medicine from Wayne State University Medical
Center. He completed a fellowship in pulmonary disease from Mt. Sinai
Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. He is a fellow of the American
College of Chest Physicians.
Dr. Mella and his family have already moved to West Plains and he said
they are enjoying the outdoors and the beautiful Ozark scenery.
To reach Dr. Mella's office, contact OMC Heart Care Services at 417-257-5950.