Dr. Raghav Chaudhary, and Dr. Ritu Kathuria recently joined the hospitalist
team at Ozarks Medical Center (OMC). Other members of the team include
Dr. Kendell Clarkston, Dr. Priscilla Frase, Dr. Oleksandr Halytskyy, Dr.
Mirza Mahmood, Dr. Alex Makarian, Dr. Muhammed Qamar, Dr. Samantha Wallace,
and Dr. Linda Wangui.
A hospitalist is a physician who focuses solely on caring for patients
while they are staying in the hospital. Hospitalists assess and treat
the patient’s acute medical condition, keep the patient’s
primary physician informed of their progress, and coordinate all aspects
of the patient’s hospital care.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Chaudhary and Dr. Kathurian to our
hospitalist team,” said Tom Keller, President, and CEO of OMC. “They
both bring a wealth of experience to the OMC Medical Group. We are fortunate
to have them choose OMC as the place to further their careers and raise
Dr. Chaudhury earned his medical degree from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical
College, India, and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Seton
Hall University-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Englewood Hospital
and Medical Center, New Jersey. He also earned a Post Graduate Diploma
in Clinical Cardiology from Indira Gandhi National Open University, India.
After focusing on cardiology during Medical School and postgraduate study,
Dr. Chaudhary chose to focus on internal medicine during Residency. Dr.
Chaudhary said, “I wished to have a broader scope of medical services
to offer patients, along with being able to establish more comprehensive
relationships with my patients.”
Dr. Chaudhury enjoys many sports, including basketball, cricket, and soccer.
He is looking forward to following the Zizzers and Missouri State University
– West Plains teams.
Dr. Ritu Kathuria earned her medical degree from Manipal University, India,
and completed an internal medicine residency at Seton Hall University-Hackensack
Meridian School of Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center,
New Jersey. She also completed a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at Memorial
Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.
Drs. Chaudhury and Kathuria met and married while working as physicians
in India and emigrated to the U.S. to further their training and practice
in the United States. After five years in the New York City area, the
couple wanted to settle somewhere they could raise their young daughter.
Dr. Kathuria says of OMC, “I welcome the opportunity to practice
in the patient-physician collaborative culture at OMC. My husband and
I feel that we’ve found a wonderful place to raise our family in
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing eight primary care
and 17 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral
healthcare, and home care services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital
cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire medical system has more
than 364,000 patient visits annually, in South Central Missouri and Northern
Arkansas. To learn more about the OMC Hospitalist Team, call 417-257-5800.
Raghav Chaudhury, M.D., and Ritu Kathuria, M.D., Hospitalists, Ozarks Medical Center