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Pulmonologist brings 30 years of experience to OMC

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.

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