Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) announced the opening of the OMC Infectious
Disease clinic led by fellowship-trained Dr. Ritu Kathuria.
Infectious diseases are the second leading cause of death worldwide. Infectious
disease specialists typically serve as consultants to other providers
in cases of complex infections, practicing both in hospitals and clinics.
They are board-certified internal medicine physicians that are experts
in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Their extensive
training focuses on all kinds of infections, including those caused by
bacteria, viruses, and fungi as well as the treatment of patients with
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS. In the OMC Infectious
Disease clinic, they provide transition of care from the hospital setting
as well as long-term care to patients with chronic infections.
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 completed a fellowship in infectious disease specializing
in immunocompromised infections at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.
During her medical training in India, Dr. Kathuria says the majority of
the patients she saw suffered from infectious diseases, so she felt natural
gravitation toward that field of study. She says that she finds it gratifying
that most infectious diseases can be resolved with proper treatment and
she can help her patients return to a normal way of life.
Since infectious diseases are often related to other medical conditions
or procedures, Dr. Kathuria says, “I enjoy practicing as part of
the patient-physician collaborative culture at OMC as it is most beneficial
for my patients.” The highly trained experts of the OMC Medical
Group are available and collaborate on each patient's unique situation.
“It was a natural evolution to open an infectious disease clinic
after Dr. Kathuria joined the OMC Medical Group last year,” said
Antony Joseph, MD, President of OMC Medical Group. “Since joining
the OMC Hospitalist team, her expertise in infectious disease has increasingly
been called upon especially in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.”
OMC Infectious Disease is located within OMC Surgical Specialists, 2600
Independence Square, West Plains. Patients may ask their primary care
physician if they think they may benefit from the treatment of an infectious
disease expert, or call 417-256-1774.
Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing primary care and
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.
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