Med Center Health continues to meet the healthcare needs of area residents by expanding access to specialty care in Southcentral Kentucky. As the latest specialists added to our team, these physicians offer the communities we serve access to high-level expertise. With our commitment to quality, our doctors are able to spend time with you, making sure you have the safest, most personalized care needed to achieve the best results.
Shruti Yarra, M.D.
Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN)
Med Center Health welcomes OB/GYN Shruti Yarra, M.D., as she joins the team of physicians and certified nurse midwives at Women’s Health Specialists. Together, they offer expert care to women throughout Southcentral Kentucky.
Dr. Yarra specializes in contraception and gynecological care, including hormone replacement therapy. She cares deeply for her patients and strives for clear communication between herself, her patients and other providers.
In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and has been trained in classical Indian vocal music. She also enjoys going for long walks, reading and spending time with her family.
To make an appointment, call 270-781-0075 or 866-997-5784
Helen Carter, M.D.
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Med Center Health welcomes Helen Carter, M.D. to Med Center Health Primary Care. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Carter is experienced in managing the healthcare needs of men, women and children.
Dr. Carter is a dedicated partner in a patient’s journey to better health. She enjoys getting to know the whole patient, not just their medical problems. She listens to her patients and wants them to feel that their health is her top priority.
As a wife and new mother, she loves spending quality time with her family. She stays active by hiking and riding bikes. To make an appointment, call 270-901-0629.
Roshni Venugopal, M.D.
General Surgery and Bariatric Surgery
Med Center Health welcomes Roshni Venugopal, M.D. to Medical Center Surgical Weight Loss Program. Board certified in both General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, Dr. Venugopal is fellowship trained in Advanced GI Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and she brings her expertise to Southcentral Kentucky.
As a bariatric surgeon, Dr. Venugopal helps patients restore health with surgical weight loss. Excess weight can impact more than just how patients look and feel. Obesity can lead to Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and liver failure. Obesity also increases the risk of developing cancer. Weight loss surgery is a powerful tool that can break the cycle of dieting and provide patients with a long-lasting weight loss solution.
Dr. Venugopal offers gastric sleeve and gastric bypass procedures. Her expertise further enhances the quality care provided by our Surgical Weight Loss Program, an accredited Center of Excellence. To make an appointment, call 270-796-6333.
Shebna Unes, M.D.
Med Center Health welcomes OB/GYN Shebna Unes, M.D., as she joins the team of physicians and certified nurse midwives at Women’s Health Specialists, offering expert care to women throughout Southcentral Kentucky.
Dr. Unes enjoys caring for women through all stages of life as their healthcare needs change – from supporting a young mother through her pregnancy to helping a woman address the challenges of menopause. She partners with her patients when discussing and deciding on care and treatment options that are best suited for their needs.
She is married with two children and loves cooking and baking for family and friends. She also enjoys reading, painting and traveling.
To make an appointment, call 270-781-0075 or 866-997-5784.
Irene Li, D.O.
Med Center Health welcomes Radiation Oncologist Irene Li, D.O. to The Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center. In partnership with Brooke Leachman, M.D. and the Radiation Oncology team, her vision is to provide the local community with the most advanced care and treatment options here in Bowling Green.
Dr. Li’s areas of interest include advanced treatment of a wide range of cancers—including head and neck, gynecologic, lung/thorax, central nervous system, and nonmelanoma skin cancer. In addition to traditional radiation therapy, she is skilled in the use of stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiation therapy, high-dose radiation, brachytherapy and radioactive iodine treatment.
Dr. Li’s patients are like family to her, and her goal is to be beside each of them through their cancer journey with the best care and the most effective methods possible. In her spare time, Dr. Li enjoys dancing, hiking, sketching, trying out new recipes and visiting farmers’ markets.
Abigail C. Santos, M.D.
Med Center Health welcomes Abigail C. Santos, M.D. to Infectious Disease & Travel Medicine Specialists. Dr. Santos’s addition expands our team to three physicians and two nurse practitioners focused on the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. Dr. Santos began seeing patients July 26.
Dr. Santos earned her medical degree at University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in Manila, Philippines. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii before completing her fellowship in Infectious Disease at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Health, Chicago, Ill.
To make an appointment with Dr. Santos or any of the providers, call 270-780-2760. Infectious Disease & Travel Medicine Specialists is located on the third floor of the Commonwealth Medical Plaza, Suite 307.
Heather Lusby, D.O.
Med Center Health welcomes Heather Lusby, D.O. to Infectious Disease & Travel Medicine Specialists. Dr. Lusby brings her expertise to Southcentral Kentucky as Med Center Health expands access to specialty care.
Dr. Lusby earned her medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Medicine in Davie, Fla. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, Miss. She relocates to Bowling Green after completing her fellowship in Infectious Disease at University of Florida in Gainesville.
Emily Cecil, MD
Med Center Health welcomes Emily Cecil, M.D. Expanding the team of providers at Med Center Health Primary Care Bowling Green, Dr. Cecil brings her experience in managing the healthcare needs of men, women and children to Southcentral Kentucky.
Dr. Cecil earned her medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, West Indies. She recently completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Louisville-Glasgow.
Dr. Cecil focuses on the importance of quality preventative care and routine health screenings at each stage of life. To help manage chronic conditions, she works with other physicians on a patient’s healthcare team to achieve the most positive outcomes. She believes in clear, honest and active communication.
In her free time, Dr. Cecil stays active and enjoys spending time with her husband and son. She finds relaxation pursuing her artistic talents such as photography, painting and woodworking.
Dr. Cecil will begin seeing patients July 1.
David A. Bergamini, M.D.
Med Center Health welcomes board-certified urologist David A. Bergamini, M.D. Dr. Bergamini is located at Med Center Health Urology in the Franklin Medical Plaza in Franklin, Kentucky. With more than 20 years of experience, he offers expert urologic care to patients in the Franklin-Simpson area. Dr. Bergamini treats a variety of general urologic conditions. He approaches each patient with compassion and understanding, and is dedicated to the overall well-being of his patients.
Dr. Bergamini is a farmer and father of six. He is also a dog lover who enjoys spending his free time in the outdoors.
To make an appointment or if you have any questions or concerns, call Med Center Health Urology at 270-598-4878.
Russell Heltsley, O.D.
Med Center Health welcomes Russell Heltsley, O.D., to Med Center Health Eye Care. As an optometrist with over 20 years’ experience, Dr. Heltsley joins ophthalmologist Christopher Areephanthu, M.D. in providing expert vision care to residents of Southcentral Kentucky.
Dr. Heltsley’s focus is on his patients. He practices the full scope of optometry, including examinations, glasses, contact lenses and the treatment and management of eye disease.
Make an appointment with Dr. Heltsley by calling Med Center Health Eye Care at 270-796-3533.
Maria Lynes, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Med Center Health welcomes Obstetrician/Gynecologist Maria Lynes, MD. Dr. Lynes joins Jeffery Nemec, MD, Devin Trevor, MD, Manmeet Sandhu, MD, Karen Lyons, MD, and the Certified Nurse Midwives at Women’s Health Specialists in providing expert medical care to women in every stage of life.
Dr. Lynes stresses the importance of addressing healthcare disparities and mental health, as well as cervical cancer awareness and prevention. She focuses on empowering her patients with knowledge and understanding to be full partners in their care. She works closely with each member of a patient’s healthcare team to ensure her patients receive the best overall care possible.
Dr. Lynes is married and loves spending time with her husband, son and friends. She also enjoys Zumba, tennis and volleyball.
To make an appointment with Dr. Lynes, call Women’s Health Specialists at 270-781-0075 or 866-997-5784.
Noma Moyo-Peters, DO
Med Center Health welcomes primary care physician Noma Moyo-Peters, DO. Dr. Moyo-Peters joins Monica Blair, APRN, and Salita Hogan, APRN, at Med Center Health Family Care Franklin in providing expert medical care to families in the Franklin-Simpson area.
Dr. Moyo-Peters is board certified in Family Medicine and focuses on preventive care to keep her patients healthy. She works with her patients to understand their needs and to guide them toward the healthiest life possible. As part of that, she stresses the importance of managing chronic medical problems such as diabetes, hypothyroidism and high blood pressure.
Dr. Moyo-Peters is married and loves spending time playing with her daughter. She also enjoys cooking and traveling. To make an appointment with Dr. Moyo-Peters, call Med Center Health Family Care Franklin at 270-586-5888.
Christopher Areephanthu, MD
Med Center Health welcomes Christopher Areephanthu, MD, ophthalmologist with Med Center Health Eye Care. He is a native of Bowling Green and a graduate of Greenwood High School and Western Kentucky University. As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Areephanthu is dedicated to improving vision and has returned to the community he loves to offer the most innovative advances in eye care. Dr. Areephanthu is committed to providing the highest standards of patient care. He specializes in treating cataracts, glaucoma and retinal disorders such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
“By partnering with Med Center Health,” he said, “our clinic will have the most advanced technologies, tools and resources needed to provide the latest eye care treatments.”
In his spare time, he enjoys hockey, chess, and fishing. He’s also an avid international traveler. Over the past four years, he has backpacked through the Rocky Mountains, Patagonia mountain chain and the Himalayas.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Areephanthu, call 270-796-3533.
Magendran Danapal, MD
Med Center Health welcomes vascular surgeon Magendran Danapal, MD, to the team of specialists at Med Center Health Heart, Lung and Vascular Surgeons. He joins Don Brown, DO, and Shane O’Keeffe, MD, in providing the area’s most comprehensive vascular care.
Dr. Danapal’s primary interests include treating aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease, carotid disease and thoracic outlet syndrome, among others. He received several awards while in medical school as well as the University of Oklahoma Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching while a General Surgery resident there.
In his spare time, Dr. Danapal enjoys traveling, reading and soccer. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Danapal, call 270-796-3330.
Darin L. Passer, MD, FACS
Med Center Health welcomes general surgeon Darin L. Passer, MD, FACS. Dr. Passer joins Dan Davis, MD, FACS, at Med Center Health General Surgery to provide expert surgical care to residents of Southcentral Kentucky.
With more than 15 years of experience, he is particularly interested in anti-reflux surgery, bowel and colon surgery, hernia repairs and breast cancer surgery. Dr. Passer is committed to talking with his patients to understand all aspects of how their surgical needs will impact their lives and well-being. “By listening to my patients and understanding how their problems and treatment options will affect them,” Dr. Passer said, “I am able to provide an effective plan to get them back to a normal life in the best way possible.”
In his spare time, Dr. Passer enjoys sporting clay shooting, playing cribbage, cooking, reading and gardening. Most of all, he loves the time he spends with his family and church community.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Passer, call Med Center Health General Surgery at 270-780-2690.
Catherine Heltsley, MD
Med Center Health welcomes Catherine Heltsley, MD, to Med Center Health Hematology & Oncology. Dr. Heltsley provides advanced cancer and blood-related disease care to patients in Southcentral Kentucky.
The importance of developing a treatment plan through honest conversations with her patients and understanding their wishes and expectations are top priorities for Dr. Heltsley. To her, each patient is a unique human being and not just their disease. “I treat patients like family,” she said, “with the same compassion and love.” She works closely with every physician on a patient’s care team with the ultimate goal of achieving the best outcome possible.
Dr. Heltsley received her medical degree from Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed her residency in internal medicine and a clinical and research fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. She has almost 25 years of experience caring for cancer patients and is board certified in hematology/oncology.
In her spare time, Dr. Heltsley enjoys being with her husband and three children, scrapbooking, running and watching sports. She is especially proud of being the mother of a 2019 High School Girls Soccer State Champion.
Call 270-796-2557 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Heltsley.
Jamie Jarboe, MD
Med Center Health welcomes Jamie Jarboe, MD, to Med Center Health Hematology & Oncology’s offices in Franklin, Russellville and Horse Cave. Dr. Jarboe provides compassionate, advanced cancer and blood-related disease care to patients in Southcentral Kentucky. Dr. Jarboe emphasizes the importance of treating the whole person by forming collaborations with every physician on a patient’s healthcare team.
Dr. Jarboe also values open and honest communication with her patients. “I strive to partner with patients and their families,” she says, “to develop the best approaches to treating cancer.”
In her spare time, Dr. Jarboe juggles the activities of her girls and her role as mother with her roles as wife and friend. She enjoys socializing with friends, cute shoes and supporting community organizations. A native of Bowling Green, Dr. Jarboe received her undergraduate degrees from Western Kentucky University and her M.D. from the University of Louisville.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jarboe, call the Bowling Green office at 270-796-2557.
Brooke Leachman, MD
Med Center Health welcomes radiation oncologist Brooke Leachman, MD to the Cancer Center team. She focuses on listening to her patients and their families to learn their wishes and values. This understanding drives the decisions she and patients develop together about cancer care.
Dr. Leachman treats each patient the way she would want her family treated. Her vision is that all patients deserve access to modern, comprehensive and multidisciplinary cancer care provided by compassionate medical professionals.
In her free time, she enjoys playing outdoors with her children, photography, cooking, travel and book clubs.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Leachman, talk to your medical oncologist or call 270-781-7178.
Christopher Danby, MD, FACS
Med Center Health welcomes cardiothoracic surgeon Christopher Danby, MD, FACS, to Med Center Health Heart, Lung and Vascular Surgeons. Dr. Danby brings almost 30 years of experience and joins Dr. Randy Carter and Dr. Paul Moore in offering exceptional heart and lung surgical care.
Dr. Danby works hard to build a relationship of trust by making a personal commitment to each patient. He believes in collaborative and coordinated patient care. In addition to heart surgery, his areas of interest include minimally invasive lung surgery and surgical critical care.
Dr. Danby joins a highly-skilled team that is consistently recognized as among the best in the nation by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Danby, call 270-796-3330.