Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visitation Restrictions
Visitation restrictions are in effect at all Med Center Health hospitals and Cal Turner Rehab & Specialty Care.
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.
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.
Med Center Health Eye Care opens July 27, but appointments are currently being accepted. 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 Sara Soule, MD, AFACS and 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 joins Rishi Agarwal, MD, Jamie Jarboe, MD, and Diego Cabrera, MD, in providing 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. Dr. Heltsley, Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Cabrera and Dr. Jarboe are all 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.
Dr. Jarboe joins Rishi Agarwal, MD, Diego Cabrera, MD, and Shellie Hardcastle, APRN, in providing outstanding care to patients in Southcentral Kentucky. 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.