David Shin, M.D.
’Jide G. Lawal, M.D.
ROCKINGHAM – A new FirstHealth of the Carolinas
cardiology service with offices in both Rockingham and
Laurinburg unites a cardiologist who is new to the area
with an established cardiologist in the Richmond/Scotland
David Shin, M.D., and ’Jide G. Lawal, M.D., are
now FirstHealth affiliates associated with FirstHealth
Cardiology Services – Rockingham and FirstHealth
Cardiology Services – Laurinburg. Both are board
certified in cardiology.
“We are pleased to have two such high-quality
providers join the FirstHealth family,” says John
F. Krahnert, M.D., chief medical officer for FirstHealth
of the Carolinas. “There is a great need for cardiology
care in the Richmond-Scotland County area, and Dr. Lawal
now has an outstanding partner to help meet those needs.
Now patients in the area also have extensive local access
to FirstHealth’s cardiology services along with
the support of the state-of-the-art programs that are
available at Reid Heart Center just up the road.”
Dr. Shin, who recently relocated to North Carolina from
Jacksonville, Fla., says he was drawn to FirstHealth
of the Carolinas because of its reputation as a progressive
organization noted for its efficient delivery of quality
health care. He was especially happy to learn that the
president of the FirstHealth Physician Group (an organization
of FirstHealth-employed physicians) is himself a physician,
Dan R. Barnes, D.O., with a firsthand understanding of
the challenges of medical practice.
“My prior position included hospital privileges
in eight hospitals with daily responsibilities in all
eight,” Dr. Shin says. “The FirstHealth opportunity
allows me to care for patients in my clinic and focus
on the practice of my invasive skills instead of rounding
in hospitals and covering multiple clinics. This location
is also closer to my parents and, hopefully, will allow
me more time with my family.”
Dr. Shin earned a B.A. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins
University in Baltimore, Md., and a medical degree from
Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans,
La. He did his internship and residency in internal medicine
at Tulane, where he also completed a fellowship in cardiology.
His specialty is invasive noninterventional cardiology,
which includes heart catheterizations, pacemaker implantations,
transesophageal echocardiograms, and the interpretation
of transthoracic echocardiograms, stress nuclear tests,
stress echocardiograms and ECGs. He is certified in cardiovascular
disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine and
also has certifications in CT angiography and nuclear
Before joining FirstHealth, Dr. Lawal served Rockingham
and Laurinburg in his private practice, Sandhills Cardiology.
He earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine
at the University of Lagos in Lagos, Nigeria and completed
his internship, residency and a fellowship in cardiology
at the Columbia University College of Physicians and
Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center, New York, N.Y.
His practice focuses on noninvasive cardiology, including
echocardiograms, nuclear and Holter studies; and invasive,
noninterventional cardiology, including cardiac catheterizations
and coronary angiograms, pacemaker implantations and
TEE. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular
disease and nuclear cardiology and is a Fellow of the
American College of Cardiology.
“I have had a wonderful working relationship with
FirstHealth over the last 12 years,” Dr. Lawal
says. “I am particularly pleased with the quality
of care provided to my patients in both Richmond and
Scotland counties over that period and with my positive
relationship with the other medical professionals in
the community, especially Dr. Matthew Block, the area’s
only other cardiologist. I am delighted to form this
association with FirstHealth in the continued pursuit
of excellent cardiovascular care to our community.”
FirstHealth Cardiology Services – Rockingham is
located at 106 Physicians Park Drive in Rockingham, and
FirstHealth Cardiology Services – Laurinburg is
located at 1705-A Berwick Drive, Laurinburg. Office hours
at both locations are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through
Thursday. To make an appointment at the Rockingham office,
call (910) 895-7227. For an appointment at the Laurinburg
office, call (910) 610-4278.