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Drs. Shin, Lawal Join FirstHealth Cardiology Services

| Date Posted: 1/22/2013

David Shin, M.D.

David Shin, M.D.

’Jide G. Lawal, 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 County community.

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 cardiology.

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.

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