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Shasta Regional Medical Center Recruits New Cardiologist

Redding, CA – Shasta Regional Medical Center announced today that Gisela Okonski, MD, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, will begin a cardiology practice in Redding on August 1, 2005. She said she is looking forward to working with Northern Heart and Vascular Institute Cardiologist Robert Coronado, MD, and Cardiovascular Surgeon Goya Raikar, MD, both of whom she worked closely with for years at Valley Heart Associates in Modesto, and Cardiologist Mohamed Khan, MD.

As one of the first, and still one of very few women cardiologists working in the Central Valley, Dr. Okonski will bring a fresh perspective and her unique experience to the Shasta Region. She has made numerous cardiovascular-related speaking appearances, including several presentations on behalf of Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association program designed to promote heart health awareness. She recently was the keynote speaker at the Go Red well-attended luncheon in Redding. She said she was gratified by the enthusiastic reaction she received.

After attaining an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from New York University, she achieved a Doctorate of Surgery and Medicine from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara School of Medicine in 1984. She completed internship and residency at affiliated institutions of Downstate Medical School, New York, and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She then completed two fellowships at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco in Cardiovascular Disease and Transplant/Heart Failure. She began practicing privately as a cardiologist in Modesto in 1992. For the last nine years, she has worked with Valley Heart Associates, and has served as President of the group.

Dr. Okonski’s new practice in Redding will concentrate on invasive and general cardiology with special emphasis on heart failure and women’s heart issues.

If you have any questions or need more information please call Mike Wheeler at 530. 244.5457.