BRISTOL – Dr. Joseph Foley III, an interventional cardiologist who specializes in vascular disease, structural heart disease and catheter-based treatment of blockages in the heart and other vessels, has joined the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute.
Dr. Foley will primarily see patients in his office at Bristol Regional Medical Center and perform procedures at the Alpha Natural Resources Center for Interventional Cardiology there, but he will also have cases at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport.
Following a long line of family members who have enjoyed extensive careers in medicine, Dr. Foley has adopted their philosophy of applying the golden rule to patient care. He also learned during his medical training about the importance of treating more than the medical ailment.
“As I interact with my patients, I work with them in the manner I would want my family to be treated and I would want to be treated and use that to frame the relationship we have,” Dr. Foley said. “I’m also focused on making my patients whole, which means I take into account the mental, spiritual and emotional reasons that might have contributed to their condition.”
Dr. Foley is formally trained in cardiac and advanced peripheral vascular procedures, including carotid artery stenting, to open blocked arteries throughout the body. He also works on structural heart issues, such as valves that are not functioning properly and clots in the lungs.
He is the second interventional cardiologist at the heart institute – Dr. Rahul Sakhuja is the other – to have received specialized training to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacements. This procedure provides patients who have severe aortic stenosis and are a high risk for open-heart surgery with an alternative that extends their lives.
Dr. Foley and Dr. Sakhuja are medical doctors.
“The main thing my patients should know is I am here to help them as much as possible,” Dr. Foley said. “Providing excellent patient care is my main goal, and that happens not just by performing successful procedures. It also means understanding where patients are on their life journey, listening to them, relating to them and building professional relationships that result in positive outcomes for their cases.”
After obtaining an undergraduate degree in molecular biology and microbiology from the University of Central Florida, Dr. Foley graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and his fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at the University of Kentucky’s division of cardiovascular medicine.
He still recalls the first heart attack patient he helped treat during his interventional cardiology training. He also vividly remembers an amazing story about a woman who developed heart failure during her pregnancy but managed to successfully deliver a healthy baby and then survive a heart transplant. He is drawing on these experiences and his training to bring expert care to patients.
Dr. Foley is board-certified in internal medicine, general cardiology and interventional cardiology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Foley on board with the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and look forward to his contributions to superior patient care,” said Dr. Jerry Blackwell, the organization’s president. “His dedication and desire to improve patients’ lives are profound and compatible with the objectives of our other physicians, all of whom are focused on delivering the best care possible.”
Dr. Foley noted the heart institute’s relentless commitment to deliver the highest-quality care at the lowest possible cost with the greatest access in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
“The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute is replete with outstanding physicians and an excellent referral network that reaches a large population base in the region,” he said. “They have forward-thinking leadership within the organization, and everyone is united in providing excellent patient care and quality of care. It’s exciting to be part of that.”
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Foley or obtain further information about him or the heart institute, please call 423-230-6900. More information is also available at www.wellmont.org.