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Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Mallikarjuna Bagewadi Ellur, MD, has recently joined the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Medical Group as a general psychiatrist.

Dr. Ellur earned his medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. He completed his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center (Einstein Health Network), an affiliate of Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He has special interests in early-onset psychosis, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse disorders in children and adults, interventional psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry.

Dr. Ellur was drawn to the field of psychiatry because of his curiosity to learn how mental health is pursued across different cultures and the stigma attached to these illnesses. “I’m very interested in neuroscience and behavioral sciences, given the recent discovery of new psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions,” he says.

When looking for a place to practice, he says he chose PCRMC because he wants to improve access to and delivery of mental health in rural areas. Dr. Ellur adds that PCRMC has a willingness to provide evidence-based and advanced services to the community.

Helping patients with meeting their needs and getting the most out of their lives are what he enjoys about being a psychiatrist.

As for the best advice he could give his patients, Dr. Ellur says, “Good mental health is good physical health,” noting there is a strong connection between the two. He also hopes to start offering electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy at PCRMC soon. These types of therapies are helpful for patients who have not responded to medications for recurrent, major depressive disorders and a wide variety of other psychiatric conditions.

To learn more about Dr. Ellur, or to make an appointment, please visit pcrmc.com or call 573-364-9000.

 

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PCRMC Hosts First Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Emergency Medicine Seminar

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) hosted the first annual Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Emergency Medicine Seminar on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

About 40 representatives from PCRMC, area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and ambulance districts, Texas County Memorial Hospital, Salem Memorial District Hospital and other healthcare organizations attended the daylong, free event held at the PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute.

The attendees, which included paramedics, nursing and EMS staff, ambulance personnel and emergency department providers and employees, heard from physicians at PCRMC, MU Health Care in Columbia and SSM Health in St. Louis about topics related to emergency medicine.

“This seminar offered a chance to learn about the most up-to-date information in emergency care,” says Jeffery Kerr, DO, medical director of the PCRMC Emergency Department. “Even though we work for different organizations, we’re all on the same team when it comes to emergency care.”

During the seminar, Dr. Kerr led a session called “My Chest Hurts,” which explained the signs and symptoms of an impending critical event. He also filled in on a presentation about pediatric airway emergencies.

Carl “Chip” Lange, PA-C, with the PCRMC Emergency Department, discussed hot topics in emergency medicine.

Among the other speakers at the symposium was Dr. Albert Chan, an interventional cardiologist at MU Health Care, who provided an update on the management of ST elevation myocardial infarctions (STEMI), a type of heart attack.

In addition, Dr. Jeffrey Coughenour, a trauma surgeon with MU Health Care, spoke about initial management of serious injuries in the rural setting, and Dr. Ashish Nanda, an interventional neurologist at SSM, discussed acute stroke management and interventional therapy.

This seminar was offered free to emergency services personnel thanks to the Jay Crump, DO, Memorial Fund, which provides for the needs of the PCRMC Emergency Department.

“The fund was set up by Dr. Crump’s family through the Phelps Regional Healthcare Foundation. The fund is used for educational opportunities for emergency medical personnel,” Dr. Kerr says. “Dr. Crump had a passion for teaching and promoting teamwork among healthcare professionals.”

Dr. Crump moved to Rolla in 1981 and joined the PCRMC staff, where he worked in the Emergency Room. He eventually became the medical director of emergency services from 1984-2009. In 1997, he took a position as vice president/chief medical officer at PCRMC and held this position until the time of his death in 2010.

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Nurelign Abebe, MD, Joins PCRMC Medical Group

Nurelign Abebe, MD, is a new addition to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Physicians Group. He comes to PCRMC this August as a nephrologist, but this is not his first time in Rolla. Dr. Abebe originally was a hospitalist at PCRMC from 2011 to 2015.

A nephrologist, also known as a renal physician, is a specialist in internal medicine who has received additional training in the medical treatment of patients with kidney diseases. Nephrologists treat patients with conditions related to kidney problems, including kidney failure, as well as acute and chronic kidney diseases that are due to multiple causes, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Dr. Abebe is originally from Ethiopia, a country in eastern Africa. As a child, his youngest brother became sick and had to stay at a hospital in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. “I remember seeing the doctors and nurses making rounds, and I made the decision then that being a doctor is what I’d like to do,” Dr. Abebe says.

Dr. Abebe earned his medical degree from Gondar College of Medical Sciences in Ethiopia. He received his residency training in internal medicine through Addis Ababa University at Black Lion Hospital in Ethiopia.

In addition, he completed a residency program in internal medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri. In his second and third years, Dr. Abebe was named Resident of the Year at St. Luke’s.

He completed a nephrology fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital through Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Abebe says what he likes about PCRMC is that this healthcare organization “has many different specialties, so the doc­tors can take care of multiple patients and they don’t have to refer them to other facilities.”

Nephrology is a thought-provoking specialty, Dr. Abebe says. “There can be many types of problems with kidneys,” he says. And if a nephrologist like Dr. Abebe can catch issues earlier, patients can avoid more serious kidney problems down the road.

Dr. Abebe has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. He is married to Meskeram Asfaw. The couple has three children, two daughters, Lydia and Rebecca, and one son, David.

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Joel Leon-Becerril, MD, Joins PCRMC Physicians Group

The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) Physicians Group welcomes Joel Leon-Becerril, MD, as a new urologist. He joins fellow urologist Geoff Lloyd-Smith, MD.

Urologists specialize in treating conditions or diseases in the male and female urinary tract and male reproductive organs.

Dr. Leon-Becerril was born and raised in Mexico. While his father was a general practitioner, Dr. Leon-Becerril credits a fascination in science and the chance to help others as to what gave him the spark to become a doctor. “It was the perfect combination,” he says.

Dr. Leon-Becerril graduated from medical school at the Panamerican University in Mexico. He then studied general surgery for two years as an intern and a resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He recently completed a four-year urology residency program at the University of Texas.

Dr. Leon-Becerril can treat patients with various urological conditions from kidney stones to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which occurs when the prostate enlarges, as well as erectile dysfunction, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer and penile cancer. He brings 5 years of experience to the PCRMC team.

Dr. Leon-Becerril has always liked using and learning about technology, and in this area of medicine, technology plays a big part in many of the procedures he performs.

Dr. Leon-Becerril is trained in laparoscopic surgery, which is a minimally invasive form of surgery. In fact, during his residency, Dr. Leon-Becerril was awarded an achievement naming him the best resident of the laparoscopic surgery program at the University of Texas Health Science Center by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

He also has been trained in adrenalectomies, in which one or both of the adrenal glands are surgically removed, and partial nephrectomies, in which part of the kidney is removed.

To keep patients’ urinary systems healthy, Dr. Leon-Becerril recommends people stay hydrated. “This can prevent the formation of kidney stones,” he says. Additionally, if patients feel there is any tension in their urinary tracts or notice blood in their urine, they need to seek the help of a urologist.

Dr. Leon-Becerril has been married to his wife, Alicia, for six years, and they have three children, Antonio, Sarah and Joel.

For more information or to make an appointment with one of PCRMC’s urologists, visit pcrmc.org or call 573-364-9000.

Hugh Schuetz, DO, family medicine physician, (right) received the first Preceptor of the Year Award from Phelps County Regional Medical Center on June 1, 2017. Chadwell Vail, DO, internist, (left) is shown presenting the award, which recognizes Dr. Schuetz for his outstanding contributions to medical education.

Dr. Hugh Schuetz named PCRMC Preceptor of the Year

Hugh Schuetz, DO, a family medicine physician with Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) has been named the Preceptor of the Year for 2016-17.

Dr. Schuetz was presented this first-time award on June 1, 2017, during a PCRMC Medical Group meeting. The award recognizes his outstanding contributions to medical education.

“I am very humbled to receive this award,” said Dr. Schuetz, former director of student medical education at PCRMC for more than 20 years. “Being associated with PCRMC’s medical education program has been the highlight of my career, and this honor is just the cherry on top of the sundae.”

Students in the Mid-Missouri AHEC (Area Health Education Center) program at PCRMC chose Dr. Schuetz to receive the honor. Their decision was unanimous, according to Chadwell Vail, DO, an internal medicine physician and current director of student medical education at PCRMC.

“They chose Dr. Schuetz because he is an amazing mentor,” Dr. Vail said. “One student even noted that had it not been for Dr. Schuetz, he would not have done as well as he did during his third- and fourth-year clinical clerkships.”

Most of these students from A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience are in their third and fourth years of medical school and complete many of their clinical clerkships at PCRMC, including some with Dr. Schuetz.

While studying at PCRMC, the medical students participate in a didactic program, where they attend lectures and workshops led by various physicians and specialists, such as Dr. Schuetz. “The medical, nursing and Allied Health family are all to be commended for their participation in providing an exceptional, inclusive educational experience,” Dr. Schuetz says.

Dr. Schuetz continues to work with medical students at PCRMC, educating them about physical exams and coaching them as they receive practical experience in a hospital setting.

“It is a pleasant reward to see the vast majority of medical students who receive training and education at PCRMC grow up to become more independent, self-sufficient and knowledgeable,” Dr. Schuetz said.