Cardiologist rejoins CRMC and Tennessee Heart; hospital welcomes two new nephrologists

COOKEVILLE – Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has welcomed cardiologist Michael Lenhart, M.D., back to Cookeville and to its medical staff, bringing the number of cardiologists on staff to 11. Lenhart rejoins Tennessee Heart along with fellow cardiologists Drs. Mariano Battaglia, Stacy Brewington, Alex Case, Brian Dockery, Tim Fournet, Thomas Little, Scott Reising, Gary Reynolds, Joshua Spencer and electrophysiologist/arrhythmias specialist Mark Wathen.

The hospital has also announced the addition of nephrologists Qurrat Shamim, M.D., and Ronak Jani, M.D.

Lenhart received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in 1988. He went on to complete a residency there in internal medicine in 1992 and became chief medical resident during his final residency year. In 1995. he completed a fellowship in cardiology at the Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus. He was the recipient of the intern of the year award as well as the outstanding senior medical resident award during his internship and residency.

No stranger to the Upper Cumberland area, Lenhart has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of cardiology, having previously practiced not only in Cookeville for 17 years but also in Abingdon, Va., at Johnston Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in both cardiology and internal medicine.

“My wife Ellie and I are very excited to have the opportunity to return home to Cookeville,” Lenhart said.

In addition to seeing patients in his office at Tennessee Heart and at the hospital, Lenhart will be performing diagnostic cardiac procedures in the Heart and Vascular Center at CRMC, recognized in 2014 as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care (two consecutive years), Coronary Intervention (three consecutive years), and Cardiac Surgery by Healthgrades.

Shamim and Jani, specialists in nephrology, have joined the staff at CRMC and will be joining Cookeville Regional Medical Group, located in the hospital’s Professional Office Building at 145 W. Fourth St., Suite 201.  

Shamim completed medical school at the DOW University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. She also performed a residency in internal medicine at the University of West Virginia. She then completed a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Florida in Jacksonville and a fellowship in geriatrics at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Shamim is board certified in nephrology, geriatric medicine and internal medicine.

Board certified in neurology, Jani completed medical school at Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Medical College in Pune, India in 2003. He performed an internship in internal medicine at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a residency in neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville. He then completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the University of Buffalo, SUNY in Buffalo, N.Y., and a fellowship in neuroimaging at DENT Neurologic Institute in Buffalo.

Jani has a special interest in stroke, epilepsy, neurophysiology (EEG and EMG) and neuroimaging.

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