Cardiovascular Consultants began as a single provider practice. Dr. William Ellis, a native of Camilla, was recruited by Archbold and the Thomasville community in 1983. Over the next ten years, the core services including heart catheterizations, Echocardiography, nuclear imaging and permanent pacing were established. Cardiac Rehab opened in 1993.
Dr. James Karas joined the practice in 1993 bringing with him additional clinical support as well as Transesophageal Echocardiography. In the early 2000’s, with continued growth of the practice and an endowment from Rolf and Alexandra Kauka, the idea of a Cardiovascular Center began to take shape. This resulted in an expanded Cath Lab. Our cardiovascular services were consolidated in the new East Tower of Archbold Memorial Hospital which opened in 2006. Dr. Robert Miles joined the practice in 2005. Dr. Rick Kerensky came in 2006 and started the cardiac interventional program.
Additional interventional talent was added with Dr. Clay Sizemore in 2010, Dr. Chris Daniels in 2014 and Dr. Pranav Diwan in 2015. Dr. Kash Choksi (2016) and Dr. Adam Marler (2019) bolstered the noninvasive limb of our services. Cardiovascular Consultants celebrates welcomes our most recent addition in 2021, Dr. Pallavi Luthra who serves our Moultrie campus.
As the discipline of cardiac and vascular services has continued to evolve, so has the growth of the practices and services offered at Archbold Memorial Hospital. The practice name has since been changed to “Cardiovascular Consultants of South Georgia” to encompass the specialty of vascular disease.
In addition to the nine physicians, the practice is also proud to have twelve highly skilled Advanced Practice Providers. Together this team works to bring evidence based and highly compassionate care to our patients. The practice also operates outpatient clinical services in Quitman, Camilla, Moultrie, Cairo and Bainbridge. A research limb was added to the growing practice in 2019 which includes the development and application of new drugs and techniques.