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New cardiologist joins Graybill

Graybill Medical Group  announced this week that it has been joined by long-time Escondido cardiologist Roger J. Acheatel, MD, MS, FACC, JD.

As a board certified interventional cardiologist, Dr. Acheatel specializes in the use of minimally invasive procedures used to treat patients who have coronary artery disease and for whom medications and lifestyle changes are not enough. These procedures include, but are not limited to:

• Cardiac catheterization

• Angioplasty

• Stents

• Drug-eluting stents

• Heart valve repair

As well as seeing patients at the Graybill Offices at 225 Second Ave. in Escondido, Dr. Acheatel also serves as the medical director for the Cardiology Unit at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido. He is a past chief of staff at Palomar Medical Center in Poway (formerly Pomerado Hospital) and was the physician executive sponsor for the Palomar Mayo Clinic Care Network. He has twice been named Physician of the Year at PMC Poway and once at PMC Escondido.

Dr. Acheatel received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in 1968, graduating magna cum laude. He attended Harvard University Law School, earning his law degree and graduating cum laude, in 1972. He practiced law for two years before deciding to go to medical school. In 1976, Dr. Acheatel returned to UCLA to obtain his medical degree and graduated with honors in 1980. He completed his Internal Medicine residency (1983) and Cardiology fellowship (1986) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. During his last year of fellowship, he was the Cardiac Catheterization Fellow. In 1997, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator in more than one hundred Phase II, III, and IV cardiovascular clinical research studies on the effectiveness of investigational drugs to treat various cardiovascular conditions.

“We’re very pleased that Dr. Acheatel has chosen to join our Group,” said Graybill president Alejandro Paz, MD, MPH. “As a long-standing Escondido cardiologist, he shares our commitment to the health of North County residents.”

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