The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

February 2, 2013

Family tradition: Doctor to help his father serve rural community

SOMERSET — Dr. Pradeep Nair has enjoyed his time in the big-city medical world, but he’s thrilled to be coming home to Somerset and continue the family tradition of serving the rural community.

A new affiliation this year will not only allow Somerset Hospital to expand its cardiology services with UPMC Health System’s experts, it will allow Pradeep Nair to join his father and veteran heart doctor, V. Krishnan Nair, in caring for their neighbors.  

“Somerset Hospital has a long tradition of providing the highest quality cardiovascular care in a rural setting,” Pradeep Nair said. “We will maintain and enhance the scope of services available to the people in Somerset.”

Ten years ago, Somerset became one of 11 Pennsylvania hospitals to offer life-saving balloon angioplasty without an on-site heart surgery program. Angioplasty is part of an overall interventional cardiology that includes both diagnostic, preventive and emergency heart care with the use of catheterization and stenting.

In recent years, Somerset worked with Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown to provide support, but the new affiliation connects Somerset with UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. The partnership will allow the Nairs to provide services in patients with more severe blockages and also bring in some of UPMC’s other heart experts for specialized clinics, Pradeep Nair said.

Expanded services coming to Somerset include cardiac electrophysiology, which uses pacemakers and implanted defibrillators to treat irregular heartbeat issues. There also could be more use of mechanical support devices to help the heart function.

“It’s a higher level of care,” Pradeep Nair said.

But bringing a quality medical expertise to Somerset is nothing new, Krishnan Nair said. It has been his goal since he completed cardiology training more than 30 years ago.

“In the early 1980s, cardiologists all went to the big city,” Krishnan Nair said. “The rural people did not get to see the cardiologist. They had to travel to the city.”

He saw an opportunity to bring the expertise to the rural population here and opened his practice in 1980.

“I concentrate all my efforts in Somerset,” he said.

But Somerset’s proximity to both Johnstown and Pittsburgh has allowed Krishnan Nair to work with leading experts and helped him keep up with the latest advances.

“Everything in cardiology is evidence-based,” he said. “It should be the same treatment all over the world.”

The heart care advances he has seen in his three decades have been nothing short of revolutionary, Krishnan Nair said. In 1980, heart attack patients were confined to bed for three weeks to recover. There really was not much treatment.

“Their heart muscle got damaged,” Krishnan Nair said. “We just sat by. Now when someone has a heart attack, we can open (their blockages) right away.

“Prevention has evolved 100 percent. It is saving lives.”

In Somerset’s heart catheterization lab, the doctors feed long wires through blood vessels to the patient’s heart to open blocked blood vessels with a balloon. Then a stent – a tiny tube – can be inserted to keep the vessel open and supplying oxygen to heart muscle. Catheters also can be used diagnostically to measure blockages.

“We want to provide state-of-the-art services to diagnostics and treatment of cardiac disease,” Krishnan Nair said.

More complicated cases can be referred to any hospital the patients choose, but many of them will be treated at UPMC in Pittsburgh, where Pradeep Nair will continue seeing patients one day a week.

But the younger doctor is happy to be working in Somerset the other four days a week.

“I’m home,” Pradeep Nair said. “I have been away since 1994. It is good to be back.”

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • WilliamsA ‘I thought I was going to die’

    Hornerstown resident Robert “Bobby” Williams said he endured two hours of surgery, suffered a heart attack and fears he may never again be able to fully use his right arm.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • JFD traing Firefighters practice river rescues

    Johnstown Fire Department members lift a “victim” out of the rescue basket during training Wednesday along the Stonycreek River flood-control wall

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    Here are the names of the 10 entrants that were chosen today-April 22, 2014.  If you see your name, call the Circulation Department at 814-532-5000 (#1) or 1-866-307-0905 to verify your information.

    April 22, 2014

  • sewer meeting map Sewer work will tie up traffic

    Brace yourselves.
    This summer’s sewer main replacement project will delay traffic with detours, closed streets and lane restrictions through one of Johnstown’s notoriously snarled neighborhoods.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • USS Somerset USS Somerset arrives at San Diego homeport

    The USS Somerset is home.
    The amphibious transport dock ship named in honor of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego on Monday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jablonski, Stephen Charges filed in courthouse bomb threat

    A Johnstown man was charged by Ebensburg Borough police Wednesday with threatening to blow up the Cambria County Courthouse, a call he admitted to Ebensburg police he made Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vizza, Peter Vizza voted deputy mayor

    The top vote-getter in last year’s Johnstown City Council election is now also the city’s deputy mayor.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Conemaugh Township rezoning opens business possibilities

    A portion of South Main Street in Davidsville will be rezoned to give greater allowances to the businesses along the road.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sculptor’s work to be raffled off

    The work of a local sculptor will be raffled off during the Art in Bloom show.

    April 23, 2014

  • Katie and Gary Lamer Birthday remembrance bash provides aid to region

    It’s been four years since Johnstown resident Gary Lamer died of complications from pneumonia, but his memory lives on through an annual party that gives back in a big way.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads