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Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes Dr. David Lemons Bookmark

David Lemons, DOHannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. David Lemons to their cardiology team!  David Lemons, DO completed his medical education at A.T. Still University and his cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Lemons has been providing interventional cardiology coverage at Hannibal Regional and is excited to enhance his service to the community by accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.

“I started working at Hannibal Regional to help provide interventional cardiology coverage,” shares Dr. Lemons. “I like the small town feel of the Hannibal community and the team members at Hannibal Regional and in the Cath Lab have been very inviting and helpful.”

“The most rewarding thing I do is help people who are having heart attacks. I enjoy being able to stop the severe pain patients are having and have a conversation with them soon after. The patients are often amazed at how quickly they feel better,” notes Dr. Lemons.  Interventional cardiologists have extensive training in diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease and structural heart conditions through catheter-based procedures, such as angioplasty and stenting.

“I feel it is important to spend time listening to my patients which allows me to develop a relationship with them,” says Dr. Lemons.  “Each patient has a story to tell and it is important to hear their story.”  Dr. Lemons is now accepting patients at Hannibal Regional Medical Group and is working alongside the expert cardiology team of Dr. Alvi, Dr. Valuck and Dr. Nwakile.  To schedule an appointment call (573) 629-3500.

Hannibal Regional First in the Region to Offer Patients a New Heart Failure Monitoring Solution Bookmark

Hannibal Regional is the first in the area to offer patients a new wireless monitoring sensor to manage their heart failure. It has been proven to significantly reduce hospital admissions by up to 37% in a clinical study.

"Now we have a wireless sensor chip available called ‘CardioMEMS’ which is implanted in a pulmonary artery.
This device painlessly transmits the pressure in the artery which is downloaded to the clinician's computer so we can make decisions about fluid retention and make adjustments to medicines before the condition deteriorates." said Pervez Alvi, MD, a Cardiologist at Hannibal Regional, who performs the procedure. 

Penny Kampeter’s mother was recently treated for heart failure at Hannibal Regional. Her mother has suffered from a heart condition for 30 years. About a year ago, her doctor in Saint Louis who had performed open heart surgery to repair a leaky valve in 2011, finally said that “he did all that he could do” for her. But Penny and her mother were not ready to give up. They had heard good things about a cardiologist in Hannibal by the name of Dr. Alvi and they setup a consultation appointment with him. At the consult, Dr. Alvi reviewed her medical history and said, “I don’t have a magic wand but I would sure like to help.” He offered them an option that would provide daily monitoring and would alert healthcare providers at Hannibal Regional if anything needed to be adjusted to Penny’s mother’s medications. Since the procedure, there has been very little swelling in her feet and it has reduced her hospital visits. “It’s been a miracle” said Penny that has changed their lives. 

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for Americans over age 65 and occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. According to the American Heart Association, nearly 6 million Americans have heart failure and 900,000 new patients are diagnosed each year. Patients with heart failure are frequently hospitalized, have a reduced quality of life and face a higher risk of death. 

“Hannibal Regional is committed to improving patient care by investing in innovative medical technology such as the CardioMEMS to help patients who suffer from chronic debilitating conditions like heart failure,” said Pranav Parikh, MD and Chief Medical Officer of Hannibal Regional Health System. 
Hannibal Regional serves residents of the tri-state area from more than ten locations and includes, Hannibal Regional Medical Group, Complete Family Medicine, and Hannibal Regional Foundation. Modern Healthcare recently recognized Hannibal Regional as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information on Hannibal Regional, visit

Hannibal Regional Medical Group Welcomes New Cardiologist Dr. Nwakile Bookmark

Hannibal Regional Medical Group is excited to welcome Dr. Nwakile to their Cardiology team! Dr. Nwakile comes to Hannibal from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was a Chief Fellow of Cardiology at the Einstein Medical Center. Dr. Nwakile has been a physician for over ten years and joins the Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s expert cardiology team of Dr. Alvi, Dr. Harruna, Dr. Valuck and Kim Cordes, CVNP-BC.

“The moment I chose to become a physician happened in my teens” shares Dr. Nwakile. “The dexterity and patience of a doctor saved my father’s life. It was at a point when virtually all hope was lost! I wanted to experience the joy associated with giving myself to take care of people with health needs.” Dr. Nwakile strives to give the best of himself to each of his patients while being sensitive to the emotional and psychological needs of his patients and their family. 

 When talking about the most rewarding part of being a physician, Dr. Nwakile notes, “Seeing that smile on the face of a patient whose life I have touched in some way - that is probably one of the greatest feelings anyone can have! The happiness I experience when families joyfully take their loved ones home after an episode of ill health makes the long hours all worth it.”

Chinualumogu Nwakile, MD is accepting new patients and works alongside Hannibal Regional Medical Group’s highly skilled cardiology team. To reach the Cardiology offices at Hannibal Regional Medical Group call 573-629-3500.