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The Hannibal Regional Healthcare System is excited to welcome four new physicians to the Hannibal Regional Medical Group. As part of the Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, the Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group continuing to expand primary and specialty care services to meet the health needs of northeast Missouri. With 42 providers including physicians and nurse practitioners, we offer services ranging from general family practice to specialized medical needs. Our dedication to guiding you to better keeps us growing and expanding our expertise through finding new physicians that are highly competent in their fields. Our newest physicians will be joining our Pulmonology, and Internal Medicine specialties this June. 

Sivatej Sarva, MDSivatej Sarva, M.D., Ph.D.

“I come from a small coal mining town in south India. Resources were inadequate for the management of many lung diseases like tuberculosis, COPD and lung cancer which were common in our town,” Dr. Sarva explained to us. “Many of my childhood friends became coal miners because the bread earners in their family were already sick and the burden of supporting their family fell on them too early. Because of seeing these circumstances, I spent all of my life working towards becoming an expert in treating these lung problems which are not limited to my home town but prevalent in communities across the world. Every day I treat a patient and make them breathe better, I feel like I have not only made the quality of life of that patient better but also helped in reducing the emotional and financial burden of a family. That's why I love what I do and wake up every day excited to meet patients and their families.” Sivatej Sarva received his Ph. D. in Molecular Sciences from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2008. He then went on to participate in a rotating fellowship in Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infectious Diseases in 2009 at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. From there, Dr. Sarva practiced in a fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine from 2011 - 2014. He is board certified in Pulmonary Medicine as well as Critical Care Medicine. He will be accompanying Dr. Pranav Parikh, M.D., in Pulmonology. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarva, call (573) 629-3400.

Hassan Behniay, MDHassan Behniay, M.D.

Dr. Hassan completed his undergraduate magna cum laude from the University of Toledo, and completed his medical schooling from the University of Toledo Medical Center.  After finishing  his residency in 2009, he then went on to practice at the Family Health Centers in Kentucky and Mississippi. “Visiting the Hannibal community, I found it nice, friendly, and a quiet environment to raise my young children, far from the anxiety and problems of a big city,” Dr. Hassan told us. He also stated, “I have joined the Hannibal Regional Medical Group with great excitement because I found it an updated and well-equipped organization, with excellent supporting staff. This helped to show me my ultimate potential as a physician to have a positive impact on the health of the Hannibal community in general. Through various preventive health care and services at Hannibal Regional Hospital, I am sure we will achieve the common goal of improved health of the Hannibal community.” While practicing here at Hannibal Regional, Dr. Hassan Behniay would prefer to be referred to as Dr. Hassan to lessen confusion between him and his older brother. He will be accompanying John Greving, DO, and Kim Peters, ANP-BC, in Internal Medicine. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hassan, call (573) 629-3400.

Hossein Behniaye, MDHossein Behniaye, M.D.

Dr. Behniaye, graduated from medical school at the University of Toledo in 2007. From there he went on to his residency at the Toledo Hospital from 2007 - 2010. After completing his residency, Dr. Behniaye, went to practice at the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc.“As a physician I have the privilege, and with it enormous responsibility and challenge, of providing the best, the safest, the most compassionate and individualized medical care for my patient,” Dr. Behniaye explained when we asked him why he loves his profession. He went on to elaborate, “as such I could also affect the lives of my patient’s current and future generations. Such challenges, each with varying degrees of investigation and care, provide me with a fulfilling and satisfying life as it paves the road of my contribution to the betterment of humankind beyond and above my lifetime.”  He will be accompanying Adam Samaritoni, DO, and Kim Shaw, FNP-BC, in Family Practice. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Behniaye, call (573) 629-3400.