Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Welcomes New Physicians

CHATHAM-KENT: September 9, 2019 – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is pleased to announce the addition of new physicians to the organization. Dr. Ihssan Abdul-Kareem joins CKHA in the role of Radiologist, Dr. Sandhya Misra joins as a Hospitalist, Dr. Aaron Gross joins in the role of Emergency Physician and Dr. Chinedu Anthony Umeadi joins CKHA as a Psychiatrist.
“We are pleased to welcome Doctors Abdul-Kareem, Misra, Gross and Umeadi to our clinical team and the community of Chatham-Kent,” said Dr. Pervez Faruqi, Chief of Staff, CKHA. “Their contributions to our programs and services will be a great addition to CKHA and help us further our commitment to delivering Patient and Family Centred Care.”
Dr. Ihssan Abdul-Kareem
Dr. Abdul-Kareem completed his early education at Al-Nahrain University in Iraq, earning a Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) in 1998 and a Master of Science in Human Anatomy in 2001. Following that he became a Lecturer of Human Anatomy at Al-Nahrain University and a Demonstrator of Human Anatomy at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. In 2008, Dr. Abdul-Ihssan received a Master of Research (MRes) in Medical Imaging and his PhD in Medical Imaging in 2012. He completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Ottawa Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), University of Ottawa in 2018 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC). Most recently, he held the role of Clinical Fellow in Abdominal Radiology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto.
“CKHA’s community setting affords me the opportunity to utilize and maintain my skills in various aspects of Radiology,” said Dr. Abdul-Kareem. “I was confident it would be the right choice for me after hearing many positive things about the organization such as its modern and efficient Radiology Department and highly skilled staff.”
Dr. Sandhya Misra
Dr. Sandhya Misra is a triple board-certified physician specializing in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Misra earned her Doctor of Medicine from Manipal Academy of Health Services in Manipal, India. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and her Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowships at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. She joined on as academic faculty in the division of Internal Medicine/Geriatrics with the Wayne State Physician group while continuing as a Palliative Care consultant. More recently Dr. Misra worked in the division of Palliative Medicine managing complex symptom management in patients with terminal diagnoses. Her clinical interests include comprehensive disease management, complex symptom management, dementia and medication reconciliation.
“I received a warm welcome upon joining CKHA and have enjoyed getting to know the community since my arrival.  The close-knit atmosphere of the hospital, its modern facilities and friendly staff all contributed to my decision to join the organization,” said Dr. Misra.
Dr. Aaron Gross
Dr. Aaron Gross has joined CKHA in the role of Emergency Department Physician. Dr. Gross earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University in 2013 and completed his Family Medicine Residency training at CKHA as of June 30, 2019. The Chatham-Kent Residency program offers medical students the opportunity to learn and practice medicine in a rural environment with a variety of learning opportunities in both inpatient and outpatient medicine. As Chief Resident from 2018 – 2019, Dr. Gross recruited physicians to provide weekly teachings to local Residents and taught junior Residents and medical students at various stages of their training.
"I’m excited to officially join CKHA after completing my Residency training here. I really enjoyed my training here and appreciated the welcoming and collegial culture in the Chatham Emergency Department,” said Dr. Gross.
Dr. Chinedu Anthony Umeadi
Dr. Chinedu Anthony Umeadi earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Abia State University Uturu, Nigeria in 2000. He then completed a Master of Public Health Degree from The University of Liverpool, United Kingdom in 2006. Following that he received a Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2008. Dr Umeadi has also been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom since 2010 and has a PhD in Public Health. As a consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Umeadi holds vast experience in psychiatry, preventive medicine, public health, management, and teaching. Dr. Umeadi comes to Canada after spending the past 10 years as a consultant and staff Psychiatrist at various health care centres in the United Kingdom.
“I’m looking forward to joining the team at CKHA. The hospital’s community setting, updated facilities and professional staff were strong influences in my choice to join CKHA,” said Dr. Umeadi. “My family and I are also looking forward to settling into the community of Chatham-Kent.”
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About CKHA
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is a 200+ bed community hospital, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies. Formed in 1998, CKHA is committed to core service excellence, top-flight operational performance and to becoming a facility of choice in Southwestern Ontario. With sites in Chatham and Wallaceburg, CKHA is comprised of approximately 1312 compassionate staff, 183 physicians and 300 volunteers who serve the medical needs of 102,000 residents in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. CKHA is designated a schedule one facility under the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and cares for tens of thousands of inpatients, outpatients and emergency patients annually.
For more information please contact:
Jenn Chapple, Medical Affairs Specialist
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance 
519.352.6401 x 5481
jchapple [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca 
To arrange a media interview please contact:
Emily Field, Communications Specialist
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance 
519.352.6401 x 5326
efield [at] ckha [dot] on [dot] ca 

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