Meet the (TAVR) Team - Bronson Healthcare

Meet the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Team

The transcatheter aortic valve replacement team is comprised of physicians from Bronson Healthcare, Lakeland HealthCare and Kalamazoo Anesthesiology. 

Cardiologists 

Dilip S. Arora, MD, FACC, FASE - Great Lakes Heart and Vascular Institute 

Dr. Arora is a member of the medical staff at Lakeland HealthCare. He earned a medical degree and post graduate degree at Rajendra Medical College in Ranchi, India. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Prince George’s Hospital and Medical Center in Cheverly, Maryland. Dr. Arora completed fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He completed fellowships in interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Arora is board certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Society of Echocardiography.


Thomas Keller, Jr., MD, FACC, FSCAI - Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare

Dr. Keller received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated cum laude. Dr. Keller earned his medical degree from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. He completed his combined Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Following his residency, Dr. Keller completed a fellowship in adult cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. He is also trained in carotid stenting and interventional endovascular peripheral procedures. Dr. Keller is board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine and cardiovascular disease. He is board eligible in endovascular peripheral intervention. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.


Thomas K. Pow, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Great Lakes Heart and Vascular Institute 

Dr. Pow is a member of the medical staff at Lakeland HealthCare. He earned an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Columbia College in New York City and a medical degree from SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine. Following his residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine at Bronx Municipal Medical Center, he completed fellowships in cardiology and interventional cardiology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Pow is board certified in interventional cardiology, cardiovascular disease, and internal medicine. He is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.


Christopher Rogers, DO, FACC, FSCAI - Bronson Advanced Cardiac Healthcare

Dr. Rogers received his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a rotating internship at Lansing General Hospital and an internal medicine residency at Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Dr. Rogers has also completed fellowships in adult cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology from Wayne State University. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, and is also a peripheral vascular interventionalist. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.


Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Kourosh Baghelai, MD, FACS - Lakeshore Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Dr. Baghelai is the medical director of cardiothoracic surgery services at Lakeland HealthCare. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Maryland. Dr. Baghelai completed a residency in general thoracic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is board certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


Alphonse DeLucia III, MD, FACC, FACS - Bronson Cardiothoracic Surgery

Dr. Delucia is the medical director of cardiothoracic surgery at Bronson Methodist Hospital. He graduated summa cum laude from State University of New York, Health Science Center School of medicine in Syracuse, New York. He is board certified in thoracic surgery and general surgery. Dr. Delucia’s residencies include cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and general surgery at the University of Michigan hospitals. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American College of Surgeons.


Anesthesiologists

Heather A. Dobbs, MD - Kalamazoo Anesthesiology, PC

Dr. Dobbs received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Physiology from University of Wyoming. She received her medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Dobbs completed her residency at the University of Virginia Health System. She also completed a fellowship in adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Duke University. Dr. Dobbs is board certified in anesthesiology and advanced perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.


Patrick J. Sandell, MD - Kalamazoo Anesthesiology, PC

Dr. Sandell received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Central University of Iowa. He received his medical degree from The University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his transitional residency at The Gundersen Medical Foundation and his anesthesiology residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. Dr. Sandell is board certified in anesthesiology and has testamur status in perioperative transesophageal echocardiography.


Gregory A. Schrock, MD - Kalamazoo Anesthesiology, PC

Dr. Schrock received his Bachelor of Science from Wheaton College. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Lutheran General Hospital and his anesthesiology residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Schrock also completed a fellowship in cardiac anesthesia at University of Iowa. Dr. Schrock is board certified in anesthesiology and performs transesophagael echocardiographs.


TAVR Program Coordinator 

Carmela Pulling MA, BSN, RN – Bronson Heart & Vascular

Carmela Pulling received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Arts in Management from Nazareth College. She has been a nurse in various cardiology-related positions for most of her career. She is the cardiovascular program coordinator for Bronson Methodist Hospital. Her responsibilities include the roles of TAVR program coordinator and valve clinic coordinator for Bronson Methodist Hospital.

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