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Physicians Join Maine Medical Partners

October 27, 2020

Contact: Caroline Cornish
207-662-5146
ccornish@mmc.org

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Medical Partners announces the following new hires.

Jason Patregnani, MD, has joined Maine Medical Center in the Division of Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine as the director of Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Medicine. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Boston College, he went on to earn his medical degree at Albany College. He then completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Connecticut, followed by fellowships in pediatric cardiology and pediatric critical care medicine at Children’s National Medical Center. He is also working towards his healthcare Masters in business administration at The George Washington University.

Abtin Kevin Farahmand, MD, has joined Maine Medical Partners – Endocrinology and Diabetes. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, he went on to complete his medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He then went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles followed by a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Colorado.

Aimee C. Welsh, MD, FACC, has joined Maine Medical Partners — MaineHealth Cardiology as a clinical cardiologist specializing in preventive cardiology; plant-based nutrition and lifestyle medicine, and cardiovascular imaging including cardiac MRI, echocardiograph and nuclear imaging. Prior to her appointment in Maine, she served as Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she also completed her fellowship in cardiovascular medicine. She was a resident at the Department of Internal Medicine, George Washington University Hospital, and at the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Welsh completed her medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C. She is Board certified in Cardiovascular medicine and Internal medicine.

Joshua Cowgill, MD, joined Maine Medical Partners — MaineHealth Cardiology in their Rockport office. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at MMC and his residency and internship in internal medicine/pediatrics at MMC and the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. His medical degree is from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Cowgill is Board certified in internal medicine. He has been active in the Cardiovascular Care Clinical Transformation Project with MMC Department of Geriatrics. He also received the 2019 Fellow of the Year Award at MMC. His clinical interests include all aspects of non-invasive cardiology, including echocardiography and nuclear cardiography. Additionally, Dr. Cowgill has a special clinical and research interest in geriatric cardiology – a focus on the unique psychosocial concerns and medical complexity of the elderly patient from the perspective of a cardiologist. Douglas Campbell, MD, has recently joined Maine Medical Center. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary, he went on to earn his medical degree at West Virginia University. He then completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts, followed by a fellowship in Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado. He will be working clinically with the cardiovascular critical care group as well as in the emergency department.

Innocent Ndzana, DO, has joined Maine Medical Partners – Hospital Medicine. He attended the University of Yaounde, majoring in biological sciences, and subsequently graduated from the University of Maine Machias with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. He went on to earn his medical degree at the University of New England and complete his residency training in internal medicine at the Wright Center in Scranton, Penn. He is happy to be back in Maine practicing acute care medicine and helping people get safely home from the hospital.

John Daggett, Jr., MD, has joined Maine Medical Partners – Westbrook Internal Medicine. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Northeastern University, he went on to complete his medical degree as a member of the Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Track Program. He then went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center. He returns to Maine Medical Center after working in general primary care and hospital medicine at Northern Light Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, and as a per-diem hospitalist at St. Joseph Hospital in Bangor.

Kelly Jo Baldwin, MD, MSMEd, has joined Maine Medical Partners – Neurology. Dr. Baldwin has joined our neurohospitalist group and has a special interest is neuro-infectious disease. She completed her medical school training and neurology residency at West Virginia University, and her Master's of medical education at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Angela Y. Higgins, MD, has joined Maine Medical Partners – MaineHealth Cardiology. She completed her fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine and Advanced Imaging at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. Dr. Higgins was also a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health/National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in Bethesda, MD and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, serving as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. She received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Dr. Higgins has conducted research in outcomes, particularly outcomes following implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation. Her clinical interests include advanced imaging and clinical cardiology.

Bram Newman, MD, has recently joined Maine Medical Partners – Neurosurgery and Spine. Dr. Newman is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He attended medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies. His post-graduate training included a transitional year at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, where he served as Chief Resident. He recently completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine at Maine Medical Center. His areas of clinical interest include general neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, adaptive sports and active aging populations and sports concussion management. He has procedural skills in musculoskeletal ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided injections.

Kristina A. Giles, MD, has joined MMP Surgical Care – Vascular Surgery. She was most recently a part of the University of Florida Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy. She served as the Director of Quality for the Department of Surgery and as Associate Program Director of the Vascular Surgery Fellowship. She completed her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston and vascular surgery fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. She also completed a vascular research fellowship at the Harvard-Longwood Research Training Program focusing on health outcomes research. Her clinical interests include complex endovascular aortic surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysms, mesenteric revascularization, peripheral arterial disease, dialysis access, cerebrovascular disease, carotid endarterectomy, transcarotid, and transfemoral stenting, transcarotid and venous disease.

Andrew M. Rogers, MD, has joined MaineHealth Cancer Care in South Portland. He completed his fellowship in hematology/oncology at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, and his residency in internal medicine at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI. His medical degree is from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Dr. Rogers also has been productive in cancer research during his time at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Ohio State University. His clinical interests are blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Szymon L. Wiernek, MD, PhD, has joined Maine Medical Partners – MaineHealth Cardiology as an interventionalist. Dr. Wiernek graduated from a two-year Interventional Cardiology training program at the University of California in San Diego, with comprehensive training in complex coronary, peripheral, structural and robotic-assisted interventions, as well as mechanical circulatory support, advanced heart failure devices and pulmonary hypertension treatment including balloon pulmonary angioplasty. He also trained in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and in Internal Medicine at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University. Following his medical education at the Medical University of Silesia in Poland, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Sciences. Dr. Wiernek specializes in complex coronary, peripheral and structural interventions.

Rebecca Hillyer Leary, DO, has recently joined Maine Medical Partners - Endocrinology and Diabetes. After earning her Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and psychology from the University of Delaware, she went on to earn her osteopathic medical degree at the University of New England. She then completed her residency in internal medicine at Maine Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Lahey Hospital.

John M. Fallon II, MD, has joined Maine Medical Partners - Cardiovascular Surgery. He completed his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his general surgery residency and internship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, N.H. He earned his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass. and completed his undergraduate degree at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. His clinical interests include all aspects of adult cardiac surgery including minimally invasive approaches to CABG and valve surgery, surgical correction of A-fib and outcomes/quality improvement research.

Abraham Abernethy, MD, has joined Maine Medical Partners – MaineHealth Cardiology. He completed his adult congenital heart disease fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center and interventional cardiology and cardiovascular medicine fellowships at the University of Vermont Medical Center, along with a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is Board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Echocardiography and Internal Medicine. His clinical interests include managing patients with adult congenital heart disease and improving their long term outcomes.

Anna Boniakowski, MD, has joined Maine Medical Partners - Surgical Care, in the Division of Vascular Surgery. She completed her vascular surgery residency at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned her medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School. She also was an instructor in vascular surgery and endovascular simulation curriculum.

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About Maine Medical Partners
Maine Medical Partners (MMP) is the largest network of primary care and specialty practices in Maine with more than 50 practice and outreach locations across Maine and New Hampshire. Maine Medical Partners is a department of Maine Medical Center and a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mainemedicalpartners.org.

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