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SVHC Hosts Virtual COVID Q&A Sessions

BENNINGTON, VT—September 24, 2020—Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) will host free region-specific COVID webinars featuring its clinical experts on five evenings throughout October. The events will include the latest advice on travel, vaccinations, COVID and flu prevention and an interactive Q & A session with SVHC’s physicians. Attendees are encouraged to register and submit their questions in advance by clicking the link for the event they would like to attend below.

The events are scheduled for 6 – 7 p.m. on the following dates:

They are part of an annual series known as SVHC Today. SVHC’s President and CEO Tom Dee will kick off each of the five events with health system updates, before passing the virtual podium to clinical experts.

The panelists for each session include SVMC’s Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson, MD, and Infectious Disease Specialist Marie George, MD. They will be joined by a primary care provider from the region:

  • SVMC Internal Medicine’s Dr. Kim Fodor for Bennington
  • SVMC Northshire Campus’s Dr. Bob Schwartz for Manchester
  • SVMC’s Deerfield Valley Campus’s Dr. Peter Park for Wilmington
  • SVMC Pownal Campus’s  Dr. Reija Rawle and SVMC Internal Medicine’s Dr. Richard Wiseman for Williamstown
  • Twin Rivers Medical’s Dr. James Carroll for Hoosick Falls

Additional information about each of the speakers appears below. Panelists will answer both pre-submitted and live questions during the session.

Attendees are encouraged to register for and attend the presentation associated with the town in which they reside. Visit svhealthcare.org/Classes-Events to register.

Panelists:

Trey Dobson, MD, received his bachelor’s degree in physics from The University of the South in Tennessee, a master’s degree in geology from the University of Wyoming and his medical degree from The University of Tennessee. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia. He lives in Bennington with his wife and two sons.

Marie George, MD is an infectious disease specialist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Infectious Disease and the chair of Antibiotic Stewardship at SVMC. She received her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and attended University of Connecticut as an undergraduate. She completed her residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and a fellowship at Tufts University/New England Medical Center, both in Boston. Dr. George is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

James Carroll, MD, is a primary care physician at Twin Rivers Medical, P.C., in Hoosick Falls, NY. He has practiced in the local community for 20 years. Dr. Carroll served as the president of the medical staff for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in 2006 – 2007 and the chair of the Department of Family Practice 2008 – 2010. He has served as a clinical instructor for the Department of Family Practice at Albany Medical Center. He received his bachelor’s degree at St. Lawrence University in New York State and his medical degree at the State University of New York at Syracuse.

Kim Fodor, MD, is an internal medicine physician providing primary care at the SVMC Internal Medicine in Bennington. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at the University of Vermont and her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fodor completed two residencies, one each in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.  She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

Peter Park, MD, has worked as a primary care physician at SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus since 1998. He has served as an associate clinical professor in the Rural Family Medicine Rotation at Tufts University School of Medicine and in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. In 2011, he served as an attending physician at Opunake Medical Center in New Zealand. He received his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts and a bachelor’s in Biology at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

Reija Rawle, MD, joined SVMC in 2018. She completed her residency in family medicine at the Stanford-O’Connor Hospital Residency Program in California and attended medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York. In addition, she holds a master’s in microbiology and immunology from Stanford School of Medicine in California and a bachelor’s in microbiology from Brigham Young University in Utah. She taught science to high school students before attending medical school. Dr. Rawle has worked as a clinical instructor and primary care physician at Stanford University’s Stanford Primary Care in Santa Clara, California. She has a special interest in pediatric and adolescent medicine, and she is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Bob Schwartz, MD, is a family medicine physician at SVMC Northshire Campus and the associate medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. He earned his medical degree at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, trained during his residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania, and completed a fellowship at the American Academy of Family Physicians in Kansas.

Richard Wiseman, MD, joined SVMC Internal Medicine in 2019. He worked for Williamstown Medical Associates and the Williams College Health Center since 1999. He has also previously served as medical director of the VNA and Hospice of Northern Berkshire County.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Wiseman received his undergraduate degree in biology from Duke University in North Carolina and his medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, serving as chief medical resident in his final year. 

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices. For more information, visit svhealthcare.org.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

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