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9 providers latest to join Lutheran Health Physicians

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Jan.10, 2019) – Nine providers specializing in the areas of trauma surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology, family medicine, pulmonology and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, are the most recent to join the Lutheran Health Physicians team.

Constantine Saites, MD, is a trauma surgeon who treats patients who have severe, life-threatening blunt force and penetrating injuries usually involving the colon, pancreas, spleen and/or stomach.

Dr. Saites earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude in biology from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and his master’s in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Saites completed his medical training at Georgetown University School of Medicine graduating cum laude.

Following medical school, Dr. Saites served as a categorical resident in general surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Between 2011 and 2013, Dr. Saites completed pediatric surgical research and a fellowship in surgical critical care at Boston Children’s Hospital where he served as an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Returning to Minnesota in 2013, Dr. Saites continued his residency training at the Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education. From 2015 to 2017, he served at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he completed his general surgery training.

Prior to joining Lutheran Health Physicians, Dr. Saites practiced trauma and acute care surgery and served as director of the surgical intensive care unit at Medical City Arlington in Arlington, Texas, from 2017 to 2018.

Dr. Saites is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Medical Association and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

His office is located in Suite 306 of Medical Office Building One, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the Lutheran Hospital campus. 

John Varner, DO, FACC, is a member of the Lutheran Health Physicians cardiology team. He examines, diagnoses and treats patients with heart disorders that can be managed by medication and lifestyle changes.

After completing medical school at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Varner returned to his home state of Michigan to complete an internal medicine residency and a cardiology fellowship at Botsford General Hospital, now known as Beaumont Hospital, in Farmington Hills. He served the Traverse City, Michigan, community as a cardiologist for more than a decade. Most recently, Dr. Varner worked as a cardiologist at McLaren Medical Group in Bay City, Michigan.

Dr. Varner is board certified in cardiology. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Dr. Varner is located at 7916 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the Lutheran Hospital campus.

Douglas Weissman, MD, FACP, is a fellowship-trained gastroenterologist who has more than 20 years of experience in the advanced care of patients with acute and chronic gastrointestinal, biliary and liver disorders.

Dr. Weissman earned his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington. He completed an internal medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical School in Morristown, New Jersey, and a gastroenterology fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He also completed fellowships in endoscopic ultrasound and biliary endoscopy in Montreal and Santiago, Chile, respectively.

Dr. Weissman is skilled in performing endoscopic ultrasounds, a minimally invasive procedure to assess digestive and lung diseases. Before joining LHP, he worked in private practice in Coral Springs, Florida. Dr. Weissman has several articles published in medical journals covering a variety of gastroenterology topics.

Board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. Weissman is a member of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

Dr. Weissman’s office is located in Suite 201 of Medical Office Building One, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the Lutheran Hospital campus.

Lacy Ireland, NP, a nurse practitioner with Dukes Medical Group of Lutheran Health Physicians, cares for men, women and children of all ages. Ireland provides multiple types of services including preventive and chronic care. She also treats various acute illnesses.

During her eight years as a nurse and NP, Ireland has provided medical/surgical and post-partum care to patients at Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester, Indiana, and Pulaski Memorial Hospital in Winamac, Indiana. Prior to joining DMG in 2017, she also delivered after-hours crisis care at Kindred at Home Hospice in Rochester. 

Ireland earned an associate degree in nursing from Ivy Tech Community College in Kokomo, Indiana, in 2009. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Indiana, in 2015, and a master’s degree, family nurse practitioner, from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, in 2018.

Ireland’s office is located at 1000 N. Broadway in Peru, Indiana.

Traci Neuenschwander, NP, is a nurse practitioner on the Lutheran Health Physicians pulmonology team. Neuenschwander treats patients with diseases of the lungs and bronchial tubes, including the upper respiratory tract and the heart.

Neuenschwander earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. She continued her studies at Indiana Wesleyan to earn her master’s degree in nursing and her nurse practitioner certification.

Neuenschwander has 15 years of experience as a registered nurse working for Lutheran Health Network in units including cardiovascular intensive care, pulmonary and medical/surgical. Her past six years have been in support of the LHP pulmonology team. In 2018, she earned her nurse practitioner certification from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.

Neuenschwander’s office is located at 7916 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the Lutheran Hospital campus. 

Brittony Rogers, NP, is a nurse practitioner who treats patients with severe, life-threatening blunt force and penetrating injuries. As a member of the Lutheran Health Physicians trauma surgery team, Rogers assists surgeons as they operate on patients who are critically injured and oftentimes suffering from multiple injuries to the colon, pancreas, spleen and/or stomach.

Prior to joining LHP, Rogers worked in different healthcare settings in Fort Wayne. Her roles have included registered nurse/physician extender where she cared for trauma and surgical patients. She also spent two years serving critically ill surgical, trauma, and neuro patients at Parkview Regional Medical Center’s surgical/trauma intensive care unit.

Rogers graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2012. She earned a master’s degree in nursing, family nurse practitioner, from Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Graduate Nursing in 2018.

Rogers is certified in advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, and trauma nursing core course. 

Her office is located in Suite 306 of Medical Office Building One, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the Lutheran Hospital campus.

Christine Romack, NP, joined the family medicine team of Dukes Medical Group / Lutheran Health Physicians in August 2018 and cares for men, women and children of all ages. Romack provides multiple types of services including preventive and chronic care. She also treats various acute illnesses.

Romack brings 14 years of nursing experience to DMG, having most recently served at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Indiana. During her career, Romack has also provided urgent and primary care to patients at QuadMed in Warsaw and North Manchester, Indiana.

A graduate of Purdue University Calumet, in Hammond, Indiana, Romack earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1995. She earned an associate degree in nursing from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 2004 and later garnered a master’s degree, family nurse practitioner, from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, in 2018.

Romack has served more than 15 years as a volunteer with Girl Scouts including more than eight as a troop leader.

Located in Peru, Romack’s office is at 1000 N. Broadway in Peru, Indiana.

Matthew Cummins, PA, is a member of the Lutheran Health Physicians trauma surgery team. He assists surgeons as they operate on patients who are critically injured and often suffering from multiple injuries to the colon, pancreas spleen and/or stomach.

Cummins Graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2009. He became a physician assistant when he earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Cummins has a special interest in water/energy conservation, and worked as a wilderness therapy guide in Maine and physical oceanographer before changing his career course to medicine.

Cummins is based out of suite 306 of Medical Office Building One, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd. on the Lutheran Hospital campus.

Jeffrey Willard, PA-C, is a physician assistant on the Lutheran Health Physicians cardiovascular and thoracic surgery team. He primarily assists surgeons performing surgeries in the chest region – specifically in the heart, lungs and major blood vessels.

Willard earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. In 2018, he completed his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Indiana University in Indianapolis, where he focused his clinical studies in the areas of cardiothoracic surgery, general cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology. Prior to his physician assistant training, he obtained several years of clinical experience while observing physicians in spine surgery, family medicine and diagnostic radiology. 

Willard’s office is in Suite 102 of Medical Office Building Two, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the Lutheran Hospital campus.

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