Dukes Memorial Hospital and Lutheran Health Physicians to Host Free Heart Seminar and Luncheon for Community

Peru, Ind. (February 1, 2013) – Dukes Memorial Hospital (DMH) in conjunction with Lutheran Health Physicians (LHP) will be hosting a community-wide free seminar and luncheon at noon on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the First Christian Church Fire House in Peru. This free seminar and luncheon will be held in honor of Heart Month with the intention to educate the community on all of the cardiac resources available here locally while increasing awareness of heart disease and the importance of heart care.  Invasive Cardiologist, Dr. Roderick Sawyer, a member of the medical staff at Dukes Memorial Hospital, and Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Sanjiv Aggarwal, a member of the medical staff at Lutheran Hospital, will be presenting on everything from recognizing cardiac issues to an in-depth discussion on all of the vast heart services available in Peru.

“Dukes Memorial Hospital is committed to delivering valuable information and resources to our community and this seminar and luncheon is just another illustration of that commitment,” stated Debra Close, CEO of Dukes Memorial Hospital. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Sawyer and Dr. Aggarwal presenting together at this event and we look forward to seeing our community and the surrounding communities take advantage of this valuable opportunity!”

Roderick Sawyer, MD, who joined Dukes Medical Group in April 2012, is a board-certified cardiologist with 17 years of experience. He received his medical degree and training from Chicago Medical School. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Chicago. Before accepting his position with Dukes Medical Group, Dr. Sawyer was previously a member of the medical staff at The Care Group and St. Vincent’s Medical Group. He is married with two children.  As an Invasive Cardiologist, Dr. Sawyer can perform heart catheterizations and other procedures such as nuclear stress testing and ultrasounds of patient’s hearts. Among his other duties, Dr. Sawyer is the section chief of Cardiology and also Director of Dukes Memorial Hospital’s Accredited Chest Pain Center.

Sanjiv Aggarwal, MD, who joined Lutheran Medical Group in July 1999, earned a medical degree from B.J. Medical College and the University of Pune in Pune, India. He completed an internal medicine internship and residency at the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts in Worcester, where he served as the chief internal medicine resident. Dr. Aggarwal completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Brown University School of Medicine, Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I., and a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. Dr. Aggarwal also served as a research assistant for the Community Health Department and as a research coordinator for Veterans' Hospital in Providence. Dr. Aggarwal is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American Medical Association and the Indiana State Medical Association, and he is a past president of the Fort Wayne Medical Society. Dr. Aggarwal's wife, Lakshmi, is an oncologist with Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology.

About Dukes Memorial Hospital: Dukes Memorial Hospital is a health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute heart care and preventative medical care in a caring and compassionate manner to all people who live in, work in, or visit Miami County and its surrounding areas. Dukes Memorial Hospital is committed to building a healthier community.


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