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Release Date: 12/16/2015

Kent Hospital is pleased to welcome Vijay Sudheendra, MD, who will serve as chief of anesthesia. Dr. Sudheendra also serves as chairman of anesthesia at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center, both in Providence, RI, and is president of Narragansett Bay Anesthesia.

Dr. Sudheendra previously served as chief of anesthesia at Saint Anne's Hospital in Fall River, MA, and its affiliated Hawthorn Surgery Center in Dartmouth, MA. He also served as medical director of Southern New England Surgery Center in Attleboro, MA, also affiliated with St. Anne's Hospital. Dr. Sudheendra served as director of cardiac anesthesia at Miriam Hospital from 2006-2011. Dr. Sudheendra served as a clinical assistant professor of surgery and anesthesia at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University from 2003-2012. He received his medical degree from Karnataka Medical College in Hubli, India and completed an anesthesia residency at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 2002.

"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Sudheendra to our medical staff and Kent's Anesthesia Department," said Joseph Spinale, DO, senior vice president, chief medical officer at Kent Hospital. "Dr. Sudheendra has extensive clinical experience and is highly respected in the field of anesthesiology. He will be a tremendous asset to Kent's Department of Surgical Services and the patients of our community."

Kent Hospital offers nearly every surgical specialty and houses 12 operating suites in its main operating room and another eight operating rooms in its state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC), as well as post-operative and endoscopy suites. For more information, please visit Surgery at Kent Hospital.

About Kent Hospital

Kent Hospital, a Care New England Hospital, is a 359-bed, acute care hospital. It is Rhode Island’s second largest hospital, serving approximately 300,000 residents of central Rhode Island.

A teaching affiliate of The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kent offers programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship. Kent’s redesigned Emergency Department (ED) sees approximately 70,000 patients a year and ranks Kent’s ED volume among the top 10-percent nationally. It was the first hospital in the state to eliminate the practice of ambulance diversion.

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Jim Beardsworth
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