Cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon Dr. Steve Cummings joins one of the largest heart programs in the state with more cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and electrophysiologists than any other program in northern Colorado. On Sept. 29, he began caring for patients at UCHealth Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery clinics in Loveland, Sterling, Fort Morgan and Cheyenne.
His focus is all on the patient. “I treat my patients like I want my family to be treated. For 20 years, I have enjoyed helping patients feel better and find it to be very rewarding,” he said.
He specializes in thoracic surgery and valve surgeries. His research interests include clinical studies, core matrix, atrial fibrillation and thoracic oncology.
Dr. Cummings is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery. He earned his medical degree from University of Florida Medical School, Gainesville, and completed a surgical residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio and a thoracic and cardiovascular surgery residency at University of Virginia Health Sciences Center.
For more information about heart care provided through UCHealth, visit uchealth.org or call 970-221-1000.
Occupational medicine physician Dr. James Rafferty joined the team at UCHealth Occupational Health in Greeley and started seeing patients Sept. 15.
“My goal is to get patients and employees back to full function and normal activities as soon as possible,” he said, adding that he also works with employers to create healthy and safe workplaces and works with insurance companies to get claims and information processed efficiently.
A doctor of osteopathy, he is particularly interested in non-surgical orthopedic care, musculoskeletal disorders and disability management.
Dr. Rafferty is board certified in occupational/environmental medicine. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, and completed a residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he also received a master’s degree in public health.
For more information about occupational health services provided through UCHealth or to schedule an appointment, visit uchealth.org or call 970-350-2471.
Annika Kamberelis, a physician assistant, joined the team at UCHealth Pulmonology in Fort Collins and Loveland. She started seeing patients Sept. 29.
“I honestly love what I do. When I treat my patients, I also try to include their family as often the entire family is affected by a loved one’s illness,” she said.
She is particularly interested in developing long-term care relationships with her patients and providing education about wellness and exercise.
Kamberelis earned a master of science degree from Wayne State University.
For more information about pulmonology services provided through UCHealth or to schedule an appointment, visit uchealth.org or call 970-224-9102.
Tracey Anderson, a nurse practitioner, joined the team at UCHealth Brain and Spine in Loveland She started seeing patients Oct. 13.
“I think care needs to be very individualized. Injuries and illness don’t happen in a vacuum, and every patient will have different needs, different resources and different goals,” she said. “It’s important to take all of that into account when developing a plan of care, whether it’s for an elective surgery or dealing with a traumatic injury.”
Since her entire career has emphasized the care of patients in critical care settings, she is particularly interested in caring for patients with neurocritical care and trauma care needs.
Anderson earned a master of science degree with distinction in the family nurse practitioner program at DePaul University in Chicago. She earned a post-graduate certificate for acute care nurse practitioners at St. Louis University in Missouri.
For more information about brain and spine services provided through UCHealth or to schedule an appointment, visit uchealth.org or call 970-495-7421.
Lindsay Burgess, a certified nurse-midwife, has joined the team at UCHealth OB/GYN in Greeley and Loveland. She also started seeing patients Sept. 29.
“I love to listen, educate and empower women to be an active participant in their own health care decisions,” she said. “I strive to provide quality evidence-based care while creating a safe and nurturing environment during the labor and delivery process, understanding that every woman and experience is unique, as well as her needs and desires.”
She cares for women of all ages and is particularly interested in women’s wellness and family-centered pregnancy care and childbirth.
Burgess earned a master of science in nursing/nurse-midwifery from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky.
For more information about obstetric and gynecological services provided through UCHealth or to schedule an appointment, visit uchealth.org or call 970-336-1500.
UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Hospital and more than 40 supporting medical clinics into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.