Stockton Cardiology Medical Group has been in place for fifty-six years, and is proud to be on the cutting of edge of advanced cardiovascular care.

A few of our notable history facts:

  • Late 1960, lead by Dr. Kamenetsky, Dr. Fowell and Dr. Caul (original SCMG partners) developed the first cath lab in conjunction with the first coronary care unit in Stockton.
  • Dr. Diamant, who joined Stockton Cardiology in late 1960, was instrumental in establishing an education and protocol for CPR in the community.
  • Dr. Edward Caul, Emeritus Associate began the echo program.
  • Dr. Kamenetsky and Dr. Mas Kamigaki did the first cardiac cath in 1972. Four years later Dr. Chothia joined Stockton Cardiology and with Dr. Kamigaki continued to develop the heart center.
  • In 1974, Stockton Cardiology Medical Group and Dr. Morrissey promoted the first heart surgery at St. Joseph's’ Medical Center.
  • Dr. George Charos joined the group in 1985. He was the first electrophysiologist. With the financial support of Stockton Cardiology Medical Group, Dr. Charos created the EP lab at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
  • September 1971, Dr. Mas Kamigaki established the first in-office Nuclear Medicine lab in Northern California.

Our physicians are pleased to be a part of a team that believes in maintaining the strong infrastructure that was established many years ago, and is prevalent in the practice today. Excellent and kind patient care is always the primary focus of the group.

Abbas Chothia, MD

Dr. Chothia joined Stockton Cardiology Medical Group in 1976. He received his undergraduate education from University of Natal and his MD degree from the University of Cape Town.

Postgraduate Education

1970 - 1971 Internship: Rotating Internship, Mercy Hospital Toledo, Ohio
1971-1973 Residency: Internal Medicine Residency, Tulane Program Veteran's Administration Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana
1973- 1975 Fellowship in Cardiology, Tulane Program V.A. Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana

Appointments

Medical Director of St. Joseph's Medical Center
1974 -1975 Chief, Medical Resident, V.A. Hospital, New Orleans, LA
1971-1972 Secretary, Housestaff Association V.A. Hospital, new Orleans, LA
1972-1974 President, Housestaff Association V.A. Hospital, New Orleans, LA
1971-1975 Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Tulane Medical School

Certification

2007 - University of California, Irvine School of Medicine - Cardiovascular CT level II CTA
1974 - Certification in Internal Medicine by American Board of Internal medicine
1977 - Certification in Cardiovascular Medicine by American Board of Internal Medicine
1975 - F.L.E.X. (for state of Louisiana) aggregate score of 87.8
1975 - E.C.F.M.G. aggregate score of 84

Hospital Affiliations

St. Joseph's Medical Center, Stockton, CA
Dameron Hospital, Stockton, CA
Mark Twain Hospital, San Andreas, CA

Surrender Raina, MD

Dr. Raina joined Stockton Cardiology in 1977. Dr. Raina received his undergraduate degree from Government Medical College (M.B.B.S.) Kashmir, India. His postgraduate education and training included internship and residency in Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, Elmhurst Hospital. This was followed by his Fellowship in Cardiology at University of Pennsylvania for 2 years.

Dr. Raina has been in cardiology (invasive and non-invasive) practice for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in complex cardiovascular intervention (heart), complex peripheral (legs) interventions and carotid (neck arteries) stent procedures.

Dr. Raina was first to start the angioplasty program at St. Joseph's Medical Center in 1984.

Certification

1975 - Certification in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine
Board Eligible in Cardiology

Hospital Affiliation

St. Joseph's Medical Center - Stockton, CA
Dameron Hospital - Stockton, CA

George Charos, MD, FACC

Dr. Charos completed his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst, Massachusetts and received his M.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, Massachusetts. He completed hi internship and residency at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in San Diego, California, where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowships in both cardiovascular medicine and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Charos is board certified in electrophysiology and cardiovascular disease, and internal medicine. Dr. Charos joined Stockton Cardiology in 1986.

Certification

2007 - University of California, Irvine School of Medicine - Cardiovascular CT Level II Certificate
2002 - Recertification Clinical Electrophysiology
1993 - Certification in Clinical Electrophysiology Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine
1985 - Certification in Cardiovascular Medicine by American Board of Internal Medicine
1982 - Certification in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

St. Joseph's Medical Center, Stockton, CA
Dameron Hospital, Stockton, CA
Mark Twain Hospital, San Andreas, CA

Fellowship

American College of Cardiology

Abstract

Medical Director, Medical Cardiology and Chief, Cardiology section of St. Joseph's Medical Center, CHW, Stockton, California

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