PeaceHealth hires five new providers

In August, PeaceHealth Medical Group added five new providers to its medical team.

John Aita, MD, joined the gastroenterology team. Aita was the American College of Physicians’ 2015 Operational Physician of the Year. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the medical corp of the U.S. Army and has served two deployments to Iraq.

Penelope Barnes, MD, PhD, joined the infectious disease team. Barnes earned her medical degree from the University of London in England and her PhD in microbiology from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She most recently worked as an associate professor and clinician at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

Thomas Rand, MD, PhD, joined the pediatrics team. He completed his medical degree and PhD in microbiology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He most recently worked at the Infections and Immune Deficiency Clinic at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

David Pavlik, DO, joined the pediatrics team. He earned his doctorate of osteopathic medicine at the University of New England in Biddeford, maine. He most recently completed his residency training and served as program delegate to the American Academy of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico’s Children’s Hospital.

Katrina Murphy, PA-C, MPH, joined the internal medicine team. Murphy earned her masters of physician assistant studies and masters of public health degrees at Touro University in Vallejo, California. She most recently completed research on counseling services for children, emergency preparedness programs in schools and assisting with Zika virus outreach and education at Touro University.

Any patients interested in scheduling an appointment with any of the new providers can call 360-752-5628.


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