Contact: Thomas Hottman
By COURTNEY ANDERSON, H&N Staff Reporter
Sky Lakes Medical Center welcomed a new physician into the the pulmonology clinic this July. Pulmonologist and intensivist Haitham Shaheen, M.D., started the position about three weeks ago, moving to Klamath Falls with his wife and two-year-old child.
Shaheen said his interest in pulmonology started while working in an Intensive Care Unit. "I just liked how we were monitoring patients closely or all the time there and you see changes in patients by the hour," Shaheen said. "That was how I got interested in that, and most of the patients in the ICU are related to pulmonary problems."
In 2007 and in 2013, Shaheen earned his medical degree from the University of Jordan in Amman. After which, he moved to Galveston, Texas, to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Technical Medical Branch.
Shaheen then moved to Greenville, N.C., for a fellowship at Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University, which he completed in June.
The 33-year-old said the Sky Lake's work environment has been supportive, adding that they helped set up the clinic, the practice itself in the hospital and showed him around. "Of course a lot of things are done differently here than in bigger centers where I was. The hospital that I worked with was a 1,000-bed hospital," Shaheen said. "It's very different but everyone has been very helpful for me to adjust to the new settings."
From coast to coast
This is Shaheen's first time to the West Coast."I have a friend in Medford who moved here about a year before me and he liked the area. We came and checked it out. It seems like a really nice place to raise a family," Shaheen said.
"The area is beautiful. It's very different from anywhere I've been, like the East Coast or Texas, but we really like the area. People are very nice around here."
Although Shaheen has been busy with the move, he plans to visit the lakes in the area and enjoys hiking, swimming, playing chess and spending time with his family.