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Pulmonologist/Critical Care Physician Joins Medical Staff in Selma and Kingsburg


SELMA/KINGSBURG – In an effort to bring more specialists to the regions that need it most, pulmonologist Dr. Chitra Kandaswamy has joined the Adventist Health / Central Valley Network Consolidated Medical Staff and sees patients at Adventist Health / Community Care clinics in Selma and Kingsburg. She also performs medical consultations at Adventist Medical Center – Selma

Pulmonology is the specialty that deals with diseases of the respiratory tract and respiratory medicine. It is a branch of internal medicine and is closely related to intensive care or critical care medicine. 

Dr. Kandaswamy earned her medical degree from Stanley Medical College in India and earned a master’s in public health with an emphasis in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. Epidemiology is the study of health events, health characteristics or health determinant patterns in a society.

She completed residency training at the University of Minnesota/Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., and completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco-Fresno, where she later became an assistant professor of Medicine and co-director of the Diabetes Clinical and Research Center. 
“It has been my ambition to be a doctor since I was 5 years old,” said Dr. Kandaswamy.

Born in India and fluent in Tamil and Hindi languages, Dr. Kandaswamy chose to practice in the Valley because of its wide range of services, people in need and growth opportunities. She loves to teach and was also drawn to the network’s academic programs for new physicians. 

Dr. Kandaswamy is married, has two children and enjoys running, listening to music and playing the veena, which is an Indian guitar. 

Adventist Health is focusing on recruiting physicians with knowledge in certain specialties in the communities that need it most. Focus groups have been held and studies have been done to determine what care is needed specific to certain communities. 

Dr. Kandaswamy may be reached by calling the Adventist Health / Community Care-Selma clinic at (559) 891-6345, or the Community Care-Kingsburg clinic at (559) 897-6610.