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Ukiah Valley Medical Center Welcomes Cardiologist David R. Ploss, M.D., to Adventist Heart Institute in Ukiah


Ukiah Valley Medical Center (UVMC) is pleased to welcome cardiologist David R. Ploss, M.D. to the medical staff. Dr. Ploss will be joining Adventist Heart Institute in Ukiah, serving residents of Mendocino, Lake, Northern Sonoma, and Humboldt counties with invasive cardiology and electrophysiology, a specialty used to treat heart rhythm and electrical abnormalities of the heart.

Dr. Ploss is relocating from Eureka where he led the Pacific Heart Group in Eureka to become the largest cardiology practice in Humboldt County. When asked what attracted him to UVMC and the Ukiah community, Dr. Ploss shared, “I enjoy practicing medicine in a smaller community where I have the opportunity to get to know my patients on a personal level. From a clinical standpoint, I admire how Adventist Heart Institute has brought together a team of cardiologists with different areas of expertise from general cardiology to advanced interventions. This means my patients will experience a coordinated continuum of care that doesn’t exist in many other areas of Northern California.”

Regarding the addition of Dr. Ploss to the medical staff, Chief Medical Officer of UVMC, Marvin Trotter, M.D., shared, “Dr. Ploss is not only bringing a great deal of skill and expertise to UVMC, both with invasive cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology – services that are needed in our community; he’s also very personable with his patients and likes to work with each of them on an individual level.” Chief Executive Officer of UVMC, Gwen Matthews, commented on what this means for our community, “We are delighted that Dr. Ploss has chosen Ukiah. He and Charlene will be a great addition to our medical staff, and to our community.”

Dr. Ploss also believes that learning and leveraging his colleagues’ knowledge and talents helps him provide better care. “I’m a perpetual student and believe that by working with my colleagues regardless of their discipline [area of medicine] we can learn from each other. Leveraging others’ skills and talents helps me to provide better outcomes for each community member. I am honored and humbled each time a person and their family members place themselves in my care.”

When not seeing patients, Dr. Ploss enjoys traveling, local politics, and the arts, and previously served as President of the Redwood Art Association.

Adventist Heart Institute is an integrated heart center made up of a team of experienced cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons who provide a coordinated continuum of care to patients in Lake, Mendocino and Napa counties. To learn more, visit Dr. Ploss is now accepting new patients at 115 Hospital Dr. in Ukiah. To schedule an appointment, please call (707) 463-2400.