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Ukiah Valley Medical Center Appoints David R. Ploss, M.D., Cardiologist, as Chief Medical Officer


UKIAH, CA  -- Local Cardiologist, David R. Ploss, M.D. has been appointed as Ukiah Valley Medical Center’s (UVMC) new chief medical officer (CMO).  As UVMC’s senior physician leader, Dr. Ploss will help design, implement and ultimately oversee the organization’s clinical quality, patient safety and performance improvement initiatives.
“It is exciting to have Dr. Ploss be part of our executive team during this crucial time at UVMC as we expand our ER/ICU and Trauma Center, form and build on relationships with community physicians, and pave the way for the future of health care in Mendocino county,” said Gwen Matthews, president and chief executive officer of UVMC.

“Dr. Ploss’ impressive credentials and experience, as well as his passion for excellence, will bring great value to our executive leadership team,” shares Matthews.  “I would like to thank Dr. Marvin Trotter for his service as CMO. We have made great strides in improving physician relations and patient care under his leadership. We are excited to see how Dr. Ploss can build on those successes.” 

Dr. Ploss is a cardiologist with twenty years of experience. He earned his medical degree in 1987 from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.  After completing a residency in internal medicine at University of California San Francisco he went on to complete a fellowship in cardiology at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA. He then completed a second fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Ploss left his vibrant practice of the Pacific Heart Group in Eureka to join the Adventist Heart Institute in Ukiah in 2014 and has since then grown the practice to include locations in Willits and Garberville.  While a member of the medical community in Humboldt County, he served as Chief of Staff and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at St Joseph Hospital. Also, in tandem with the local Community Health Clinic System and the local hospitals, he helped to develop and direct a community Congestive Heart Failure Clinic. Prior to this, Dr. Ploss was in Dayton, Ohio where he developed the cardiac electrophysiology services at the Dayton Heart Center.

Dr. Ploss brings with him years of excellence and experience in medical practice as well as physician leadership. He is an active member of the Heart Rhythm Society, American College of Cardiology and the California Medical Association. He is interested in the arts and local politics and previously served as president of the Redwood Art Association.
Dr. Ploss believes that learning and leveraging his colleagues’ knowledge and talents is the key to providing excellent patient care to the community. “I’m honored and excited to take on this new role. I look forward to working with my peers and the executive team to continue to improve our quality of care to make UVMC the best place to work and get care.” 

When not seeing patients, Dr. Ploss enjoys traveling, local politics, and the arts. 
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 To schedule an appointment, please call (707) 463-2400.

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