Dr. Judd Salamat, a Product of the Region, Returns as an Interventional Cardiologist with Wellmont

Feb. 28, 2017 | BRISTOL, Tenn.

Judd Salamat, D.O., an interventional cardiologist who was raised in the region, has joined the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute and will practice at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Salamat specializes in diagnosis and treatment of coronary and peripheral vascular conditions using minimally invasive procedures. Specifically, patients can rely on him for high-quality, catheter-based procedures, such as angioplasty and stenting. He also addresses peripheral vascular disease, including acute and critical limb ischemia, endovascular aortic repair and carotid artery stenting.

“We’re enthusiastic to add Dr. Salamat’s exceptional skills to our broad-based team at Bristol Regional,” said Jerry Blackwell, M.D., a cardiologist and the heart institute’s president. “He brings impressive credentials and a commitment to excellence that will blend well with our other expert physicians and caregivers. And we are thrilled to bring a physician into the practice who was reared here and has thorough knowledge of the health care needs of those he will serve.”

Dr. Salamat comes to Bristol Regional after completing his interventional cardiology, endovascular medicine and cardiovascular medicine fellowships at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, New Jersey. Earlier, he completed his osteopathic traditional rotating internship at Northside Hospital and the Tampa Bay Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, and his internal medicine residency at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia.

He graduated from the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine after receiving a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport.

Like many sons, Dr. Salamat has a close relationship with his mother, but it’s more than just the love she provided him when he was young. When she needed a kidney transplant in 2016, he discovered he was a match and gave one of his to her. That has resulted in him becoming an advocate for organ donation.

Dr. Salamat credits his mother with helping him decide to become a physician and experience how he can change patients’ lives for the better.

“I grew up with my mom serving as a nurse for Wellmont Health System in the operating room and post-anesthesia care unit,” he said. “Coming home as a child and hearing her stories was probably the main inspiration for me to become a physician in the first place. And now, I have the joy of seeing the immediate results from interventional cardiology, saving lives when people come in with a heart attack or helping people with debilitating leg pain in a way that matters to them. It is very rewarding.”

Dr. Salamat has positive memories of his youth in the Tri-Cities, saying people here played an important role in his upbringing. That is a major reason he decided to begin his medical career in the region. He views his service as a physician as an opportunity to give back to the community.

Choosing the heart institute, the region’s premier cardiovascular practice, as the place to launch his post-training career was a combination of familiarity and a recognition of excellence.

“I grew up knowing a lot of physicians in the area and have observed that the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute is a highly respected group, which uses advanced technology to treat patients,” Dr. Salamat said. “The caliber of the physicians and others involved in the practice, as well as the patients, impressed me the most when I interviewed for this position.”

Dr. Salamat is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American Osteopathic Association.

Patients who would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Salamat should call 423-230-6900. More information about the heart institute is available at www.wellmont.org.