Spotlight on Our Medical Staff
Get to know the doctors who trust Rideout Health Group.
Meet Our Featured Doctors
(check back often more bio's will be made available in the coming months)
Muhammad Alghannam, M.D.
Anesthesiologist, Pain Management Specialist
Dr. Alghannam started pain management procedures at Feather River Surgery Center in 2001. His vision was to grow a comprehensive program that would treat and improve the quality of life of those patients in pain. Dr. Alghannam did his fellowship training in Chicago and is the Medical Director of the pain management program.
Call 751-4902 for more information.
George Broder, MD, FACC, FAHA
Dr. Broder is a specialist in cardiovascular medicine brings 25 years of non-invasive and interventional cardiology to the Rideout Specialty Care Center in Penn Valley. His expertise includes a full range of consultative cardiology and the management of cardiac diseases and implantation of single and dual chamber pacemakers.
Cardiac physician visits as well as diagnostic services:
- Full consultation and followup by board certified cardiologist. Nurse Practioners or Physician Assistants do not see the patients.
- Stress testing with treadmill exercise and echocardiography
- Stress testing with dobutamine and echocardiography (no exercise and no radiation)
- Holter monitor evaluation for rhythm disturbances (24 hr. EKG)
- Pacemaker analysis and readjustment as needed
- Coumadin anticoagulation clinic (finger stick method with immediate doctor response and adjustment)
- Advanced testing at The Heart Center at Rideout
Also at the Specialty Care Center:
• Pacemaker Surveillance Clinic
• Every Friday, Andrew Macbeth, MD, FACS, a vascular surgeon trained in new, less invasive procedures, provides consultation, evaluation, testing and treatment for aneurysms, carotid artery disease, venous disease, and more.
We are available for appointments by referral. Call for a free consultation and facility tour 205-9850
Cully Cobb, MD, Neurosurgeon
Cully Cobb, MD, is a board certified Neurosurgeon who specializes in intracranial Neurosurgery. He completed medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he was a Borden Scholar studying lipid metabolism. After serving in general surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles Dr. Cobb completed his Neurosurgical residency in Houston, Texas. While completing his residency he spent six months in Neurology at Queen's Square in London and received microneurosurgery training with Dr. Gazi Yasargil in Zurich, Switzerland. After completing Neurosurgical training Dr. Cobb joined the faculty at University of California, Davis Department of Neurological Surgery where he was Director of the Neurosurgical intensive care unit. He left the university to enter private practice at Sutter General Hospital. Dr. Cobb has authored 28 papers and five book chapters. He is a founding member of the Sacramento Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and the Sutter Deep Brain Stimulation Program, and is the Medical Director for the Sutter Gamma Knife Center, Chief of the Sutter Neurosurgery Section, and is one of two neurosurgeons affiliated with the University of California, Davis Epilepsy Program. He is also a partner in Cobb, French and Prasad Neurosurgical Associates.
Call 749-6610 for more information.
Rajpreet S. Dhesi, M.D.
Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty of pain.
Dr. Dhesi specializes in the medical management of chronic pain, and does require a physician referral. Patient contracts with random drug testing are required. Evaluation of potential abuse is done on a regular basis. Dr. Dhesi's patients will be seen at the Urgent Care Center located at 1531 Plumas Court in Yuba City.
Dr. Dhesi is also the attending physician at the Urgent Care Center in Yuba City.
Call 751-4800 for more information.
Lionel Foster, MD, Urologist
Dr. Foster completed his medical school and residency training at the University of
California, San Francisco. He is Board Certified in Adult and Pediatric Urology and he is a member of the American Urologic Association. He heads-up the Urologic team at Feather River Urology Center in Yuba City - managed by the Rideout Health Group.
"For over 19 years, I have challenged myself to be the best doctor, the best surgeon and the best urologist I can be. Today, I am proud to offer my skills, knowledge and experience to help get patients back to living a normal, healthy and happy life," said Lionel Foster, MD
He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of impotence, urologic cancer, male and female incontinence, and urologic stone disease.
Dr. Foster is married and has 2 children. His interests include sports of all types. He is a weekend fun runner.
Barry French, MD, Neurosurgeon
Barry French, MD, is a board certified Neurosurgeon who specializes in spinal surgery, both reconstructive and minimally invasive. He completed medical school, graduated with honors, and completed Neurosurgical residency at the University of Toronto. During this period he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, received the K.G. McKenzie award from the Canadian Neurosurgical Society, and later the Medal in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. French then joined the faculty of the University of California, Davis Department of Neurological Surgery where he published 28 peer reviewed papers in scientific journals, authored seven textbook chapters, and presented 33 papers at national and international scientific meetings. After attaining Associate Professorship and being appointed as Acting Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery, he entered private practice at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento. Dr. French has served as Chief of the Department of Surgery, Chair of the Sections of Spine Surgery and of Neurosurgery and was Co-Director of the Sutter Neuroscience Center during its formative years. He is a member of the Sutter Neuroscience Center and a partner in Cobb, French and Prasad Neurosurgical Associates.
Call 749-6610 for more information.
Patrick Griffith, MD, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
The Heart Center at Rideout
Patrick K. Griffith, M.D., leads the cardiac surgical team at The Heart Center at Rideout Memorial Hospital. Dr. Griffith has over 16 years of cardiac surgery experience. Dr. Griffith is Board Certified by The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. His board certification qualifies him to perform transplants, coronary by-pass and valve operations, including complex mitral valve repairs, pediatric heart surgeries, thoracic and vascular surgery and carotid endarterectomies. Also Electrophysiologic Surgery - including the Cox-Maze procedure and pain control operations with Transmyocardial Revascularization. He is now in the process of establishing a minimally invasive valve program.
Baron D. Harper, MD, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
The Heart Center at Rideout
Baron D. Harper, M.D. recently joined the cardiothoracic surgical team at the Heart Center at Rideout Memorial Hospital. Dr. Harper has been in practice for 15 years and is Board Certified by The American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and by the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. His board certification qualifies him to perform coronary bypass and complex valve repairs and replacement, vascular surgery and carotid endarterectomies. Also Electrophysiologic Surgery - including the Cox-Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation and pain control operations with Transmyocardial Revascularization. He also performs resection of lung tumors and minimally invasive lung surgery. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians.
Andrew Macbeth, MD, FACS
Leading Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon Joins the Heart Center at Rideout; New Less Invasive Procedures
Andrew Macbeth, MD, FACS, a vascular and Endovascular surgeon trained in new, less invasive procedures, has joined the surgery team at the Heart Center at Rideout.
Dr. Macbeth comes to us from Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Stockton, California. He provides treatment using leading-edge technology to deliver the highest quality vascular care to patients at the Heart Center at Rideout.
Vascular and Endovascular surgery is a specialty of surgery in which diseases of the vascular system, or arteries and veins, are managed by medical therapy, minimally-invasive catheter procedures and surgical reconstruction.
Dr. Macbeth received his medical degree, residency in general surgery and his vascular fellowship from the University of Arizona. He served as a Major in the USAF Medical Corp., and as Chief of Vascular Surgery at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB in California. He is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery, but specializes in vascular procedures.
Dr. Macbeth is accepting patients now, to learn more, call his office at 749-6650. His office is located at 414 G Street, Suite 221 in Marysville, near the Heart Center at Rideout Memorial Hospital.
Praveen Prasad, MD, Neurosurgeon
Praveen Prasad, MD, is board certified in Neurosurgery and also in internal medicine. Dr. Prasad specializes in spine surgery, including cervical disc replacement, minimally invasive techniques, failed back syndrome, neuromodulation, and other procedures related to chronic pain conditions and treatment. Dr. Prasad is on the clinical faculty at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and is a frequent and sought after speaker for physician/surgeon training courses and programs. He was educated at Stanford University and University of California, Davis, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Medical Society. Before returning to California in 2000, Dr. Prasad was Chief of Neurosurgery at Western Neurological Institute in Salt Lake City. He is also a partner in Cobb, French and Prasad Neurosurgical Associates. Born in India, Dr. Prasad spent much of his early childhood in Canada before attending Stanford. He is married and has three children in college.
Call 749-6610 for more information.
Babak Sanei-Fard, MD
Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Clinical and Interventional Cardiology
Dr. Babak Sanei Fard an Interventional Cardiologist, brings a commitment to provide the highest level of clinical excellence in cardiovascular health care to our community and further expands interventional cardiology services to patients and referring physicians across the region.
Another scope of Dr. Sanei-Fard's practice is to provide diagnostic and minimally invasive transcutaneous treatment of peripheral arterial disease.
Dr. Sanei-Fard completed his cardiovascular disease and Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York. He was Chief Medical Resident (2004-2005) and completed his internal Medicine Residency at New York Medical College at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine.
Dr. Sanei-Fard is an expert in performing transradial catheterization and intervention. Transradial approach is proven to decrease the rate and severity of complications that are associated with coronary angiography and intervention, as well as improving patients comfort.
Dr. Sanei Fard is currently accepting patients. Call 749-6628 for more information.
Jeetinder Sohl, OB/GYN
Dr. Sohal was born and raised in Yuba City. Dr. Sohal was born and raised in Yuba City. After graduating from medical school and completing residency in New York, he has returned to practice medicine at the new Sohal Medical Group in Yuba City.
Dr. Sohal's practice is located at 470 Del Norte Ave. in Yuba City, close to Fremont Medical Center.
As an expert in women's health care - from routine check-ups to emergency procedures - he will provide exceptional medical care to women of all ages.
Dr. Sohal attended St. Georges University School of Medicine, Grenada West Indies, where he received his Doctorate of Medicine in 2003. His Post Graduate education includes General Surgery, Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY (2004-2005); OB/GYN Residency, Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY (2005-2007); OB/GYN Residency, Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, NY (2007-2009).
"I was fortunate enough to have rigorous training at both Nassau Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital. Nassau is a 500 bed premier Level 1 Trauma Center in NY. It was there that I developed superior surgical skills and an introduction to OB/GYN," he said.
"Long Island Hospital is the oldest hospital in Brooklyn serving an extremely underserved population. With over 3000 deliveries a year, Maternal Fetal training, and substantial GYN-ONC patients, LICH gave me skills necessary to manage extremely simple to extremely complex patients."
In addition to maintaining a full time private practice, Dr. Sohal is also dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle with formal training in fitness and nutrition. He is also a great community advocate for local Farmers, and a volunteer with SAKI, an organization which raises awareness and funds for education against domestic violence in the South Asian community. He is also fluent in Spanish, Hindi and Punjabi.
Dr. Sohal has two children, Ajeet S. Sohal and Siah K. Sohal.
Dr. Sohal is currently accepting patients. To learn more call 751-7350, or visit www.smgobgyn.com.
Royce F. Calhoun, M.D.
Cardiothoracic surgeon Royce F. Calhoun II, M.D., has brought his extensive expertise and multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of lung cancer and thoracic aortic disease to Rideout Memorial Hospital and the Fremont-Rideout Cancer Center.
"Royce Calhoun is a dynamic, pioneering surgeon who will be a wonderful addition to the multi-disciplinary team of physicians at Fremont-Rideout who are breaking ground in a variety of specialty medicine services. We couldn't be more pleased to have him join us," said Fremont-Rideout CEO Theresa Hamilton.
Dr. Calhoun has spent the last eight years at the University of California, Davis, where he was as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Surgical Director of the UCD Medical Center's Thoracic Oncology Program. The Fremont-Rideout Cancer Center is a member of the University of California Davis' Cancer Care Network. Dr. Calhoun will continue his many clinical trials and lung cancer research at Rideout.
Certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Calhoun performed the first minimally invasive lobectomy for lung cancer in Northern California in 2006 and is the most experienced thoracic surgeon in this technique in Northern California, having performed more than 300 of these cutting edge procedures. These minimally invasive procedures, known as Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), enables a surgeon to access the chest cavity via several small incisions without spreading or cutting ribs and with minimal cutting of muscle. Many different operations of the chest can be done this way, including the removal of lung cancer, the proven method of cure. Dr. Calhoun was an early adopter of this technique and calls it "a paradigm shift in the treatment of lung cancer." It allows the patient a much faster, less painful recovery from surgery and a significantly quicker return to normal function, as compared to the traditional "open" thoracotomy that requires a much larger incision, rib spreading/cutting, and significant cutting of muscle.
In 2008, Dr. Calhoun was a guest surgeon at an international conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he performed a VATS lobectomy before a large audience of Russian thoracic surgeons. Dr. Calhoun has published and spoken extensively on the topic of the treatment of early stage lung cancer, the number one cancer killer of men and women in the US and a disease with high rates of incidence in Yuba, Sutter and surrounding counties.
Dr. Calhoun was also an early adopter of another minimally invasive procedure, the stent-based minimally invasive approach to the treatment of thoracic aortic diseases such as traumatic tears, dissections and aneurysms, and led the way in establishing UC Davis as a nationally recognized program for Thoracic EndoVascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR). TEVAR is done through simple catheter access of the groin vessels with a stent then navigated to the area of the aorta in need of repair. The concept is very similar to a heart catheterization and the stent based treatment of diseased coronary arteries that feed the heart muscle. In many instances, TEVAR can replace the classic large chest incision and cardiopulmonary bypass that is traditionally required. Dr. Calhoun has published and presented on this topic nationally and internationally, and has performed more than 100 of these procedures, making him one of the most experienced TEVAR surgeons in Northern California.
Dr. Calhoun earned his medical degree from Emory University, received his general surgical training at Washington University and completed his cardiothoracic surgical residency at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, Association for Academic Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the International Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgical Society, the European Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the General Thoracic Surgery Club.