Central California Faculty Medical Group (CCFMG), in affiliation with UCSF Fresno, is proud to partner with Abbott and United Health Centers in hosting the Comprehensive Heart And Multidisciplinary Limb Preservation Outreach Networks (CHAMPIONS) screening events.

At these events, CCFMG’s UCSF faculty physicians and their support staff will provide the community with screenings and assessments about overall vascular health and conduct basic cardiovascular screenings to evaluate for at-risk patients. The effort is intended to improve cardiovascular care in the disadvantaged and underserved patient population of the San Joaquin Valley by making critically important screenings more readily available to the communities that need them most.

Dr. Leigh Ann O’Banion, Valley Vascular Surgery Associates surgeon and UCSF Fresno Assistant Clinical Professor, saw early in her career that many vascular patients in the Central Valley had few options for necessary health screenings. Teaming up with cardiologist and colleague Dr. Teresa Daniele, University Cardiovascular Center Medical Director and UCSF Fresno Chief of Cardiology, they’ve found the means to bring specialized cardiovascular care to areas with limited access to it.

While Fresno is considered the fifth largest city in California by population, it is surrounded by many economically disadvantaged, rural communities that find it difficult to attract medical specialists, despite the ever-growing need.  Unfortunately, the Central Valley is only one such “care desert” in a nation filled with far-too-many pockets of patients with limited access to a full array of medical services.  Whether those care gaps result from geographic or socio-economic conditions, the results are often the same: underserved communities receiving sub-optimal attention. That is what makes this event pertinent and critical to the well-being of our community.

Teresa Daniele, MD, FACC, is board certified in cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography. She specializes in cardiac consultation, nuclear cardiology, and cardiac PET/CT.

Dr. Daniele maintains a special interest in women’s heart disease. As a part of the UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program, she started a women’s cardiac program for area patients.

Leigh Ann O’Banion, MD, FACS, FSVS, RPVI, is board certified in surgery and fellowship trained in vascular surgery. Dr. O'Banion is active in the medical community by conducting research to improve outcomes for amputation patients through her LEAP Protocol study. She is passionate about medical education and the patients of the Central Valley.

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