New Castle News

November 27, 2012

Jameson Health System welcomes new physicians

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Three new physicians have been added at Jameson Health System in New Castle.

Dr. Muhammed Arif, Dr. Sonia Panesar and Dr. Rohit Mehta  are the latest arrivals to the medical staff there.

•Arif has joined the Pain Management Program. He holds the distinction of interventional pain management specialist and is a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician.

He is a surgery trained physiatrist and the only physician in the area trained from an accredited pain management fellowship program. Arif delivers comprehensive pain management utilizing a multidisciplinary approach. He diagnoses and treats the most complex of pain conditions with innovative, minimally-invasive techniques to help improve quality of life.

His treatment includes chronic pain conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, compression fractures, spinal stenosis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, tendonitis, cancer pain, carpal/tarsal tunnel syndrome, herniated discs, post-surgical pain, migraine headaches, post traumatic pain, Raynaud’s Syndrome, reflect sympathetic dystrophy, complex regional pain syndromes, shingles, and strain/sprains of the neck, chest or back.

“At Jameson, I’m able to deliver what I believe in, establishing close relationships with patients in an independent hospital setting,” Arif said.

He is seeing all new patients at JHS Pain Management at Jameson South Campus, 1000 S. Mercer St., New Castle.

Arif received his medical school training at Rawalpindi Medical College in India. He then completed his general surgery internship and physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at State University of New York in Brooklyn, NY. The doctor is Fellowship trained in Pain Management from the University of Pittsburgh.

•Panesar joins the obstetrics and gynecology team. She focuses on complete obstetric and gynecology care for women of all ages and states of life.  Her approach to wellness begins with peace.

She is currently seeing new patients at the specialty care clinic, Jameson OB/GYN at Jameson Hospital, 1211 Wilmington Ave., New Castle.

With training in esteemed medical centers in Baltimore and Chicago, Panesar delivers both technical skill and diverse experience.  

She received her medical school training at the Medical University of the Americas in Nevis, West Indies and  completed her internship at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and her residency at John Stroger Hospital in Chicago in obstetrics /gynecology.

“My husband, Dr. Rohit Mehta, and I are excited to raise our children here and serve as new caregivers, and neighbors in our community,” Panesar said. “We fell in love with New Castle with this friendly community.”

•With training in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Toronto, Mehta delivers consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients suffering from respiratory illness and critical disease processes.

His expertise includes treatment of conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension while also specializing in portable sleep monitoring and pulmonary interventional procedures. Mehta is also seeing all new patients with breathing problems, allergies, sleep disorders and other lung conditions at JHS Pulmonary Care, 217 N. Jefferson St.

In his role as a critical care intensivist at Jameson Hospital, Mehta diagnoses complex medical conditions and develops the plan of care and treatment strategy for patients in the Intensive Care Unit.  

“I enjoy being close and familiar with my patients,” Mehta said. “Here at Jameson, I’m able to truly bond with my patients and their families, as well.”

Born and raised in Canada, he received his medical school training at the Medical University of the Americas in Charleston, West Indies. Mehta then completed his internal medicine internship and residency at UPMC McKeesport Hospital.

He is fellowship trained in pulmonary and critical care from John H. Stroger Hospital in Chicago and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease.