Interventional Cardiologist Joins Mercy

News and Features - Around Washington, MO
Saturday, 07 May 2011
Dr. Joseph MooreJoseph A. Moore, MD, FACC, is bringing full-time interventional cardiac care to St. John’s Mercy Hospital. Dr. Moore is a board-certified interventional cardiologist specializing in complex coronary angioplasty and stents.  He joins Joseph Polizzi, MD, FACC, in Washington as part of St. John’s Mercy Heart and Vascular.

"Dr. Moore is a highly skilled interventional cardiologist," said Dr. Polizzi. "Every community would be fortunate to have someone of his caliber and professionalism in their hospital. We are certainly grateful that he's joining Mercy and will serve our patients, allowing us to advance our cardiology services to a level that hospitals even larger than us don’t currently have."

As an interventionalist, Dr. Moore performs, among other procedures, peripheral angioplasty and the more advanced transradial cardiac catheterization (TRC), which he has been practicing since 1994. During transradial cardiac catheterization, instead of using the femoral artery in the groin to access a blockage, Dr. Moore uses the radial artery, or artery on the thumb side of the hand, for the cardiac catheterization procedure.

The advantages of the transradial cardiac catheterization are that more than 80 percent of patients are candidates for the procedure, the puncture site can be closed immediately, even if a stent has just been placed, and patients can get out of bed immediately. Many patients can go home within just a few hours after the procedure.

Prior to moving back to the St. Louis area, Dr. Moore was in private practice in cardiology in Jacksonville, Fla.  From 1999-2002, he was a cardiologist with Mercy Cardiology Clinic, (now Mercy Heart and Vascular). Among other positions, he has previously served as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Ohio, in Toledo, Ohio, Chief of Cardiology at St. Louis VA Medical Center in St. Louis and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Saint Louis University.

Dr. Moore completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Saint Louis University Medical Center in St. Louis in 1994 and a fellowship in general cardiology at the Medical College of Ohio, in Toledo in 1993. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at the Medical College of Ohio, in Toledo.

Dr. Moore has returned to Mercy to help establish an advanced cardiology program in Washington, a town that reminds him of the small, riverfront town where he grew up in Ohio. "Coming to Washington is like coming home, and it’s an honor to be here.  The town and the people are very similar to what I knew growing up," said Dr. Moore. "I'm very happy to be here, and I’m particularly happy to provide a needed service that is so close to home to so many wonderful people."

St. John's Mercy Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center.  Drs. Moore and Polizzi are located in Suite 304 in the Mercy Medical Building, 851 E. Fifth St. in Washington. For more information, call 636-239-8845