Lutheran Health Physicians welcomes 8 new providers

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (April. 2, 2019) – Eight providers specializing in the areas of general surgery, family medicine, pediatric care, electrophysiology, surgical oncology, infectious disease, cardiology, and cardiovascular surgery are the most recent to join the Lutheran Health Physicians team. 

Robert Bleza, MD, joined Lutheran Health Physicians after serving over 20 years as a general and laparoscopic surgeon throughout northwestern Indiana. Dr. Bleza operated a solo, general surgery practice in Crown Point for 14 years, before joining Woodlawn Hospital in Rochester in 2018.

Dr. Bleza earned his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1991 and later completed a general surgery residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia.

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners, Dr. Bleza is fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomat of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Dr. Bleza’s office is located on the fourth floor of Bluffton Regional Medical Center, 303 S. Main St.

Primary care physician G. Steven Kalesperis, DO, brings to Lutheran Health Physicians more than 30 years of experience providing preventive and chronic care for men, women and adolescents, as well as geriatric rehabilitative care. 

Dr. Kalesperis earned a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb with a concentration on microbiology and epidemiology, before obtaining his doctorate of osteopathic medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kalesperis began his career managing acute medical/surgical and ICU/ACU patient needs in the Chicagoland area. He also served a two-year stint as a flight surgeon with the United States Navy where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Prior to joining LHP, Dr. Kalesperis served patients in Texas as the medical director of Veterans Affairs health care centers in El Paso, Dallas and Houston.

Board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, Dr. Kalesperis is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Rehabilitative Medicine, the American Osteopathic College of Family Practice and the American Osteopathic College of Occupational & Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Kalesperis is located at the LHP location in Georgetown North, 6511 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne.

Zachary Madson, DO, is a hospital-based physician who treats children from birth to age 18 requiring hospitalization due to infectious, respiratory or chronic illnesses.

Board certified in pediatrics, Dr. Madson completed a pediatric residency at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to joining Lutheran Health Physicians, he served at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, completing a pediatric hospital medicine fellowship in June 2018. He has participated in a wide array of research and quality improvement initiatives.

Dr. Madson earned a master of bioethics and doctor of osteopathic medicine from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri.

His office is located in Suite 210 of Lutheran Children’s Hospital, 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Stephan Vivian, MD, joined the Lutheran Health Physicians cardiac electrophysiology team in 2019, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with heart rhythm disorders caused by problems with the heart’s electrical system.

Prior to joining LHP, he served for more than a decade as the cardiac electrophysiologist at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem. While at LewisGale, he supervised construction of the new cardiac electrophysiology laboratory and established the program for treating complex heart rhythm disorders with a procedure known as catheter ablation. Dr. Vivian was the first physician in southwestern Virginia to use this technique to treat atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Vivian graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1984, he received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Vivian completed his internal medicine residency at SUNY Health Sciences Center in Syracuse, New York, where he also served as chief medical resident. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular diseases and pacing and cardiac electrophysiology at the Ohio State University Hospitals and Clinics in Columbus.

Dr. Vivian is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in medicine and cardiovascular diseases. His office is located at 7916 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the Lutheran Hospital campus.

Rebecca Brown, NP, joined the surgical oncology team at Lutheran Health Physicians in February 2019. Prior to that, she dedicated more than 10 years of service to Lutheran Health Network hospitals, including three years at The Orthopedic Hospital in the preoperative, postoperative and postanesthesia care units, and four years at Dupont Hospital as a registered nurse in the medical/surgical unit and laboratory.

Brown earned associate degrees in chemical methods and nursing in 2000 and 2010, respectively, from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She also obtained multiple bachelor’s degrees in biology and medical laboratory science from IPFW. In 2015, Brown completed a master’s degree in nursing administration from Ball State University in Muncie. She was later inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, the Golden Key International Honor Society and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Brown also serves as a volunteer for the Junior League of Fort Wayne.

Her office is located in Suite 112 of Medical Office Building Two, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the campus of Lutheran Hospital.

Melissa Gephart, NP, a member of the Lutheran Health Physicians infectious disease team, serves patients who have contracted illnesses, including those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Infectious disease specialists are also trained in immunology, epidemiology and infection control.

Gephart is a graduate of the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, where she obtained both an associate degree and a master’s degree in nursing. Prior to joining LHP in 2019, she served Lutheran Hospital as a nurse practitioner in various areas including emergency services and hospital medicine, which focused on primary, consultive and collaborative clinical management of hospitalized patients.

Gephart is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a member of the Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses of Indiana, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Her office is based in Suite 304 of Medical Office Building One, 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the Lutheran Hospital campus.

Erin Shaw, NP, is a nurse practitioner at the Lutheran Health Physicians Coumadin clinic, where she assists patients who are prescribed anticoagulant or other blood-thinning medications. 

Shaw brings over 20 years of experience as a nurse practitioner to LHP, having served in both Fort Wayne and Wabash.  As a nurse practitioner, she has managed chronic disease processes and provided care for long-term, home health and hospice patients.

As a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Shaw earned her bachelor’s degree in health sciences/nursing before obtaining a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne.

Shaw is located at 3534 Brooklyn Ave., Fort Wayne.

Qiujuan Wang, PA-C, joined Lutheran Health Physicians after working as a physician assistant specializing in cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois.

Wang obtained a bachelor of medicine degree from Ningxia Medical University in Yinchuan, China. She earned her first master’s degree in OB/GYN, maternal-fetal medicine from Peking Union Medical College and the Chinese Academy of Medical Science in Beijing, and later obtained an additional master’s degree in physician assistant study from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Wang completed OB/GYN residencies at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and The General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University in Yinchuan. She also completed a maternal-fetal medicine, OB/GYN fellowship at PUMC Hospital in Beijing.

Wang has contributed to multiple publications covering topics including cardiovascular, pediatric and OB/GYN care.

Her office is located in Suite 102 of Medical Office Building Two, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., on the campus of Lutheran Hospital.

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