Last updated: July 18. 2013 6:50PM - 484 Views
Jack Latta
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PRESTONSBURG — The recently appointed Highlands Regional Medical Center cardiologist died suddenly, just months after beginning practice in Eastern Kentucky.

Dr. Joel Shapiro, age, a Brooklyn native, died last week at his home from a suspected heart attack.

Shapiro, received his PhD from Purdue University, his MD from the University of Miami and completed his residency at the University of San Diego. Additionally, he has received multiple board certifications through the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American College of Cardiology. He has also received numerous professional awards and honors from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institutes of Health and the Division of Medical Genetics and others.

Dr. Shapiro has also taught and advised with many well respected universities and has 40 years of experience in the medical field with a wide range of professions including research scientist, geneticist, consultant and more.

Officials at Highlands Regional Medical Center couldn’t believe their luck in January when they added Dr. Joel Shapiro to the medical staff.

When HRMC made public the news of Shapiro’s hiring in January, Chris Hoffman, chief operating officer, said that hiring a cardiologist of Shapiro’s caliber was big news for Eastern Kentucky, where it is often difficult to attract professionals.

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