Meet Dr. Robert Vernooy, Jr., as he discusses his areas of focus, what brought him to Sentara RMH, the care of his patients, and how the field of Electrophysiology is evolving.
Uh Doctor Robert Verno here at Centra R Mh Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Yeah. So I'm, I'm a cardiologist and a cardiac electrophysiologist. So my uh main hat is a heart rhythm specialist and uh take care of patients in the office but not predominantly doing a lot of procedures that are in heart rhythm realm. Uh ablations, pacemakers, defibrillators and growing areas. Uh these left appendage olu devices as an alternative to long term blood thinners for stroke prevention for afi. So, yeah, I, I did most of my post medical school training here in Virginia at the University of Virginia and kind of fell in love with the area and the Shenandoah Valley and my wife's family is from close by here. So this seemed like a nice place to settle and raise our family and we've been really happy here in the Shenandoah Valley. Yeah, I think um as far as my philosophy for medicine and taking care of patients, I certainly that is to educate the patient and really make sure that they understand the different treatment options and, and making the best choice for them and their lifestyle is really important. So I know all the different treatment options. But what I may think is best for the patient may not be what they think is best. And so it's important to frame it through that lens. So as soon as I got exposed in my training to electrophysiology and Harwood and care, I was just really fascinated with it immediately and I just kind of fell in love with it. I think throughout my career, I think I've just been amazed of how far we've come, that technology continues to evolve and just what we were doing 5, 10 years ago is completely different than what we're doing today. And so I just really enjoy that aspect of my field.