December 22, 2022 – Beckley ARH Hospital recently welcomed board-certified, interventional gastroenterologist Sardar Musa Shah-Khan, MD, to its team.
“Dr. Shah-Khan is a world-class interventional gastroenterologist,” says Beckley ARH COO Beau Masterson. “He has a strong desire to increase the services offered in the Beckley area.
“With Dr. Shah-Khan on board, we will be able to provide services at BARH that are not provided elsewhere in West Virginia.”
A native of Beckley, Dr. Shah-Khan says it was important for him to return to his hometown to begin his career.
“I always knew it was one of my goals, professionally and personally, to give back to the place where I grew up,” he says. “I’m excited to help the people of southern West Virginia and Appalachia.”
Dr. Shah-Khan, a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and West Virginia University School of Medicine, completed an Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology/Hepatology fellowship at West Virginia University/Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.
Most recently, he completed a fourth-year fellowship in Advanced Therapeutic (Interventional) Endoscopy at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in New Brunswick, N.J., where he says he learned from some of the world’s top gastroenterologists.
His practice will offer standard treatment in the disorders and diseases that affect the digestive system, and, in the near future, he will perform highly specialized techniques and procedures not otherwise offered locally.
“I learned a lot of very advanced techniques and procedures during my training that are not currently available in our area,” Dr. Shah-Khan says, listing endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) as examples.
Endoscopic Ultrasound, he explains, is a type of endoscopic procedure that uses a specialized probe at the end of the scope.
“Endoscopic ultrasound will allow you to obtain deep tissue biopsies of multiple types of cancers and is now also increasingly being used as a therapeutic procedure for many different indications,” he says.
Dr. Shah-Khan is also trained in multiple minimally-invasive procedures including POEM (Per-Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) used in the treatment of swallowing disorders, ESG (Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty) for weight loss, and EMR/ESD for the removal of large polyps.
Throughout his educational endeavors, he says his goal was always to bring his knowledge and skills back to the people of southern West Virginia.
“My goal is to offer services that have not previously been offered here,” he says. “I believe that the people of southern West Virginia and Appalachia deserve access to the best possible care, and I want to help provide that to them.”
Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), is a not-for-profit health system operating 14 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, Martin, McDowell, Middlesboro, Paintsville, Prestonsburg, West Liberty, Whitesburg, and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs more than 6,500 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and the single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third-largest private employer in southern West Virginia.