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Recipients of the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s 40 Under 40 award include Amit Varma, M.D., and Christopher Wenger, D.O., both of The Heart Group of LG Health.

Amit Varma, M.D.

Christopher Wenger, D.O.

The honorees, who were nominated by colleagues and selected by a statewide committee of PA Med member physicians, are recognized for demonstrating a significant amount of success early in their medical careers.
Dr. Varma, who specializes in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology, has presented his research at national and international meetings and shared his expertise at local educational sessions. He designed a documentation template for patients seen throughout the Penn Medicine system that allows for multidisciplinary alignment of the treatment process for cardiology and oncology.

Dr. Wenger serves in The Heart Group’s Preventive Cardiology and Lipid Apheresis clinics, treating metabolic and genetic cholesterol issues with nutrition counseling and drug therapy. He is involved with numerous community health initiatives, including creating a wellness committee to improve the nutritional quality of school lunches in Manheim Township School District.


Charles Rost, M.D.

Dr. Charles Rost retires

Charles Rost, M.D., of LG Health Physicians Diabetes & Endocrinology, has retired after 34 years of practicing locally. Dr. Rost also served as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology at Lancaster General Hospital.
“I have enjoyed practicing medicine in Lancaster,” he said. “My 34-year affiliation with LGH was great.  The community of physicians and nurses made the everyday practice very enjoyable.  Lancaster also has some great patients.”

Dr. Rost and his wife plan to travel, spend time with their 3-year-old granddaughter and keep busy with their two rescue dogs.


Michael Reihart, D.O.

Ryan Wennell, D.O.

Shanthi Sivendran, M.D.

Todd Wood, M.D.



Shahid Babar, M.D.

Physicians featured in media interviews

LGH emergency physician Michael J. Reihart, D.O., offered drowning prevention tips in a recent Fox 43 interview. Dr. Reihart says awareness, supervision and CPR training are critical in saving lives of young children.
In a recent Fox 43 interview, Ryan C. Wennell, D.O., of LG Health Physicians Sports Medicine and Family Medicine Crooked Oak, shared tips for staying hydrated and safe outdoors during a heat wave.
Shanthi Sivendran, M.D., of LG Health Physicians Hematology & Medical Oncology told WGAL about a recent study showing that many early-stage breast cancer patients do not need chemotherapy.
Todd A. Wood, M.D., of The Heart Group of LG Health, told PA Business Woman magazine about the importance of screenings for detecting vascular diseases, a “silent killer.”
Shahid Babar, M.D., Medical Director, Hospitalist Services, at Lancaster General Hospital, was interviewed for a Today’s Hospitalist story on how leaders of hospitalist groups balance administrative and clinical demands. 

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