LONDON CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Surgery welcomes general surgeon Nicholas Capal, DO, MS, to Laurel County. Capal’s journey into medicine began with a desire to make a meaningful impact, and today, he specializes in providing surgical solutions that improve the health and well-being of his patients.
Originally from Cincinnati, Capal spent nine years in Youngstown, Ohio, pursuing his medical education and training. He received his DO degree at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2018. Following medical school, he embarked on a general surgery residency at Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, a community-based hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center in Ohio.
During his residency, Capal gained extensive experience in trauma, critical care and acute care surgery and developed proficiency in minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical techniques. As a general surgeon, Capal embraces the diversity of cases that come his way, from trauma and gall bladder surgeries to cancer operations. His patient-centric philosophy underscores the importance of forging a partnership between physician and patient. He believes patient education is paramount.
BARDSTOWN CHI Saint Joseph Medical Care – Obstetrics and Gynecology in Bardstown welcomes its newest addition, Hanna Peterson, MD, MS, to its team of local providers. Peterson brings a wealth of dedication, experience, and a heartfelt commitment to women’s health and reproductive care. Dr. Peterson’s journey into medicine was deeply personal.
“I had health issues as a child and was inspired by my physicians and the nurses who cared for me,” Peterson says. That personal connection is the foundation of her patient-centered approach. “They come first. Their needs will always come first.”
From the Gainesville, Florida, area, Peterson earned her MD in 2019 from the University of Florida and completed her residency training in Louisville, Kentucky in 2023. Her decision to join CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group was influenced by her positive experience during her residency
“When I came to Kentucky for my residency training, I rotated to Bardstown during my residency. Rural health care seemed like a good fit to be a first-line provider to connect patients with subspecialists.”
In her role at CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group, Peterson will provide annual care visits for women and offer gynecology care for those in their post-menopausal years. She has a passion for preventive health care, urging women to prioritize regular visits, even in post-reproductive years.
LEXINGTON CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group welcomes Ibrahim Shahoub, MD, specializing in pulmonology and critical care medicine. Shahoub hopes to help more Kentuckians suffering from COPD and lung cancer. Shahoub’s journey in medicine started early with a determination to make profound improvements in people’s lives.
Born in Zliten, Libya, Shahoub embarked on his medical career at the University of Tripoli School of Medicine, where he earned his MBBCh degree, the equivalent of an MD. His dedication to furthering his medical knowledge led him to the United States, where he completed the United States Medical Licensing Examination and became certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.
Shahoub then entered the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University, where he honed his skills in diagnosing and treating a wide range of medical conditions. Following his residency, he completed fellowships in both pulmonary medicine at Marshall University and critical care medicine at the University of Kentucky. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and critical care medicine. Additionally, he holds certifications in basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support, and advanced trauma life support.
“Nothing is as meaningful as when a patient who was on the brink of death walks out of the hospital,” said Shahoub. “When treating patients, I think compassion comes as the top priority. People get sick, and they feel weak. Put your hand in their hand, they feel it, and it gives you a rewarding feeling.”
LONDON CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Family Practice in London welcomes Jarred Jones, MD, back to the Bluegrass State and into its family practice team. Jones, a native of London, brings a deep commitment to improving the health and well-being of the community he grew up in. Jones has a unique perspective on health care, which is deeply rooted in his family’s own experiences and his desire to prevent avoidable health problems.
Jones is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and received his MD from the UK college of Medicine. He completed his residency at Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. Jones’s background includes a role as a certified nursing assistant, providing direct patient care to disabled patients and building strong relationships with nursing staff. His research experience and publications demonstrate his commitment to patient well-being, delving into patient-provider interactions regarding chronic pain management.
With a background in neuroscience and a deep commitment to a holistic approach to health care, Jones aims to provide comprehensive, holistic, and preventive care. He is dedicated to discussing options for his patients beyond just medication. Jones’s commitment to improving health care goes beyond the office. He actively engages with the community to understand their health care needs and fosters an atmosphere of trust.