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Physicians Join CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group

MOUNT STERLING Experienced provider Ray Brenton Terrell, MD, has joined CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Urology in Mount Sterling. Terrell has 27 years of professional experience serving Mount Sterling, West Liberty, Winchester, Lexington, and Georgetown. He will be devoting all of his time and focus to providing care to patients in Mount Sterling and the region. His new office is at 227 Falcon Drive, Suite G-03.

Terrell chose the field of urology because it offered a unique blend of surgery and primary care. Throughout his years of practice, he has worked to dispel the misconception that urology is a specialty that primarily serves older men. The scope of urologic care is broad and encompasses men and women of all ages and demographics.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College, Terrell received his medical degree from the UK College of Medicine. He did his urologic residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics before returning to Mount Sterling to practice. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology. Additionally, he is a member of the American Urologic Association and the Kentucky Urologic Association. Terrell has done research and published studies in the areas of prostate cancer and urothelial cancer. A specific area of interest is advanced diagnostics in the area of prostate cancer screening and detection.

“I could not be more excited and happy to return to my roots in Mount Sterling to continue to serve the wonderful people who have always been there for me,” says Terrell.

BARDSTOWN Sanjiv Mehta, MD, joined CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Orthopedic Surgery at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Mehta began his career in Greensburg and says returning to serve Nelson County “feels like a homecoming.”

Mehta has two physician parents who influenced his career path. “I knew in sixth grade I was going to be a doctor,” says Mehta. “I consider myself very blessed for finding my calling early in life.”

During an internship rotation in India, Mehta discovered his passion for the field of orthopedics. “I was seeing a patient who had a femur fracture, who was laying in front of me writhing in pain. I was able to repair his fracture, and the next day, when I saw him, he was eternally grateful, thanking me and telling me I was a blessing. Right then, I found my passion.”

Prior to beginning his professional career in Kentucky, Mehta earned his medical degree from the University of the Punjab in India and served as a visiting lecturer at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong. In 1990, Mehta arrived in Louisville, where he accomplished two fellowships and an internship at the University of Louisville. For over two decades, Mehta has seen patients across Kentucky – beginning his career in the Bardstown area and most recently serving patients in Louisville.

“The community of Bardstown is where I started my orthopedic career,” says Mehta. “I’m looking forward to reconnecting with my patients – most of whom have been driving from Bardstown to Louisville to see me. I’m so appreciative of them, and I look forward to returning.”

LEXINGTON Damir Kusmic, MD, has joined CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group Gastroenterology. Kusmic brings a wealth of experience in internal medicine and a goal of providing exceptional care to the patients he serves daily.

Specializing in gastroenterology, a field he describes as “an internal medicine specialty,” Kusmic highlights the procedure-based nature of his work, with a specific interest in the biliary system and the pancreas. His patient care philosophy revolves around kindness, understanding, and diligent work.

Born in Bosnia, Kusmic moved to the US in 1996, growing up in Bowling Green and eventually pursuing medical education, including med school and fellowship. Fluent in Bosnian–Serbo–Croatian, Kusmic brings a multicultural perspective to his practice, enhancing his ability to connect with patients.

Kusmic is a graduate of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and received his medical degree from the UK College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Marshall University/Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia, and a gastroenterology fellowship at East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Kusmic is particularly interested in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) because “It’s an intensive procedure, but it’s very satisfying in that it’s also therapeutic. When people have a bile duct obstruction, you can change the clinical picture and improve pain.”