Our Physicians

  • Jon Brower, MD, FACC


    Jon Brower, MD earned his undergraduate and medical doctorate degrees from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.

    He served his internship and residency in internal medicine and neurology at the University of Arizona Health Science Center followed by a cardiology fellowship at the same institution. During his training he was on the Dean’s List both scholastically and for excellence in Teaching by a House Officer.

    Dr. Brower is board certified in general cardiology and internal medicine, and board eligible in nuclear cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.

    Dr. Brower specializes in general and invasive cardiology. He enjoys hiking, fly fishing, snowboarding, cooking and the blues.

  • Kent Dauterman, MD, FACC, FSCAI


    Kent Dauterman, MD earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo where he was Valedictorian of the College of Arts and Sciences. He then served as a Peace Corps Public Health Volunteer in Africa before earning his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he was among the top three graduates.

    His medicine residency and cardiology fellowship were at the University of California, San Francisco where he was chosen to serve as chief resident and chief fellow.

    He also trained for two years at the Cleveland Clinic as a fellow in interventional cardiovascular medicine. He is board certified in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology and is a Fellow both of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention.

    Dr. Dauterman specializes in interventional cardiovascular medicine. He helped establish both the TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) and carotid stent programs at Rogue Regional Medical Center. He has served as Chief of Cardiology at Rogue Regional Medical Center and Providence Medical Center. Dr. Dauterman is married with two children.

  • Timo Dygert, MD


    Dr. Timo Dygert performed his undergraduate studies at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne, graduating with honors.

    He attained his Medical Doctorate from Indiana University, where he completed a dual degree program, also earning a Masters in Business Administration from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

    Timo completed his Internal Medicine training at Oregon Health & Sciences University, where he received the Humanism in Medicine Award.

    Following Residency, he practiced as an Internal Medicine Hospitalist in Portland for several years before pursuing further training in cardiology.

    He completed his cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has a special interest in noninvasive imaging, including echocardiography and cardiac CT.

    Timo, his wife Vivian, and their three children are delighted to be back in the Pacific Northwest. They live in Ashland and appreciate the natural beauty of the Rogue Valley. In their spare time, they enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring the scenic Pacific Northwest. Timo also likes mountain biking and X-country skiing.

  • Nathan Funk, MD


    Nathan Funk, MD grew up in a small rural farming community in northwest Iowa.

    Initially following in his father’s footsteps toward a career in veterinary medicine, he changed directions graduating from University of Iowa medical school. He completed residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR.

    After working for a year as an internist for the Alaska Native Medical Center, in Anchorage, AK, he returned to Iowa for his cardiology fellowship at the University of Iowa. In training, he developed a special focus in cardiovascular imaging including echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography. He is also part of the valvular heart disease team at Southern Oregon Cardiology.

    Nathan and his wife, Annie love being part of the community in the Rogue Valley raising their family with a deep appreciation for the outdoors. They enjoy hiking, camping, backpacking and trail running in the many rich forests of our region

  • Brian Gross, MD, FACC, FAHA


    Brian Gross, MD earned his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and his medical doctorate from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. He served his internship and residency at Dartmouth Medical Center, earning both intern of the year and resident of the year honors.

    He held a fellowship and assistant professorship at the University of Washington and won the Washington Research Award from the American Heart Association.

    Dr. Gross was the local investigator for the GUSTO trials, which remains one of the largest myocardial infarction studies in the world. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the Council of Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association. He holds board certification in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology. He is the medical director of the regional heart attack program (ASSET).

    Dr. Gross specialties include general and interventional cardiology. Dr. Gross is married and has four children who like to raft, play soccer and basketball, ski and run track.

  • Miruais S. Hamed, MD, FACC


    Dr. Miruais Hamed was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He received his medical doctorate at the University of Bern in Switzerland and his internal medicine residency at the Inselspital in Bern, in Switzerland.
    Dr. Hamed served two years in the Swiss Army, promoted to first lieutenant and retired from active duty when he moved to the USA.
    After moving to the States Dr. Hamed completed an additional internal medicine internship and residency at John Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland where he advanced to Chief Resident.
    Dr. Hamed did his cardiology fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon.
    Dr. Hamed specializes in general and invasive cardiology. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and echocardiography.
    Dr. Hamed speaks several other languages beyond English including German, French, and some Dari.
    He is an avid hiker, enjoys biking and is passionate about cooking.

  • Jaekyoung A. Hong, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI


    Jaekyoung “Jae” Hong grew up NJ and completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Swarthmore College. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, she continued at U of Rochester for Internal Medicine residency and Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship. She pursued further training at the University of Washington Medical Center where she completed her general cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowships.

    She is board certified in Internal medicine, Vascular Ultrasound Interpretation, Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention. She has special interests in echocardiography, structural heart disease (transcatheter valvular therapies, left atrial appendage closure, etc) and complex coronary interventions.

    Dr. Hong understands that excellent cardiac care includes patient education and communication. She strives to provide patient-centered care with the ultimate goal for patients to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

    Outside of the hospital, Dr. Hong has multiple interests. She is a co-founder/prior board member of AWAKE (Alliance of Women Achieving Knowledge and Excellence), a non-profit organization for career advancement of professional women. She enjoys spending time with her fiancé and they enjoy hiking, running, gardening and DIY projects. She also enjoys spending time with their tuxedo cat, The Creature and is working on a website to make him an internet star.

  • Mark Huth, MD, FACC


    Mark M. Huth, MD, PhD graduated with Honors in Physiology from Rutgers University. He received his medical and doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University. He was nominated for the Chancellors award given to the most outstanding student in the graduating class.

    He served his internship and residency at Louisiana State University where he was named intern of the year and outstanding resident by the faculty. He did his fellowship in cardiology as well as a postdoctoral fellowship in Physiology at the University of Washington.

    He was asked to serve on the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at both Louisiana State University and the University of Washington. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He served as Chairman of the ACC’s Oregon GAP Project. He has both academic and clinical experience in angiography, echocardiography (including stress and transesophageal), and heart failure.

    He is married, and enjoys swimming and golf. His two fantastic sons help him remain young and better understand his own parents.

  • Junyang Lou MD, PhD, RPVI


    Junyang "J.L." Lou obtained his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Indiana University and his MD and PhD degrees at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Lou completed his internal medicine training at Duke University, and spent the next five years at the Cleveland Clinic as a fellow in general and interventional cardiology. He joined SOC in 2015.

    Dr. Lou is board certified in Internal Medicine, General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology and Endovascular Medicine (ABVM). He is a registered physician in vascular interpretation (RPVI). His clinical interests include valvular and structural heart disease, as well as peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Lou is trained in multiple techniques of cardiovascular interventions, including stenting, atherectomy and chronic total occlusions (CTOs). In response to FDA approval, he began offering catheter-based therapies for congenital cardiac conditions such as patent foramen ovale (PFO) in 2016 .

    Dr. Lou enjoys spending time with his three children and wife, who is also a physician. In his spare time, he could be found hitting the gym or playing backyard football. Having moved from China to the United States as a child, Dr. Lou has retained his fluency in Mandarin Chinese.



  • David Martin, MD, FACC


    David Martin, MD completed his undergraduate work at the University of California at Irvine and received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. His internal medicine residency and fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology were completed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of California at Los Angeles.

    A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, he is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Diseases as well as Cardiac Electrophysiology and Pacing.

    He has developed a regional heart rhythm management program offering state-of-the-art technologies such as intra-cardiac ablation, implantable defibrillators and pacemakers.

    Dr. Martin views health care as a collaborative relationship between people with basic tenants of respect and caring for the individual. The interests of his patients will always be his top priority. He is married and the father of three sons.

  • Mark Moran, MD, FACC, FSCAI, CCDS


    Mark Moran, MD graduated with highest honors in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and received his medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He continued at UCLA Medical Center for his Internal Medicine residency, where he was recognized as Medical Intern of the Year.

    He then completed his cardiology fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology. Dr. Moran is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention. He is also recognized by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners as a certified cardiac device specialist. Dr. Moran specializes in interventional cardiology and implantation of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.

  • Todd Kotler, MD, FACC


    Todd Kotler, MD graduated with a degree in chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz and received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1982. Dr. Kotler served his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center. He served as a research fellow in nuclear cardiology and then completed his cardiology fellowship training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He has published numerous scientific articles and abstracts and has made many presentations at national conferences.

    Dr. Kotler is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Kotler’s specialties include interventional and general cardiology. He has been the Medical Director of the RVMC Cardiovascular Lab at CVI since its inception in 2003.

    In addition to his 3 children, Dr. Kotler’s passions outside of medicine include golf, skiing and travel.

  • Brian Morrison, MD, FACC


    Brian Morrison, MD has extensive experience in pediatric and adult congenital heart disease and in acquired adult cardiac disease, and is an expert in transesophageal echocardiography.

    Dr. Morrison obtained his internal medicine training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, his cardiology fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School, and a senior clinical fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. He spent a year at the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Center at the University of California at Los Angeles, serving as an instructor and staff physician.

    A teacher at heart, Dr. Morrison enjoys helping his patients have a greater understanding of heart health. When Dr. Morrison isn’t thinking of ways to improve heart health, he reads and writes about medical history, collects antiquarian books, and runs for exercise. He can also be seen cheering his children to success in their athletic endeavors.

  • Linda Pierson, FNP


    As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Linda Pierson has advanced education and training with a Masters of Science as well as a Masters of Science in Nursing. Linda partners with her patients to promote heart health through education and therapeutic lifestyle changes. Linda is enthusiastic about educating her patients, and partners with them to determine the lifestyle changes they can make to promote heart health. She is adept at tackling complex issues and working as a team to improve her patient’s health.

    Linda is qualified as a primary health care provider. She also has extensive training and experience in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease and heart failure, including patients with cardiac devices. Linda received her Masters of Science in Nursing as well as her Post Masters Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner through Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from both programs summa cum laude.

    Linda is the Coordinator of the Heart Failure Clinic and practices in both our Grants Pass and Medford offices.

  • Thomas Norby, MS, FNP


    Thomas Norby, MS FNP earned undergraduate degrees from University of California at Berkeley in Resource Management, and California State University, Hayward in Nursing. His Masters Degree is from Oregon Health and Science University’s nurse practitioner program.

    He is board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In 2006, Tom joined the group that has become Southern Oregon Cardiology following several years of primary care practice in the Rogue Valley. He collaborates closely with your cardiologist to advance your treatments and management. Tom is particularly interested in heart failure, atrial fibrillation and cardiac devices.

    He enjoys family, gardening, the outdoors, travel and tropical beaches.

  • Bruce Patterson, MD, FACC


    Bruce Patterson, MD earned his undergraduate degree from Pomona College and his masters degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he was president of AOA Honor Medical Society.

    He served his internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and completed a cardiac fellowship at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Patterson is certified in nuclear cardiology.
    He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Board certified in internal medicine and cardiology. Dr. Patterson has special interests in echocardiography, transesophageal echo, cardiac catheterization and nuclear cardiology.
    Dr. Patterson is married with three children. The family enjoys hiking and skiing.

  • Eric Pena, MD, FACC


    Eric Pena, MD earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in Florida and his medical degree from the University of South Florida. He served his internship, residency and fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA where he also served as chief medical resident.

    He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Electrophysiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Pena has participated as a principal investigator in several research studies for the development of medical technology to serve cardiology patients.

    He has lectured throughout the US on new ablation, pacemaker and defibrillator technology and has served as faculty at Heart Rythm Society international meetings. Dr. Pena specializes in Cardiology and Electrophysiology; he performs the full spectrum of complex ablations and device implantations.

    He enjoys skiing, fishing and camping with his family.

  • Brad Personius, MD, FACC


    Brad Personius, MD actively researches cardiac issues and has published many scientific articles and made presentations at national scientific forums. He has extensive academic and clinical experience in echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac pacing, and the management of complex lipid disorders.

    Dr. Personius received his undergraduate degree from Walla Walla College in Washington and his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He began his residency training in internal medicine and completed subsequent training in cardiology at Wilford Hall U.S. Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He also served as Assistant Professor of Medicine for the Cardiology division while there.

    When it comes to helping patients manage their heart health, Dr. Personius expertly guides them through often complex decisions. He also focuses on the simple everyday choices including a plant-based diet, adequate rest, regular exercise and plenty of water.

    Dr. Personius and his wife of 30 years have raised three children and are now enjoying the kids’ new careers and families.

  • Lakiesha Sheaffer, FNP


    Lakiesha Sheaffer FNP is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She began her career in nursing in her hometown of Panama City, FL in 2010. She has accumulated over 6 years of nursing experience. Lakiesha received her Masters of Science Degree in Nursing as well as her Post Masters Certificate for Family Nurse Practitioner from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA.

    Prior to her career as a Nurse Practitioner, Lakiesha most recently worked in the Coronary Care Unit at Rogue Regional Medical Center for over 4 years and cared for patient populations that included post MI, post heart and lung surgery, and heart failure. She has also worked with devices such as ventricular assistive devices (VADs), and pacemakers.

    Lakiesha is fluent in the issues of health maintenance relevant to cardiovascular disease and will strive to counsel patients appropriately. She thoroughly enjoys working with her patients and delivering the very best care possible to help them maintain good health. With close collaboration with your cardiologist, she will care for patients with various cardiovascular conditions.

    She enjoys spending time with her family, the great outdoors, and travel.

  • J. Jason West, MD, FACC, FHRS


    J. Jason West, MD earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and pursued his medical degree at Vanderbilt University. He completed residency training at the University of Washington prior to serving as a Clinical Instructor in the Harborview Emergency Room. He performed fellowship training in cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Virginia. Following training, he worked on the faculty at the University of Texas and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

    He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Electrophysiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Heart Rhythm society.

    Dr. West specializes in Electrophysiology, and he performs complex ablations and device implantations.

    He enjoys skiing, fishing and golf. He is blessed with a wife and two daughters.


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