In the spirit of American Heart Health month, we are taking a look at the staff and doctor bios from CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial.

Dr. Musa Khan

Musa Khan, M.D., is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Echocardiogracy and Internal Medicine. Dr. Khan provides care through the Heart Institute of East Texas and has served the Lufkin area for 20 years.

Dr. Khan is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC), the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (FSCAI).

Dr. Khan has developed and established Interventional Cardiology programs, he serves as the medical director of the CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin cardiac cath labs and actively participates in various medical staff functions.

Presently, Dr. Khan serves on the board of directors of Physicians of East Texas (POET). He is the chairman of Critical Care Committee, and is a member of Physician leadership group and the MEC committee.  Dr. Khan has experience in large practice setup and management with special interest in electronic medical records and practice management software.

Dr. Sireesha Garikipati

Sireesha Garikipati, M.D., is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography.  Dr. Garikipati joined the Heart Institute of East Texas in 2016.

Dr. Garikipati’s completed a fellowship in Cardiology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks, MI, a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX and a fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant at the University of Texas Medical Branch and Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX.  Dr. Garikipati completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.  Dr. Garikipati attended Medical School at Siddhartha Medical College, NTR and University of Health Sciences in India.

David Ladden, M.D., is board certified in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.  Dr. Ladden provides care through CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Clinics and has served the Lufkin area since 2011.

Dr. Ladden’s past experience includes from 2004-2011, Director of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgical Services and Chief of Surgery Department at the Cardiovascular Institute of Mississippi at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center, McComb, Mississippi.  He was a Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeon in Austin, Texas from 20002-2004.  He was at the Cardiothoracic Care Center of Southwest Oklahoma in Lawton, Oklahoma, the Columbus Heart Institute in Columbus, Mississippi and Bookwood and Princeton Cardiothoracic Surgery in Birmingham, Alabama between 1991 and 2002.

Dr. Ladden completed his fellowship in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida in 1991.  His residency in General Surgery was completed at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1989.  He received his Medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Joshua Allen, D.O., is the Medical Director for the Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial.  Dr. Allen is a board certified Emergency Physician.

Dr. Allen has provided coverage in the Lufkin Emergency Department since 2012. Previously, he worked at Good Shepherd Medical Center and with a variety of MRI and Emergency Departments and Urgent Care facilities.

Dr. Allen finished his residency and fellowship in Emergency Medicine at Christus Spohn Hospital-Memorial through Texas A&M University-Health Science Center in Corpus Christi, Texas in 2012. He received his Doctorate degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA, and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University and Angelina College.

LeAnne Anderson

LeAnne Anderson is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator who specializes in diabetes, weight management and heart disease.  A graduate of the University of Nebraska, LeAnne completed her clinical experience at Texas Woman’s University.  LeAnne is the program coordinator of the Polk Education Center at CHI St. Luke’s health and provides nutrition counseling and diabetes education in Lufkin and Livingston.

Lufkin Fire Department Experience:
 Asst. Fire Chief – August 2006 to present
 Fire Marshal, Battalion Chief – May 1998 to August 2006
 Assistant Fire Marshal, Captain – January 1993 to May 1998
 Station Captain – June 1992 to January 1993
 Began career with Lufkin Fire Department in June 1986
Community Involvement:
 Board Member and Family Volunteer at Harold’s House, entertaining children during the interview process
 Actively involved at Timber Creek Church (formerly Lufkin First Assembly), serving as a volunteer coordinator for an usher team, active participant in outreach functions, volunteer work groups, and Kids Ministry

Nancy Sanchez
As the Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator, Nancy Sanchez is a Registered Nurse with 12 years of experience.   Working in Medical Surgical, Progressive Care, and Intensive Care units, Nancy excels in critical care nursing, critical thinking and quick assessment—skills that are key to Cardiac Rehabilitation.   Prior to her current role as the Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator for CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial, Nancy served as the Interim Nurse Manger for the hospital’s Progressive Care Unit.

Landon Evans

As only one of 20 Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologists in Texas, Landon Evans plans individualized exercise and nutrition programs for patients who want to improve their cardiac health.    Landon is also a Certified Personal Trainer with a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Exercise Physiology. He comes to CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial with clinical experience from hospitals such as East Texas Medical Center and Denton Regional Hospital. His experience also includes working with performance and aging programs at the University of Texas – Tyler. Landon brings with him a knowledge base that allows patients to have exercise programs specifically tailored to their life style, hobbies, and physical needs.  He also provides  classes with important health education including life style modifications through healthy behavior, environment, and nutrition.

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial
Cardiac Rehabilitation
312 Gaslight Blvd
Lufkin, Texas 75904
(second floor above the Memorial Heart and Vascular Imaging Center on The Heart Institute Campus)

For info, call: (936) 634-8840

The full Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation is the highest designation given by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), and CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is the only hospital between Tyler and Houston to receive the prestigious accreditation.

By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation status, CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
Joe Lowery

Stacy Garcia is the Market Administrator of Service Lines for CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial.   Mrs. Garcia’s primary responsibilities are to grow and develop a partnership between the hospital operations and physician partners within the service lines, as well as explore and develop opportunities for growth in cardiovascular, hospitalist and emergency medicine service lines within the market.

Mrs. Garcia has 20 years of health care experience, including more than 12 years in nursing/hospital management and operations. She began her career at Memorial as a Radiological Technologist, and throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work at the Texas Medical Center at Kindred Hospital – Houston as the Director of Critical Care, and received extensive training through the Memorial Herman Liver Transplant Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Methodist Hospital – LVAD/Transplant program, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital – LVAD Program. She also had the privilege of starting- up Triumph Hospital – Tomball, as the Chief Clinical Officer.

In 2008, Mrs. Garcia returned to Lufkin to be a key player of the start-up team for the Heart and Stroke Center at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial. During the past eight years, she served in various administrative roles at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial.

Mrs. Garcia received her Masters of Business Administration in Health Care Management from the University of Phoenix – Houston Northwest Campus, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Stephen F. Austin State University, and Associate of Applied Science in Radiological Technology from Angelina College.  She is a graduate of Corrigan–Camden High School.