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Saint Alphonsus names two medical leaders

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Jeff Wood

Jeff Wood has been named regional director of laboratories for the Saint Alphonsus Health System. He will be responsible for all aspects of laboratory operations across Idaho and Oregon and play a role in the health system’s COVID-19 testing strategy and operations implementation. He comes to Saint Alphonsus after working as area operations manager for the Idaho and Eastern Washington regions for Numotion in Meridian. He also has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles for Interpath Laboratory in Pendleton, Oregon, leading more than 20 lab managers and 300 employees in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska.

A graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in medical technology, Wood was raised in Oregon and moved to the Treasure Valley three years ago.

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Robert Saeid Farivar

Also, Dr. Robert Saeid Farivar M.D., Ph.D., the first heart surgeon in the United States to perform a Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement procedure, has been named medical director at the Saint Alphonsus Heart Institute in Boise. He comes from Florida, where he was medical director of cardiovascular surgery at HCA East Florida Division.  He has also served as chairman of cardiac surgery at Allina Health and chief of cardiac surgery at the Minneapolis Heart Institute, and he was chief of cardiac surgery for Penn Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.  His career has also taken him to surgical and leadership positions at the University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City. 

A graduate of Yale University, where he earned a BA in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, Farivar was awarded his MD and PhD in pathology from the Boston University School of Medicine.  He was a research fellow in cardiac surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and served residencies in general surgery and thoracic surgery at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 


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