Largest Cardiology Group in Porter County Joins Porter Health Care System

NICPPorter Health Care System CEO Jonathan Nalli has announced that Northwest Indiana Cardiovascular Physicians (NICP) has joined Porter Physician Group. NICP, the largest cardiology practice in Porter County, brings a formal affiliation of eight cardiologists to the health care system.

Physicians belonging to NICP include: Keith Atassi, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A. & I.; Akram Kholoki, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Daniel P. Linert, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Hector J. Marchand, M.D.; M. Satya Rao, M.D.; Sandeep Sehgal, M.D., F.A.C.C.; Jay Shah, M.D.; Michael L. Wheat, M.D., F.A.C.C.

We are pleased to welcome this esteemed group of physicians and their 59-member staff into Porter Physician Group,” said Nalli. “All have well-established reputations as exceptionally skilled, dedicated and compassionate leaders in the medical community. These physicians and their well-trained staff have made a difference in the lives of so many patients for more than a decade. We are proud to have them aboard as an integral part of the hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Medicine.

Considered a “heart hospital within a hospital,” the Center for Cardiovascular Medicine is located on the first floor of the new Porter Regional Hospital and provides advanced cardiovascular medicine in one centralized location. The center has received national recognition and accolades from the American Heart Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Distinction, Society of Chest Pain Centers, and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Most recently, Porter was awarded advanced certification in heart failure from The Joint Commission (the first hospital in northern Indiana and the second in the state to receive this honor).

According to Cardiovascular Service Line Director Terri Gingerich, with the integration of NICP into Porter’s Center for Cardiovascular Medicine, the services provided to patients will be taken to the next level. “With NICP physicians’ exceptional level of expertise, we now have the opportunity to maximize all areas of cardiovascular medical services with a multidisciplinary team approach offering our patients more efficient and effective treatment options.

The Porter Physician Group now has more than 65 dedicated providers specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, urology, general surgery, pulmonary-critical care medicine, hematology-oncology, otolaryngology and cardiovascular medicine. With 28 northern Indiana locations in three counties, Porter Physician Group offers community members comprehensive and collaborative care with added convenience. For more information regarding Porter Physician Group, visit

Porter Health Care System has two hospital campuses and seven outpatient facilities serving Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Starke, Newton and Jasper counties. With more than 350 physicians representing 50 medical specialties on the medical staff, Porter Health Care System is a leader in technology and overall patient care.