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Published on June 06, 2008

Long Time DeKalb Physician Retires after 30 Years

June 6, 2008

Dr. Gona and Dr. RamanathanDr. P.R. Ramanathan is retiring from medicine after practicing in DeKalb for 30 years. After completing his residency in internal medicine in Chicago, colleague and friend, Dr. John Prabhakar, former KCH Chief of Staff, suggested Ramanathan look to the west to start his practice. This proved to be a good suggestion as Ramanathan has enjoyed a successful medical practice in DeKalb for many years.  Looking back on the changes he’s seen in healthcare in DeKalb County, he notes improved radiological technology as most important.

“Years ago, if you were expecting a baby, to have a sonogram or ultrasound was a major undertaking,” Dr. Ramanathan said. “Now it is so much easier.” He also says the increased amount of specialists in DeKalb has been a huge benefit for those in the community.

Brad Copple, KCH Administrator for the last 20 years, said it has been a pleasure working with and getting to know Dr. Ramanathan. “He has provided leadership, stability and continuity in the development and practice of internal medicine in our communities,” Copple said.

“He has also been very helpful in the progression of information technology and electronic medical records at KCH. We will miss him very much and wish him the best in his retirement.”

Dr. Vasantha Gona, board certified in internal medicine, will take over Dr. Ramanathan’s practice and will continue to care for his current patients. Dr. Gona has been practicing medicine for five years, three years at McKinnley Health Center, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and most recently in Florida. She says a desire to be closer to family and friends prompted her to return to Illinois. She is married and has two children.

Her medical special interests include preventative care, women’s health and the care of chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and high cholesterol issues.

As far as plans for his retirement, Dr. Ramanathan says he plans to travel with his wife. He also will spend more time babysitting his four granddaughters, two who live in suburban Chicago and two who live out of state.

The public is invited to a retirement reception for Dr. Ramanathan on Friday, July 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., in the Roberts Conference Center at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

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