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Prairie Cardiovascular names new president

Dr. John A. Scherschel has been named president of Prairie Cardiovascular in Springfield.

Scherschel is the fourth president in the group’s 40-year history and succeeds Marc E. Shelton, MD, FACC, FESC, who was appointed vice president and chief physician executive of Hospital Sisters Health System in March.

Prior to being named president, Scherschel served as a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at Prairie since 2014. He is an MD and holds FACC and FHRS certifications.

“It has been a privilege to care for patients alongside the talented and committed providers and colleagues at Prairie,” said Scherschel. “The last five years have given me insight into this tremendous organization, and I am honored to take the lead and continue the tradition of providing world-class care to the residents of central and southern Illinois.”

Scherschel received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Ball State University and his doctor of medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine where he also did his internal medicine residency and later served as chief resident in medicine. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease and was a postdoctoral research fellow as well as a fellow in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology at Indiana University School of Medicine.

He and his wife Catherine have three children, Elizabeth, Christopher and Caroline. He enjoys boating, biking, gardening and spending time with family. Dr. Scherschel is a member of the Heart Rhythm Society and the American College of Cardiology where he sits on the Electrophysiology Council.

Scherschel’s new title became effective last month, following approval by the HSHS Board of Directors. He will continue seeing patients in a limited capacity.

About Prairie Cardiovascular

Physicians at Prairie Cardiovascular are nationally recognized as leaders in cardiovascular care. More heart patients are cared for by Prairie than any other program in Illinois. Prairie currently has more than 70 board certified physicians and 50 clinic sites in Illinois. Prairie is involved nationally in development of new diagnostic and treatment procedures and continues to advance medicine with an active research program.


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