Aug. 06–Dr. Karunakar Akasapu and Dr. Haritha Karuparti have joined Sparks Health System to provide critical care and renal care services to the area.
Akasapu is now a part of Sparks Clinic Lung Center at Sparks Regional Medical Center. He is board certified in critical care, pulmonology and internal medicine and completed his fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
As a pulmonologist, Akasapu will treat patients suffering from diseases such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and critical care patients who are in the Intensive Care Unit at Sparks Regional Medical Center.
While Akasapu says he decided in high school to pursue medicine, his wife, Karuparti, knew from the start it was her destiny. She comes from a family of physicians. In medical school she became amazed by how the function of the kidneys impacts so many other organs. That’s how she chose nephrology.
Karuparti was fellowship trained at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. She is now available to treat patients in need of dialysis and suffering from conditions such as inflammation of the kidney, kidney disease and kidney stones at Renal Care Associates located inside Sparks Medical Plaza at 1500 Dodson Ave.
The couple has an infant son and says they enjoy spending time with family and traveling.
Donnelle Wagner, DNP, has joined Sparks Ear, Nose & Throat Center — West, located at 1500 Dodson Ave., Suite 260. She will see patients alongside Dr. Gary Highfill.
Wagner has 10 years of experience as a nurse practitioner and 17 years as a registered nurse. She spent 15 of those years at Sparks Health System.
“I got into healthcare because I love taking care of people,” Wagner said. “It’s rewarding to help a patient overcome a chronic condition and improve their quality of life.”
Wagner and her husband have lived in Lavaca for the last 15 years. She says outside of work she stays busy with three boys who are very active in baseball and football.
Dr. Kyle Basham, recently joined Sparks Urology Group in Fort Smith.
As a urologist, Basham specializes in diseases and conditions relating to areas such as the urinary tract, bladder, kidneys, adrenal glands and prostate and men’s health. He also performs robotic surgery for a wide range of urological issues.
“Most people don’t realize how broad of a field urology really is,” said Basham “There is a great mix of clinical medicine, surgery and intervention. We treat men, women and children for a wide variety of issues.”
Basham earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock and completed his residency in urology at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville. After 14 years of being away from the Arkansas River valley, Basham says he and his wife, Kristin, a Fort Smith native, are happy to move back to the area to raise their son around family.
Sparks Urology Group is located at 5500 Ellsworth Road. Basham will work alongside Dr. John L. Lange, Dr. Ronald P. Knobloch, Dr. John Terrell and Lauren M. Smith, PA.
Southeastern Freight Lines, a regional less-than-truckload transportation service trucking company, recently announced Jim Jones has been promoted to regional vice president of operations. Jones will lead teams in the south-central region of the United States, covering 17 service centers spanning four states, including parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
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