Dr. Brian Steg, Dr. Derek Luney, Dr. Luke Byrnes, Dr. James Ritter, Dr. Jeff Neal, Lisa Michel PA-C and Sara Paul, DNP, FNP come to you with a combined 110+ years of experience. The top priority of our physicians and staff is to give each patient the highest quality of care available. We provide general cardiology, peripheral interventions, pacemaker implantation and interventional cardiology. Remember, your Cardiologist is your first line of defense in guarding your most valuable possession of all: your HEART!
Special Services Provided In Our Office:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Pulse Oximetry
- Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
- Exercise Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
- Holter Monitors (24 and 48 hour)
- Event Monitors
- Pacemaker checks
- PT/INR checks
- Regular Stress Tests (walking treadmill)
- Echocardiograms (provided by CVMC)
- Bladder Scans (provided by CVMC)
- Heart Failure Follow Up
- Administration of IV Lasix
Special Services Provided by our Physicians at CVMC
- Stress Tests (Lexiscan, Thallium)
- MUGA Scans
- Stress Echocardiograms
- Trans-esophageal echo (TEE)
- Cardiac Catheterizations
- Pacemaker, ICD, BIV Insertions
- Peripheral Vascular Intervention
- Shared Medical Appointments for Heart Failure Follow Up
Dr. Brian Steg was a co-founder of Hickory Cardiology Associates, where he worked from 1983 to July 2011. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and his Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster. He completed his fellowship, residency, and internship at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is boarded by the American board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Steg is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians, AmericanCollege of Chest Physicians, and is a fellow of the Society of Coronary Angiography and Intervention. Dr. Steg performs cardiac catheterizations, coronary angioplasty, stenting, pacemakers, peripheral vascular angioplasty and structure for peripheral vascular disease.
Dr. Derek Luney
Dr. Derek Luney worked at Hickory Cardiology Associates, PLLC, from 1996-June 2011 and Cardiology Associates of Anderson from 1995-1996. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, and his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Mathematics from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. Luney completed his fellowship, residency and internship from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Dr Luney performs cardiac catheterizations and also has interest in non invasive evaluation of the heart including echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.
Dr. Luke Byrnes
Dr. Byrnes joined Catawba Valley Cardiology in April of 2012 and is board certified in internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, adult comprehensive echocardiography, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology. As both an interventional and clinical cardiologist, he is able to help prevent, diagnose and treat a wide range of cardiac diseases.After graduating from New York Medical College in 2003, Dr. Byrnes completed an internal medicine internship and residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, followed by fellowships in both cardiology and interventional cardiology. He earned both Level II and III certifications with over 300 interventional procedures performed. Prior to joining the staff at CVMC, Dr. Byrnes worked as an interventional cardiologist at Meadville Medical Center, in Meadville, PA. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and is bi-lingual in English and Spanish.
Dr. James Ritter
Prior to joining Catawba Valley Cardiology in January 2014, Dr. Ritter practiced Interventional Cardiology in Wilmington DE for 25 years. Dr. Ritter received a BChe with honors from the University of Delaware and his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his medical internship and residency at the Medical Center of Delaware, and was Chief Medical Resident in 1986. Dr. Ritter completed his Cardiology fellowship at the Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease, and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a fellow of the Society of Coronary Angiography and Interventions, and is NASPE certified. Dr. Ritter has been a principle investigator in several clinical trials. Dr. Ritter performs cardiac catheterizations, coronary angioplasty and atherectomy, and coronary stenting. He also performs peripheral vascular procedures, and is certified to implant Amplatzer closure devices.
Dr. Jeff Neal
A native Virginian, Dr. Neal attended the University of Virginia undergraduate and matriculated to the Medical College of Virginia pharmacy school where he attained a doctorate of pharmacy. After practicing pharmacy for 5 years, he then enrolled at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech. Following medical school, Dr. Neal served as a resident in internal medicine at The Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA before completing a general cardiology fellowship with OhioHealth in Columbus, OH and subsequently completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at The Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. Dr. Neal and his wife Carrie reside in Hickory with their daughter and two sons. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hunting, fishing and golf.
Other medical professionals:
Lisa Michel, PA-C
Lisa Michel worked at Hickory Cardiology from 2000 to July 2011. She completed her Physician Assistant Master of Science from Aracadia University in Glenside, PA, and her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Bioethics from Nazareth College in Pitsford, NY. Professionally, Michel is NCCPA Certified, ACLS Certified, and has been a member of the AAPA from 2000 to the present.
Sara Paul, DNP-FNP
Sara Paul received a nursing degree from Florida State University in 1981 and a master’s degree in cardiovascular nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1986. She completed her nurse practitioner studies at Medical University of South Carolina in 1995, and in 2010 she received her doctoral degree in nursing from Duke University. She has been an advanced practice nurse for 27 years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing. Since 1995, she has been a nurse practitioner managing heart failure patients. From 2002-2013, she was the Director of the Heart Function Clinic at Hickory Cardiology. Sara is a founding member of the American Association of Heart Failure nurses, and is active in the leadership of the Heart Failure Society of America and the American Heart Association. Sara has numerous publications in books and journals, and is the editor of two nursing textbooks. She regularly speaks at conferences, and currently sits on the editorial board of three professional journals.