CARD welcomes occupational medicine physician to clinic

Submitted by Dusti Thompson
On Nov. 27, 2017, The Center for Asbestos Related Disease, commonly known as the CARD clinic, welcomed Dr. Kevin Payne.
Dr. Payne is board certified in occupational and environmental medicine as well as public health and preventative medicine. He has a MPH from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland where he also did his residency.
The CARD Clinic had been seeking a doctor since March of 2017 when Dr. Gregory Loewen, Pulmonologist, relocated out of the area.
After months of searching, Dr. Payne had all of the right training. “Occupational and environmental medicine physicians receive training specific to dust diseases like what we see in Libby,” said Dr. Brad Black, CEO of the Center for Asbestos Related Disease.
“He also expressed a true interest in helping patients, in learning about the unique aspects or our disease, and in furthering research so that we can continue to build understanding, enhance prevention and develop better treatments for ARD,” Black continued.
Dr. Payne will maintain a patient schedule allowing the CARD clinic to meet the demand for patient appointments, both for ongoing care and for our asbestos health screening program.
He also plans to collaborate in research at the CARD clinic by participating in projects and helping to write manuscripts for publication.
Dr. Black said “We are extremely excited to have a full time physician on board here at CARD.”
For more information contact CARD at 293-9274.