Top Doctors

Providence Health

2435 Forest Drive

Columbia, SC 29204

Phone: (800) 424-DOCS

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Providence Health congratulates the seven physicians recognized by the 2018 Top Doctors® list: M. Todd Alderson, M.D., FACC (Cardiovascular Diseases), Michael C. Foster, M.D., FACC, FSCAI (Interventional Cardiology), Venkateshwar K. Gottipaty, M.D., Ph.D, FACC, FHRS (Cardiac Electrophysiology), Bashir A. Lone, MBBS, M.D., FACP, FACC (Interventional Cardiology), Nusrat Shafi, M.D. (Family Medicine), Ben Studnicka, M.D. (Internal Medicine), and Paul A. Zimmermann, M.D., FACC, FACP (Cardiac Electrophysiology).

Founded in 1938 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Augustine and acquired by LifePoint Health in 2016, Providence Health continues to deliver quality, compassionate Catholic faith-based health care.

Providence Health was recognized in 2018 for the third consecutive year as one of the State’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.

With two hospital locations, its downtown facility, known as “South Carolina’s Heart Hospital,” is nationally recognized as a referral center for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. In addition to cardiac care, this full-service hospital offers variety of services including outpatient surgery, emergency care, diagnostics, imaging, cardiac rehab, general surgery, and more.

In 2018, Providence Health-Northeast converted from a premier orthopedic hospital to a full-service community hospital to meet the growing needs of the Northeast Columbia community. This campus provides emergency care with lower than average wait times, outpatient physical therapy, chronic wound care, cardiopulmonary rehab, and the latest, evidence-based technology to provide supreme patient care. This campus is also the first in the Midlands to offer Mako’s Robotic-Arm Assisted Joint Replacement.

The Providence Medical Group consists of a wide-range of primary care and specialty medicine physicians with offices located throughout the Midlands. For more information visit

With the mission of “Making Communities Healthier by Extending Christ’s Healing Ministry,” Providence Health believes in doing what is best for its patients, their families, and the community at large.