May 6, 2014

Providence Hospitals inducts two physicians into Society of St. Luke

Providence Hospitals recently inducted two physicians into the Society of St. Luke, a program that celebrates and honors selected members of the Providence medical staff. Judith Hoffman, M.D., and Robert G. Kiger, M.D., were honored at an induction ceremony in April.

Providence Hospitals established the Society of St. Luke in 2003 to recognize physicians for their distinguished service to patients, the mission of the hospitals and their service to the community.

About the inductees:

Judith Hoffman, M.D.

After completing a six-year BS/MD program at Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Judith Hoffman graduated from Hahnemann Medical School in 1980. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Hahnemann Medical School in 1981 and her residency in anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1983 (where she was also chief resident). Dr. Hoffman completed a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia at Thomas Jefferson University.  

A member of the Providence medical staff since 1984, Dr. Hoffman is an integral part of the success of the hospital’s cardiovascular surgical program. She was the first full-time hospital-based female physician at Providence Hospitals. She served on the board of the Columbia City Ballet for 10 years, the Board of Planned Parenthood of the Midlands for four years, and the board of Healthy Learners. She is the founder of Heathwood Hall Arts Guild and served as co-chair for the last two years.

Robert G. Kiger, M.D., FACC

After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina, Robert Kiger graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1958. He completed his internship at Vanderbilt University Hospital, and his medical and cardiology residency at the Medical College of Georgia. In 1963, he started his professional career in internal medicine and cardiology. In 1966, he had the distinct honor of being accepted as a physician with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as chief of preventive medicine and cardiopulmonary lab in Huntsville, Alabama. After NASA, Dr. Kiger ran the first consultative-only cardiology practice in Nashville, Tennessee.

In 1972, Dr. Kiger was appointed as the director of cardiovascular services at Providence Hospital, where he helped start the hospital’s cardiovascular program. Under his leadership, the cardiac catheterization laboratory was built and he performed the first-ever cardiac catheterization at the hospital. He was a pioneer in developing a balloon angioplasty lab in 1979.

Dr. Kiger worked at Providence Hospital from 1972 until 1983. He established Camden, South  Carolina’s first cardiology practice, merging his practice with the South Carolina Heart Center in 1991. He retired from practice in 2007.

Providence Hospitals is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.


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