Physician Highlight: Robert Santee, M.D.

Physician Highlight:
Robert Santee, M.D.

Robert Santee realized that he wanted to pursue helping others early in life. In middle school, he discovered a love of science which ultimately led to his pursuit of a medical degree from Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Following a four-year residency in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Santee completed his Body Imaging fellowship at LSU.

Dr. Santee moved to Sevier county to be closer to family, in 2003, when he joined Vista Radiology group. At LeConte Medical Center, in Sevierville, TN, he holds several key positions including Chief of Staff, Medical Director of Imaging and Radiology Safety Officer. Dr. Santee oversees a wide variety of specialized radiology services offered at LeConte from women’s imaging to biopsies to interventional procedures. “I enjoy the variety of my work,” said Dr. Santee. He went on to explain, “I especially appreciate the direct interaction I have with my patients. The most challenging aspect is when I have to deliver difficult news.”

When describing his experience working with the 3rd largest radiology group in Tennessee, he explained why he chose to partner with Vista Radiology. “I value collaboration within our team. Our interventional radiologists provide training for new procedures so that I can offer more specialized services at my location which makes treatment options more convenient for our patients.” Dr. Santee shared how important community is to him in his role. “When I began working with Vista, I made a commitment to not only work but live in Sevier County. I wanted to be part of the community,” said Dr. Santee.

In his spare time, Dr. Santee enjoys spending time with friends. He loves being outdoors and hiking in the nearby Smoky Mountains. One of his favorite destinations is Biltmore Estates and Gardens in Asheville, NC. When he’s not on land, he can be found underwater scuba diving with his high school friends in Belize, Aruba, or the Cayman Islands.

Physician Highlight: Sidney C. Roberts, III, M.D.

Physician Highlight:
Sidney C. Roberts, III, M.D.

Born in Knoxville, TN, Sid Roberts attended Webb School of Knoxville before pursuing a medical degree from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. Dr. Roberts’ father, and Endodontist, encouraged Sid to explore the sciences which ultimately led to his pursuit of medicine.

Dr. Roberts moved to Washington, DC, where he attended Georgetown, with the intent of becoming a pediatrician. During his studies, he encountered a pediatric radiologist who changed the course of his future. Dr. Leftridge was a compassionate and highly involved radiologist. “He was my role model and one of the most influential men in my career,” explained Dr. Roberts. After one year, Dr. Roberts officially switched his field of study to radiology.

He completed his residency at George Washington University and Fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. When asked why he chose to specialize in pediatric radiology, Dr. Roberts explains, “Using my knowledge and skills to help children has always been my goal. Radiology allows me to be involved in patient care as well as enjoy the magic of body imaging.” Dr. Roberts admits that keeping up with changes in medicine makes his role challenging. He adds, “I like the variety and unending changes in technology. I love the ability to move from puzzle to puzzle throughout my day.”

Dr. Roberts was pleased to return to his hometown and join the Vista Radiology group. In his spare time, he enjoys riding bikes, hiking, and being outdoors with his wife and children.


Patient Story: Mamosa

A Patient Story: Mamosa

September 4th was a normal morning for Mamosa Foster until she stepped out of her bed and fell to the floor. Her daughter heard her fall and immediately went to her side to ask what was wrong. Mrs. Foster could hear her daughter speak, but she was unable to respond.

Mrs. Foster was unable to tell the paramedics her daughter’s name. When she arrived at Fort Sanders Hospital’s Emergency Room, they informed her daughter she was having a stroke. The staff provided her daughter paperwork and shared the odds of her mother making a full recovery. Needless to say, it was a scary uncertain time.

In the ER, Mrs. Foster recalled being awake and hearing the medical team ask her a number of questions. She laughed as she reflected on how loudly they peppered her with questions. They thought she could not hear them. In reality, she simply could not respond. Following her surgery, she greeted her family by speaking to them. They were shocked and grateful for her recovery. The next day, Mrs. Foster returned home.

When Mrs. Foster reflected on the incident, she proudly shared, “My being taken to Fort Sanders that day and the fact that Dr. Hixson was there to help me was truly a God thing.” Dr. Hixson told her that as soon as he removed the blood clot on her brain, she began speaking to everyone. Mrs. Foster continued, “Dr. Hixson said there was no sign I ever had a stroke. God took care of me and guided his hands.”

Mrs. Foster, a retired school principal, is thrilled to be back to work as a consultant with Knox County Schools.