Dr. Jose R. Tuma-Aid will retire later this month, serving nearly four decades of service to the community.
Dr. Tuma-Aid completed his internship at Saint Agnes Hospital, three years of residency in internal medicine, and a two-year cardiology fellowship at the William Likoff Cardiovascular Institute at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He came to to Dover where he started his private practice in August 1977, specializing in internal medicine and cardiology.
During Tuma-Aid's tenure, he was instrumental in creating the department of cardiology at Bayhealth Medical Center, which was approved May 16, 2002. The department now includes 19 cardiologists and three thoracic surgeons.
Along with his colleagues, Tuma-Aid started the search for a physician to perform open heart surgery at Bayhealth. Dr. John Mannion was selected and they later built an affiliation with Penn Medicine, ranked among the top 10 cardiology and heart surgery programs in the nation.
"I've been extremely fortunate. I've had the most wonderful patients. They make me feel that this is a life worth living," said Dr. Tuma-Aid, reflecting on his career.