CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A South Charleston heart specialist has been elected president of the West Virginia Board of Medicine.

The board says in a news release that Dr. Kishore K. Challa was elected Monday to serve a two-year term.

Challa succeeds Dr. Ahmed D. Faheem as president on the 16-member board.

Challa has served as the chief of staff at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

The board also elected Cross Lanes internal medicine specialist Dr. Ashish Sheth as vice president.

The board oversees the licensing and regulation of more than 7,000 physicians and nearly 1,000 physician assistants in West Virginia.