General Surgery/Endoscopy

From the General Surgery Section Director,

Ronald A. Rhodes, MD


Welcome to the General Surgery Section. We, as general surgeons, are trained to evaluate, diagnose, consult, and provide preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical care and to correct or treat various conditions, illnesses, and injuries of the general surgery anatomy, including obstruction, dysfunction, malignancy, and inflammatory diseases. The anatomy includes the digestive tract and abdominal organs (intestines, stomach, intestines, colon, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and spleen), as well as skin, breast, and hernia.


Laparoscopic surgery has become a common procedure for almost every part of the general surgery anatomy; gallbladder, appendix, and colon can be removed laparoscopically, as well as other organs and repair of most hernias. General surgeons treat a variety of diseases from inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease) to gastrointestinal bleeding and hemorrhoids. Breast surgery and the evaluation and diagnosis of breast cancer includes the coordination of general surgeon, oncologist, and plastic surgeon. Endocrine surgery involves the thyroid and parathyroid and adrenal glands.


Endoscopy is a procedure that uses a scope with an attached small camera to examine the interior organs of the body. Upper endoscopy views the throat, esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine. A colonoscopy examines the colon and the part of the small bowel. A flexible sigmoidoscopy, another term for a 'full colonoscopy,' views the lower third of the colon. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) visualizes the upper part of the intestines. All these procedures enable the surgeon to see inflamed tissue, abnormal growths, ulcers, and bleeding. Another procedure, percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), consists of placing a tube that passes into the stomach via the abdominal wall, usually called a feeding tube.


All the general surgeons are board certified or board eligible. The teaching faculty demonstrate a strong interest in the education of residents and medical students, have sound clinical and teaching abilities, and have made a strong commitment to their own continuing medical education. Faculty are available for teaching rounds with the residents on their service and are involved with their day-to-day educational activities.



Rashid A. Abdu, MD, FACS; Wound Care Center

Joseph A. Ambrose, MD, FACS

Mounir Awad, MD; FACS, Site Director, General Surgery Residency Program,

St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital

Gregg L. Bogen, MD, FACS

Peter M. DeVito, MD, FACS

C. Michael Dunham, MD, FACS; Assistant Trauma, Trauma/Critical Care

Salim C. El-Hayek, MD, FACS

Stephen J. Evan, MD, FACS

Joshua S. Gady, MD, FACS

Nancy L. Gantt, MD; , FACS, Associate Director of Education; Clerkship Director

(NEOMED Medical Students)

Brian S. Gruber, MD, , FACS, Director, Trauma/Critical Care

Louis S. Lyras, MD, FACS

Niranjan N. Patel, MD, FACS

Kenneth J. Ransom, MD

Ronald A. Rhodes, MD, , FACS, Interim Director, Surgical Education;

Vice-Chairman, Department of Surgery ; Director, General Surgery Section

Vincent W. Vanek, MD, FACS; Associate Director of Education; Director of Research;

Director of Surgical Clinics

Joseph F. Yurich, MD



All surgeons may admit, evaluate, diagnose, consult, and provide preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative surgical care and correct or treat various condition, illnesses, and injuries of the surgical anatomy. The minimum number of procedures must be performed in a 2-year period to comply with appointment and reappointment criteria.