Medical Minute: Doctors are the driving force

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By The Staff

LAMC is growing.

New service lines are being developed, and major construction projects are on the drawing table. But without our great physicians, none of those things would make much difference.

To assure that our hospital continues its progress toward becoming a world-class facility, physician development is among the highest priorities.

Toward that end, our recruitment efforts will bring the community several new doctors by early fall, while other established practices are relocating to new offices, starting recruitment for their own new associates or growing in some other way.

Dr. Randall Cribbs, a general surgeon, will join Dr. Rodney Barker of Los Alamos Surgical Associates on July 1 in the clinic’s new office, Suite 200, on the second floor of the medical office building.

Cribbs holds two bachelor’s degrees, in history and physics (with honors) from Stanford University. He received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and did his surgical residency at Ohio State University in Columbus.

He completed fellowship training in pediatric surgery at Emory Children’s Center, Emory University in Atlanta, as well as pediatric surgical research at Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.

In addition, Dr. Jonathan Garcia will become LAMC’s new orthopedic surgeon effective Oct. 1. Garcia is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He earned his medical degree at the University Of Texas Southwestern in Dallas and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at St. Louis University in Missouri.

Garcia received the Bronze Star Medal for exceptional service during Desert Storm leading a combat engineer platoon. Since his honorable discharge from the United States Army, he has been in private practice in Florida, where he specialized in arthroscopy, sports medicine, and joint reconstruction of hips, knees and shoulders.

He plans to offer a full spectrum of orthopedic services at LAMC including office hours and both in- and out-patient surgery.

Finally, we have reached a verbal agreement and are in the final stages of contract negotiation with a new urologist who will begin practice at LAMC in the fall.

Meanwhile, Dr. Akhil Das will have office hours on a limited schedule throughout the summer to assure continuity of care for his patients, prior to the new physician’s arrival. Call 661-8500 for information on Das’ summer hours.

Dr. Anthony Sandoval has moved to a new location. He opened his new cardiology center this week in Suite 125 in the medical center.

Sandoval, a graduate of Los Alamos High School and long-time community resident, recently left New Mexico Heart Institute to establish an independent office.

He is looking forward to continuing his well-known cardiology practice but with his own special touches.

If we haven’t said it enough before, we have a great medical staff.

Those who aren’t involved in some special project right now are daily delivering the kind of excellence in medicine that this community has rightfully come to expect.

They give of their time to help with recruitment site visits so that physicians like Cribbs and Garcia want to come here and are made to feel welcome when they do choose LAMC.

If you have occasion to see LAMC physicians – professionally, at church or just in line at the grocery store, please tell them thank you for all they do. They are the driving force behind this great hospital.

Sandra C. Podley is the chief executive officer of Los Alamos Medical Center.