Bertrand Chaffee Hospital is pleased to announce that after taking his examinations this fall, Gavin Davison, MD has been board certified in surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

Not all practicing surgeons are board certified. Certification is different from possessing a medical license, which is the minimum required by law to practice medicine. Board-certified surgeons like Dr. Davison choose this voluntary process to demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, lifelong learning and quality patient care. They meet rigorous educational, ethical and professional requirements before being granted the opportunity to take qualifying and certifying examinations. Board-certified surgeons commit to maintaining their certification through a program of continuous medical education, assessment and evaluation.

“Patients have been calling for appointments since before we had a phone number for his office,” said Surgical Services Manager Cynthia Lillie, RN. “He has had a busy first few weeks, which has been a great introduction to our patients and their health needs.”

With Dr. Davison as chief of surgery, patients who choose Bertrand Chaffee Hospital will not only have access to a board-certified general surgeon close to home, but one who is trained in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. Patients who have laparoscopic procedures generally have decreased scarring, faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays and far less blood loss than traditional surgeries.

The consultations and surgeries performed by Dr. Davison will complement the other procedures available through the Surgical Center, such as screening colonoscopies and endoscopies. Two other procedures will now be available through the Surgical Center: Mediport (port catheter) placement and PICC (peripherally inserted central catheter) insertion.

“We’re making investments in new equipment and technology to support laparoscopic surgery and Dr. Davison’s patients,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO. “BCH continues its focus on making sure our community has access to vital and essential healthcare services.”

“Dr. Davison will be available to consult on patients who present in the emergency department and who are staying on the second floor,” said Vice President of Medical Affairs Edwin Heidelberger, MD. “This is a great addition to the types of medical procedures that our patients will be able to access within their community.”

Dr. Davison opened his general surgery practice at on Bertrand Chaffee Hospital’s second floor as of Oct. 3, and the facility welcomed him with a reception on Oct. 14. He is accepting new patients and all major insurance plans. For more information, talk to your primary care provider or call (716) 794-3295.