By Colleen Mahoney

Gavin Davison, MD, will be joining Bertrand Chaffee Hospital as chairman of the hospital’s Department of Surgery and chief of surgery. The announcement was made in a press release Tuesday morning, which said Dr. Davison is a “key addition” to the hospital’s medical staff.

Davison is a general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures. By performing surgeries laparoscopically, patients can experience a shorter recovery time. Some of the procedures that will be performed by Davison include appendectomies, colonoscopies, upper endoscopies, tracheostomies and wound debridement, among others.

Development and Community Relations Coordinator Kara Kane said BCH is in the process of securing staff and equipment to aid Davison. Kane expects he will be responsible for the more specialized procedures, some that can be performed laparoscopically and some that cannot.

“When SGI Surgical Associates closed in August, BCH had a responsibility to fill the gap that was left for patients who are seeking surgical care,” said Nils Gunnersen, CEO, in a press release. “We are thrilled that we were able to recruit Dr. Davison to our facility and we’re excited about the possibilities this presents for surgical services in our service area.”

Davison earned a bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and a medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, in 2009. He completed his general surgery residency through the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in 2014.

“This gives the hospital a dedicated physician who is here full time to see patients here and do procedures here,” Kane said. “Dr. Davison will be a real resource for our facility.”

Dr. Davison will be seeing patients in his second floor office at BCH by early October. It’s anticipated he will begin performing surgeries by the end of October. For more information, call (716) 794-3295.