Welcome to the Mount Carmel General Surgery Website. Our program was founded in 1955 by Dr. Richard Zollinger with a primary focus on developing physicians into broad-based general surgeons who are able to serve their communities with a high level of surgical expertise. This continues to be accomplished today through a collegially intense training experience based on an extensive operative experience and rigorous academic curriculum.
I've been part of the Mount Carmel family since coming here to train in 1996. Upon graduating the program in 2001, I entered the military as a US Navy surgeon. With the events of 9/11/2001, I found myself unexpectedly called upon to provide advanced trauma surgical care to hundreds of our injured servicemen in the combat theater during 3 deployments. During this time, I was honored to work with an incredible group of corpsmen, nurses, physicians, and other military personnel to achieve historically good outcomes (J Trauma 2006; 60:1155-64, Arch Surg 2005; 140:26-32). Looking back on these experiences, I recognized that I had received exceptional training at Mount Carmel which had afforded me the ability to perform effectively as a part of these teams. This left me with a sense of indebtedness to Mount Carmel and led me to return here after my time in the military with a desire to contribute to the training program which had done so much for me.
After serving as a staff surgeon and assistant program director since 2005, I became the program director in 2016. I'm privileged to work with a talented group of faculty to carry on the principles of training established by Drs. Zollinger, Traphagen, and Hartranft which have served our resident surgeons well for six decades.
Thanks for your interest in Mount Carmel.
Lowell W. Chambers, M.D., F.A.C.S.