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Trauma and Critical Care Surgeons


Chandler Regional Medical Center Trauma, General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care
For more information about our surgery team, call 602.406.7564
Chandler Regional Medical Center is the first American College of Surgeons-verified Level I Trauma Center in the East Valley. The hospital’s acute care surgery team is made up of general surgeons who specialize in trauma and critical care and treat a full range of elective and emergent surgical cases including:
  • Adrenal Surgery 
  • Burns (Those not meeting criteria for transfer to a burn center)
  • Colorectal disease including hemorrhoids
  • Complex abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Complex medical co-morbidities 
  • Critical care for any surgery patient
  • DaVinci Robotic Surgery
  • Endoscopy (upper and lower)
  • Enteric fistula
  • Esophageal conditions
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Hernia repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Liver and spleen surgery
  • Pancreatic Surgery 
  • Rib fracture management (acute and chronic)
  • Skin lesion removal and biopsies
  • Soft tissue infections (necrotizing fasciitis and Fournier’s gangrene)
  • Stomach and intestinal surgery
  • Surgical complications
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Upper and lower endoscopy
  • Vascular injuries (i.e. following cardiac catheterization, arterial line placement, etc)
  • Wound Care

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, these acute care surgeons also work closely with a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic, neuro surgical, plastic, hand and thoracic surgeons to ensure that patients receive the best possible care no matter the type or severity of their illness or injury.

Educators in the Community

As well as offering complete surgical and surgical critical care services our Chandler surgical team also have the great honor of training our nation’s Army Surgeons in a collaborative agreement with William Beaumont Army Medical Center. The education and experience these surgeons-in-training receive from our team benefits the communities they serve, as well as the soldiers they treat in times of battle.

Our Commitment

The team is committed to providing the best possible care with timely surgical assessments. This attentive care continues throughout the patient’s initial evaluation, surgery, hospitalization, discharge planning and follow up through our Acute Care Surgery Clinic.

 

 


Dell Moore


Forrest “Dell” Moore, MD, FACS

Dr. Moore is the Medical Director for Chandler Regional Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center and the Associate Program Director for the William Beaumont Army Medical Center General Surgery Residency.  Dr. Moore has 10 years of experience practicing in Level I trauma centers.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.  He is active nationally, including serving on the Committee on Trauma for the American College of Surgeons.

He attended medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin and fulfilled his residency and trauma/surgical critical care fellowship with the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del. Dr. Moore is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care.






Alan Cook


Alan Cook, MD, FACS

Dr. Cook is the Director of Trauma Research for Chandler Regional Medical Center’s Level I Trauma Center.  He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery with an added qualification in surgical critical care. His expertise includes surgery and surgical research. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Dr. Cook completed his general surgery residency at the University of Vermont and his trauma/surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.








Mark Gunst, MD, FACS

Dr. Gunst is a general and trauma surgeon with Dignity Health East Valley Trauma and General Surgery Clinic.  He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical critical care.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.  He completed his general surgery residency at the University of California, Davis Medical Center and his fellowship training in trauma and surgical critical care at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center.  Dr. Gunst served 13 years as an active duty Air Force surgeon and was Chief of Trauma at the Air Force Role 3 combat hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan.









Ashley Northcutt, MD

Dr. Northcutt is a general and trauma surgeon with the Dignity Health East Valley Trauma and General Surgery Clinic. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Northcutt completed her general surgery residency at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana and then went on to complete her fellowship in trauma/surgical critical care from University of Florida Jacksonsville/Shands Hospital.









Nicholas Thiessen, MD

Dr. Thiessen is a general and trauma surgeon with the Dignity Health East Valley Trauma and General Surgery Clinic. He is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery in surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Thiessen completed his general surgery residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Thiessen then completed his fellowship in trauma/surgical critical care at University of California San Francisco, Fresno.






John Watt


John Watt, MD

John Watt, MD is a trauma surgeon with the Trauma and General Surgery Department at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Watt earned his master of science degree in biotechnology from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. He earned his medical doctorate from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a fellowship in biochemistry at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. He was a research scholar in radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where he also went on to complete a fellowship in surgical critical care and acute care surgery. He has also served as a United States Army Reserve Officer for a number of years.

He has published a number of articles in medical journals and has presented several posters on his research.









Asser Youssef, MD, FACS

Dr. Youssef is the Director of Surgical/Trauma Critical Care and general surgeon in the Dignity Health East Valley Trauma and General Surgery Clinic. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical critical care, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Association of Academic Surgeons. He completed his residency at Columbia University in New York and then went on to receive his surgical critical care fellowship at New York Medical College and a trauma surgery fellowship at University of Maryland.