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General Surgery and Trauma Services


Dignity Health Medical Group General Surgery and Trauma Services

Dignity Health Medical Group surgical specialists are board certified and fellowship trained in a number of surgical specialties, including general surgery and trauma/critical care, and serve as the trauma team for the Level 1 Trauma Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center and Chandler Regional Medical Center. Our surgeons provide complete evaluation, diagnosis and surgical treatment for a wide variety of diseases. Our surgeons provide the most advanced minimally invasive procedures available to minimize complications and maximize survival rates and patient outcomes. We stand by the philosophy to provide compassionate, patient-centered care. Our surgeons are also actively involved in clinical research, using the latest research findings in their practice.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Dignity Health Medical Group surgeons believe in a team approach to surgical care. Multidisciplinary teams are utilized to provide an evidence based approach to your disease. We believe that good patient education is good medicine and believe in working to educate patients about risk factors and lifestyle changes that can help prevent disease.

Dignity Health Medical Group surgeons provide surgical services related to:

  • Adrenal surgery
  • Breast biopsies and breast cancer treatment
  • Colon (mass, cancer, bowel obstruction, and surgeries related to diverticulitis)
  • Gastrointestinal surgeries, including cancers
  • Gallbladder (including gallstones and gallbladder disease)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Intra-abdominal masses (not related to ovarian, uterus or kidney)
  • Liver and pancreatic disease
  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Metabolic surgery
  • Nerve and muscle biopsies
  • Robotic surgery
  • Screening and diagnostic endoscopy (EGD, colonoscopy)
  • Soft tissue and skin masses (lipomas, sebaceous cyst, sarcoma, melanoma)
  • Spleen
  • Thyroid and parathyroid

Minimally Invasive Surgery

The da Vinci Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed for complex, minimally invasive surgery. St. Joseph’s Hospital offers the latest model of the Si da Vinci Surgical System. This latest model offers:

  • Dual Console – allows two surgeons to work simultaneously
  • Enhanced high-resolution 3D vision - provide surgeons with an immersive experience. Unlike conventional approaches, the target anatomy appears at high magnification, in brilliant color and with natural depth of field.
  • Upgraded surgeon console
  • Expanded fingertip controls
  • Operating room integration
  • Firefly enhanced vascular and lymphatic mapping

Meet Our General Surgeons

Our surgeons work together to provide comprehensive, specialized care. From diagnosis, to surgery and beyond, our team of surgeons are highly skilled to meet your unique needs.


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Marco Canulla, MD





Alan Cook


Alan Cook, MD, FACS





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Charles Dolce, MD




Thomas Gillespie, MD

Thomas Gillespie, MD







Mark Gunst, MD, FACS





Kevin McGeever, MD

Kevin McGeever, MD 




Dell Moore


Forrest "Dell" Moore, MD, FACS








Ashley Northcutt, MD




Scott Petersen, MD

Scott Petersen, MD




James Russell, MD

James Russell, MD




Raymond Shamos, MD

Raymond Shamos, MD 









Nicholas Thiessen, MD








Asser Youssef, MD, FACS




Dignity Health Surgical Locations:

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Campus - For more information or to make an appointment with general surgery, call 602.406.6900.

St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center Campus - For more information or to make an appointment with general surgery, call 602.406.6900. For more information or to make an appointment with orthopedic surgery, call 602.406.2663.

Chandler Regional Medical Center - For more information or to make an appointment with general surgery, call 480.728.5414.

Mercy Gilbert Medical Center - For more information or to make an appointment with general surgery, call 480.728.5414.