TOP PHOTO: Tennova Healthcare – LaFollette welcomes Derrick Galapon, MD, FACS as a General Surgeon at Tennova General Surgery – LaFollette.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – Tennova Healthcare – LaFollette welcomes Derrick Galapon, MD, FACS as a General Surgeon at Tennova General Surgery – LaFollette. Dr. Galapon brings over 38 years of experience to the table and will be offering a range of general surgery services to the community. Appointments with Dr. Galapon will be available beginning May 15th and same-week appointments are also available. For appointments, call 423-907-1680.

“We are fortunate to have such a well-qualified surgeon bring his expertise to our community,” said Mark Cain, chief executive officer of Tennova Healthcare – LaFollette. “Recruiting skilled surgeons like Dr. Galapon supports our mission to provide expanded clinical and surgical offerings to our community.”

Dr. Galapon is a board certified physician and U.S. Army Veteran with over 35 years of experience. Before joining Tennova General Surgery – LaFollette, Dr. Galapon served as a general surgeon for Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, TN and Cumberland Surgery in Clarksville, TN. He began his medical journey with the U.S. Army, interning and completing his residency with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by roles as flight surgeon, staff general surgeon and eventually, Chief of General Surgery. He received his medical degree with the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

“I enjoy consistently educating myself so I may provide the best possible care for my patients and use this knowledge to offer the best available options for each of them based on their specific needs,” says Dr. Galapon. “When discussing surgery, I take time to explain the benefits and risks and encourage my patients to take an active role in their care.”

General surgery is a discipline that requires knowledge of and responsibility for the preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of patients with a broad spectrum of diseases, including those which may require nonoperative, elective, or emergency surgical treatment. A general surgeon’s knowledge may vary by disease category. Surgical management requires skill in complex decision making; general surgeons should be competent in diagnosis as well as treatment and management, including operative intervention.

Dr. Galapon specializes in hernia repair, endoscopy, gallbladder surgery, breast surgery, thyroid surgery, colon & rectal surgery, skin & soft tissue procedures, biopsy laceration repair, colectomy, long-term IV access and other general surgery needs. Tennov General Surgery – LaFollette is located at 19 East Central Ave, Suite 201, LaFollette, TN. If you have general surgery needs, feel free to call us at 423-907-1680 to make appointment.

About Tennova Healthcare

The Tennova Healthcare network of hospitals in East Tennessee includes Jefferson Memorial Hospital, LaFollette Medical Center, Newport Medical Center, North Knoxville Medical Center and Turkey Creek Medical Center with nearly 16,000 admissions, 410,000 outpatient visits and 125,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (855)836-6682 or visit the website. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/10/2023-6AM)