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Dr. Crochelt joins Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Medical Staff



SITKA, March 25, 2011 — The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Robert F. “Bob” Crochelt, MD, PhD, to its medical staff as a general surgeon.


“Dr. Crochelt comes to SEARHC after working in Ketchikan and rural West Virginia, so he understands the challenges that are unique to practicing in a small-town setting and particularly unique to Southeast Alaska,” said Dr. Marty Grasmeder, MD, SEARHC Sitka Primary Care Services Medical Director. “He has a wide range of skills, is well respected by his peers and staff, and has an excellent bedside manner. He is a great addition to our medical staff.”


Originally from Nutley, N.J., Dr. Crochelt attended Columbia College in New York City where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, awarded magna cum laude (with high honors). After working in medical laboratories at Columbia and Downstate Medical Center, he eventually made his way to Phildelphia where he earned MD and PhD degrees in medicine and gastrointestinal pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Crochelt then migrated to California, where he completed a five-year surgical residency at the University of California at San Francisco.


Dr. Crochelt’s professional career has been spent in rural surgery in Minnesota, Ketchikan and West Virginia. He is excited to return to Alaska and is very excited about joining the Native health system at SEARHC. His professional interests include biliary surgery, trauma systems and patient care, pacemakers and endoscopy.


Dr. Crochelt has been board-certified in general surgery since 1995, and recertified in 2004. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Society of Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract, the Alaska State Medical Society and the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor fraternity. He also is a member of the executive council of the Nafziger Surgical Society. Dr. Crochelt has been elected Chief of Staff in Ketchikan, and Chief of Surgery at White Community Hospital in Aurora, Minn., and Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins, W.V.


Dr. Crochelt is married to Dr. Donna L. Smith, an obstetrics/gynecology specialist who also is joining the medical staff at SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Besides spending quiet time with his wife, Dr. Crochelt enjoys fishing, hiking and fiddling with computers and cameras. Dr. Smith and Dr. Crochelt enjoy spectator sports, and their two dogs and two cats.


“I am very happy to return to Alaska and to join the Sitka community,” Dr. Crochelt said. “I am looking forward to providing surgical care to residents of Southeast Alaska, both by working at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and visiting outlying clinics.”


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