Few of us think about surgeons in advance, but you're in good hands at Group Health. Our surgeons are expert in the full range of routine and emergency surgical procedures, and they work with colleagues in other specialties to coordinate care. "I can call an oncologist at another location and we can consult on a CT scan we're both looking at simultaneously," says Dr. Gerald Kent, chief of General Surgery.
Our surgical expertise covers routine and complex general, vascular, thoracic (chest), pediatric, and plastic surgery problems — everything from the neck down. That means surgery on gall bladder, appendix, colon, bowels, hernias, hemorrhoids, melanoma, breast cancer, thyroid and parathyroid glands, and varicose veins, as well as bariatric and endovascular surgery.
Among our excellent surgeons is Dr. Eric Froines, who specializes in thoracic (chest), abdomen, and colon surgery, as well as advanced laparoscopy (minimally invasive) and video-assisted surgery of the abdomen and chest. He strives to give each patient the time, caring, knowledge, and skill that he would want for his family. He fits right in with the values of Group Health General Surgery.
Use our Provider Directory to learn more about our surgeons, or, if you live outside the service area of our clinics, to find a contracted specialist near you. If you need help finding a specialist or have questions about your health plan's coverage, contact Customer Service.
Our general surgeons see patients at the following Group Health clinics:
After gastric bypass surgery, member Jim LovellFord is keeping the weight off with a healthy and active lifestyle.