Five More Physicians Officially Join Lutheran Medical Group Ranging From Residency to Seasoned Surgeons

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Monday, July 8, 2013) – Lutheran Medical Group Chief Executive Officer Craig A. Dunker announced that five new physicians began working for Lutheran Medical Group July 1, 2013. The five physicians include four surgeons and one family medicine physician.

Three general surgeons now practicing with LMG are David Lippie, MD; Dale Sloan, MD; and Bryon Stephens, MD, formerly of Indiana Surgical Specialists. Julianne Santarosa, MD, is a new trauma surgeon at Lutheran Hospital, and Keith Derickson, MD, now practices family medicine at Dupont Hospital.

David Lippie, MD, received his medical degree from Indiana University and completed his surgical internship at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed his residency in general surgery, including a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dale Sloan, MD, received his medical degree in 1979 from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed his residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in 1984. His 20-year career is marked by numerous achievements including board certification by the American Board of Surgery and Certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support. Dr. Sloan also is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Sloan, along with Dr. Justice, heads a medical mission team to the Dominican Republic once a year to provide surgery to the local people.

Byron Stephens, MD, obtained his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1987. Dr. Stephens completed his residency in general surgery at Saginaw Cooperative Hospitals, Inc., Saginaw, Mich. and he was chief resident from 1991-1992.

During his 13-year medical career, Dr. Stephens has earned many honors including being named a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Stephens is a recipient of the Charles G. Johnson Award for Outstanding Clinical Research from the Detroit Surgical Society.

Lutheran Medical Group is the largest member of Lutheran Health Physicians, an alliance of Lutheran Health Network-owned physician practices that includes St. Joseph Medical Group, Kosciusko Medical Group, Bluffton Physician Services and Dukes Medical Group. LMG now includes 123 physicians practicing 18 specialties at 38 regional locations. LMG also takes part in numerous research studies and offers an array of diagnostic services.

Julianne Santarosa, MD began working full-time July 1, as a trauma surgeon. Dr. Santarosa had previously been on-call during the overnight hours on a part-time basis at Lutheran. Dr. Santarosa completed her medical degree in 2007 from State University of New York at Buffalo, New York. Dr. Santarosa then completed her residency program in general surgery through the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in June 2012. Dr. Santarosa was chief resident in 2010 through 2011, and she maintains certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery, and she is a certified basic emergency medical technician.

Keith Derickson, MD, just completed his residency through the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, and he will work with Thomas Kintanar, MD, who practices family medicine at Dupont Hospital until Dr. Derickson’s new office is ready in the Huntertown area. Dr. Derickson received his medical degree in 2010 from Indiana University School of Medicine, and he is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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