Expanded Surgical Access Benefitting the Community

Dr. Brian Newell Eager to Serve General Surgery Patients Across the Region

Dr. Brian Newell wants to ensure his patients have a general surgeon close by when they need one.

Access is an integral aspect of the care Dr. Newell provides. Every procedure he’s able to complete here in Moscow means one more person doesn’t have to leave the community to receive exceptional care. Such proximity is important not just for the procedure itself, but for the follow-up appointments and questions that inevitably arise.

Dr. Brian newell is handed tools for a surgery.Dr. Brian Newell is handed tools for a surgery. Newell and Dr. Bryan Anderson expand access to advanced surgical care with Gritman General Surgeons.

“There are plenty of things we can do right here in town, safely, just as well as any of the other big university or academic hospital systems,” he said, “bringing access to surgery, bringing access to medical care in this community.”

Dr. Newell joins Dr. Bryan Anderson, an Idaho-based trauma and acute care surgeon with more than two decades of experience, in the new Gritman General Surgeons practice. Operating from the Gritman Medical Park in northwest Moscow, both surgeons specialize in advanced acute and trauma care procedures for patients in and around the Palouse.

“General surgery was something that I wanted to become proficient in and not zone in too closely on one part of the body,” he said.

“There are plenty of things we can do right here in town, safely, just as well as any of the other big university or academic hospital systems, bringing access to surgery, bringing access to medical care in this community.” — Dr. Brian Newell

Educated at University of Texas Houston Medical School, Dr. Newell also trained at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and recently completed his residency in general surgery at a Johns Hopkins affiliate in Pennsylvania. Dr. Newell served as the general surgery Chief Resident for Wellspan York Hospital, a critical access hospital similar to Gritman.

 

As a general surgeon, Dr. Newell likes to say he operates “from the neck to the knees,” and is trained in specialties including abdominal surgery, skin and soft tissue as well as neck, thoracic and colorectal procedures.

The minimally invasive techniques he and Dr. Anderson perform mean smaller incisions and quicker recovery times, the result of advances in technology and practice that have expanded greatly over the past two decades.

Dr. Brian anderson preps instruments for a general surgery procedure.Dr. Brian Newell preps instruments for a general surgery procedure. Gritman General Surgeons expands access to a variety of procedures for patients in the region.

Dr. Newell has already been impressed by the clinical staff supporting surgical procedures for he and Dr. Anderson, both in the hospital operating rooms and at the Gritman General Surgeons location. Medical staff passion is evident from a patient’s first consultation, he said. This is a group of health care workers who really enjoy taking care of patients.

It’s an enthusiasm for patient care that’s shared by Dr. Newell as he works to help provide the best outcomes for everyone he sees.

“My favorite part of being a surgeon is after having patients come into the office after maybe the worst day in their life, where they have to spend time in the hospital and have an operation, and having fully recovered, both emotionally and physically, and see them smiling and recovered—It is just the best feeling for a surgeon.”

It’s also the type of care Dr. Newell intends to provide at Gritman and his adopted home. His wife grew up in nearby British Columbia, prompting the family to spend many summers in areas surrounding the Palouse.

The father of four has long wanted to live in northern Idaho and he’s looking forward to getting more involved in schools, the community, activities and organizations such as the Boy Scouts.

“I’m just excited to come here and be part of this great community,” he said.

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