SV Hospital welcomes new surgeon

Posted on September 7, 2010 by Sonoma Valley Sun
Dr. Scott Perryman

Dr. Scott Perryman, Prima Medical Group’s new Stanford, Fellowship-Trained General Surgeon, will join Sonoma Valley hospital’s growing team of surgeons next week.

It can’t come soon enough.

“I’m just so happy to be here,” he said. “I’m excited to get started.”

Jointly recruited by Sonoma Valley Hospital and Prima Medical Group, Dr. Perryman said he chose to practice in Sonoma because of its scale, its quality and personal tone. “I like the fact that it’s a smaller hospital,” he said. “It has a nice personal touch. It gives me a chance to build and I feel like I’m coming in and really helping the hospital.”

Dr. Perryman was sought after by many top healthcare organizations, said Chief Executive Officer Kelly Mather, “but of all the choices, he wanted to live in Sonoma. I believe he will be a key physician in our plans to keep Sonoma Valley residents seeking their healthcare in our own community.”

Dr. Perryman said he was also drawn to Sonoma Valley Hospital because the hospital is highly equipped to allow him to perform the very latest laparoscopic surgery. “I’m passionate about laparoscopic surgery,” he said. “It reduces pain and allows patients to recover quicker. So their stay is reduced from 5-7 days down to 2-3 days. It speeds up their recovery when they leave the hospital.”

He brings to Sonoma a depth of experience and training in the very latest techniques in general surgery, along with a commitment to the personal, compassionate side of medicine. “I’ve been through the healthcare system with family members,” he said, “and I know what it is to be on the other side. People need to have a doctor to come in who will hold your hand and who really cares – and that’s me.”

Dr. Perryman graduated from Howard University College of Medicine in 2002, as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, and completed his surgical residency at Stanford University in 2009.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in stem cell research in 2006, and an advanced minimally invasive laparoscopic and bariatric surgery fellowship at Stanford in 2010.

He is also a member of multiple surgical societies including the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and has presented his research at the ACS Clinical Congress.

He is also passionate about bariatric surgery, which he said impacts people’s lives in “very far-ranging ways,” including eliminating diabetes in most patients, and alleviating it in all. “Psychologically,” he said, “the impact on the patient is just priceless.”  The hospital plans to include developing a line of service that will include bariatric surgery in the coming year.

Dr. Perryman has already moved to Sonoma with his wife, Lisabeth, and their eight-month old son, Alejandro. He said they enjoy sitting around the duck pond and watching the baby focus on nature, something not readily available at Stanford.

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