Samaritan Surgical Specialists in Newport recently welcomed surgeon Melissa deWolfe, DO, MPH. She is a general surgeon, specializing in upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, open and laparoscopic procedures such as hernia repair and gallbladder removal, as well as acute care surgery for problems such as appendicitis or bowel obstruction.
deWolfe earned a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College, a medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from East Carolina University. She completed residency training at Vidant Medical Center — formerly Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
She is a third-generation doctor; her father and grandfather were also physicians.
“I grew up in a small town and witnessed my dad interact with his patients. I saw firsthand how many people he helped and how rewarding his job was,” deWolfe said, adding that she now finds her work as a surgeon just as rewarding.
“Surgery is unique because it allows us to not only diagnosis problems, but also to fix or cure problems in a way that makes such a difference in our patients’ lives,” she said. “I consider all aspects of my patients’ health when preparing them for surgery. In this way, we can achieve the best possible outcomes.”
She is excited to join Samaritan and to be surrounded by people who share her values of teamwork, cooperation and compassionate patient care.
When away from the office, deWolfe enjoys yoga, reading and outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and taking her dog for walks on the beach.
Dr. deWolfe is accepting new patients. She can be reached at 541-574-4795.
Samaritan Surgical Specialists in Newport is based out of Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, located at 930 SW Abbey St. Learn more about their providers and services at https://www.samhealth.org.