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St. Luke's Clinic – Acute Care Surgery

Our acute care surgeons are dedicated to supporting you through your surgery experience. Our services include evaluation and support for adults who have surgery. This begins by consulting with your physician and answering your questions prior to surgery. Our patients may self-refer, but may also be referred by other physicians, the emergency department, or an urgent care facility. We also accept surgical transfers from other hospitals and new patient referrals from physicians. 

This team prides itself on performing surgery only when it is truly necessary, recommending non-surgical interventions as first-line treatment, having high-quality outcomes and keeping and open-line of communication with referring physicians.  We have the advanced training necessary to meet the complex needs of patients requiring surgery for severe or sudden illness. We’re ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure you receive the highest quality surgical treatment when it’s needed most.

We specialize in a variety of surgical procedures, including laparoscopic (spleen, gall bladder, colon, and appendix) surgery, laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, appendectomy, gall bladder surgery, small bowel obstruction surgery, cancer surgery, hernia surgery, splenectomy, and melanoma surgery. We also evaluate and treat conditions such as appendicitis, masses, abscesses, cysts, and diverticulitis.

Providers

  • General Surgery

    Biography

    Cyrus Ali, MD, FACS is a general surgeon with a broad range experience, including some advanced laparoscopic procedures. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Dr. Ali earned his bachelor's degree in biochemistry with first class honors from McGill University.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Caroline Arthur, MD specializes in a broad range of emergency and elective surgical conditions, including diseases of the colon, small intestines, gallbladder, and appendix. She has a special interest in both simple and complex hernias and has extensive experience with minimally invasive surgery. 

    Dr. Arthur is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Americas Hernia Society.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • General Surgery

    Biography

    Steven Casos, MD sees acute care surgery patients in the hospital.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    James Elder, MD specializes in a broad range of emergency and elective surgical conditions. He has special interest in hernias, and any aspect of general surgery.  

    Dr. Elder is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, skiing, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and sports.  

       


    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • General Surgery

    Biography

    Karen Galvan, MD is a general surgeon whose practice includes laparoscopic procedures, breast surgery, upper and lower endoscopies, wound care, skin biopsies, and excisions. She welcomes questions from referring practitioners and is dedicated to providing excellent surgical care to her patients in partnership with their primary care providers. 

    Dr. Galvan is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Biography

    Natalie Hague, PA-C, specializes in acute general surgery. She assists the acute care surgeons in the operating room and cares for general surgery patients in the hospital. 

    Natalie earned her bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Pepperdine University and her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University. Natalie is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the Idaho Association of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

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    Accepting new patients
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  • Biography

    Wendy M. Jones, PA-C is a physician assistant who works directly with Dr. Verner in the OR and clinic, performs lipoma removal and other in-office procedures, and assists other surgeons in the OR.

    She earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology and athletic training from California Polytechnic State University and her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Midwestern University. She served as a collegiate soccer coach at Washington State University and Boise State University, and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants, and American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants.

    Wendy enjoys volunteer work and served as a clinical volunteer during a medical mission trip to Guatemala. She spends her free time outside, on adventures with her family.

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    Accepting new patients
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  • General Surgery

    Biography

    Kellan Kading, MD came to St. Luke's from Swedish Medical Center in Seattle where he was part of the General Surgery Residency Program.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

    Biography

    Chris Kantarian, MD sees acute care surgery patients in the hospital.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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  • Biography

    Jeri Spencer, RN, MSN, FNP sees patients for post-surgical follow-up care. She graduated from Boise State University School of Nursing and earned her Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Arizona State University School of Nursing.

    Jeri is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, such as hunting, camping, and gardening.

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    Accepting new patients
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  • General Surgery

    Biography

    Reese A. Verner, MD, FACS specializes in general, laparoscopic, and oncologic (cancer) surgery.

    Dr. Verner served as a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps Reserve. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, American Medical Association, and Idaho Medical Association.


    Availability

    Accepting new patients