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Throughout your surgical journey, our surgeons are dedicated to your safety and care to ensure a successful recovery. Working closely with expertly-trained surgical staff, our surgeons utilize state-of-the-art diagnostics and technology to meet your individual needs. 

Our surgeons perform a wide range of procedures, including advanced laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, biopsy, tissue removal, and tube and catheter placements to offer you comprehensive care.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Richard Ballantyne, DO has particular interest in advanced laparoscopic hernia and colon surgery as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgery. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University.  Dr. Ballantyne is a member of the Idaho Medical Association and Ada County Medical Society. He is a native of the Treasure Valley.

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    Roberto V. Barresi, MD, FACS specializes in general, laparoscopic, and oncologic (cancer) surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Dr. Barresi earned his bachelor's degree in cell and structural biology from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Idaho Medical Association and Ada County Medical Society.

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    Joshua G. Barton, MD is the medical director of St. Luke's Clinic – Center for Pancreatic and Liver Diseases and an associate fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His specialty is the surgical treatment of pancreatic, biliary, liver, and stomach diseases. Dr. Barton actively participates in several professional organizations, including the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Pancreas Club, and the American Hepato-Biliary Association.

    Dr. Barton is a native Texan and was raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. He received his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University and his medical degree from the University of Texas – Houston. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma. He obtained additional training in hepato-pancreato-biliary and advanced GI surgery at the Mayo Clinic.

    SURGICAL SPECIALTIES

    • Abdominal tumor resection
    • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder)
    • Excision of benign and malignant lesions
    • Gastrectomy
    • Hepatectomy
    • Jejunostomy
    • Laparoscopic surgery
    • Liver resection
    • Liver surgery
    • Lymph node biopsy and dissections
    • Proactive screening for people with family history risk
    • Sarcoma resection
    • Whipple (pancreaticoduodenectomy)

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    Ronald W. Blair, DO has special interest and training in laparoscopic surgical procedures. 

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

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    Paul Dunlavy, DO specializes in general surgery and is trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. He is certified as an Advanced Trauma and Life Support® instructor. 

    Dr. Dunlavy is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Osteopathic Association. 

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    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.  

       


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    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.

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    Jon B. Getz, MD, FACS has particular interest and expertise in surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and surgical treatment of breast cancer and melanoma. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons, and Southwestern Surgical Society.

    Dr. Getz earned his medical degree from Boston University, where he also earned his bachelor's degree in medical science and political science. He completed his general surgery residency and internship at the University of Cincinnati. He served as director of the surgical residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, and of the surgical residency program deployment for Operation Desert Storm.



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    Jonathan V. Giles, MD, FACS specializes in advanced laparoscopic, oncologic (cancer), hernia repair, and endocrine surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member and Fellow of the Southwest Surgical Congress.

    Dr. Giles earned his bachelor's degree in physiology from the University of California at Davis and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency and internship at the University of Utah and Affiliated Hospitals, and served three years of active duty as a U.S. Air Force surgeon with the 366th Wing Hospital, Mountain Home Air Force Base.

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    Scott A. Henson, MD, FACS specializes in breast cancer surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, and hernia repair. 

    Dr. Henson earned his bachelor's degree in pre-medicine from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also completed his general surgical residency and internship. Dr. Henson is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Idaho Medical Association, Ada County Medical Society, and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

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    Thomas R. Huntington MD, FACS has practiced the art and science of surgery for over four decades and was a pioneer of laparoscopy in Idaho. He has mentored myriad local surgeons in laparoscopic surgery, and after a successful career as a rural surgeon, Dr. Huntington now specializes in laparoscopic foregut surgery, which is surgery of the esophagus and stomach. He has performed over 5,000 fundoplications in his prolific career, including giant paraesophageal hernias and revisional surgeries. His complex laparoscopic practice includes minimally invasive treatment of esophageal and gastric cancers, laparoscopic adrenalectomy, colon resection, and hernia repair.

    As a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the Idaho College of Surgeons, and active member of the Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopy Surgeons (SAGES), Dr. Huntington continues to incorporate modern medical advances with decades of experiences. His patients value the personalized, respectful, and dedicated care that Dr. Huntington provides.

    Recently, Dr. Huntington has welcomed his daughter, surgeon Dr. Ciara Huntington to his private practice. Together, Drs. Huntington continue to provide southwest Idaho with compassionate and quality laparoscopic surgical care.

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    Ciara R. Huntington, MD is a surgeon with particular interests in advanced laparoscopic surgery, including laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair; fundoplication; Heller myotomy; minimally invasive Ivor Lewis esophagectomy; gastrectomy; colon resection; adrenalectomy; splenectomy; and ventral and inguinal hernia repair.

    Dr. Huntington is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Idaho College of Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. She is proud to provide the highest quality of compassionate surgical care to her patients.

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    Wilmer T. Jones, MD is chief of staff at St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Society of Vascular Surgery, the Clinical Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society, and the Rocky Mountain Vascular Surgery Society.

    Prior to his medical education, Dr. Jones earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Military Institute, where he was valedictorian and a distinguished graduate. Later, he served 26 years in the Air Force as a pilot and surgeon, retiring at the rank of colonel.

    Additionally, Dr. Jones was president of the Texas Vascular Surgery Society and has held academic appointments at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; and the United Services Health Science University.

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    Kellan Kading, MD came to St. Luke's from Swedish Medical Center in Seattle where he was part of the General Surgery Residency Program. He has an interest in gallbladder, small intestine, colon, hernia, and anorectal procedures. He enjoys the challenges of general surgery and taking care of his patients.

    In his free time Dr. Kading enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends.

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    Jason Kemp, MD specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery, including a variety of bariatric and general surgical procedures. He completed additional training in advanced laparoscopic surgery with Dr. Thomas R. Huntington at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center. 

    Dr. Kemp’s expertise covers bariatric surgeries including laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy; anti-reflux surgery; paraesophageal and hiatal hernia repair; stomach, small bowel, and colon surgery; gallbladder surgery; hernia repair; and other advanced laparoscopic surgical procedures. Dr. Kemp is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.


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    Robert Korn, MD, PhD specializes in general surgery and bariatric surgery, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Dr. Korn earned his medical degree and doctorate in cardiac physiology from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his surgical residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and his fellowship in surgical critical care at the University of Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general surgery and critical care, and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Korn also leads St. Luke's residency program in general surgery.

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    Jarom Lamb, MD is trained in general surgery, including advanced laparoscopy and endoscopy. His special interests include bariatric surgery and advanced laparoscopy. 

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    Bruce C. McComas, MD, FACS is director of St. Luke’s Non-invasive Vascular Lab and has special interests in surgical oncology, thoracic and thyroid surgery, and venous disorders. He is active in training medical residents, physician assistant students, and nursing students. Dr. McComas performed his surgical residency at Quillen-Dishner College of Medicine, where he also served as assistant professor of surgery. He is a member of the American Cancer Society and Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgeons.

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    Rhiana S. Menen, MD is a clinical and academic surgeon with experience and training in general and laparoscopic surgery. She also completed fellowship training in breast surgical oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Menen has particular interest in cancer care, women's health, and cancer prevention. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. 

    Dr. Menen is also interested in international and medically underserved populations, and has done medical outreach trips to India and Kenya. 

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    Amy Ocmand, MD has special interest in breast cancer surgery, endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery, and hernia repair. She previously practiced in Gonzales, LA. Dr. Ocmand is a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, American Medical Association, and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

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    Colin Soares, PA-C earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from Boise State University, including an emphasis in the molecular and cellular biology of prostate cancer. He is a nationally certified physician assistant and practices in general surgery.

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    Jim Valentine, MD specializes in general surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic gastric banding. Dr. Valentine has served as chairman of Surgical Services. He is experienced in performing bariatric surgical procedures, and is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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    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.


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