General Surgeon Joins West Branch Medical Staff
General Surgeon Rachel Ransom, M.D., joins Richard Schulz, D.O., on the medical staff at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. Dr. Ransom is welcoming new surgical patients to her office located on the campus of MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch in the Medical Offices, 2431 S. M-30, Suite 200, West Branch.
As a general surgeon, Dr. Ransom performs a broad range of surgical treatments for disease and conditions, including small bowel, colon, gallbladder, and gastric reflux system. She also performs endoscopy procedures.
Dr. Ransom received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, and completed her residency training in general surgery at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.
Growing up, Dr. Ransom had always planned on studying medicine, but her attraction to general surgery started in high school while participating in youth group building projects and her college involvement in Habitat for Humanity. She was able to get her hands involved in these projects. “I really enjoy working with my hands,” she said. So it was no surprise, when she started her surgical residency rotation she realized that general surgery was the right fit for her.
Dr. Ransom loves her work, but the most satisfying aspect is when patients tell her that they feel cared for. She feels that if everyone is working as a team the patient will benefit, as well as everyone on the care team, from her office staff to the hospital staff. We are all rewarded by the care that is given.
She enjoys working in a smaller community; it allows her to get to know her patients and have better relationships with them. “I do not want my patients to feel like number or a disease process. I want to get to know my patients and treat them as individuals” said Dr. Ransom.
When it comes to her philosophy of care, Dr. Ransom said she went into the medical profession to help the community of people around her and will continually strive to do it well. “I want to help my patients to understand their illness as well as treat them surgically,” she said. “It is my goal to treat my patients, but to also have them participate in their own care and fully understand the decisions we are making together for their health.”
Appointments may be made by calling her office at (989) 343-1134. Those who would like more information about Dr. Ransom may visit www.midmichigan.org/ransom.