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Our surgeons are talented, board certified experts in their fields. Active members of the community, they are dedicated to staying abreast of the latest medical advancements and surgical techniques so they can best serve the Onslow area. In addition to technical knowhow, they also use a personalized, patient-centered approach so our patients and their families feel more at ease on their way to the quickest recovery possible.
Edgar Gallagher, Jr., MD graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1961, and the School of Medicine in 1965. He completed his general surgery residency at Brooke General Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1972 and his thoracic surgical fellowship in 1975. He served in the United States Medical Corps for ten years. He remains Board Certified in General Surgery and in Thoracic Surgery. He is an active member of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Gallagher in 2000 successfully completed his recertification in thoracic surgery and has performed minimally invasive thoracic surgical procedures at Onslow Memorial Hospital. Some of his interests in General Surgery include all types of hernia repair with a special interest in the repair of recurrent inguinal or groin hernias. He, also with Dr. Batcheller and Dr. Westbrook, pioneered minimally invasive surgery of the breast (stereotactic breast biopsy) in Eastern North Carolina. He is experienced in trauma surgery with one tour of duty in Vietnam while in the Army.
Timothy Patselas, MD, graduated from the University of Virginia in 1983, and received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1988. He completed his general surgery residency at East Carolina University in 1994 and became Board Certified in General Surgery in 1995. He served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at East Carolina University from 1994-1998 in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care. He joined the Onslow Surgical Clinic in 1998.
Dr. Patselas is a diversified general surgeon with particular interests in breast, skin and soft tissue surgery, chronic wound management and thyroid surgery. He also performs minimally invasive surgery. He leads the Trauma and Wound Care initiatives at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
He is very active in physician leadership in the community, currently serving as the Department of Surgery Chairman, and a member of the Steering Committee for Strategic Planning, and the Patient and Family Centered Care Committee. He is passionate about expanding the scope of and access to clinical services in Eastern North Carolina.
He is married to Paula Patselas, a professional nurse and homemaker, has three young adult-children, and is active in swimming, boating, mechanical repairs, and the Orthodox faith.
Christopher Suhr, MD is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. His early interests were in the fine arts and he received numerous regional awards in art. As a high school student, he was commissioned for commercial art projects. He obtained his B.A. degree in Chemistry and Philosophy with honors with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, he was selected to pursue graduate level studies in philosophy. His honors thesis concerned the mind, body and mental illness.
During college he worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, conducting experiments in enzymatic kinetics. He completed his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine. During medical school, he performed research in vascular physiology and studied the correlation between EKG findings and post mortem cardiac histologic findings.
Following medical school, he served in the United States Navy as the Medical Department Head onboard an Austin class amphibious transport dock and as Battalion Surgeon with an artillery unit of the the Second Marine Division. He was decorated with the Navy Achievement Medal and he was promoted to rank of Lieutenant Commander at conclusion of his service. Following military service, he completed his residency in General and Thoracic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center in 1999. From 1999 to 2006 he was in private practice in South Carolina. He joined Onslow Surgical Clinic in the spring of 2006. Dr. Suhr practices the full spectrum of general surgery with particular interest in minimally invasive surgery. He has served in multiple leadership positions at Onslow Memorial Hospital including Chairman of Department of Surgery. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, scoring in the 99th percentile in his recertification exam.
Lennox Williams, MD, is a graduate of the University of The West Indies. He completed his surgical residency at the Jewish Hospital and Medical Center at Brooklyn, followed by a vascular fellowship at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. He was in private practice in New York from 1987 to 1994, at which time he moved his family to North Carolina to join the Onslow Surgical Clinic.
Dr. Williams’ special area of expertise is peripheral vascular surgery. This includes vascular access for dialysis patients, and minimally invasive varicose vein surgery. The treatment of “spider veins” is performed in the office.
He is the director of the non-invasive vascular laboratory at Onslow Memorial Hospital, and serves in a number of committees at the hospital.
He regularly attends conferences and seminars in General and Vascular Surgery in order to keep abreast of advances in his field.
In his spare time Dr. Williams relaxes by reading, gardening, cycling and running. He has a keen interest in Economics, particularly as it relates to the changing environment in medicine. Dr. Williams and his wife have two daughters and one son.