Gasteroenterology now in Hot Springs

August 27, 2012

Richard Dunn, MD; Brian McGee, MD; and Dhaval Patel, MD.

Mercy Hospital Hot Springs has expanded services to include Gastroenterology with the addition of three physicians to the Mercy Clinic lineup.

Dr. Richard Dunn, who has practiced in the Hot Springs area for more than 32 years, has joined Mercy. In addition, Dr. Brian McGee and Dr. Dhaval Patel have joined him in the practice.

Gastroenterology is a branch of medicine focused on the digestive system and liver diseases.

Dr. Dunn, a Monticello native, has been a well-respected member of the Hot Springs community for a long time, first coming to the Spa City in 1979.

“I have been solo practice all these years, but recently I’ve been blessed to have Mercy allow me to come on as a part-time Gastroenterologist, working with Dr. Patel and Dr. McGee, and I’m looking forward to this,” Dr. Dunn said.

McGee and Patel both have Arkansas backgrounds and attended medical school together at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Dr. McGee grew up in Marion, Ark., and completed a fellowship at UAMS in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He attended Xavier University in Louisiana for his undergraduate work.

“I enjoy interacting with people, really trying to help people; the satisfaction that people have when they come in sick and somebody cares about them and they get better,” Dr. McGee said.

Patel was born in India but moved to the United States when he was 2 years old. His family eventually settled in Nashville, Ark., and he attended undergraduate school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Likewise, Dr. Patel completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at UAMS.

 “I have a lot of family members that are in the medical field; my father is a physician and my mother is a nurse. Growing up, I had the opportunity to see how they developed strong relationships with their patients and the rewarding feeling of taking care of someone and their most basic needs, which is their health,” Dr. Patel said.

All three will practice in Suite 506 of the Medical Office Building on the Mercy Hospital Hot Springs campus while Dr. McGee and Dr. Patel will also see patients at the Mercy Clinic location in Hot Springs Village.

“Working with Dr. Dunn is going to be great,” Dr. Patel said. “It’s going to be nice to have a mentor who has been working here for a number of years and has a lot of experience.”

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