New Thoracic Surgeon Joins Mercy Clinic in Fort Smith

March 16, 2016

For Dr. Timothy Trotter, a passion for medicine runs in the family.

Trotter’s father, an obstetrician-gynecologist, delivered nearly 15,000 babies during his career in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His great-uncle began practicing primary care medicine in Stillwater in the late-1920s.

“I started working in the operating room when I was 14 and have been involved in medicine for essentially all of my life,” said Trotter, a board-certified thoracic surgeon who recently joined Mercy Clinic Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery in Fort Smith. “It was really all that I ever knew.”

Trotter brings nearly 30 years of experience to his new role at Mercy and is excited to build lasting relationships with patients in the Fort Smith area.

“I enjoy a more personal interaction with patients and that is the reason I wanted to be in a smaller town like Fort Smith,” said Trotter.

Trotter received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He completed his general surgery residency at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and his fellowship in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

He spent 26 years in the U.S. Navy as an officer and reservist serving first as an undersea medical officer on a submarine then as the surgeon on an aircraft carrier. While serving in the U.S. Naval Reserves, he completed his thoracic surgery fellowship.

Trotter recently moved to Fort Smith from Vicksburg, Mississippi. In his spare time, he is an avid bicyclist and an amateur cellist. He previously played in the Vicksburg Community Orchestra and has a goal to play all of the Bach Cello Suites during his lifetime.

To make an appointment with Trotter at Mercy Clinic Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, located at 7001 Rogers Ave., Suite 401B, in Fort Smith, call (479) 452-1188. For more information about Mercy Clinic Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, click here.  

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