SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital is pleased to announce the recent hiring of general surgeon, Dr. John Lang. He begins work at the Consortium on November 1, 2015.

Dr. Lang earned his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in General Surgery at PinnacleHealth Hospital in Harrisburg, PA, and then completed a Colon and Rectal Surgery Fellowship at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.

Before moving to Sitka, Dr. Lang served in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as the Chief of Surgery at the Claremore Indian Health Service Hospital in Claremore, OK, as well as Clinical Director for FCI Herlong in Herlong, CA. Dr. Lang has also worked in VA hospitals in Temple, TX and Asheville, NC; in addition to private practice in Texas and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lang’s professional interests include the full spectrum of general and colorectal surgery, specifically endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery, and management of inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Lang has a special interest in performing colon cancer screening, rural general surgery, and optimizing the health of the Native American and Alaskan Native people. When he is not working, Dr. Lang enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading science fiction, watching college football, and fishing.

Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Administrator, Jeffrey Prater, said, “We are excited to have Dr. Lang as part of our team; he brings to the table 15 years of experience in general surgery. Dr. Lang will make an excellent addition to our surgical department for the people we serve.”