Archive for September 2009

20 questions with a surgeon Mike Wolpert

When it’s time for surgery, you probably don’t know what questions you should ask – or even much about the person wielding the scapel. Nick Hytrek caught up with Dr. Mike Wolpert, director of trauma at Mercy Medical Center and private practice general surgeon, and did some digging.

1. What made you want to be a eon?

My dad was a primary care physician in Onawa. My intent was to join my father in practice. At the time it was three years residency for general care physicians and with four years of residency you can be a surgeon. With all the automobile accidents on I-29, I figured that would be helpful. My father died three to four months before I graduated from my residency program, and my brother Paul had a general surgery practice in Sioux City so I decided to join him.

Read the other 19 questions with Dr. Wolpert here.