RRHS Announces the Addition Of New General Surgeon

January 10, 2014

RUTHERFORDTON – Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) announced this week the addition of Diego F. Pabon, MD, as a general surgeon with Rutherford Surgical Associates and a member of the RRHS medical staff. Pabon comes to RRHS from Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, NC.

Dr. Pabon will officially begin seeing patients on January 13. He is board-certified in general surgery and fellowship-trained in thoracic surgery. Dr. Pabon is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and he comes to Rutherford County as a highly trained, published specialist with clinical interests in all aspects of general surgery.

He specializes in minimally invasive surgeries for colons and hernias, as well as video-assisted thoracic and lung procedures. Additional areas of specialties include thyroid, breast, upper and lower endoscopies, general thoracic and abdominal surgeries, pacemakers and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Dr. Pabon added, “I was drawn to Rutherford Regional for the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of surgeons and an outstanding medical staff. I was also very impressed by the level of support the health system provides for its physicians. And, of course, this area of the state is beautiful and the people here are extremely friendly and welcoming.”

After receiving his medical degree from Universidad Industrial de Santander, School of Medicine in Bucaramanga, Colombia, Dr. Pabon completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Miami and the University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health in Columbia, S.C.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Pabon is accepting patients at Rutherford Surgical Associates, which allows self-referrals. Rutherford Surgical Associates is owned and operated by RRHS and is located at 330 Highway 108 in Rutherfordton. The office can be reached by calling 828-286-1743. More information can be found atwww.MyRutherfordRegional.com/GeneralSurgery.