Dr. X. Alexis Driggs, new general surgeon at The Memorial Hospital, talks with Gisela Garrison, director at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, at the hospital's meet-and-greet Tuesday evening.

Photo by Lauren Blair

Dr. X. Alexis Driggs, new general surgeon at The Memorial Hospital, talks with Gisela Garrison, director at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, at the hospital's meet-and-greet Tuesday evening.

New hospital surgeon in Craig is a cut above

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The Memorial Hospital welcomed a new member to its surgical team last week, General Surgeon X. Alexis Driggs, MD. The hospital hosted a meet-and-greet Tuesday evening to give community members and hospital staff a chance to learn more about her.

Driggs brings with her a breadth of experience, most recently as a practicing general surgeon for two years at the Providence Saint Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. Her career in medicine began as a nurse, specializing in labor and deliveries, when she decided to seek more training to become a doctor.

Driggs completed medical school at the University of California in San Francisco, where she started out studying obstetrics and gynecology before she realized that surgery was what she enjoyed doing most. She completed her residency at the Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, California.

“As a resident, I had the good fortune of working with highly-skilled laparoscopic surgeons,” Driggs said in a written Q&A, “so I learned their 100 little tips and tricks to expertly perform minimally invasive surgery, like angling the instrument just right or holding your wrist in a certain way. I coauthored articles and presentations on laparoscopic surgery during that time.”

The addition of Driggs to TMH will help ease the load for Dr. Jeff Womble, who has been the only general surgeon on staff for the past two years.

Driggs currently is getting acclimated, working alongside Womble while she learns her way around TMH. She will start accepting appointments by the end of the month, according to TMH Chief of Marketing and Business Development Jennifer Riley.

“We’re really excited to have Dr. Driggs on our team. There are no other female general surgeons in the region, and for a lot of people, especially for women, it’s comforting to have that option,” Riley said.

With a husband who works in the field of information technology and four kids ages 4 to 14, Driggs is happy about being in Craig. She cited being closer to her parents in Utah and outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, rappelling and playing in the snow as bonuses for the new location.

“When I visited, I was really struck by how friendly and down-to-earth people were in Craig and at the hospital,” Driggs said. “The plan is not to pick up and move again. We are here. (My kids are) getting involved in all kinds of different programs and they’re all excited. This is not planned to be a pit stop.”

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com.

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