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James Poole, MD
Hospitalist, Medical Director

James Poole, MD
Hospitalist, Medical Director

MD from Ross University (Dominica). Residency at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

"The job at SVMC just happened at the right place, right time and I love it."

"I enjoy treating the whole patient in medicine-from admission to discharge and all in between."

Dr. Poole has special interests in geriatric care and cardiology. He lives in Shaftsbury with his wife, a daughter and two sons.

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Simon Drew, MD, FACS
General Surgery

Simon Drew, MD, FACS
General Surgery

BS in chemistry from Union College
MD from the University of Vermont

"At Southwestern Vermont Medical Center we’re doing top-notch, cutting-edge surgery and medicine,” he says. “I left an area where the medical community was happy with the status quo. Being at SVMC has allowed me to develop my skills in minimally invasive surgery, permitting me to serve my patients better.”

Dr. Drew came to Bennington on the recommendation of his friend and fellow surgeon, Dr. Charles Salem. “I was recruited,” he jokes.

“The overall quality of life here is wonderful. My wife, Mary and three sons, ages 5, 7, and 9, love it in southern Vermont. We are an outdoor family. I love to run, bicycle, and Nordic ski. Together we garden and go on hikes. It’s a beautiful place to live. And the quality of the medical care patients receive at SVMC is remarkable. This is a small town hospital that is on top of its game and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

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Eric Seyferth, MD
Internal Medicine

Eric Seyferth, MD
Internal Medicine

Why did you go into medicine? I loved science and was good at it and wanted to work in a field based on science. I also wanted to make a tangible difference in people’s lives. Medicine seemed a great way to do both of these things and over the years I continue to get satisfaction from these aspects of medicine. What do you like about being an internist? I really like the long term relationships that I have established with patients. When I walk into an emergency department room to admit a person and she says "I am so glad that you are here", it makes all the difficult aspects of a hectic primary care practice seem worth it. The challenge of narrowing down a diagnosis quickly and efficiently or of diagnosing and managing a difficult and complicated case after multiple steps brings great satisfaction. Seeing someone that I have known for years get better from a treatment prescribed by myself or helping someone die with dignity and without pain give equal satisfaction and meaning to my life. Why did you come to this area? My wife, who is also an internist, and I wanted to settle in a rural community in New England after our training. We both love the outdoors and small-town life. Bennington had a great mix of factory workers and college professors, farmers and professionals and died in the wool Vermonters and flatlanders that seemed down-to-earth and vibrant. We wanted a place where our children would get a great education and they did. We wanted a medical community with a great quality medical staff that got along well and I feel our expectations have been met. We have been here 22+ years and still love it here. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Being with my spouse, staying connected with my grown children, bird watching, hunting, shooting sports, woods walking with my dog, tennis, photography, perennial gardening, chicken raising, cooking, reading, Sunday night football with a good friend, mushroom collecting, backyard sugaring. Household Demographics: Married to Sara Reynolds who works as a hospitalist. 3 grown children: Allison, Julia and Elise. One very adoring and intelligent dog, Jackson. One very elderly and affectionate cat, Tigger. Live in the west end of Bennington.

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David Gorson, MD, FACE
Endocrinology

David Gorson, MD, FACE
Endocrinology

BS in biology from Franklin and Marshall College

MD from Pennsylvania State University

"I finished my fellowship in endocrinology at Mt Sinai Hospital in New York, and my wife and I moved to Florida, her home state. Soon, we realized we wanted to be in a smaller community. We missed the seasons, so we returned to the Northeast. I really wanted to practice where I could make a difference. In Florida, there were five other endocrinologists on the same floor of my medical office building. When I moved here in 1992, I was the third endocrinologist in Vermont."

"I have most everything I could wish for here. SVMC has a really solid medical staff, especially for a small community hospital. Because we are reasonably close to Albany, I can attend Endocrine conferences there, and I hold a Clinical Assistant Professorship in the Division of Endocrinology at Albany Medical College. I enjoy teaching the residents and fellows there. I've been privileged to introduce insulin pumps and bone densitometry to our rural community. And, my wife and I enjoy our rural lifestyle only a few hours from major cities."

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