James Keenan, MD, PhD
BS in Chemistry from Le Moyne College
MS and PhD in Nuclear and Radiochemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MD from Albany Medical College
From an outstanding graduate education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to a medical education at Albany Medical College and a fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital, Jim Keenan knows quality care. That's one reason he chose to practice at SVMC.
"SVMC has a highly trained and skilled medical staff," he observes. "Interacting with providers, nurses, and technical staff of this quality is fulfilling and professionally satisfying. We learn from each other every day and continue to improve the high level of care that we provide. People on the medical staff are some of my very best friends. There are no egos here. Working here, I've found mutual professionalism in a nurturing and caring environment.
"My family and I moved to Bennington over nine years ago. We enjoy the more rural life. People here are truly honest and kind. And the safety and beauty of the surroundings and our simpler way of life can't be found in a big city. There are limitless outdoor activities that we enjoy together and that would be hard to match elsewhere. My wife and children love it here and have made many lasting friendships."
David Gorson, MD, FACE
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."
Eric Seyferth, MD
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.
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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