Our physicians are experts... and great people too! Meet
Stanford Israelsen, MD, the Campbell County Health March 2017 Provider of the Month.
Dr. Israelsen joined the medical staff in 2014 and practices at
Powder River Orthopedics and Spine (PROS), a Campbell County Medical Group
clinic, in Gillette, Wyoming. He experienced a broken arm during his middle school
years remembering that the physician who treated him showed him the x-rays,
and told him that he had to set the arm ‘just right’ for it
to heal. Dr. Israelsen realized what a cool job that was—and thought
that he wanted to do that someday.
Dr. Israelsen loved science as he got older and planned to get a PhD in
physics, but spending two years as a missionary changed his mind. Working
directly with people and having the ability to make an impact on their
lives steered him toward medical school at the
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He knew right away he wanted to be a surgeon when he performed
his first surgery. Dr. Israelsen did an internship in general surgery at the
Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at
Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Orthopedic surgery enables him to work with his hands
to help others, correcting disease in a way that yields immediate results
for his patients. He also enjoys the challenge of trauma surgery as part
of his regular practice.
Coming to Gillette after residency fulfilled Dr. Israelsen’s requirements
to live in a small town in the West. He appreciates working in a community
where people have a strong work ethic, saying that his patients are wonderful.
A community with a good school system was also important for Dr. Israelsen
and his wife Denae. They have four children, ages 2-12 and are expecting
number five. He enjoys hiking, camping and backpacking with his family;
and he really loves mountain biking.
Thank you Dr. Israelsen, for providing our patients with excellent care.