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By JEFF MOORE
The first day on the job at Carroll County Memorial Hospital was a busy one for Dr. Farooq Mirza.
Not only was he busy getting settled into his new offices, he also performed two of surgeries and consulted on another that he scheduled for next week.
Mirza joined the team at CCMH Monday as the new full-time surgeon. Educated at Yale University and the University of Cincinnati, he is a board certified general surgeon.
Mirza said he has been practicing in the Cincinnati area in recent years, performing about 400 cases a year. He also has made weekly visits to the hospital in Owenton, where he performs surgery there one day a week.
“I’m a general surgeon trained the old-fashioned way,” he said. “We were trained to do all the things.”
Among the procedures he will be performing at CCMH are those less invasive laparoscopic surgeries to remove an appendix or a gallbladder and to repair hernias. He said he can also perform gynecological surgeries, hysterectomies, tubal ligations, scope the upper gastrointestinal tract, perform breast surgeries and some trauma cases, among many others.
“With the changing healthcare environment … I thought this was a better opportunity than to go somewhere in the Cincinnati area,” Mirza said. He looks forward to serving residents in not only Carroll County, but those who live in Trimble and Gallatin counties who get their care through the CCMH clinics that are located there.
Mirza said internal medicine and general surgery are two key elements that provide a foundation for success for a hospital. He believes having a full-time surgeon not only allows patients to receive close to home, it also provides the funds that a hospital needs to meet the community’s needs.
Mirza believes that with more people now having health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act there will be an increase in the numbers seeking treatment.
“I think this community and this hospital is definitely equipped to handle a full-time surgeon,” he said. He looks forward to helping the hospital grow and believes there is such potential that in years down the road the department may need to expand.
CCMH Chief Executive Officer Michael Kozar said he is excited to have Mirza join the medical staff.
“Dr. Mirza has practiced in the region for a number of years, and the types of surgical procedures that he will be able to perform at Carroll County Memorial Hospital will greatly enhance the capabilities of our organization,” Kozar said Monday. “Dr. Mirza will be able to do cases that typically we have had to transfer to Louisville in the past. We are excited of his joining the Carroll County Memorial Hospital family and look for a long and rewarding relationship with Dr Mirza.”
The connection of the region became apparent Monday as Mirza performed one of his first surgeries at CCMH.
A woman who had been his patient through the Owenton hospital was one of the patients he operated on here during his first day on the job.
“She looked up at me and said, ‘You did my surgery a few years ago,’” Mirza said in the interview.
But he indicated this shouldn’t come as a big surprise given the fact he had performed surgeries at the Owenton for 12 years.