Coming Full Circle by Maria Dorfner

Meet Gregory Oliver.

In 1954, five-year-old Gregory Oliver is stricken with polio.  He is rushed to Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, New Jersey, where an iron lung keeps him alive for months.  He survives.

Twenty years later, Oliver attends medical school in Washington, D.C., where he stays on to do his surgical training.  His area of interest is colorectal surgery.  A surgeon encourages Oliver to apply to a hospital in New Jersey because they have one of the best colorectal training programs in the world.

Little did Oliver know the program is at Muhlenberg Regonal Medical Center, where he spent months in as  a young child.  Oliver says it took “all of a second” to make a decision in 1988.

Today, Gregory C. Oliver, M.D. is president of the hospital. Yes, president.  He is also a Board Certified colon and rectal surgeon.  The hospital ranks number one in training programs for colorectal surgery throughout the U.S.

Oliver says, “Every March is Colorectal Awareness Month.  It really is important that all people be screened, even if they don’t have symptoms. It’s the key to preventing colorectal cancer.  Muhlenberg was there for me when I needed them most in 1954.  I hope to be there for other people now.”

He’s come full circle.

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