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, “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.


Stay healthy, everyone! -Maria 🙂


Gregory Oliver as a child


Post Note:  I recently learned on Quora Deepak Chopra follows me. His bio says he did a clinical internship at Muhlenberg Regional Hospital in Plainfield, NJ right after immigrating to the U.S. in ’70.

Chopra’s book, The 7 Laws of Spiritual Success is an absolute little gem and favorite. I lived in the largest home in Plainfield for 10 years, helped raise over $10M for their nursing school, now located in JFK Medical center, and did a tremendous amount of community work while there, but never knew about Chopra’s ties to our local hospital. What a small, connected world.


Broadcast Journalist, Maria Dorfner


Maria Dorfner is the founder of NewsMD. This is her blog.




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2 thoughts on “Coming Full Circle by Maria Dorfner

  1. Reblogged this on NewsMD: What's Hot in Health and commented:

    Steve Jobs once said you can only connect the dots looking backwards. This true story is a reminder that even childhood pestilence or infirmity in elder years can lead to a surprising resurgence one can only appreciate in hindsight. -Maria Dorfner 1/2/2020


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