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
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.
He is also a Board Certified colon and rectal surgeon. The hospital ranks number one in training programs for…
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