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Famed healer comes to Good Shepard

drthmb2Dr. Charles Secrest is one of the country’s most renowned urologists, and as of May 1 has joined Good Shepherd Medical Associates to further boost this institution’s success in bringing optimum health to all East Texans. Simply put, urological care in this region is better than ever.

Patients have long traveled great distances to receive his care, and those in the Longview area now have him and his endless healing talents in their own community.

Good Shepherd Medical Center’s (GSMC) Interim Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice-President Ken Cunningham is delighted at the prospects of Secrest joining his staff.

“Dr. Secrest will truly elevate the practice of urology in our community and provide a high level of specialized care previously unavailable in East Texas,” he said. “Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care to the community, and we will continue to support our mission by recruiting outstanding and exceptional urologists (as well as other specialists) to Good Shepherd. We eagerly await Dr. Secrest’s arrival, and are excited about the advanced level of high quality care he will bring to our patients.”

As a well-known expert in the field of urology, Secrest specializes in reconstructive procedures on adults and sometimes children. He also has expertise in providing both outpatient and inpatient treatment to those suffering from spinal cord and nerve damage. He is a busy man, performing more 450 reconstructive surgeries annually, and will now be the only surgeon in this region to routinely carry out these procedures.

A native of Ft. Worth, Secrest took both his B.A. and medical degree from the University of Mississippi before carrying out his internship and residency in general surgery in Dallas at Baylor University Medical Center. He then moved on to Jackson, Mississippi where he served a urological residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He even found time for a specialty fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Reconstructive Urology at Norfold, Virginia’s Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine. His credits stretch on and on.

He is certified by the American Board of Urology, is a member of the American Urological Association, the American Medical Association, the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Urodynamics and Femal Urology, and the Society of Pelvic Surgeons.

Dr. Secrest specializes in the following areas:

Urethral Stricture Disease-scarring of the urethra which limits or blocks the flow of urine after a trauma, inflammation or balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO)

Incontinence-loss of bladder control

Peyronie’s Disease-penile curvature often caused by a painful lump in the penis

Pelvic Floor Relaxation and Prolapse-weakening of the muscles that support the pelvis in women, causing urinary problems and protrusion of the vagina

Neurogenic Bladder-urinary difficulties caused by spinal cord injury, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis or other neurological disorders

Erectile difficulties-related to penile function and low testosterone levels

Congenital urologic problems-abnormalities of the genitals from birth, including hypospadias and epispadias

Overactive bladder-resulting in the constant/frequent urge to urinate

Genitourinary trauma-injuries affecting the genitals and urinary organs

Fistulas

 

By Kelly Bell

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