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General Surgery

General Surgery

CGH Medical Center provides both inpatient and outpatient surgical services. Built to accommodate more diverse surgical procedures, CGH's surgical suites include higher ceilings, brighter lighting, and ceiling-suspended technology. Each suite is also equipped with the latest high-tech video and photography system. In addition, the 18-bed ambulatory surgery department includes all private rooms and enhanced security.

See photos of our surgical suites here.

Dr. Thomas McGlone

Thomas McGlone, MD

Thomas McGlone, M.D., is a general surgeon. He is one of an elite group of surgeons to date who has received national certification in breast ultrasound, which lets doctors pinpoint tumors in the breast for biopsy. "This technique has helped to all but end the need for invasive surgery in the diagnosis of abnormal breast tissue," Dr. McGlone said. Dr. McGlone received his medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Boulder, Colorado.

CGH Main Clinic

101 E. Miller Road in Sterling, (815) 625-4790

Dr. Mark Schmelzel

Mark Schmelzel, MD

Mark Schmelzel, M.D., is a general and vascular surgeon. One of his specialties is peripheral vascular surgery correcting problems with blood vessels mainly in the arms, legs and neck. "Vascular surgery techniques can restore circulation and save patients from more serious problems such as stroke," Dr. Schmelzel said. Dr. Schmelzel received his medical degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.

CGH Main Clinic

101 E. Miller Road in Sterling, (815) 625-4790

Dr. John Strom


John Strom, MD

John Strom, M.D., is a general and vascular surgeon. He recently received special training in endovascular surgery, which is less invasive than normal vascular surgery. "Not all patients are candidates for it, but in certain cases, it's helpful," he said. Dr. Strom received his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He completed five years of surgical training in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and a six-month surgical residency at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England. He also completed his vascular surgical fellowship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

CGH Dixon Clinic

1321 N. Galena Avenue in Dixon, (815) 284-1611


Dr. Thomas King

Thomas King, DO

Dr. Thomas King is a vascular surgeon. From the time he was a young boy, Dr. King knew he wanted to be a doctor. Trained in the US, he specializes in minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. King’s full range of vascular and endovascular procedures can help treat conditions such as abdominal aortic aneurysms, chronic ischemia, lower extremity conditions, lung embolisms, dialysis access, and varicose veins (the latest minimally invasive procedure). Vascular surgery benefits patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple cardiac issues, diabetes, and other health issues, as well as older patients, who are often not able to tolerate surgeries with large incisions or a long recovery time.

Dr. King is qualified to perform many special procedures including Radio Frequency Ablations and Venefit Targeted Endovenous Therapy for those suffering from chronic venous insufficiency.

Dr. King received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
in Old Westbury, New York, and his BS from Montclair State University in New Jersey. He completed his general surgery residency at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Michigan. Dr. King finished vascular surgery fellowships at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Michigan and Arizona Heart Hospital.

CGH Main Clinic

101 E. Miller Road in Sterling, (815) 625-4790

Dr. Heather

Heather Wakefield, MD

Heather Wakefield, M.D., is a general surgeon. Dr. Wakefield received her medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

CGH Main Clinic

101 E. Miller Road in Sterling, (815) 625-4790



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