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Practice Overview

The colon and rectal surgery practice of Dr. Richard Whelan provides a unique team approach to the care of patients choosing to utilize our services. Our patients not only have the benefit of a renowned surgeon, they also benefit from the expertise of team of professionals who have worked with him and cared for his patients for several years.


This team, based out of Roosevelt Hospital, includes a Nurse Practitioner, Kathryn Baxter, who is certified as Family Nurse Practitioner as well as a Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurse. The Nurse Practitioner partners with Dr. Whelan in providing clinical care. She serves a resource to our patients for questions regarding surgery and is available to evaluate patients with urgent problems when Dr. Whelan is occupied in the hospital. Kathy coordinates with hospital, homecare other providers to ensure that the patients receive a continuity of care before, during and after surgery.


Our team also includes an RN, Vesna Cekic, who has been facilitating Dr. Whelan’s research projects for the past eleven years and actively participates in the care of our hospitalized patients. Vesna presents a consistent presence pre and post operatively in the hospital for our surgical patients.


Additionally, we are fortunate to have a Medical Assistant who has been part of our practice for the past 3 years as well as office staff who are valued members of our team as well. The team is in addition to the medical and nursing staff of Roosevelt Hospital who all participates in the care of our patients.


Dr. Whelan sets the expectations of the team by making twice daily rounds on our hospitalized patients. Postoperative office visits are done with the Nurse Practitioner the week after discharge. This allows for us to keep close tabs on our surgical patients and identify issues before they become problems.

What Our Patient’s Say…


Our family wishes to express our heartfelt appreciation for the kindness, excellent care and wisdom our mother, Jean Broussard, received during her hospitalization.

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