Can't keep still

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Can't keep still

Ex-Durango doctor on Mont. reservation

Dr. John Withers is seen in the Herald studio June 17, 2005.

About Dr. John Withers

Dr. John Withers, a board-certified general surgeon, earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1959. He completed a one-year internship at Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. After that came a four-year general surgical residency at Tripler Army Hospital in Honolulu.


After service in Virginia, he was sent to Vietnam, where he was commanding officer of the 17th Field Hospital in Saigon. After his military service, Withers moved to Hawaii, where he practiced on Maui from 1968 to 1995.


Withers was named Hawaii’s outstanding physician in 1983, served as president of the Maui County Medical Society and twice was president of the Maui chapter of the American Cancer Society.


In Durango, he founded the Four Corners Hernia Center, was president of the La Plata Medical Society from 2000 to 2004 and wrote a medical column for The Durango Herald from 1996 to 2007.

Can't keep still

Dr. John Withers is seen in the Herald studio June 17, 2005.

"My retirement lasted three weeks. I couldn't stay out of the operating room.
I didn't want to work full-time because of the liability-insurance requirements and all the other things to run a practice."

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