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CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group Announces Arrival of General Surgeon to London Health Care Team

LONDON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2023) – CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Surgery welcomes accomplished general surgeon Nicholas Capal, DO, MS, to Laurel County. Dr. Capal’s journey into medicine began with a desire to make a meaningful impact, and today, he specializes in providing surgical solutions that improve the health and well-being of his patients.

Growing up, Dr. Capal always had a fascination with medicine, although he wasn’t initially certain which medical path he would follow. During his clinical rotations, the allure of surgery became undeniable.

“I knew I always wanted to be a doctor because of the subject matter, initially,” said Dr. Capal. “Surgery and the ability to fix a health problem with your hands right away drew me to surgery.”

During his residency, Dr. Capal gained extensive experience in trauma, critical care and acute care surgery. He also developed a proficiency in minimally invasive, laparoscopic and robotic surgical techniques. As a general surgeon, Dr. Capal embraces the diversity of cases that come his way, from trauma and gall bladder surgeries to cancer operations. His patient-centric philosophy underscores the importance of forging a partnership between physician and patient. He believes patient education is paramount.

“I encourage patients to actively participate in their health care journey, ensuring that they comprehend every facet, from diagnosis to post-operative recovery,” he said. “I aim to provide recommendations and help patients get through the process.”

Originally from Cincinnati, Dr. Capal spent nine years in Youngstown, Ohio, pursuing his medical education and training. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2018. Following medical school, he embarked on a general surgery residency at Mercy Health – St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, a community-based hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center in Ohio.

Dr. Capal’s decision to join Saint Joseph London was influenced by both professional and personal reasons. He was already familiar with the area, as he had family members living in the region for 15 years.

“The warm and inviting atmosphere convinced me that this was the ideal place to practice medicine and provide exceptional patient care where it’s needed,” said Dr. Capal. “I like the ability to manage a wide range of issues, and I like this patient population because they are very grateful for the help that they receive."

Dr. Capal said he also wants to bring patients a wellspring of information, emotional support, and solace during critical moments. Beyond his medical career, Dr. Capal enjoys quality time with his family. He and his wife have two active boys, ages 13 and 4. He enjoys dirt biking and skeet shooting and has a unique affinity for bonsai trees.

Dr. Capal is a general surgeon with CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Surgery in London, located at 1025 Saint Joseph Lane. To make an appointment, call 606.330.2370.

 

About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group

CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group is the employed provider network of CHI Saint Joseph Health with 88 locations in 17 communities throughout central and eastern Kentucky.

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Nicholas Capal, DO

CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group – Surgery welcomes accomplished general surgeon Nicholas Capal, DO, MS, to Laurel County. Dr. Capal’s journey into medicine began with a desire to make a meaningful impact, and today, he specializes in providing surgical solutions that improve the health and well-being of his patients.

Publish date: 

Monday, October 23, 2023

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