Cox Branson Welcomes New Physician

thumb_59388cec2edf690Cox Medical Center Branson is welcoming Dirk McMurray, MD, to the general surgery team.

Dr. McMurray is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He recently completed five years of residency at the University of Oklahoma Department of Surgery in Tulsa where he was selected to serve as the administrative chief resident.

“Dr. McMurray is a talented and compassionate physician who comes to us from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine where he received outstanding general surgery training and was handpicked to serve as the program’s chief resident,” said Cox Medical Center Branson Chief Medical Officer Brian Clonts, MD. “Dr. McMurray has extensive training in assessing and treating hernias, gallbladder problems, colon and other digestive problems.”

“My experience at the University of Oklahoma was incredible,” Dr. McMurray said. “On day one I ended up going into the operating room and being very involved in surgery. I received outstanding training.”

Dr. McMurray said while early on in his education general surgery wasn’t his first choice, after the experience he received in Tulsa he can’t imagine doing anything other than general surgery.

“It gives me the opportunity to work on very complex, sick patients as well as very healthy patients and like most surgeons, I like to see the end result of what I do,” Dr. McMurray explained. “When we perform a procedure, there is a treatment and then there is a cure. We like that instant gratification so to speak. It is very gratifying when I operate on someone and then I get to see them when they are doing well. It makes me feel like I’ve been able to help.”

Dr. McMurray grew up in Orem, Utah and at the age of 19, he went on a mission to Guatemala where he spent two years learning to speak Spanish fluently, living among the natives and learning their culture. After McMurray returned to the states, he initially went into molecular biology before he said he came to realize that medicine was his calling.

“I liked interacting with people and working with my hands,” he said. “I’ve always enjoyed anatomy. My parents actually bought me an anatomy book as a child because they were tired of me asking questions. It was even before I could read but I could look at pictures and get an idea of what I was looking at and it seems I’ve always had an interest in anatomy and physiology. I guess medicine was a calling for me but it took me a while to realize that is what I was supposed to do. I think for anyone who goes into medicine, it should be somewhat of a calling. It is something you live and breathe.”

Dr. McMurray said he decided to come to Branson after vacationing in the Tri-Lakes Area.

“Since I grew up in Utah, I was very used to mountains and hills and I missed it,” Dr. McMurray explained. “The beauty of the surrounding area just took my breath away. It reminded me a lot of home. While on vacation, I joked with my wife, maybe I could get a job here. About a month later, I was looking for a job and there was an opening so I applied and the rest is history. I also feel this is a good place to grow family and have a practice where I will have a good breath of procedures I can perform.”

Dr. McMurray brings with him his wife Kim and their three children ages 6, 4 and 2. The couple also has another child on the way.

“He is a wonderful addition to our current general surgery department and exemplifies the commitment of Cox Medical Center Branson to providing world-class care to the Tri-Lakes Area,” Dr. Clonts said.

Dr. McMurray joins Dr. Bruce Rotton and Dr. John Moll in general surgery. For more information, call 417-348-8080.

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