Dapka Baccam, M.D., Joins Broadlawns as Section Chief of General Surgery
Des Moines, March 27, 2008 – Des Moines native Dapka Nicholas Baccam, M.D., F.A.C.S., has been named Section Chief of General Surgery at Broadlawns Medical Center.
Previously on the staff of Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Baccam said, “I decided to come to Broadlawns Medical Center for the opportunity to practice a broad range of general surgery. Here I serve a large metropolitan population with a wide variety of needs and still maintain the feeling of a community-based hospital. In addition, I was attracted to the academic teaching environment here at Broadlawns.”
Chief Medical Officer Vincent Mandracchia, D.P.M., M.H.A., welcomed Dr. Baccam, stating, “We are fortunate to gain Dr. Baccam’s contributions as section chief of surgery. His experience and appreciation of our community-based environment enhances our ability to serve our patients with high quality care.”
Dr. Baccam received both his undergraduate degree and his medical training from the University of Iowa. He completed his residency in general surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin. He worked at McFarland Clinic and Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center prior to returning to Des Moines.
Dr. Baccam is board certified in surgery and certified in advanced trauma life support. His surgical interests include colorectal disease, laparoscopic and minimal invasive surgery, endoscopy, surgical oncology, trauma and surgical critical care and breast cancer.
With a history that reaches back to 1903 as a community health center, Broadlawns Medical Center first opened its doors as a hospital to the residents of Polk County on April 13, 1924. Over the years, Broadlawns has adapted to the changing demands of public health care, yet remained true to its mission of offering quality health services to all Polk County residents and training tomorrow’s health care professionals. Today, Broadlawns Medical Center is composed of:
- An acute care community hospital serving medical, surgical, mental health and primary care needs
- A 60-member physician practice overseeing numerous specialty clinics and outpatient services
- A Family Medicine Residency Program that graduates physician leaders who today serve in 22 of Iowa’s 99 counties
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