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Former Flight Surgeon Caring for Mon Health Medical Center Patients

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Mark Coomes, MD, wanted to start his physician career off the right way – serving his country in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Coomes graduated Magna Cum Laude with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He pursued his medical degree, graduating from Brown Medical School in 2009. With a medical degree in hand, Dr. Coomes joined the Air Force.

“My grandfather served in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge,” he said. “I wanted to serve my country as he did.”

Putting his medical degree to good use, Dr. Coomes entered the Air Force as a combat search and rescue medical officer. His squadron indirectly supported Seal Team 6 – the respected navy members who captured and killed Osama Bin Laden.

“We didn’t know at the time that was the mission we were supporting,” Dr. Coomes said.

It was during his military experience of taking care of wounded soldiers aboard C-130 and HH-60 aircraft that he discovered his passion for anesthesia. After his four-year tour as a flight surgeon, he entered private practice as an urgent care physician working at various locations across West Virginia.

“My time in the military was a terrific experience,” Dr. Coomes said. “It taught me about teamwork and how to put patients first. I use that training today when I practice medicine.”

After completing his anesthesiology residency at West Virginia University, Dr. Coomes became an anesthesiologist at Mon Health Medical Center.

On beautiful days, Dr. Coomes enjoys taking his Harley Davidson motorcycle out on the roads. His other interests include watch collecting, running and paddle boarding with his partner, Jenna, and dog, Cooper.