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General surgery now available at Freeman Neosho Hospital



General surgery now available at Freeman Neosho Hospital

Patients no longer have to travel out of community for surgical services

JOPLIN, Mo.—Dr. Donald Wonder, a board-certified general surgeon, joined Freeman Neosho Hospital recently to provide some of the most advanced surgical services available to the community. A member of the Freeman Neosho Physician Group, Dr. Wonder sees patients at his office at 336 South Jefferson Street in Neosho.

Dr. Wonder was born in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and graduated in 1979 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He completed his internship and residency in 1984 at Kansas University Medical Center, Department of Surgery. He started private practice in 1984 as a general surgeon in Branson, Missouri, and remained there until relocating to the Neosho area.

“My primary focus is my patient – and that’s where my love for rural medicine and surgery comes from because I can stay involved in each patient’s care with a personal touch,” Dr. Wonder said. “It’s not uncommon to run into one of my patients while shopping in the local Walmart, and I like that. It was fortunate this opportunity to start a surgical practice here in Neosho was available, and I appreciate all of the highly qualified, dedicated and caring people that I work with every day.”

That opportunity came from a working relationship Dr. Wonder developed with Freeman Neosho Hospital Administrative Services Director Renee Denton when he practiced in Branson.

“I knew of his personable dedication to patients and his high skill level in many areas of general surgery and thought Dr. Wonder would be a great fit for our community,” Denton said. “We collectively believe it is important to expand our scope of services and bring more patient-focused medical and surgical choices to Neosho and surrounding areas. Dr. Wonder is an exceptional physician in the field of general surgery, and his particular experience in breast and colon cancers and reconstruction techniques brings exceptional depth to our surgical program. We welcome his services to our growing area.”

Dr. Wonder is dedicated to treating patients with a wide range of concerns or problems. His advanced laparoscopic training includes:

  • colon resection
  • hernioplasty
  • herniorrhaphy
  • bowel, colon and rectal procedures
  • gastric procedures
  • cholecystectomy

His medical/surgical interests include:

  • breast disease (diagnosis and treatment)
  • minimally invasive surgery
  • biliary surgery (laparoscopic common duct exploration)
  • treatment of colon and other cancers
  • surgical endoscopy

Dr. Wonder is a member of the Missouri Chapter of American College of Surgeons and was president of the Southwest Missouri Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (which includes Springfield, Joplin and north Arkansas) in 1993. He is also a member of the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons and Society of Breast Surgeons.

“My goal is to achieve the best result possible for each of my patients while maintaining the highest ethical standards of the profession. My staff and I are excited about providing quality surgical services to the Neosho area, which means that patients don’t have to travel so far for their surgical needs,” Dr. Wonder said.

In his spare time, Dr. Wonder enjoys fishing and playing the guitar, but he is not a golfer. He comes to Neosho with his wife, Gala. They have three grown children, including a son living in Denver, a daughter living in Branson who graduates in May as a nurse practitioner, and a younger daughter who recently moved to Atlanta.

Patients are referred to Dr. Wonder by primary care or specialist physicians. He sees patients Monday through Friday at the Freeman Neosho Physician Group Office Building, conveniently located on the Freeman Neosho Hospital campus. To schedule an appointment with a referral, call 417.455.4200.


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