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St. Joseph General Surgery

Department of St. Joseph Hospital

St. Joseph General Surgery offers a range of general surgical procedures, from esophageal surgery to colonoscopy. 

St. Joseph General Surgery offers many services, including the following:

  • Hernia repair.  Many hernias are now repaired using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques.
  • Gallbladder removal.  Most gallbladder procedures are also performed laparoscopically.
  • Bowel surgery.  Used to treat a variety of colon and rectal diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and more.
  • Esophageal surgery.  Performed to treat esophageal cancer, reflux disease or GERD, as well as motility or functional disorders.
  • Endocrine surgery. Thyroid and parathyroid surgeries are a specialty of Dr. Starks.


Offices at Suite 207 - St. Joseph Hospital

360 Broadway, Bangor, Maine 
(207) 907-3650
Fax: (207) 907-3660

Surgical procedures can be performed in the modern Surgery Center at St. Joseph Hospital with its caring staff, including its own dedicated anesthesia team.

Meet Our Providers

Pedro Gomez, St. Joseph SurgeonPedro P. Gomez, MD, MSCI
Dr. Gomez received his MD degree from the Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia and his general surgery training at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He also completed a fellowship in Advanced Gastrointestinal Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. JoanMarie PellegriniJoan Pellegrini, MD
Dr. Pellegrini is a graduate of Cornell University. She received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Coordinated Surgery at the University of Massachusetts and fellowship with Boston University. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Michael Starks, MD
Dr. Starks earned his medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Later he completed his Surgery residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, fishing, Kayaking, hiking, stained glass and photography.

Tracy Bennett, PA-C
Ms. Bennett holds a Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England. She is certified by the National Commision on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Royce Blackwood, PA-C - General SurgeryRoyce Blackwood, PA-C
Mr. Blackwood is a graduate of the Physician Assistant program at the University of South Alabama. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.


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