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Physician Spotlight: Wesley Badger, M.D.

Published February 2023 | In Winter 2023

People come to Spearfish, S.D. for the outdoors, but General Surgeon, Wesley Badger, M.D., wants to help grow the city into a surgical destination for excellent care. How? By providing high-quality care in the same manner he would like to receive it.

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Wesley Badger, M.D.

General Surgeon, Spearfish Clinic, North Avenue

People come to Spearfish, S.D. for the outdoors, but General Surgeon, Wesley Badger, M.D., wants to help grow the city into a surgical destination for excellent care. How? By providing high-quality care in the same manner he would like to receive it.

My Role

I am a general surgeon in Spearfish, where I provide broad-based care in the full breadth of general surgery. I was once told that general surgery is the surgery of the skin and its contents. While this may be a bit of an exaggeration, it’s pretty close!

My Goal

Providing care in a small community is such a privilege. The people who we care for are not strangers or nameless faces in a crowd; these are our neighbors, friends or family. My goal is to provide exceptional care to my community.

My Passion

I am passionate about growing Spearfish into a surgical destination for excellent care. I have two separate areas of interest within general surgery. The first is surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid. The second is the management of common bile duct stones through surgical and endoscopic means. The ability to provide these services within our community means that care can be rendered closer to home, when in the past these patients may have needed to be transferred to a higher level of care.

Dr. Badger said that when he sees patients for surgical emergencies in the emergency department or for frightening surgery problems in the clinic, he strives to provide them with a sense of calm. “It is easy to forget that, while this is our day to day, this is a life-changing experience for our patients. I hope to provide care in the same manner that I would wish to receive it.”

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