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General Surgery

In 2018, St. James Hospital welcomed two new general surgeons to strengthen and expand local surgical services. Brian Watkins, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., and Adam Basler, M.D. offer a range of leading-edge techniques and enhanced surgical capabilities, including advanced minimally invasive surgery. They provide these services at St. James Hospital and at their full-time clinic in Hornell, allowing patients to have their surgery and post-surgical recovery care close to home.

As division chief for UR Medicine Regional Surgery, Dr. Watkins provides advanced minimally invasive surgery, endocrine surgery and broad-based general surgery, working collaboratively with established surgeons at affiliates Jones Memorial in Wellsville and Noyes Health in Dansville. Dr. Basler offers broad-based general surgery, and has particular clinical interests in complex laparoscopy, breast surgery and endoscopy.

St. James Hospital’s full team of experienced anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, and surgical staff provide the highest quality care. Many surgical procedures can be done on an outpatient (ambulatory) basis, but if you need to stay overnight our dedicated team of nurses, aides and support staff will make you and your family as comfortable as possible. We encourage you to share your comments and questions regarding your surgical experience at St. James.