"My first love is working in rural hospitals," says Marcia Moore, MD, general surgeon, who has recently joined the staff at Missouri Southern Healthcare (MSH) in Dexter.
While trained in cancer surgery, Dr. Moore
prefers a rural medical practice because she
likes the diversity of surgical techniques that rural hospitals offer.
notes that urban hospitals force doctors to become very specialized in their techniques which was not the direction she
Moore received her undergraduate degree at Harvard and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1987.
residency at Massachusetts General Hospital
She also studied international medicine at a master's program at Cambridge University in England from 1979-1981.
received specialized cancer surgery training at Charlottesville, Va.
It was at that time that Dr. Moore
developed a keen interest in international medicine.
She became a member of Doctors Without Borders which led her to Physicians for International Medical Relief.
has provided medical services in Indonesia, Ecuador and Haiti, among other countries.
She now serves as Director of Physicians for International Medical Relief.
In that position she
coordinated the distribution of medical supplies to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in that country.
also went to New Orleans to assist with medical needs after Hurricane Katrina.
is no stranger to the rural Midwest.
She worked at Cancer Treatment Centers west of Chicago before leaving for smaller hospitals in Illinois.
husband, John, have three children.
Their son John is a freshman at Harvard
Their daughter Annie is in the 11th grade, and son William is a sixth grader.
Moore will continue her work in international medicine as Director of Physicians.
says working in foreign countries is vastly different than in the US because the equipment is not advanced.
"I'm really looking forward to it," Dr. Moore says of settling down in Dexter and beginning her practice at MSH.