INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital’s newest physician is board-certified Urologist Dr. Donald E. Fuerst. He and his wife JoAnne—retired ICU and CCU nurse—moved to the Grand Lake area from Beavercreek, Ohio, near Dayton, where he served as Veterans Administration Hospital Chief of Urology since 2004.

After attending medical school at the University of Miami, School of Medicine, in Miami, Florida, and completing his residency at MD Anderson Tumor and Cancer Institute in Houston, Texas, Fuerst has been practicing for 35 years. For some time, the Fuersts traveled and lived in their motor home while he served as Locum Tenens—filling temporary urological assignments in places like: West Palm Beach, Florida; Cooperstown, New York; Fargo, North Dakota; and White River Junction, Vermont—to name a few.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. and Mrs. Fuerst have a daughter and granddaughter in Grove, so they’re familiar with the area. He enjoys woodworking and winemaking in his spare time, and as they settle into their home on the ‘lake’, he’s giving serious thought to fishing. And the Fuersts still enjoy traveling in their motor home. About Grove, the doctor says, “It reminds me of the Doc Hollywood situation”—the town that Michael J. Fox ends up settling in—“a town full of friendly, down-to-earth people.”

Most often Fuerst treats patients with bladder and erectile dysfunctions and provides prostate care, but the procedure he most likes to perform, because of its success and significantly reduced recovery rate—down from eight weeks to two—is the hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery for adrenal and kidney tumors. On his first day of practice in Grove, Fuerst had three consults from the hospital and attended five patients. “I’m looking forward to practicing here,” he explains. “I want to help patients feel the best they can feel, and to treat each one the way I’d want to be treated.”

Dr. Fuerst can be seen in Grove at 601 E. 13th Street, Suite A, at the INTEGRIS Grove General Hospital Professional Center, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch between 12 and 1 p.m., and can be reached at (918) 786-9049.