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Joseph Ford, DO, will begin his stint at Visalia Medial Clinic in August

Joseph Ford, DO, will begin his stint at Visalia Medial Clinic in August

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VISALIA – Urologist Joseph Ford, DO, might be new Visalia but he won’t be new to rural ag based areas. Until he starts at the Visalia Medical Clinic in early August Dr. Ford is completing his fellowship in urological oncology at the Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Cancer Institute in North Carolina. He served his urology residency and general surgery internship at Detroit Medical Center. 

“My wife and I are from a small ag-based towns and we believe ‘west is best’!” Dr. Ford said. “[Visalia] has a great hospital and a great clinic and we can draw from the surrounding population. We can drive 15 minutes and we are surrounded by orchards and vineyards. It’s absolutely wonderful.” 

Dr. Ford explained that he chose urology in his third year and found it to be “the greatest medical and subspecialty practice in the history of medicine. It is amazing because I can have a busy surgical practice but still have the medical aspect. It’s hybrid and robust and I loved it.”

An important aspect of urology is about quality of life, he noted.  “Elderly women suffer leaks, for example, and they just live with it because they don’t know that they can be helped and they can regain their quality of life. I embraced the cancer aspect and took an extra subspecialty year because I am so intrigued with curing cancer.”

Dr. Ford has researched and written extensively – a focus that has helped him learn to ask questions and try to answer them himself. “It taught me to think outside the box and look for new ways to approach complex issues.” 

For information, call 739-2000 or visit www.vmchealth.com.

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