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Where do you practice and why did you settle
in your present location or community?

I am currently a general surgeon in Lancaster County,
performing surgery at Lancaster General Hospital, UPMC
Pinnacle Lancaster, and UPMC Pinnacle Lititz. I am one of
three surgeons at Surgical Specialists of Lancaster (SSL). After
completing my surgical residency at Abington Memorial
Hospital, I came to practice at SSL in August of 2010, joining
my wife Christine, who had already been practicing emergency medicine for two years at what was then Lancaster
Regional Medical Center and Heart of Lancaster Medical
Center. She was born and raised in Lancaster County, and her
parents still live in her childhood home in East Petersburg.
We met in medical school at Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia and agreed as a couple that family was important. We
were fortunate that Lancaster County had needed both a
general and laparoscopic surgeon and an emergency room
physician, as it allows us to be close to my parents in Bucks
County and my wife's family in Lancaster.
What do you like best about practicing medicine?

David A. Vaughn, MD, FACS

I love being a general surgeon because I feel it definitively
solves a patient's problem. For example, I am able to repair
a hernia, remove an appendix or gallbladder, and eradicate
the symptoms that had caused discomfort and pain to a
patient. I enjoy the physician-patient interaction and the
opportunity to build ongoing relationships with patients.
For those patients whose surgeries are "curative," such as
appendicitis, it is gratifying to have them come to their postoperative visits where I can give them a surgical clean bill of
health. To see the relief on patients' faces when their pain or
ailment is gone is, for me, the best part of being a physician.
Are you involved in any community, non-profit,
or professional organizations? If so, please list
the groups?

American College of Surgeons
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Volunteer Coach of Manheim Township Baseball
Volunteer Coach of PA Classics Soccer
What are your hobbies and interests when
you're not working?

I love spending time with my family. Christine and I have
two children Daniel (7) and Elizabeth (5). As a family, we
try to spend as much time as possible in and on the water.
We have a boat that we take on the Susquehanna River on
weekends. My son and I love to go fishing, even if we do not
catch anything. For the past few years, we have gone to Lake
George for our annual family vacation. Christine and I are

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