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Paynesville Press - March 15, 2006

OB/GYN practicing at PAHCS

By Michael Jacobson

Zane Craig, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, started working part-time with the Paynesville Area Health Care System as an obstetrician and gynecologist in October.

Dr. Zane Craig Craig works two days each week for PAHCS and three days for Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Litchfield. At PAHCS, he spends Wednesday mornings in surgery and Wednesday afternoons at the Chain of Lakes Medical Clinic in Cold Spring. He spends Fridays at the Paynesville Area Medical Clinic.

As an obstetrician/gynecologist, Craig handles women's health issues, including pregnancy care, contraception, infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss, menopause, pelvic pain, and menstrual disorders. He also does a number of surgeries: including laparoscopies, hysteroscopies, caesaean sections, and tubal ligation.

Craig has recurrent patients and takes referrals from family practice physicians. He also takes some call coverage for caesarean sections for PAHCS.

He grew up in Ohio, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami (Ohio), and then his doctor of osteopathic medicine from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his residency in Michigan in conjunction with Michigan State.

Craig then served in the army for 12 years, as a general medical officer and in general practice while stationed in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Washington state, Indiana, and Alaska.

Craig was not busy full time in Litchfield when he heard that PAHCS was looking for a part-time OB/GYN. It seemed like a good match, and he started at PAHCS last October.

PAHCS has good facilities for a small hospital, he said, with very modern labor/ delivery rooms and operating rooms.

Doctors either like obstetrics and gynecology or they don't, said Craig; there's no middle ground. He calls it "vital medicine" and is proud to provide this important service. Delivering babies is exciting, he said, as is helping women with what may be long-suffering medical conditions.

Craig, his wife, and their 13-year-old son live in Darwin. Away from work, he likes to fly fish, hike, ski, play basketball and other sports, and read mystery novels.

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