Dr. Walter Birkenhagen, MD

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Dr. Walter Birkenhagen, MD
Bingham Memorial Hospital is pleased to introduce W. Kurt Birkenhagen, MD. For almost 34 years, Dr. Birkenhagen has been one of the most trusted and respected surgeons in the eastern Idaho area. Dr. Birkenhagen received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, after which he completed medical school at the Temple University School of Medicine. Following a rotating internship in the United States Army as well as three years of active duty service -- including one year in Vietnam – Dr. Birkenhagen completed his surgical residency at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco. He has been a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1987, as well as serving as a delegate to the Southwest Surgical Society and state president of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Birkenhagen has also been a member of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery since 2001. For 25 years, Dr. Birkenhagen served as the District Surgeon for the Union Pacific Railroad, covering the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, providing much-needed medical attention to railroad workers all across the northwest. As a specialist in thoracic and vascular surgery, Dr. Birkenhagen enjoys solving patients' problems and focusing on conditions like Berrett's esophagus, a condition marked by a breakdown in the lining of the esophagus that can sometimes lead to cancer. "I'm excited about working with a non-profit community hospital that is focused on delivering quality patient care at an affordable price," Dr. Birkenhagen says. "Not only does Bingham Memorial have state-of-the-art equipment and a knowledgeable staff, it has the warm, down-to-earth feeling I have come to establish with my patients over the many years I have practiced in Pocatello."

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Dr. Birkenhagen's Care Philosophy

I believe that all patients should be treated as I would treat my family. Understanding care and respect are very important in my practice. Also, we practice with the very latest in technology and training. Therefore, our patients receive the very best care in Southeast Idaho.

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Bingham Memorial Hospital is pleased to introduce W. Kurt Birkenhagen, MD. For almost 34 years, Dr. Birkenhagen has been one of the most trusted and respected surgeons in the eastern Idaho area.

Dr. Birkenhagen received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey, after which he completed medical school at the Temple University School of Medicine. Following a rotating internship in the United States Army as well as three years of active duty service -- including one year in Vietnam – Dr. Birkenhagen completed his surgical residency at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco.

He has been a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1987, as well as serving as a delegate to the Southwest Surgical Society and state president of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Birkenhagen has also been a member of the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery since 2001.

For 25 years, Dr. Birkenhagen served as the District Surgeon for the Union Pacific Railroad, covering the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, providing much-needed medical attention to railroad workers all across the northwest.

As a specialist in thoracic and vascular surgery, Dr. Birkenhagen enjoys solving patients' problems and focusing on conditions like Berrett's esophagus, a condition marked by a breakdown in the lining of the esophagus that can sometimes lead to cancer.

"I'm excited about working with a non-profit community hospital that is focused on delivering quality patient care at an affordable price," Dr. Birkenhagen says. "Not only does Bingham Memorial have state-of-the-art equipment and a knowledgeable staff, it has the warm, down-to-earth feeling I have come to establish with my patients over the many years I have practiced in Pocatello."

Dr. Birkenhagen's Care Philosophy

I believe that all patients should be treated as I would treat my family. Understanding care and respect are very important in my practice. Also, we practice with the very latest in technology and training. Therefore, our patients receive the very best care in Southeast Idaho.

Dr. Birkenhagen's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Surgery
  •  Board certified in General Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Idaho not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • General Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Anal Fissure
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Appendicitis
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Lump
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Esophageal Fistula
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Lipomas
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Tumor: Other than Malignant
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Varicose Veins
  • Ventral Hernia

Education

  • Medical School
    Temple University School of Medicine

    Graduated in 1969

  • Internship Hospital
    Letterman Genl Hospital

    Completed in 1970

  • Residency Hospital
    St Marys Hospital

    Completed in 1977

  • Undergraduate School
    Rutgers University / New Brunswick Campus

    Graduated in 1965

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Surgery
  • General Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Colectomy
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Open Diaphragmatic and-or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Thyroidectomy or Thyroid Lobectomy