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Call 828-286-1743
330 Hwy 108
Rutherfordton, NC  28139                                                                                    _____________________________________________________________________________

Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is pleased to announce the addition of Diego F. Pabon, MD, as a general surgeon with Rutherford Surgical Associates and a member of the RRHS medical staff. Pabon comes to RRHS from Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin, NC.

Dr. Pabon is board-certified in general surgery and fellowship-trained in thoracic surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and he comes to Rutherford County as a highly trained, published specialist with clinical interests in all aspects of general surgery.

He specializes in minimally invasive surgeries for colons and hernias, as well as video-assisted thoracic and lung procedures. Additional areas of specialties include thyroid, breast, upper and lower endoscopies, general thoracic and abdominal surgeries, pacemakers and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Dr. Pabon added, “I was drawn to Rutherford Regional for the opportunity to work with an exceptional group of surgeons and an outstanding medical staff. I was also very impressed by the level of support the health system provides for its physicians. And, of course, this area of the state is beautiful and the people here are extremely friendly and welcoming.”

After receiving his medical degree from Universidad Industrial de Santander, School of Medicine in Bucaramanga, Colombia, Dr. Pabon completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Miami and the University of South Carolina, Palmetto Health in Columbia, S.C.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr. Pabon is accepting patients at Rutherford Surgical Associates, which allows self-referrals. Rutherford Surgical Associates is owned and operated by RRHS and is located at 330 Highway 108 in Rutherfordton. The office can be reached by calling 828-286-1743.

General surgeons at Rutherford Regional Medical Center provide a full range of consulting, diagnostic and treatment services. This includes abdominal, laparoscopic, oncologic, endoscopic and endocrine surgery.  Our team also specializes in breast care procedures for patients who need surgical attention.

Expert treatment for patients who have conditions ranging from hernias and appendicitis to challenging and life-threatening diseases of the lungs, chest, abdomen, liver, stomach and intestines is available in General Surgery at Rutherford Regional. Many procedures can be safely performed on an out-patient basis, allowing the patient to return home the same day after the immediate recovery period.                                                                                                                      


William C. Haden, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Haden received his medical education at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  He completed his Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia.  Dr. Haden is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He is Board Certified in Surgery.

Specializing in: Gall Bladder; Hernia; Breast Cancer; Breast Biopsy; Ultrasonic Biopsy; Colon and Abdominal Cancer; Lung Surgery Laparoscopic Surgery:  Colon, Breast, Hernia, Gastroesophagael Reflux Disease (GERD)

John L. Skudlarick, M.D.

Dr. Skudlarick received his medical education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He completed his Internship and Residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.  Dr. Skudlarick is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  He is Board Certified in Surgery.

Specializing in:  Non-cardiac Thoracic Surgery; Peripheral Vascular Surgery; Venous Disease; Varicose Veins; Breast Mass; Breast Cancer; Aortic/Leg Surgery; Artery Replacement; Pacemaker; Thyroid; Facial Skin Cancer; Malignant Melanoma with Sentinel Node Procedure;
Laparoscopic Surgery for: Gall Bladder, GERD,

Rod Goncalves, M.D.

Dr. Goncalves received his medical education from the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Ill.  Following medical school, Goncalves served in the Army from June 1991 to December 1999 and achieved the rank of Major.  He completed his surgical residency at Memorial Health University in Savannah, Ga., in June 2001 with superior endoscopic training and trauma and critical care training in a level 1 trauma center.  Dr. Goncalves achieved Board Certification in 2001 by the American College of Surgeons, where he is also an associate fellow.

In the video below, Dr. Goncalves discusses vein disease and treatment options at the Rutherford County Senior Center