Surgical Specialists Adds Surgeon, Second Location

By Sarah Gooding
Monday, October 17, 2016

Surgical Specialists is no stranger to Wichita.

Wichita native Adam Misasi, MD, joined Surgical Specialists, P.A., in September. Dr. Misasi specializes in a number of procedures, including surgery of the foregut, thyroid and endocrine procedures, breast surgery, endoscopy, and colon and rectal surgery.

The surgeons of Surgical Specialists have been serving patients in South Central Kansas for over 30 years.

John P. Smith, DO, started practicing in Wichita in 1981.

Jerry G. Gaston, DO, joined Surgical Specialists in 1994, and Stephen A. Olson, MD, joined in 2014.

The newest addition, as of Sept. 1, is Adam Misasi, MD.

Surgical Specialists is committed to providing the highest quality surgical care to patients in South Central Kansas and places value on integrity, compassion, education, teamwork and excellence.

“Patients are our top priority, and having four general surgeons with varying specialty interests helps ensure patients receive prompt, top-notch care,” says Bridget Kirk, Practice Manager.

In addition to adding a new general surgeon, Dr. Olson is now seeing patients at a new location on Wichita’s east side, at 7602 E. Harry.

Surgical Specialists offers a wide variety of services in general surgery, including laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery, breast surgery, hernia surgery, wound care, endocrine surgery and endoscopy procedures.

Dr. Misasi

Dr. Misasi is the newest face you will see around Surgical Specialists, P.A.

He recently completed his residency in Wichita through the KU School of Medicine. He also grew up in Wichita and is no stranger to the region’s medical community.

“My folks are physicians,” he says. “My mother was a family practice physician who is retired now, and my dad is an anesthesiologist, so I’ve been around it all my life.”

Dr. Misasi didn’t always know he wanted to be a surgeon. He first became a paramedic in 2001, working with Sedgwick County EMS for several years before heading to medical school at the University of Kansas in 2007.

It was there he found his passion for surgery.

“My first year I read a book by Atul Gawande, Complications. He’s a beautiful writer, and he wrote it when he was a surgery resident at Harvard,” Dr. Misasi says. “That book is what made me initially start to consider surgery.”

As he continued through medical school and got hands-on experience, Dr. Misasi knew he had found his calling.

“In my third year, during surgery rotation, I was convinced,” he says.

While Dr. Misasi can perform many different types of procedures, he said he particularly enjoys thyroid surgery, surgery of the foregut, colon and rectal surgery, endocrine surgery, breast surgery, and endoscopy.

He also is excited to be a part of advancing his field, particularly as surgical robots are used for a growing number of procedures.

“I think my later years in medical school were really when they started doing more general surgery with robots, so I received training during residency,” Dr. Misasi says.

The Wichita area in general and Surgical Specialists, P.A., in particular have been on the leading edge of utilizing surgical robots for a number of procedures.

“I was just at a conference where the visiting professor was saying he believes robotic surgery is the future of surgical care,” Dr. Misasi says. “Here in town, they’re starting to do cases completely robotically. I’m excited about doing things that way. I think that’s the way of the future. There are a lot of cases that will start and finish without the surgeon ever having opened the patient. That leads to better recovery times.”

Dr. Misasi says he is excited to see where advances in the field will go, and he appreciates the opportunity to practice in his hometown with doctors he has known and respected throughout his life.

For more information about Dr. Misasi or to schedule appointments with the surgeons at Surgical Specialists, P.A., please visit or call their office, at 4013 N. Ridge Road, Suite 210 in Wichita, at 316-945-7309.