Dr. Michael Bess has many specialties including General Surgery, Gastroenterology, and Wound Management. Dr. Bess and his nurse Penny Hormann, BSN are coming to us from Avera Medical Group, Milbank, twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Dr. Bess started his education in 1964 in an undergraduate program at Bradley University in Peoria, IL for Mechanical Engineering, then Graduate School at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN for Biomedical Engineering, obtained his Doctor of Medicine with special study in Rural Physician Associate from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN, and finished his residency in 1980 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN with Special study in Trauma/Burns, and Medical Gastroenterology.
His Additional Professional Training includes Microvascular Surgery, Implantable Hepatic Artery Chemotherapy, Therapeutic Endoscopy, Peripheral Vascular Angioplasty, Laparoscopic Surgery, Advanced Laparoscopic Abdominal Surgery, Endo-rectal Ultrasound, Endoscopic Surgery, Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery, Laparoscopic Colon Surgery, and Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access. He has been involved in research, been published, and has done many presentations. He also has many Honors, Accomplishments, and Activities he has completed including an award for One of America’s Top Surgeons in 2009.
Dr. Bess has Licensures in South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota and is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Wound Management. He is also a Diplomat for the National Board of Medical Examiners and an ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) instructor. His professional memberships include the American Medical Association, Missouri State Medical Association, South Dakota State Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Missouri Chapter American College of Surgeons, South Dakota Chapter American College of Surgeons, American Society of General Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, American Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Priestly Society, American Gastroenterologist Association, Western Surgical Association, American College of Certified wound Specialists, and the Wound Healing Society.
Penny is a BSN with long standing ties to the Milbank and Ortonville Communities. She is not only a nurse but is a Certified Case Manager, a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse, and a Certified Foot Care Nurse. She is the mother of 5 children, is very active in the Milbank/Ortonville community, and runs small hobby farm outside of Ortonville with her husband Curtis. They have no shortage of critters with horses, mules, goats, chickens, a dog kennel, and breading pups.
Dr. Bess and Penny specialize in General Surgery and are more than willing to perform any surgery/procedure here that we are equipped to handle. We are excited to add Dr. Bess to our team and look forward to utilizing all of his expertise especially in Gastroenterology and Wound Care as well as Penny’s experience as a Certified Wound Care Nurse.