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LOWVILLE — Lewis County General Hospital’s orthopedic surgeon, Jeffrey A. Gilles, M.D., began seeing patients Wednesday, after a less than 30-day vacancy caused by the arrest of Dr. Jeffrey C. Gundel on charges of unlawful distribution of oxycodone.

“We are pleased to be able to restore orthopedics services for the community,” Dr. Catherine Williams, Lewis County General Hospital medical director, said via an email announcement. “Dr. Gilles brings many years of experience to our facility and will offer a full range of orthopedic services.”

“Dr. Gilles is a locum tenens physician,” said Christina L. Flint, hospital spokeswoman, “which means most times he is hired for short-term assignments, like covering a vacation or leave of absence. They can travel to multiple locations and states. Each facility appropriately credentials the physician. Many physicians enjoy the flexibility and being able to experience new settings around the country.”

Dr. Gilles is licensed to practice in New York state as well as Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma and Washington.

“He is vetted and has went through our vigorous credentialing process. The process follows the CMS, Joint Commission and NYSDOH standards,” Dr. Williams said in her email.

In December 2005, Dr. Gilles’s license to practice medicine was revoked in Illinois, according to the New York state Board for Professional Medical Conduct, “based on failure to provide patient medical records when requested, failure to provide information of moving his medical practice to patients still requiring treatment and examinations and a release to return to work and without making a referral to another physician or making provisions to provide continued treatment.”

In February 2007, the Illinois board, by a consent order, vacated that revocation. Instead, Dr. Gilles was reprimanded, fined and placed on indefinite probation, based on his failure to provide medical records in a timely fashion.

“We have a continuous improvement process in place for monitoring all new physicians,” Dr. Williams said. “This includes timely compliance of medical records.”

Dr. Gilles received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences and has been in practice for 30 years. He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a member of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He is medical director and founder of the Sports Institute of Northern Illinois, Rockford.

Dr. Gilles treats a full range of general orthopedic problems ranging from joint replacement and arthritis treatment to the care of fractures and the treatment of sports-related injuries. His special medical interests and skills include: sports medicine and ligament reconstruction and diagnostic and operative arthroscopy.

Dr. Gilles’s amateur, collegiate and professional team sports affiliations include: international team physician for Team USA, U.S. Figure Skating, consulting orthopedic surgeon for Beloit (Wis.) Snappers, Milwaukee Brewers and Class A Major League Baseball, team physician for Rockford Lightning, Illinois Thunder, Rockford Panthers and Rockford College, Rockford, Ill., and medical competition adviser and pre-participation examination physician for Illinois Special Olympics, winter, summer and international world games athletes. He has served as regional training instructor for the Sports Injury and Prevention for Coaches program sponsored by Little League Baseball Inc.

Dr. Gilles is accepting new patients in his practice, Lewis County Orthopedics, in Suite 120, first floor of the Medical Arts Building. Call 376-4505 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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