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Dr. Moon to perform

SARANAC LAKE - Adirondack Medical Center welcomed Taesun Moon, D.O., to the Tri-Lakes community where he will be performing general and bariatric surgery.

Moon received his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University at Albany Business School, and his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. He completed his traditional rotating internship at St. John's Episcopal Hospital, and his surgical residency at Weill Medica College of Cornell University and Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. He completed a fellowship in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at Pinnacle Health Hospitals in Harrisburg, Penn. Moon's most recent position was as a surgeon at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira and he is board eligible in general surgery.

Moon was drawn to general surgery for its diversity of practice. He has pursued the gastric bypass surgery because it is one of the few procedures that has been shown to cure diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes, and laparoscopic surgery because the procedures do not require major incisions. These minimally invasive cases often translate into a quicker recovery time for the patient.

He and his wife, Kyungwha Chung, were attracted to the Tri-Lakes region because of the quality of life, and they are able to pursue the hobbies they enjoy. While Moon enjoys basketball, he has recently taken up golf and skiing with his wife.

Professionally, he was drawn to the well-established and quality bariatric program at AMC. Dr. Edward Hixon is the medical director of the program, which along with Dr. Michael Hill has been designated a Bariatric Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic an Bariatric Surgery.

While he has only been in the community a short time, Moon is pleased with the warm reception he has received so far.

"I appreciate how friendly the people are here," he noted. "My wife and I were struck by the natural beauty of the area, so the decision to make this our home was not a difficult one."

Moon is working with the Adirondack Surgical Group, and can be contacted at 891-1610.

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