A fellowship-trained gastroenterologist who is a leading provider in Maine and who has also been honored for his advanced endoscopic therapy, has joined Central Maine Healthcare as a medical director.
Sean McGarr, DO, FACG, who until recently practiced at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, will join CMH next month as medical director for gastroenterology and endoscopy.
McGarr is an advanced therapeutic endoscopist who held fellowships in internal medicine and gastroenterology through the National Institutes for Health/Virginia Commonwealth University and Johns Hopkins University, where he also completed his medical internship and residency. His specialty is GI oncology and he is one of few gastroenterologists in Maine to complete a year of quality-monitored advanced training preceded by a three-year gastro fellowship. He has wide experience building teams and GI service lines in hospital systems.
As a physician leader, McGarr is celebrated for his advanced gastrointestinal treatment. This also includes interest in Maine regional esophageal and pancreatic cancer prevalence. He is a previous member of the Commission on Cancer, and active clinical professor of the University of New England.
“Dr. McGarr’s commitment to his work is impressive, and we are delighted to welcome him to our team,” said Dr. David Tupponce, executive vice president of Central Maine Healthcare and president of Central Maine Medical Center. “Offering the highest quality of care to our patients is our number one goal, and Dr. McGarr’s leadership will support that effort.”
A Mainer, McGarr grew up in Orrington and graduated from the University of Maine-Orono before attending Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. He lives in Hallowell and has been the director of GI oncology at MaineGeneral Medical Center and the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta.
“The future is all about advancing our great care and making it accessible,” McGarr said. “And that is a team-oriented proposition, start to end. With that in mind, I love the energy and new excitement at CMH, and respect the great traditions of Central Maine Medical Center, rich in history and training and well known for advancing specialty medicine. To work side by side with providers I would want caring for my loved ones—that’s why I’m joining Central Maine Healthcare.”
Starting in November, Dr. McGarr will be seeing patients at Central Maine Gastroenterology, located at 77 Bates Street, Suite 202, in Lewiston, and can be reached by calling 207-784-5784.