Fort Kent

Surgeon returns to NMMC

FORT KENT, Maine — Peter J. Sirois, president and CEO at Northern Maine Medical Center, has announced the return of Dr. David Coffman to the hospital’s surgical team. 

Coffman was first employed at the hospital from 2012 to 2016 as a general and trauma surgeon and surgical critical care intensivist. He said he returned to Northern Maine Medical Center for the opportunity to teach medical students, to be involved with the construction of the state-of-the-art operating room and to be a part of the diverse medical staff.

“As a patient advocate, I seek quality medical care and operational efficiency,” he said.

He has a longstanding interest in the application of psychology principles in the trauma setting, working with patients and families, making him better prepared to understand family dynamics and what they are experiencing during a trauma situation.

Coffman’s interest in health care began in his high school years when he worked several summers as a certified nursing assistant. In 1989, he received his undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Des Moines University. After completing his general surgery residency at Des Moines General Hospital in 1998, where he was chief resident, he completed a transplantation mentorship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and general surgery internship at Des Moines General Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa. 

Additionally, he completed a fellowship in trauma and general surgery at Yale University Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut as well as burn and trauma management at Yale Hospital, Bridgeport, Connecticut.  In 2002, he completed a course in advanced trauma operational management at the University of Connecticut, Hartford, Connecticut.

Among Coffman’s professional affiliations and accomplishments over his 26 years in the medical profession, he was named a diplomate to the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. He became certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in 2001. He maintains professional memberships with: the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery, the American Osteopathic Association, the Society for Critical Care Medicine and the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and Life Sciences. 

In 2015, he was inducted into the Maine Osteopathic Association whose mission it is to serve the osteopathic profession in the state of Maine through a coordinated effort of professional education, professional advocacy and member services. During his tenure with the Osteopathic Association, he served on the Advocacy Committee for Legislative Action and the Public Education Committee.

He maintains a substantial involvement in ongoing education and teaching, especially in medical education. He has extensive involvement in numerous leadership and scholarly roles: associate professor of medicine and surgery at Touro University College of Medicine, Vallejo, California, where he was honored as Primary Care Teacher of the Year by his students; assistant professor of surgery and longitudinal integrated curriculum surgery lead at NMMC for the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, North Haven, Connecticut.

He is currently working on a manuscript describing his research of medical education pedagogy. He has been published nationally and internationally in the medical field and beyond. He is a four-time recipient of the Top Physician Award by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. In 2015 he was the surgeon member of the board of directors on the National Board of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

“With 26 years of experience, Dr. Coffman brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and leadership to serve our patients,” said Sirois.

Among his other interests, Coffman is a violinist and instructor. He participated in biblical archaeological exploration and literature research at the University of Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel in 1988. On the lighter side, he enjoys reading and cooking in his leisure time. He resides in Fort Kent.

Submitted by the Communications Office of Northern Maine Medical Center.

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