Surgeon joins CMMC staff


LEWISTON – Dr. John K. Baxter, a trauma and general surgeon, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical Center medical staff. He is practicing with Central Maine Surgical Associates at 12 High St., Suite 401.

Baxter is also the new director of the Central Maine Medical Center Trauma Program. He replaces Dr. Larry O. Hopperstead, who is now CMMC’s chief medical officer.

Baxter worked for more than eight years as a trauma surgeon at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. His professional experience includes work as a general surgeon-surgical intensivist and director of nutrition support services at Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis. He also worked for more than three years as a general surgeon at Cape Cod Surgeons, P.C., in Falmouth, Mass. For more than eight years he was a major in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps 114th Combat Support Hospital in Fort Snelling, Minn.

A cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Baxter earned his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vt., where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He later completed course work for a master’s degree in public health administration at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, in Minneapolis.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery with added qualifications in surgical critical care. He is certified as a nutrition support physician by the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification. He also holds certification in Advanced Trauma Life Support.

Baxter is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma. Baxter and his wife reside in Auburn.