J. David Bohler MD

J. David Bohler, MD

Bitterroot Surgical Associates 215 N 10th Street
Suites A&B
Hamilton, MT Hamilton
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Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Accepting New Patients
Yes

Phone: (406) 375-2930
Fax: (406) 375-4525 Request An Appointment
Education

1994-1998 • MD Doctor of Medicine • Medical University of South Carolina • Charleston, SC

1986-1990 • DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine • University of Tennessee • Knoxville, TN

1979-1983 • BS Chemistry • Georgia Southern University • Statesboro, GA

Internship

1998-2001 • Internal Medicine • Medical University of South Carolina • Charleston, SC

Residency

1998-2001 • Internal Medicine • Medical University of South Carolina • Charleston, SC

Fellowship

2001-2004 • Gastroenterology and Hepatology • Medical University of South Carolina • Charleston, SC

Other Certifications

• American Board of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology
• Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
• Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine
• Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
• Dr. Allen George Thurmond Scholarship Award
• MUSC College of Medicine Alumni Award
• Ben Tucker Memorial Scholarship
• UG Hill's Senior Student Award
• Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
• American Institute of Chemistry Outstanding Senior Award

Bio

What are your specialties and certifications?

Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Why did you go into medicine? Why did you choose your particular field?

I have always loved science. When I went to college, I was a Chemistry major with Intent to become a Veterinarian. After college, I worked as a nuclear chemist for 3 yrs before going to vet school. I practiced as a veterinarian for several years but developed allergies to animals and needed to make a career change. Medicine was the logical next step.

I chose Gastroenterology because it was the perfect mixture of procedures and medicine. Also, it gave me the opportunity to routinely improve patients lives and prevent cancer.

What are some of your clinical interests?

General Gastroenterology, pancreatobiliary disorders, and inflammatory bowel disease.

What do you love about practicing medicine?

I love the opportunity to improve patients lives as well as saving lives by preventing colon/gastrointestinal cancers

What is your philosophy of care?

To ensure that patients receive high-quality digestive care in a welcoming, friendly and non-threatening environment.

What do you most want people to know about the way you practice medicine?

The doctor-patient relationship should be a partnership. I want patients to take an active role in their healthcare.

"The doctor-patient relationship should be a partnership. I want patients to take an active role in their healthcare."

What can your patients expect during an appointment?

That I will listen to them.

What do you wish you could tell every patient (and they would actually do) and why?

The importance of a healthy diet and exercise. Don't smoke and limit alcohol. Many or the illnesses I see are directly related to poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol excess.

What have your patients taught you?

My patients teach me the resilience of the human spirit.

Who is someone you admire, and why?

My wife. She teaches me patience, kindness and compassion.

Where did you grow up?

Screven, Georgia. A small South Georgia town about the same size as Darby, MT

What brought you to the Bitterroot Valley?

I came to the Bitterroot because I love hunting, fishing, and the outdoors.

"Living and working in a small community you get to know your patients and neighbors. There is a sense of community you don't find in larger cities."

What do you enjoy about living and working in a small community like ours?

Living and working in a small community you get to know your patients and neighbors. There is a sense of community you don't find in larger cities.

Living in such a close-knit community, how do you create a successful work–life balance?

I think it's important to maintain a good work/home life separation.

What are some of your non-professional interests and favorite hobbies?

Watching Georgia/ SEC football, training my German Wire-haired Pointer, spending time with my family, dogs, horses, mules and donkeys, hunting, and gardening.

Is there anything about you that might surprise people?

That I am also a veterinarian and was a nuclear chemist.

What would be your personal motto?

Personal responsibility for one's actions.

Do you have pets?

I have 3 dogs, one cat, 2 horses, 2 mules and 2 mini donkeys, a peacock named Petie, 2 chickens and 11 homing pigeons.

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