Mark William Gow, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Welcome to my Web page. I hope that the following information will give you some insight into my practice and that it will help put you at ease as I help you with your problem that requires the skill and knowledge of a surgeon to manage.
My interest in medicine has truly been lifelong, beginning with my work in community clinics when I was in high school. While in college, I volunteered in hospital emergency departments and worked as a burn technician caring for severely burned patients. Some of my most wonderful and challenging years were spent studying and training for my medical degree. Although many medical specialties interested me, my true passion was surgery. I trained as a general surgeon at the Navy hospital in Oakland. After training, I spent three years with my family in Okinawa, Japan, practicing surgery at the Naval hospital. I left the Navy and joined Kaiser Permanente in 1990. I am now entering my 25th year of practice with Kaiser Permanente in Orange County.
About my practice
I have always felt that the practice of medicine and surgery should be focused on the patient in regards to their health, illness, family, and work and social needs. Working here over the last 24 years, I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with colleagues and staff who share this vision. As a general surgeon, some of the conditions and diseases I treat and operate on are hernias (including complex abdominal wall hernias), gallbladder disease, breast disease and cancer, gastrointestinal disease, colon tumors and cancers, and skin cancers. I have a special interest in treatment of parathyroid disease. Another special interest of mine is patient safety. I had the privilege of serving as the chairperson of patient safety for many years. I enjoy working to create and maintain a safe health care environment for our patients and staff. I especially enjoy looking for new innovations, both technological and cultural, that will advance safety.
How I thrive
A true balance of work, personal and home/family life is difficult to achieve—but so worth striving for. My wife, three sons and our always-energetic dog Chelsea (who is now a "senior citizen" of 16 years and still doesn't realize that she is a dog, not a person) keep me centered. I have had the pleasure of seeing my sons grow into wonderful young men active in their individual endeavors. Words cannot express the role my wife plays in keeping me centered and grounded. I would not be the physician and surgeon I am today without her. And finally, in my "spare" time, I pursue my joy of reading (fiction, nonfiction, anything; I never go anywhere without one or two books in tow), the study of medical and surgical history and the movies.