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Oct. 24, 2003 – Five specialists who have joined the Roy L. Schneider Hospital medical staff this year represent "one step forward in our goal to become a world-class health care facility," chief executive officer Rodney E. Miller says.
The physicians are:
– Dr. Gilbert Comissiong, general surgeon.
– Dr. Demetrio Macariola Jr., primary care pediatrician.
– Dr. David Weisher, neurologist.
– Dr. Michael Savage, anesthesiologist.
– Dr. Philip St. Louis, neurosurgeon.
All hold full-time staff positions at the hospital except for St. Louis, who is under contract one week per month.
Miller said the hospital is "very fortunate to have these top-notch specialists in their fields come to St. Thomas." With their expertise, he said, "many emergency room patients who in the past had to be transported off-island can now get the proper care they need right here at home."
Comissiong, 33, is a native Virgin Islander. He is a 1997 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and did his surgical residency at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. He specializes in laparoscopic surgery, which is much less invasive than traditional surgery and leaves minimal scarring.
Macarioloa, 38, is from the Philippines and specializes in infectious diseases. He received his medical degree from Divine Word University in Manila in 1990; did his residency at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Amarillo, Texas; and did his fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Ohio.
Savage, 45, is from Chicago. He graduated in 1997 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and did his residency at the University of Chicago, where he became chief anesthesiology resident in 2000. He most recently was an attending physician in the Anesthesiology Department at Chicago's Provident Hospital.
St. Louis, 53, a Trinidad native, received his M.D. in 1977 from Hahuemann Medical College in Philadelphia and did his residency at the Cleveland Clinic. Board certified in neurological surgery, he is an expert on brain tumors and has given presentations on radiosurgery and spine trauma. Based in Orlando, Florida, where he is co-director of the Gamma Knife Center at Florida Hospital, he travels to St. Thomas monthly.
Weisher, 53, is a 1983 graduate of Autonomous University in Guadalajara, Mexico, and did his residency with the Georgetown University Neurology Department, where he was chief resident for three years. Most recently, he was chief of neurology at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland, named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best medical centers in the nation for neurological care.
The five new physicians join a team of more than 70 other doctors who hold hospital privileges at Schneider Hospital. "We are extremely pleased and gratified that these well-qualified physicians have chosen to move their practice to the U.S. Virgin Islands," Miller said.

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