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Navarro, Romulo, M.D.
Romulo Navarro, M.D.
Specialties: General Surgery, Abdominal Surgery
CRH Surgical Group
1309 Ocila Road
Douglas, GA 31533
Doctor of Medicine, University of Santo Thomas, Manila, Philippines
Internship: French Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Residency in Surgery: St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Youngstown, OH
Board Certified by the American Board of Abdominal Surgery. Fellow, International College of Surgeons.
Memberships include Southern Medical Association, American Society of Abdominal Surgery, and American Society of Laparo-endoscopic Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons and is on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, SE Chapter.
With board certification in abdominal surgery, Dr. Navarro performs procedures including colon resection, modified mastectomies, thyroidectomies, pacemaker implantation, and (often laparoscopically, using small incisions and special instruments) gallbladder removal and appendectomies. When he first joined Coffee Regional Medical Center in 1982, he frequently was called on to perform other procedures, from caesarean births to orthopedic repairs, operations now done by the growing number of surgical specialists at CRMC.
Dr. Navarro received his medical degree at the University of Santo Thomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, in Manila, Philippines, in 1961. He came to the United States almost by accident. As a newly graduated physician on call in a hospital in Manila, he had saved the life of a rich businessman who made him his private physician, accompanying him on travel throughout the world. When the Philippine government was overthrown in the mid-1980s, the two men were in San Francisco. Navarro decided to stay. He passed the rigorous examination required of foreign medical graduates and completed five years of surgical residency, first at French Hospital in San Francisco, then St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
In 1982, he joined CRMC as a surgeon. His wife, also from the Philippines, worked in the hospital as a certified dietician.
Dr. Navarro is board certified by the American Board of Abdominal Surgery and a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Southern Medical Association, American Society of Abdominal Surgery, and the American Society of Laparo-endoscopic Surgeons.
He and his wife have three grown children, all who live in Georgia. In addition to operating full-time at CRMC, he frequently travels to Mexico and South America to implant pacemakers in poor areas with few medical resources. He also has served in leadership roles in the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and other groups. His volunteer efforts were so well known – as was his ability as a runner in Relay for Life events -- that in 1996 he was selected to carry the Olympic Torch through Coffee County on its journey across Georgia to the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
After living in Douglas and practicing at CRMC since the 1980s, Dr. Navarro thinks of himself as a hometown boy, happy to still be helping his friends and neighbors in Coffee County.