Dr. Shehada Homedan travels to Mt. Ayr every week to care for patients

The residents of Ringgold County and Southwest Iowa are in good hands when it comes to their wrists, knees, hips, and shoulders. Dr. Shehada Homedan, an orthopedic surgeon, has been coming to Ringgold County Hospital once a week for 11 years to mend bones and replace joints. He’s enthusiastic about his work and enjoys the challenges that each case brings. “Doing surgery is actually fun for me,” he said. “I enjoy working with the tools and instruments. I certainly don’t get bored because there’s always something different with each case.” Total hip replacements are his favorite. “The anatomy is challenging, and the approach is interesting.” He also enjoys being able to help people and see immediate results. “With other specialties, you may have to wait a year or so to really see good results. With orthopedic surgery, the results are obvious from the very beginning.”

Although Dr. Homedan spent seven years in medical school and another eight years in orthopedic training, he is constantly learning new techniques  and using new tools and instruments. “Technology has changed a lot of the approach. Surgeries are easier on the patient because they can be less invasive,” he said. “I follow all the updates. It’s very important to keep in touch with what’s new and what’s coming.” That’s exciting for patients at Ringgold County Hospital. They know that he’s bringing all the “big-city” technology back to Mt. Ayr. There’s no need to travel to Des Moines or another metropolis to get the best care using the latest techniques. “I really like the people here,” Dr. Homedan said. “I get to help nice people who appreciate what we do. They want to get better and get back to their lives, so we collaborate to make that happen.”

Dr. Homedan works in four different hospitals in Iowa and travels back and forth each day from his home in Des Moines. The daily commutes are relaxing to him and he doesn’t mind winter. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and five children, aged 5 to 17, and playing soccer. A native of Palestine, he originally emigrated to Buffalo, NY for a fellowship to continue training in orthopedics. From Buffalo he came to Des Moines and stayed. His family is settled, and he’s happy with his work. 

To make an appointment with Dr. Homedon, contact the RCH Visiting Physician Clinic at 641-464-4409.