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Dr. Palumbo graduated from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, W. Va., and completed a residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Palumbo served in the United States Air Force as a general surgeon at MacDill Air Force Base. She was deployed to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan where she served as chief of general surgery for the country’s largest hospital. Dr. Palumbo received multiple awards for her military service, including the NATO medal. In addition to serving in the USAF, Dr. Palumbo most recently practiced at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida.
“Dr. Palumbo brings specialized training in advanced breast surgical oncology that aligns with Harris Regional Hospital’s investments in 3-D mammography and our renovation and addition at the Harris Regional Cancer Center. Dr. Palumbo will be a great complement to the general surgery team, joining Dr. Pratt and Dr. Reitz,” said Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital.
Dr. Palumbo has a passion for her patients.
“My mother was a family practice physician in a small rural community. Growing up I saw her interact with her patients at places like the grocery store, church, and the mall. I was inspired by the empathy that she had for her patients and the personal satisfaction derived from helping them in their time of need,” said Dr. Palumbo. “I understand that every patient is unique and needs a unique approach. I will treat them as one of my own family members and strive to be a kind, knowledgeable, and compassionate member of their medical team.”
Undergraduate: Westminster College - Valedictorian
Medical School: Marshall University, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Residency: Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
The Air Force Commendation Medal – with “C” device