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Chito M. Crudo, M.D., Hiram A. Gonzalez, M.D., and Arshad Bachelani, M.D., perform general surgery/gastrointestinal surgery at Monongahela Valley Hospital with offices in Belle Vernon. They offer more than 50 years of combined surgical experience, skill and a full range of minimally invasive surgical techniques - with the compassion that you count on from a trusted neighbor. General surgeons operate on every part of the body except for the bones, heart and brain, using the most advanced technology, including the new surgical suites at Monongahela Valley Hospital. In minimally invasive procedures - such as removing a gal bladder - surgeons enter the body through small openings in the skin or through a body cavity or anatomical opening, resulting in the least amount of trauma to those structures, shorter hospitalization, less pain and scarring, and the reduction of post-surgical complications.

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Arshad Bachelani, M.D.
Arshad Bachelani, M.D.Arshad Bachelani, M.D. is a general and gastrointestinal surgeon. Prior to joining the practice, of Drs. Crudo and Gonzalez, Dr. Bachelani held the rank of Major in the U.S. Air Force. He served as a general attending surgeon at the David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, and as an acute care/trauma surgeon with the Acute Care Surgery Medical Group in California.

Dr. Bachelani received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. He performed his General Surgery residency at UPMC Mercy. Following his residency, Dr. Bachelani spent four years as a general surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, during which time he was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2012 during Operation Enduring Freedom.

He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Bachelani is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

In addition to being highly respected among his colleagues, Dr. Bachelani holds numerous medical and academic awards.

Chito M. Crudo, M.D.
Chito M. Crudo, M.D.Dr. Crudo received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines, in 1966, and graduated from the College of Medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in 1971. He completed his internship at McKeesport Hospital in 1972 and his surgical residency at the same hospital, with rotation to UPMC and the Cleveland Clinic, in 1978.

He joined the medical staff in the Department of Surgery at MVH in 1979 and also has had a solo surgical practice until Dr. Gonzalez joined him in 2012. Dr. Crudo became a Diplomate of The American Board of Surgery in 1979 and a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons in 1981. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the International College of Surgeons and the Pennsylvania and Westmoreland County medical societies. He has been active with the MVH medical staff, serving on the Executive Committee and other committees.

In addition to his work as a surgeon, Dr. Crudo has served as President of the Philippine American Medical Society of Western Pennsylvania. In this capacity he has led the group's annual medical and surgical missions to those in need in the Philippines and helped perpetuate a biannual continuing medical education program for fellowship and communications among the group's members. The group raised $18,000 for a medical-surgical mission to Silay City in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines, and was involved during typhoon Yolanda in 2013 in the Philippines.

Working with the Brother's Brother Foundation, the Philippine American Medical Society also donated and shipped such medical equipment as a dialysis machine, anesthesia machines and ventilators, to name a few, to the hospital where the medical surgical mission took place.

Hiram Gonzalez-Ortiz, M.D.
Hiram Gonzalez-Ortiz, M.D. Originally from Puerto Rico, Dr. Gonzalez has had an exciting journey on his way to Monongahela Valley Hospital. After receiving his medical degree from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he performed his General Surgery residency at UPMC Mercy. He then completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he also served as a clinical instructor of General Surgery.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery. Awards from many renowned medical centers fill the walls of his office such as the Clinical Recognition Award from the Ponce School of Medicine; UPMC Mercy's Values in Practice and Golden Scalpel awards; and the Outstanding Laparoendoscopic Resident Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

"I have spent my training and much of my career at very populated, urban hospitals," said Dr. Gonzalez. "I want to make a career and a life in a community where the hospital has a patient-centered focus and I have found that commitment at Monongahela Valley Hospital. In fact, the new operating suites that MVH opened are designed with all of the technology needed to perform laparoscopic surgery, which is my area of skill and training."

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724-929-4122 Phone
1-855-379-3131 Fax

Monongahela Valley Hospital HealthPlex
800 Plaza Drive, Suite 140
Belle Vernon, PA 15012

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