Gunnison Valley Health is pleased to announce that on September 1, 2021
Dr. Andrew Salim, MD, MPH joined the medical staff as a full-time general
surgeon. Dr. Salim comes to Gunnison Valley Health from Mercy Catholic
Medical Center where he recently completed his residency.
Gunnison Valley Health CEO Rob Santilli expressed his confidence in Dr.
Salim’s skill and fit with the health system.
“I am pleased to have Dr. Salim continue his career in the Gunnison
Valley,” Santilli said. “His training and education are impressive
and he comes to us with strong references and a wealth of surgical experience.
His enthusiasm, leadership skills and overall healthcare philosophy make
him an incredible fit for Gunnison Valley Health and the community we
Dr. Salim attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where
he received a Master of Public Health - Epidemiology and Biostatistics
and a Doctor of Medicine. Throughout his training and residency, Dr. Salim
has developed proficiencies in a wide array of surgical procedures.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join Gunnison Valley Health
and work with the surgical services team to meet the needs of the community,”
Salim said. “The health system has a history of excellent surgeons
on staff and I look forward to continuing to meet those high expectations.
Ultimately, my goal is to expand services and keep as many patients in
the Gunnison Valley as is safely possible.”
For Dr. Salim, the Gunnison Valley offers an ideal mix of professional
satisfaction with quality of life.
“I enjoy skiing, hiking and photography so the opportunity to settle
in this beautiful valley and take advantage of everything it has to offer
while joining a comprehensive and thriving health care system is an opportunity
that I didn’t anticipate, but am grateful to have the chance to
pursue,” Salim said.
Santilli reports that the addition of Dr. Salim to Gunnison Valley Health
will eliminate the need to continue utilizing temporary surgeons to the
benefit of everyone.
“Although we continue to search for a second full-time surgeon, Dr.
Salim will join Dr. Steph Timothy thereby increasing our capacity and
decreasing our reliance on temporary physicians,” Santilli said.
“Having our surgeons on staff means they are familiar with our community,
our facility and our health system all of which makes it easier for them
to provide high quality surgical care consistently and effectively.”