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River Park lands youthful surgeon
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Ascension Saint Thomas River Park on Sparta Street is the premier medical facility in this region.
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Pictured is the Christenson family with parents Robert and Heather and children Matthew and Jeffery. Robert is a new surgeon at Ascension Saint Thomas River Park.

Ascension Saint Thomas River Park has the services of a new general surgeon.

And he’s young.

Dr. Robert Christenson has joined the staff at our hospital, moving to Warren County from just outside New York City. Dr. Christenson, 34, has been married to his wife Heather for 12 years and they have two boys, Matthew, 10, and Jeffery, 8.

“The people are what really sold us on Warren County,” said Dr. Christenson. “We’ve already made some nice connections. The people and the scenery really stand out. We’re outdoor people and we’ve spent every weekend trying to find a new waterfall.”

Dr. Christenson says people frequently ask him, “When did you graduate from high school?” When he tells them he has a family, a common response is, “You have kids!”

Dr. Christenson is one of the bright, young physicians Ascension Saint Thomas is proud to have on staff. The family moved here at the beginning of summer.

General surgery issues Dr. Christensen can tackle include abdominal, gall bladder, appendix, intestinal, skin lesions, and ear, nose and throat.

“As a surgeon, it’s unprecedented the involvement you can have in a person’s life,” said Dr. Christenson. “It’s been hard work, but anything worth having is worth working for.”

He said completing his residency was as tough as it’s often made out to be, but there’s a reason for that.

“If you are having surgery, you want the surgeon to have as much experience as possible,” said Dr. Christenson.

Despite living just outside New York City, Dr. Christenson said he and his wife only saw one Broadway show. When guests would come to visit, the Statue of Liberty was a frequent showpiece along with the Museum of Natural History.

One of his favorite places to live has been Northern California, which is near the mountains, the redwoods, the ocean and the desert. “You are two hours away from any climate,” Dr. Christenson said.

He comes from a family of healthcare providers. Two of his relatives were dentists while another was a chiropractor. 

Dr. Christenson’s office is located inside River Park Hospital. If you have a medical issue you might like him to address, talk to your primary care provider about setting up an appointment.