Dr. Don Mackler Joins Hutcheson Gastroenterology

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hutcheson Medical Center announces Donald Mackler, MD has joined Hutcheson Gastroenterology. The hospital’s newest practice offers medical services for issues related to the GI tract, bowel, and liver.

“Dr. Mackler started his medical career at Hutcheson in 1978,” said Farrell Hayes, president and CEO of Hutcheson. “In the past two years, he has provided GI call coverage for us and inpatient gastroenterology services, so we are excited to have him and an outpatient GI clinic here full-time.” Hayes added that Mackler will perform GI procedures at the hospital and at Hutcheson on the Parkway’s new state-of-the-art outpatient GI lab scheduled to open April 21.

Dr. Mackler received his medical degree from Georgetown University and his fellowship in gastroenterology from Vanderbilt University. He has worked in private practice both in North Georgia and in Chattanooga for over 35 years.

Hutcheson Gastroenterology is at the Hutcheson Medical Center in Suite 300. Dr. Mackler will also see patients on Tuesday afternoons at Hutcheson’s Multi-Specialty office at Hutcheson on the Parkway.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 423 629-6258.



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