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Scott Dulebohn, MD

Scott Dulebohn

Scott Dulebohn, MD

Specialty Area

Contact

(423) 431-2350

Physician Profile

About

Growing up with a mother who had polio was a big factor in my decision to go into medicine. She was unable to walk without assistance which made a quite a difference in her life and how life was for my brothers and me. But my decision to go into medicine didn’t come right away. First, I went to college and studied business in St. Louis, where I grew up. Then, after about eight years, I decided business wasn’t for me – it was too impersonal. I wanted a career in medicine – surgery, in particular - where I could make a direct difference in people’s lives. I went to medical school at the University of Missouri, then did my residency at the University of Illinois. From there I went to Omaha, Neb., where I helped to start a neurosurgery residency. After a couple of years, my wife and I moved to Duluth, Minn., where we lived for several years before moving to Johnson City. We’ve been here now for 10 years. My philosophy is to treat patients as if they are part of my family or the way I would want to be treated. In my specialty, that really means to help them avoid surgery, or to use procedures that are less invasive or cause less tissue disruption when possible. I may recommend a simpler operation hoping to help them avoid a more major procedure. Much of what my team and I at Mountain States Medical Group Neurosurgery do is help patients understand where their pain is coming from and how it affects their lives. It’s a balancing act to decide if surgery is worth the potential reduction in someone’s disability. Often with education about options patients will say, “Hey, I’m not really ready for surgery yet.” Many will decide to get by with a shot, physical therapy or a lifestyle modification to see if they can avoid having surgery. After all these years, I feel very lucky to get to do what I do and to have patients who trust me to help them. My interests outside of work include hiking along the Appalachian Trail. That’s really my favorite thing to do -- to be outside. Living here in this area gives me the best of both worlds. You can live almost in the country, be part of a smaller community, yet still be close to remarkable medical care and specialists through our hospitals, affiliates and ETSU’s College of Medicine.

Locations

Physician Groups

Hospitals

  • Franklin Woods Community Hospital
    300 MedTech Parkway
    Johnson City, TN 37604
  • Indian Path Community Hospital
    2000 Brookside Drive
    Kingsport, TN 37660
  • Johnson City Medical Center
    400 N. State of Franklin Road
    Johnson City, TN 37604
  • Johnston Memorial Hospital
    16000 Johnston Memorial Drive
    Abingdon, VA 24211

Credentials & Education

Medical School

Medical Education
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
Residency
  • University of Illinois
Board Certification
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery