Hospital welcomes two surgeons to staff


Mammoth Hospital next month will have two new surgeons on staff, beginning in January, the hospital announced this week in a press release.

Fru Bahiraei, M.D. and Richard Koehler, M.D. will have primary residence within the Mammoth Hospital District boundaries.

Dr. Bahiraei is board certified in general surgery and comes to Mammoth most recently from Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, Washington. 

At Whidbey he provided general surgical, vascular, thoracic, trauma, and endoscopic services.

He received his bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Tulane University in New Orleans, and his medical degree at the University of Alabama, School of Medicine, in Birmingham. 

Dr. Bahiraei completed his residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and was awarded Resident of the Year in 2009 for his excellence in service. He said he enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, riding motorcycles, and traveling the world.

Dr. Koehler is board certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery, and comes to Mammoth Hospital most recently from Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

At Virginia Mason, he specialized in general and thoracic surgery with expertise in cancer surgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from The University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and medical degree at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Koehler completed his residency at the University of Utah and fellowship in thoracic surgery in Pittsburgh. He has won a number of awards including one of Seattle’s best lung cancer surgeons, multiple Patients’ Choice Awards, and helped lead a team that was honored with a patient safety award for their work improving safety and communication in the operating room. 

Dr. Koehler has been active in clinical research and surgical education and has published articles on paraesophageal hernias, cancer treatment and staging as well as ways to minimize pain following surgery.

Having grown up in a small town, he said he is excited to move into a close-knit community like Mammoth. In addition to being an avid cyclist, telemark skier and climber, he said he enjoys cooking, reading, travel, and music.

Mammoth Hospital is coordinating events for the community to meet and greet the new physicians in January.