Meet the Team at Rural Surgical Associates
Rural Surgical Associates consists of caring, experienced general surgeons who go out of their way to help their patients. Putting the needs of our patients first has always been their priority. Browse this page to view individual bios of each Rural Surgical Associates team member.
Robert Seigel, MD.
Dr. Seigel founded Rural Surgical Associates–a new rotational model for general surgical coverage–as a way to provide quality care to sole community provider hospitals in rural and underserved communities in New Mexico. Dr. Seigel graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1972, and subsequently completed residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan. From 1980–1986, he served as Chief of Neuroradiology at the University of New Mexico. Following 20 years of practice in Denver, he returned to New Mexico in 2006 as a founding member of Rural Radiology Associates, a rotational radiology group that serves the communities of Las Vegas, Roswell, Silver City, and Taos.x
Aiden O’Rourke, M.D.
Aiden is a board certified general surgeon with over 33 years of experience in general surgery. Dr. O’Rourke earned his medical degree from National University of Ireland and completed a residency in general surgery at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Ireland. He completed his surgical residency at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.x
Stan Chao, M.D.
Stan is a board certified general surgeon with over 33 years of experience in general surgery. Dr. Chao earned his medical degree from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and completed an internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. He completed a surgical residency at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia.x
Shawn Watts, M.D.
Dr. Watts earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, IA. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL and has specialized in rural general surgery since that time. Additionally, Dr Watts has completed a Fellowship in Burn Surgery at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.x
Teddi Swidinsky, M.D.
Dr. Swidinsky is a board certified general surgeon with over 10 years of experience in general surgery. She earned her medical degree and completed her General Surgery Residency for the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada.
Dr. Swidinsky brings a wealth of experience to Northern New Mexico. Her passion is to serve rural communities such as Las Vegas. She is committed to providing quality, compassionate, and supportive care to her patients and their families.x