Officials cited regional growth for the additions. A community open house was held earlier this month at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville to formally welcome the physicians.
Lawhon lived in the McMinnville area, moved away, and has recently moved back to practice medicine. He is a board-certified general surgeon with interest in advanced minimally invasive techniques for breast, biliary and GI tract disorders including single site techniques and Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography (ERCP). He is fellowship-trained in Advanced Endoscopy and ERCP.
Lawhon has a bachelor of science in biology from Western Kentucky University; a medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine; and completed his internship and residency at the Chattanooga Unit of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in endoscopy and interventional ERCP at the University of Louisville Department of Surgery. He also was a clinical instructor at the Chattanooga Unit of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and a clinical associate professor of Surgery at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine Department of Surgery in Greenville, North Carolina.
Franson, meanwhile, recently relocated to McMinnville from Michigan. He is a general orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in operative and nonoperative fracture care; shoulder, knee and hip arthoplasty; knee and shoulder arthroscopy; hand surgery; and sports medicine.
Franson has a bachelor of science in biology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; a doctor of osteopathy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri; and he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan.
Saint Thomas Medical Partners is a physician-led medical group. Lawhon’s office is located at 1589 Sparta St., Suite 305; Franson’s is located in Suite 307.