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GAINESVILLE, TX – North Texas Medical Center has brought two new doctors to our community including a new general surgeon and a new pediatrician.

Jeffrey Durgin, MD, FACS will join the NTMC Health Surgical Services office on North Grand Avenue in Gainesville, working alongside Dr. Bill Khaira.

Dr. Durgin is Board Certified in General Surgery and Emergency Medicine. He has worked as a surgeon in Midland, TX since 2008. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Angelo State University, then received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, TX. His internship and residency were both conducted at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, TX where he also served as Chief Resident. He also served in the United States Army in Iraq as a Trauma Surgeon and Chief of Vascular Surgery.

“I am excited to have Dr. Durgin join our staff and work alongside Dr. Khaira,” said NTMC Chief Executive Officer Tom Sledge. “Dr. Durgin will expand our surgical capabilities and will increase our ability to have a general surgeon on call 24/7.”

Durgin is familiar with NTMC, having worked as a doctor in the hospital’s Emergency Department the last several months.

“I am excited to join the Surgical Specialists clinic and NTMC, which have excellent reputations and patient reviews,” Dr. Durgin said. “I have a wide breadth of surgical experience including two tours in Iraq as a trauma surgeon, which I believe will be valuable to the residents of Cooke County and the surrounding area.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Durgin, call the NTMC Health Surgical Services office at (940) 668-6878.

Jeril A. Kannampuzha, MD will join the NTMC Health Pediatric Care Clinic at 1902 Hospital Blvd., in Gainesville.

Dr. Kannampuzha comes to NTMC from New York where he served the last two years as a General Pediatrician. Prior to that, he worked as a doctor in Texarkana, TX. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. His post-graduate residency was performed at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY where he specialized in Pediatrics. He also served as a clinical instructor at the Brooklyn School of Medicine and served as the Attica, NY School District Medical Director.

“Getting a pediatrician as qualified as Dr. Kannampuhza is a win for the community,” said Sledge. “He was practicing in rural Texas before he had to go back and be with family in Canada due to the COVID pandemic, but he is excited to move back to Texas and start a long-term practice.”

Dr. Kannampuhza says he is also excited to back in Texas and joining the staff of providers at the NTMC Health Complete Care clinic.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve the Gainesville and Cooke County community and be part of this NTMC team,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to meeting all the families and helping them in our pediatric clinic and giving them the best experience possible.”

Appointments to see Dr. Kannampuhza can be made by calling the NTMC Health Pediatric Care Clinic at (940) 612-8750.


NOTE: Kannampuhza is pronounced (Can-uh-poor-uh)