Health System Welcomes New Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: July 20, 2010– Southeast Georgia Health System is pleased to welcome two new ear, nose and throat physicians to the area. Joseph Bee, D.O., and Karla Hansen, M.D., will begin seeing patients at Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Ear, Nose & Throat on Aug. 16. The new practice, a strategic affiliate of the Health System, will have locations- in Brunswick at 2500 Starling St., Suite 601 and in St. Marys at 2040 Dan Proctor Drive, Suite 250.

Hansen earned her undergraduate degree from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Penn. Before going on to complete her medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She finished her internship in general surgery and her residency in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), head and neck surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Hansen, who is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. Her previous experience includes serving as chief of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at General Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Most recently she served as chief of Otolaryngology, Graduate Medical Education director and chief of the Eye and Ear Clinic at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga. She has also served as an associate professor at Kirksville School of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. and a surgery instructor at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.

Bee earned his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., before completing a post-baccalaureate certificate in biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson School of Health Professions, and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), both in Philadelphia, Penn. He also finished his internship and residency in head and neck surgery at PCOM. Bee is a member of the American Osteopathic Colleges of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, American Osteopathic Association, and Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medicine Association. He has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. “We are excited to have Drs. Hansen and Bee join our team,” says Practice Manager Adam Brown. “Prior to recruiting them we’ve only had one ear, nose and throat physician in Brunswick and none in Camden, so having them in our area will greatly improve access to this specialty service for residents in our area.”

Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Ear, Nose & Throat is a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System and offers treatment and services for all types of ear, nose and throat disorders. For more information, call 912-466-5640 in Brunswick and 912-576-6434 in St. Marys.