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Dr. Michelle Helms Initiated into American College of Surgeons

NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Michelle Helms, a Cooley Dickinson Medical Group general surgeon, was among 1,993 people from around the world who last month became fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the convocation ceremony at the college’s Clinical Congress 2019 in California.

Dr. Holly Michaelson, Cooley Dickinson general surgeon, said she is proud that the ACS “recognizes Dr. Helms for her dedication to improving the care of the surgical patient as well her willingness to safeguard the high standards of surgical care at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.”

Safeguarding high standards and providing compassionate care are cornerstones of Helms’ patient-care philosophy. She believes in creating a reassuring and comfortable experience for her patients that is founded on trust and respect. “I want to exceed patients’ expectations with each interaction, and my goal is to achieve the best outcomes possible,” said Helms, whose medical interests include minimally invasive colon surgery, hernia repair, and breast surgery. 

Helms earned her medical degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School. She completed her internship at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and completed her residency in surgery at Morristown Medical Center. She has been working as a general surgeon at Cooley Dickinson Medical Group General Surgery since 2016. In 2017, she earned board certification from the American Board of Surgery.

To make an appointment with Cooley Dickinson Surgical Care, call (413) 584-4637.