Orthopedic Surgeon Joins Mercy Staff

SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center announced the addition of Charles A. Sommer, M.D., to its staff of physicians. He began serving as an orthopedic surgeon on Nov. 18, and is affiliated with the practice shared by Leonard Y. Wagner, M.D., and Steven B. Holsten, M.D. 

Sommer graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 1980. In 1976 he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences.

Sommer completed his general surgery internship at Boston University in 1981 and his orthopedic residency at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester in 1985.
Since September 1999, Sommer has served as the staff orthopedic surgeon at Wing Memorial Hospital-Palmer Med-ical Center, and as coordinator of that facility’s surgical services since Oct. 2000. He has also served as a member of the courtesy medical staff at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center since Feb. 2000, and as an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, also since Feb. 2000.

Between 1985 and 1999, Sommer was part of a two-physician private general Orthopedic Surgery practice in Putnam, Conn. He became a member of the medical staff at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, where he also served as physician advisor to that facility’s Physical Therapy department between 1987 and 1993, and as assistant chief of Surgery between 1997 and 1999.

“The addition of Dr. Sommer gives enhanced access to patients seeking orthopedic care at Mercy Medical Center,” said John F. Schuster, executive vice president of the Sisters of Providence Health System. “We’re excited to have him on board.”

Sommer earned board certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1987, and was re-certified by the same organization in 1994. He is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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