Published DateGORHAM—Coos County Family Health Services is pleased to welcome William J. Gessner, MD, to the medical staff at the Gorham office.
Born and raised in Lancaster and a graduate of White Mountains Regional High School in Whitefield, Dr. Gessner has recently returned to the North Country after practicing medicine in Mid-State New York. Since starting at the Gorham Medical Office in the fall, Dr. Gessner said, “I am really impressed with the professionalism of the staff and everybody here. They are an outstanding group of people to work with.”
Dr. Gessner received his undergraduate degree with highest honors in Mathematics from UNH and graduated from Dartmouth Medical School with recognition in internal medicine, pediatrics and ambulatory care. He completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado.
He practiced for five years in Newport and Sunapee, N.H. before assuming an academic position with New York Medical College and the Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency based in Kingston, N.Y. Medical student and resident teaching were his primary duties as Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director of Family and Community Medicine.
In 2000 Dr. Gessner's interest in the developmentally disabled population and geriatrics took him in a new direction. He helped create a primary care clinic in the Mid-Hudson Region of New York focused on care for the intellectually or at-birth physically challenged adult population. This clinic became quite popular, serving hundreds of handicapped patients in the region. The practice complemented his interest in the care of the elderly. Around the same time as that practice started, Dr. Gessner became Medical Director of Mountainside Residential Care Center; a rural skilled nursing facility in Margaretville, N.Y. He later assumed the position of Medical Director of its associated hospital in the same town.
Dr. Gessner has a history of program directorship as well as many academic affiliations. He served as Medical Director at the Woodstock Family Health Center in New York and Program Director at the Mid-Hudson Rural Family Practice Residency Program. He was co-Medical Director at the Margaretville Hospital, the Mountainside Residential Care Center, and at the Hudson Valley Health Specialties. From 2000 until his return to the White Mountains last fall, he served as Medical Director at the Ulster Rehabilitation Clinic and the Ulster Association for Retarded Citizens.
In 2004, Dr. Gessner was awarded certification from the American Medical Directors Association. Since 2006 he has been honorary staff of the Kingston Hospital/Benedictine Hospital. He has taught at the Institute for Family Health, a health care network that operates six practices in Mid-State New York. Dr. Gessner is also a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Family Practice.
Dr. Gessner’s wife, Judy, is a former sixth grade social studies teacher. His older son, Chris, teaches English in China and his younger son, Eric, is a Mechanical Engineer in Salt Lake City. The four of them are avid skiers, and Dr. Gessner served as a ski patrolman at Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskill Mountains for 30 years and as Medical Director there for 14 years. He also enjoys sailing and is a ham radio operator.