Estes Park Health has contracted with Rural Physicans Group (RPG) for surgicalists. A surgicalist is a highly trained, board-certified surgeon who provides surgical services in the hospital and outpatient clinic.

RPG embodies a unique surgicalist model that provides vital health services to rural communities across the United States. RPG recruits exceptional surgicalist physicians who are committed to providing excellent patient care in rural communities. Each surgicalist physician understands the business of healthcare and is a champion of enhancing the overall patient experience. The surgicalist program will allow more patients to have surgery in Estes Park and remain close to home for follow-up care.

Meet the RPG Surgicalists

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David Reitter, M.D.

David Reitter, M.D. received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in 1995 and is American Board of Surgery Certified. Dr. Reitter joined RPG because he wanted to work in a collaborative, supportive medical environment to provide rural communities with high quality surgical care and endoscopy. Dr. Reitter’s general surgical procedures include cholecystectomy, appendectomy, inguinal and ventral hernia repair, breast biopsy and subsequent breast care, diagnosis and surgical treatment of colon cancer, endoscopic procedures to include diagnostic upper and lower endoscopy, therapeutic treatment and more.

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John Lowery, M.D.

John Lowery, M.D. received his received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in 1987 and is a Diplomat, American College of Surgeons. Dr. Lowery joined RPG to provide high quality, safe and effective surgical services using a patient-centered, evidence based medical practice. He utilizes leading technology and surgical techniques to improve patient outcomes and decrease surgical complications. Dr. Lowery will perform major and minor minimally invasive surgical procedures to include major and minor open procedures and laparoscopic procedures for trauma surgery, thyroid biopsy, thyroidectomy, hernia repair, appendectomy, breast biopsy, lumpectomy, bowel resection, colonoscopy and more.

Dr. Reitter and Dr. Lowery will have clinic hours in the Physician Clinic, and will work closely with Estes Park Health physicians to provide surgical services close to home and close to the patient’s primary care physician. The new surgicalist physician program will further the goal of Estes Park Health to continue to be the provider of choice for high-quality care and service excellence in the Estes Valley.

General Surgery


  • Bunions and hammer toes

Ear, nose and throat procedures

  • Tonsils and ear tubes

Cataract surgery

Gastrointestinal procedures