Meet Dr. Nathan Bockholt
January 24, 2017
Nathan Bockholt, MD, MBA
Huron Regional Medical Center and the HRMC Physicians Clinic in Huron are excited to welcome Dr. Nathan Bockholt to our team! Dr. Bockholt is a urologist at Urology Specialists of Sioux Falls. To serve the needs of Huron area patients, he has partnered with HRMC Physicians Clinic to see patients twice a month.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your education and why you decided to become a physician.
Dr. Bockholt: I just felt like something was missing. I loved science but I wanted to be able to do more. I wanted to work with people while still working in the science field. I did some job shadowing in Sioux City, my hometown at that time, and that’s how I made the decision to become a physician.
Q: When you started medical school, you had an interest in another specialty. Can you tell us more about that?
Dr. Bockholt: When I entered medical school, I thought I wanted to be a cardiologist. When I did my surgery rotation, I found out I really liked the surgery specialties. I enjoyed learning about cancer and the care that comes with cancer. I started shadowing other specialists and decided on urology.
Q: As we mentioned previously, you are with Urology Specialists of Sioux Falls. Why did you decide to do outreach at HRMC Physicians Clinic?
Dr. Bockholt: There are really two parts to this question. First, all of the partners in the group I work with have done outreach. It is important to service a community with a specialty that is hard to come by. A little less than 260 urologists graduate from residency programs. The average age of a urologist is over 50, which means we are retiring more physicians than we are producing in training. The second reason for doing outreach in Huron is because I understood how rewarding it was to be serving a different community and that really encouraged me to do outreach here in Huron.
Q: What is urology and what types of patients do you see?
Dr. Bockholt: Urology is the care of anything in the genitourinary tract. That ranges from the kidneys, bladder or the genital area. We care for males and females at a young age all the way up to old age.
Q: You mentioned an interest in caring for patients with cancer, tell us more about that.
Dr. Bockholt: Yes, I do. I have experience dealing with a wide variety of cancers that affect the kidneys, bladder and not to mention testicular cancer in men. For men, 40 percent of all cancers are in the urologic tract. Where as in women, a little less than 10 percent of their cancers will be urologic in nature.
Q: You’ve received specialized training in cancer. Tell us more about that.
Dr. Bockholt: I really like dealing with cancer and urology. All of my partners deal with cancer whether that’s kidney, prostate or bladder. I had an opportunity to move out to Los Angeles to learn more about urologic cancers. I worked in Los Angeles for one year and I was able to learn other ideas for treatment and surgery. It was a very eye-opening experience.
Dr. Bockholt is now traveling to Huron to see patients in the clinic and perform surgery the first and third Wednesday of each month. To schedule an appointment, call the HRMC Physicians Clinic at (605) 353-7660. For more information about Dr. Bockholt, view his profile.
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