Orangeburg native Dion L. Franga, MD, a board-certified general surgeon and a registered physician in vascular interpretation, has joined the Regional Medical Center staff in the practice of general and vascular surgery, and interventional nephrology.
Dr. Franga received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and his bachelor’s degree in biology from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. He completed his residency in general surgery at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
Prior to entering medical school, he served an externship during the summer of 1994 at the Regional Medical Center that was sponsored by four members of RMC’s medical staff: Dr. Arden Weathers, Dr. Rocco Cassone, and former medical staff members Dr. Joel Graziano and Dr. Wyman Moss. Dr. Franga credits that experience in helping him choose his career path in surgery.
Commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1994, he received numerous military honors and awards including Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon- 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Global War on Terrorism-Afghanistan- 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, NATO Medal, Airborne and Combat Medical Badges. Dr. Franga served as Brigade and Battalion Flight Surgeon for 17th Aviation Brigade in Korea as well as three combat tours in Afghanistan as a forward deployed surgeon in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Franga served as chief of surgery and specialty care at Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Fort Jackson, SC prior to joining RMC. In addition to his military career, he served as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Carolina Department of Trauma and Critical Care. Other current faculty appointments include the Dorn VAMC in Columbia. He has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as numerous national presentations. His professional interests include vascular surgery as well as advanced laparoscopic surgery.
Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Franga is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a registered physician in vascular interpretation.
He is married to Laura Wolfe Franga of Orangeburg, and they have one son, Jackson.
About the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties (RMC)
The Regional Medical Center, in Orangeburg, S.C., is a 286-bed acute-care facility, employing more than 1,200 healthcare professionals. Serving Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and surrounding areas, RMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and offers a 24-hour emergency department and a full-range of high-quality medical services such as same day surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, cardiology, cancer care, dialysis access and the latest in diagnostic imaging.