Meet Dr. William Dempsey, Medical Director and Family Medicine Doctor

For over 35 years, Dr. William Dempsey has delivered quality healthcare in Northeast PA. In his current role, Dr. Dempsey cares for adults and children, and in October, oversaw The Wright Center for Primary Care Clarks Summit’s expansion into providing pediatric services. Dr. Dempsey works hand in hand with The Wright Center’s new Pediatrician, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and many medical residents to provide comprehensive healthcare services in the Clarks Summit area. In a quick interview with Dr. Dempsey, we had the opportunity to get to know him a little bit better. Here’s what we learned:

Education:
B.S., Biology, University of Scranton
M.D., St.George’s University School of Medicine
Residency, Family Practice Medicine at Tallahassee Memorial Regional Hospital Center, Tallahassee, FL

Most rewarding part of your job: Making a difference in the lives of the people I care for.

Most challenging part of your job: Separating the emotional and physical aspects of illness. In order to resolve the problem, you must figure out how much of it is caused by emotions and how much is caused by physical ailments.

Lesson from the field: To truly care for patients and be effective in establishing wellness and curing illness, we have to treat the whole patient. This includes caring for them physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Outlook on medicine in Northeast PA: The quality of care in Northeast PA is excellent.We have great resources for coronary heart disease and growing programs to treat stroke and cancer.

Family: Married with eight children. Over the years, my wife and I have worked to help orphans in other countries come to America to be adopted, and currently, we have one little boy who is a refugee from Afghanistan. I also have a large extended family in Northeast PA.

When you’re not at work: I enjoy boating, skiing and golfing.

Favorite quote: I have a lot from my grandmother and father. One is,“If you plant potatoes, you get potatoes!” I use these sometimes to help explain to people why they are suffering from certain ailments inherited from their parents.

Health tip: It’s most important to decrease stress in our lives—stress can cause obesity, drug use, alcohol abuse and many other problems we’re seeing in society today.

Favorite sports team: Lackawanna College football—I’m their doctor!

People may not know: I like to dance!

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