Dustin McDermott was born and raised in Alva, Oklahoma. He spent his summers on the farm working with his Grandfather and continued to farm until he left to attend the University of Oklahoma for medical school in 2003. After graduating high school with a senior class of 59 students, he went to Northwestern Oklahoma State University on a basketball scholarship. He played four years earning a conference championship in 1995 and First Team All-Conference Honors and his teams MVP in 1998. This is where he met his wife Misty. They were married in 1999 and headed to the big city to begin medical school.
Soon after entering medical school he made the decision to join the U.S. Army. After finishing medical school, he began his surgical residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX where he was Chief Resident and was awarded the “SOD” (Surgeon of Day) of the year award. As his family at home continued to grow, the bonds with his military community only grew stronger. “Not a day goes by I don’t think about my time spent in the Army and what it has meant for me and my family.” His wife and children have always been a focus of his life. He has been fortunate to coach his children at all different levels and enjoys watching them compete at the sports they love. He also enjoys playing basketball with all the other “has beens” on Sunday afternoons.
Once he completed his training, he was stationed at Fort Hood, TX but it wasn’t long before he was deployed to Afghanistan with a Forward Surgical Team. 7 months later he returned home to start his practice. This included a wide array of general surgery focused on advanced laparoscopy, single site laparoscopy and weight loss surgery. Before he knew it, it was time to deploy again. This time to the other side of Afghanistan. Upon returning he became the Chief of Bariatric Surgery.
Once his military commitment was completed, Dr. McDermott (Major) resigned his commission, and decided to make his home in the Piney Woods of Longview, TX. He joined Good Shepherd Medical Center in June of 2012. This was when he was exposed to the daVinci robot for the first time and its vast capabilities. Not wasting anytime, he performed the first robotic single site gallbladder removal in East Texas. He developed the Good Shepherd Weight Loss Surgery program from scratch and performed their first operation in 2013. He is an American Board of Surgery certified general surgeon, member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He has continued to develop the weight loss surgery program and has earned a MBSAQIP accreditation as a Comprehensive Center. He serves as Chief of Surgery for CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center and Chief of Surgery for CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Trinity Clinic. Dr. McDermott’s surgical practice continues to focus on all aspects of general surgery with an emphasis on robotics and advanced laparoscopy as well as being one of Good Shepherd Medical Center’s trauma surgeons.