McDowell Surgical Services

When surgery is in your future, you’ll have many questions to be answered. We understand. We devote time to you—and your family—before and after surgery to answer questions, explain procedures and talk about your concerns. Even though our crucial work is done in the operating room, we’re here for you throughout the process.

The physicians of McDowell Surgical Services bring extensive surgical experience and comprehensive services to the community. We’re available whenever you need surgical care—any time of the day or night—right here at McDowell Hospital. We’re committed to providing quality service, which includes advanced surgical procedures and working with your primary physician to ensure continuity of care.

If you have a referral, would like to consult with our surgeons or have any questions, please call 828-652-1400.

Our Patients

Our services are available for anyone eight years old and older. Whether it’s to make a diagnosis or you’ve already been diagnosed with a condition that requires treatment through surgery, we meet your needs with traditional and minimally invasive procedures.

Our Services

McDowell Surgical Services offers a complete range of inpatient and outpatient surgical care. Our surgeons operate with the support of an experienced staff of nurses, technicians and anesthesiologists in the newly renovated surgical suite at McDowell Hospital’s Surgery Department.

General Surgery Procedures

Diagnostic and surgical procedures performed under general anesthesia include:

  • Colonoscopy, removal and biopsy of polyps
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Breast biopsy, mastectomy, lumpectomy, node biopsy
  • Excision of lesions
  • Benign and cancerous conditions of  gallbladder and intestine
  • Irrigation and drainage of abscesses
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Skin graft
  • Intravenous device placement
  • Skin cancer biopsy and treatment

Laparoscopic Procedures

Our surgeons are skilled at performing outpatient laparoscopic procedures. This type of surgery is minimally invasive (normally needing only small incisions), typically with less pain, shorter recovery time and less scarring.

  • Colon resection
  • Hernia repair
  • Appendectomy
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Anti-reflux (GERD) surgery
  • Splenectomy

Collaborative Cancer Care

McDowell Surgical Services is dedicated to providing comprehensive cancer care here in McDowell County. As part of McDowell Hospital’s Cancer Care Partners, our surgeons work closely with 21st Century Oncology and the McDowell County Health Department to diagnose and treat patients with cancer. Please follow the link or call 828-659-5364 to learn more about Cancer Care Partners.

Our Physicians

The physicians of McDowell Surgical Services are certified by the American Board of Surgery and are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. While these qualifications are critical, when it comes to surgery, experience is often important as well. Our physicians have been practicing general surgery for more than a decade. Your confidence is important…count on our experience and the resources of McDowell Hospital.

Daniel W. McLaughlin, MD
General Surgeon

Dr. McLaughlin joined McDowell Hospital in 2011 after completing his General Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. McLaughlin enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and daughter.

Dale J. Buchanan, MSN, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner

Dale Buchanan has experience in multiple areas of medicine including ICU, Cardiothoracic surgery, cosmetic medicine and bariatric medicine. He works alongside our team of general surgeons in the practice, operating room and hospital, providing world-class care to all surgical patients. He is also the lead provider within McDowell Wound Care.

Appointments and Information

If you have a referral or would like to schedule a consultation, please call 828-652-1400. Feel free to print and fill out the Surgical Services Health Questionnaire to bring it with you on your first visit.


We participate with most major insurance companies.   However, please check with your provider to verify your coverage and to be sure you meet their requirements.


McDowell Surgical Services 
472 Rankin Drive (2nd Floor)
Marion, NC 28752


Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm