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Dr. Luke Cutherell, MD

General Surgeon
Dr. Ravindra Joshi MD, FAAOS, FRCSC

Dr. Luke Cutherell  was born to missionary parents in the mountains of northern Pakistan where he lived through his high school years.

He received his BS in Biology from Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL, in 1976, and then received both an MD and MPH from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the University of Michigan in 1981. After completing his residency in General Surgery in Roanoke, Virginia, he joined a practice in General and Vascular Surgery in Norfolk, Virginia, while completing his surgical boards and becoming a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In 1988 with his wife and their four young sons they returned to Bach Christian Hospital in the far northwest of Pakistan. In 1993, Luke became medical director of the hospital and then assumed the position of CEO.


His surgical work encompassed a wide variety of general, urologic, and obstetric and gynecologic procedures. During that time, the hospital changed from being a small, mostly outpatient, and basic-obstetric facility to a district level hospital caring for a wide variety of surgical problems. In an editorial in the British Medical Journal, BCH was cited as a model of effective surgical care for South Asia, noting its cost-effective, quality care. An affiliation was established with the Aga Khan University in which Family Medicine residents and students rotate through for a part of their training. They worked to provide scholarships for students to attend medical and dental school as well as to get post-graduate specialty training. A modern high quality dental unit was established. Other training programs included training for practical nurses, lab technicians, and pharmacy and physical therapy assistants. In 2022, leadership of the medical work was turned over to a capable national physician.

With his wife and four sons, Dr. Cutherell has spent many exciting days climbing in the Himalayan Mountains and more recently enjoying the gift of wonderful daughters-in-law and 7 grandchildren, who live in the eastern US and Africa. They continue to encourage and mentor those who have taken up their work in Pakistan.



“Dr. Ramage has been working side by side with all stake holders ofMCHS for many years.He has been committed to the healthcare system during his tenure. I am one of the many whose life was saved as a result of his exceptional ability to diagnose a life-threatening brain bleed. Our community is grateful for Dr. Ramage.”

— Patsy Levang; Keene, ND

“I had surgery on a torn meniscus in Feb 2022 and the entire process was very pleasant and professional. My surgery was done by Dr. Joshi and the referral by Dr. Tomjack. I found both to be very professional. Following the surgery I was forwarded to the Connie Wold Fitness Center for physical therapy and the therapist there that I worked with were professional and knowledgeable. The entire experience was positive and I’m the most excited about the fact that all took place right in Watford City. No more traveling to Bismarck for medical appointments!”

— Marco Pelton; Watford City, ND

“I wanted to thank the hospital staff and doctors for the amazing care I received during my unexpected stay. Your professional care is beyond words. The nurses were very kind and helpful and went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable, and my needs were met …Again thank you from the bottom of my and my family’s heart. God bless each and every one of you!”

— Ernest Lambert; Belcourt, ND

“I had a very good experience with my knee surgery performed by Dr. Joshi. He is very friendly and made me feel very safe about the operation. Recovery was quicker than I anticipated. I highly recommend Dr. Joshi. 5 Stars”

— KellyPeterson; WatfordCity,ND

“Dr. Ravindra Joshi performed a total hip replacement on me in September 2020. I never imagined what a total success it would be. I’m back walking, hiking, and enjoying life without pain. An added bonus to my surgery was the outstanding care I received in the hospital, at physical therapy, and the long term follow up by Dr. Joshi and his associates.”

— Ron Anderson; Keene, ND

“It’s never easy to see our parents and loved ones age out of staying in their own homes, but our experience with both my mother-in-law, Olga Anderson, and our aunt, Helen Muirhead, showed us this next stage of life can be filled with joy and contentment. BothOlga and Helen lived in the HorizonAssisted Living and later in the Good ShepherdHome.The Horizon facility is beautiful, and Helen was lucky to move into the newly constructed GSH. But the best part of their life in both places was the personal, wonderful loving care they received from the entire staff. The staff treated our loved ones with complete love; we could ask for nothing more.”

— Myra Anderson; Keene, ND

“My mother received wonderful care at the Good Shepherd Home where she was surrounded by loving, caring professionals every day.Although I live in Alabama, moving her here was never a consideration. The quality of care provided at the Good Shepherd Home cannot be matched. My 103-year-old mother was tended for and loved like she was a family member.”

— Evelyn Wilson; Huntsville, AL

Dr. Cutherell has Specialized Skills in:

  • General Surgical Procedures 
  • Urologic Surgical Procedures 
  • Obstetric Surgical Procedures
  • Gynecologic Surgical Procedures

Education & Certifications

  • Chief Resident General Surgery – General Surgery Residency, Roanoke Memorial Hospitals; Roanoke, Virginia
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons; Fellowship-Training
  • General Surgery Residency, Roanoke Memorial Hospitals; Roanoke, Virginia
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Virginia Hospitals; Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Master of Public Health, (Epidemiology) University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Doctor of Medicine, Michigan State University; East Lansing, Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science, Wheaton College; Wheaton, Illinois

Dr. Cutherell's Favorite Things to do in McKenzie County:

  • Exploring the area 
  • Running
  • Reading