Dr. Paul Dearing, MD
Dr. Paul Dearing specializes in surgical treatment of bowel blockages, hemorrhoids, hernias, gallbladders, foreign body removal, colonoscopies, endoscopies, tumors, initial trauma management, and lumps& bumps. He will be providing services one to two weeks per month for both adult and pediatric patients.
Dr. Dearing completed his internship and residency at UND. He feels as if he has come full circle in his career now returning to the state that trained him. In addition to being an excellent surgeon, he climbs mountains for fun. A fan of the great outdoors, he has successfully climbed all 58–14’ers in Colorado and is now tackling the Idaho 12’ers. Hiking, downhill skiing, and appreciating blue skies and fresh air are things you can find Dr. Dearing doing when not working with patients.
Born and raised in Texas, Dr. Dearing has practiced medicine in Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Texas, Minnesota, and North Dakota. He and his wife, Roopa, will be celebrating 41 years of marriage soon. Roopa formerly served as a nurse, and together they have provided care to patients for many years. They fondly recall their early years in North Dakota where Dr. Dearing received his medical training. In fact, Dr. Dearing has maintained his North Dakota medical license for 32 years while practicing across the Midwest.
Friendships and fond memories pull at their heartstrings as Dr. Dearing returns to North Dakota to provide care. When asked why he loves medicine, Dr. Dearing said, “I enjoy interaction with patients and working to alleviate issues that are causing them pain and discomfort.”
"Dr. Ramage has been working side by side with all stakeholders of MCHS 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 write this letter to the administration of Connie Wold Wellness Center. I was a client there getting rehabilitation for my Stroke and diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. I just want to express my sincere appreciation to the expert professional personnel there. I learned a lot from the Wellness Center while I was getting rehab sessions that will benefit me for the duration of my life. "
— Mr. Lone Fight III; 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"
— Kelly Peterson; Watford City, 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 Horizon Assisted Living and later in the Good Shepherd Home. 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. Dearing has Specialized Skills in:
- Surgical treatment of bowel blockages
- Hemorrhoid treatment
- Hernia treatment
- Gallbladder treatment or removal
- Foreign body removal
- Initial trauma management
- Lumps and bumps
Awards & Accolades
- CRC Freshman Chemistry Award – 1979
- Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities – 1980
- Outstanding Surgical Resident – 1986 – 1987
- Outstanding Surgical Resident – 1987 – 1988
Education & Certifications
- MD – University of Texas Health Sciences Center; San Antonio, Texas
- Intern – General Surgery, University of North Dakota
- Resident – General Surgery, University of North Dakota
Dr. Dearing's Favorite Things to do in McKenzie County: