Surgical Services

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is proud to offer the most comprehensive suite of surgical services in Manistique. Our team of highly experienced surgeons provide surgery options in a broad range of areas to assist with many conditions.

General Surgery

General surgery covers a range of surgical procedures in Manistique including biopsies, hernia repair, appendectomy, and lesion removal. Boasting two of the newest and one of the largest Operating Suites in the Upper Peninsula, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s Dr. Gregory Bambach provides a full-spectrum of minimally invasive procedures.

Dr. Bambach has been enjoying his growing surgical practice and he is fast becoming the reason why so many have made him their surgeon of choice, in the Upper Peninsula’s south-central region.

Dr. Bambach
Gregory Bambach, MD, General Surgeon


Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is proud to offer an extensive range of minimally invasive general surgery options to the residents of Manistique. Some of the procedures we offer include:

  • Colonoscopy
  • EGD (Upper Scope)
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer (mastectomy, lumpectomy, biopsy)
  • Colon Operations

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery in Manistique covers any operations that are required on the skeletal system. These can include hip replacements, joint and ligament repair, shoulder reconstruction, and treatment for broken bones.

Dr. Galey is the resident orthopedic surgeon at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and comes to us from the International Orthopedics & Sports Medicine practice in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Earning his medical degree from the prestigious University of Toronto Medical School in Ontario, Canada, Dr. Galey interned at Toronto General Hospital and completed his residency at the University of Ottawa, in Ontario. Dr. Galey is fellowship trained in Joint Replacement & Sports Medicine and is Board Certified through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

John Patrick Galey, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon


At Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, we are proud to offer a comprehensive suite of orthopedic surgeries by one of the most experienced orthopedic surgeons in the Upper Peninsula. Some of our offered surgeries include:

  • Total Hip Replacements
  • Joint and Ligament Repair
  • Full Knee Replacement
  • Shoulder Reconstruction

Surgical Podiatry

Surgery in Manistique that involves the feet, legs, and lower extremities falls under the surgical podiatry umbrella. If you are suffering from bunions, hammer toes, sprains, emergent fractures, or diabetic wounds, a surgical podiatrist should be your first point of contact.

Dr. John Niemela, D.P.M., provides complete foot and ankle care from neonates to geriatric patients. Dr. John Niemela specializes in below the knee medical and surgical treatment. He also provides traumatic reconstruction including emergent fracture repair of the ankle, foot, and toes.

Dr. John Niemela, D.P.M. Foot & Ankle Surgeon


Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is proud to offer an extensive range of podiatric surgeries to our community from one of the leading podiatric surgeons in the state. Some of the procedures we offer include:

  • Orthopedic deformities – bunions, hammer toes, flatfeet, arthritis in ankle and foot
  • Sports Medicine Conditions – tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, sprains, tendon ruptures
  • Warts – hand and feet
  • Ingrown nails

Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery

Ear, nose, & throat surgical services offered at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital cover a wide range of conditions. Our highly experienced surgical team can assist with head and neck surgery, rhinology, plastics and reconstruction, skin cancer, parathyroid conditions, and pediatric issues.

Mark Cardamone-Rayner,  M.D., FACS joins SMH as an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat) Specialist.  He attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Mark Cardamone-Rayner,  M.D.


Dr. Cardamone-Rayner has joined Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital as an Otolaryngologist after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, completing his residency at the University of Minnesota, and obtaining his board certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is an expert in both the surgical and medical management of conditions that affect the ear, nose, and throat, and has special interest in the following topics:

  • Head and neck surgery
  • Parathyroid conditions
  • Plastics


John Michael Garrett M.D. in a 1973 graduate from Indiana University School of Medicine. Following a 2-year Internship and Internal Medicine Residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Dr. Garrett undertook a 3-year Ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. This was quickly followed by a fellowship in microsurgery, including Phaco-emulsification cataract removal and corneal transplant techniques under Richard Schulze M.D., in Savannah, Georgia. Once completed, Dr. Garrett began an Ophthalmology practice in Iron Mountain, opening in January 1979.

As a Board certified eye surgeon, Dr. Garrett has performed thousands of cataract and glaucoma procedures, as well as thousands of laser operations for glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and retinal diseases.

John Michael Garrett, M.D
John Michael Garrett, M.D

General Orthopedic Surgeon

Joseph Hance, MD, is a general orthopedic surgeon who has extensive experience in the evaluation of patients with shoulder, knee, hip, elbow and problems including trauma.

The native Detroiter graduated from Wayne State Medical School in 1977. He completed a five-year program in orthopedic surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, in1982. In the same year, Dr. Hance began his practice with Bay Street Orthopaedics where he continues to work as a consultant.

Dr. Hance joined the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in December 2019. Dr. Hance has lived in Northern Michigan for the past 37 years and enjoys all the amenities the north has to offer. In his spare time, he enjoys life on the water, reading, traveling and spending time with his family.

Joseph Hance, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Cardiology and Cardiovascular

Dr. Hoeve graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Michigan. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Adult Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship at MetroHealth Hospital (University of Michigan Health) in Wyoming, MIchigan. His interests include preventative cardiology and cardiovascular imaging.

Nicholas S. Hoeve, Do, Facc
Nicholas S. Hoeve, DO, FACC
Adult Cardiology


Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is proud to have one of the most advanced cardio-pulmonary suites in the Upper Peninsula. Our highly experienced cardiology department is capable of performing many of the latest cardiac procedures including:

  • EKG
  • Comprehensive Echocardiogram
  • Treadmill Stress Testing
  • Stress Testing with Imaging

Vein & Pain Clinic

Dr. Niksa (Nick) Vlasic, M.D. is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and Vascular and Interventional Radiology. He received his training at New York Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 

Dr. Vlasic has been treating chronic leg pain and varicose vein disease for over 14 years, and has extensive experience using minimally invasive techniques to provide complete vein evaluations and comprehensive therapy. His procedures are performed in the state-of-the-art Vascular and Interventional Suite at Bell Hospital using the most advanced techniques and equipment.

Dr. Vlasic also provides full Vascular and Interventional Radiology clinic services and consultations with a Pain Management Clinic and a comprehensive Peripheral Vascular Disease Clinic. The Pain Management Clinic includes Epidural Steroid Injections, Intra-articular Steroid Injections, Facet Injections, and Vertebroplasty. The Peripheral Vascular Disease Clinic includes the Vein Clinic, and also provides arterial angiography with percutaneous balloon angioplasty and stent placement. 

Dr. Niksa Vlasic
Dr. Niksa Vlasic

Urological Surgeon

Dr. Madjar is fellowship-trained in Female Urology and Urogynecology and has completed fellowship programs at the Section of Female Urology and Urodynamics at the University of Miami and at the Section of Female Urology and Voiding dysfunction at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Madjar was deeply involved in the research and development and in clinical trials of several devices for the treatment of women and men with urinary incontinence and bladder control problems.

His past medical education and previous appointments include: Assistant Professor of clinical Urology, Department of Urology, School of Medicine, State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, NY.

Shahar Madjar, M.D., Mba
Shahar Madjar, M.D., Mba


Dr. Paul Kemmeter, M.D., F.A.C.S. received his B.S. from University of Michigan and his M.D. degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery for Michigan State College of Human Medicine and currently serves as the Associate Program Director of the GRMERC-MSU General Surgery residency program. He is also the medical director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Mary’s Health Care. Along with performing bariatric surgery, he also performs General Surgery procedures including Acute Care surgeries and Advanced Laparoscopy including ventral and inguinal hernia surgeries, gallbladder surgery, appendectomies and other emergency surgeries


Dr. Nagle is married with two children. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, running, scuba diving, skiing, and many other hobbies.  He is a commercial pilot and donates time to Wings of Mercy, which provides free air transportation to patients who need treatment at distant medical facilities.



In partnership with Grand Health Partners, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital provides top-notch and comprehensive bariatric services. Depending on a patient’s individual case, they can opt for non-surgical weight loss methods or bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgical solutions aid in long-term weight control and various bariatric services include:

  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass
  • Duodenal Switch


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Read what clients have to say about Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

Everyone in the ambulatory care/outpatient surgery were great!! They all made me feel very comfortable and did a great job!!! thank you to the whole outpatient staff and Doctor Rayner..I would recommend Schoolcraft or patient to anyone in need of surgery

Reviewer: Jeremy Sitkoski


5 out of 5 stars

The care that was provided by The nurses (Cindy, Felicia Ruth) and staff was exceptional. The entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We received a call from Felicia the next day to check on my husband to check his pain level and do a follow up. The surgery area from check in to check out was well organized, clean, and up to date. Thank you to all of you for what you do so well and everything beyond your normal duties.

Reviewer: Maureen DesChamps


5 out of 5 stars