Dr. Mark Goto is the latest addition to the local healthcare community as an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist at Mizell Memorial Hospital.
Originally from Fresno, Calif., Goto currently also works in St. Joseph, Missouri, in addition to Mizell. He spent most of his time in Florida before coming to Opp.
âI worked for two years in a private practice in Pensacola after I retired from the Navy. While in the Navy, I also worked at Brooke Army Medical Center for two years. I worked at the Pensacola Naval Hospital for over 10 years. Two of my four children were born there.
When he completed his ear, nose and throat residency at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, he worked overseas in Okinawa, Japan.
Her decision to go into the medical field began during her teenage years. Goto said, âMy parents instilled in me the purpose of serving the Lord and through it my neighbor. I took a professional aptitude test in college and the results suggested that I become a doctor or a member of the clergy.
He loved the idea of ââthese end results, and it ultimately led to him becoming a doctor. âAlthough it was imperfect, I could work to bring healing and health to my patients. “
Goto’s main focus is now otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) in addition to working with allergic patients. He has been a physician for 24 years after graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997, where he received a doctorate in medicine.
He said he was the first and only doctor in his family. He shared his upbringing and highly appreciated his parents for all they did to help him. âMy mother was a ‘housewife’ and then worked as a cook in the school cafeteria when my younger sister started junior high. My dad had many jobs while I was growing up. When he was a teenager he picked cotton and raisins. When I was born he drove the school bus to elementary school, âhe said.
Goto said his father drove Randy Williams to school when he was a young boy. Williams was known to be an Olympic gold medalist in the long jump in 1972. He added that his father was his inspiration. âHe had the will to be there and help anyone, day or night. He also worked as a dental technician and was responsible for the junior college fields and the football field in my hometown when he finally retired.
While living in Fresno, Goto said his uncle and extended family were all farmers. âFresno is an agricultural area and the ‘bread basket’ of California. My family would brag that the area produced more cotton than Alabama and more peaches than Georgia, âhe said.
His opportunity to work a few days a week at Opp arose during the pandemic. Goto said: âUnfortunately, an ENT from another hospital in the area died of COVID during quarantine. I was out of work for the first time in my life and offered to help me there. Finally, the CEO of this hospital introduced me to Kerry Goff, the CEO of Mizell Memorial.
It had been a few years since Mizell had an ENT on his team and they needed it. Goto said: “When I visited Opp and Mizell I was impressed with how the staff worked so hard as a team and also how happy and friendly they are.”
Goto currently has openings through November. Mizell Memorial Hospital is located at 702 North Main Street in Opp. For more information, visit their website at www.mizellmh.com or call 334-493-5704.