DeMund enjoying new life, practice in Walterboro | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 18, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 16, 2016 at 2:06 pm
By JULIE HOFF
Dr. Marjorie DeMund, a native of Akron, Ohio, has joined Walterboro OB/GYN, and she couldn’t be happier. “I like small towns, and I like small hospitals,” she said. She took the job in September, and has privileges at Colleton Medical Center.
DeMund said she decided on a career in medicine in the sixth grade, “and never looked back.”
There were no physicians in her family, but two early factors propelled her into medicine. “I was in a car accident and went to the ER with a gash on my knee. The doctor sewed it up and I remember thinking, ‘I can do a better job.’ I was nine!” she said, laughing.
Another factor happened later — being hospitalized for several days after surgery. “A hospital at night has a special feeling,” DeMund said. “I wanted to be a part of that.”
She started out planning to be an endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in hormones. But during her OB/GYN rotation in medical school, she realized she was drawn to the specialty. “I get to study hormones — I do a lot of menopause counseling — perform surgery and deliver babies,” she said. She also enjoyed working with midwives in her previous practices.
DeMund graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1984 and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She also holds a master’s in health administration and has worked at several women’s health centers, as well as in solo practice.
“Delivering babies is fun, but I also like surgery,” she said. She enjoys delivering twins vaginally and vaginal hysterectomies — “no big scars,” she said.
As for the current most pressing women’s health issues, DeMund thinks the nation will eventually see a shortage of OB/GYNs. “Not as many are going into the specialty, and it can be a hard life. You’re on call and constantly being summoned,” she said.
Why did she relocate from the Midwest to the Deep South? “I’d visited the area before and knew I liked it,” she explained. “And the winters in Ohio have been brutal. It’s gloomy six months of the year. We’ve had snow on Mothers’ Day!”
A widow, DeMund has two adult daughters: one who works on Capitol Hill and one who delivered DeMund’s first grandchild last January. She and DeMund’s parents still live in Ohio.
DeMund keeps a map on her desk and likes to explore small communities around Walterboro, such as Smoaks and Estill. She also likes visiting Charleston. “I really like Walterboro, and I like that it’s close to Savannah and the beach,” she said.