Drs. Vito and Mary Cirigliano: Teaming Up with GI and Primary Care Patients
Drs. Vito and Mary Cirigliano both believe that the best medical care comes from the doctor and the patient working together as a team, with shared decision-making about treatment, prevention, and the path to better health. Vito cares for gastroenterology office patients at LeBauer Gastroenterology at the MedCenter High Point on Highway 68 and performs procedures at the LeBauer Endoscopy Center in Greensboro, and Mary offers care for infants, children, and adults at LeBauer HealthCare at Grandover Village.
A Family Team at Home
While Vito and Mary are teaming up with their own patients at LeBauer, the two work together as a parenting team at home. The couple is raising four young children, ages 6, 4, 3, and 9 months. They’ve made it a priority to find time for fun activities with the children. This often includes bike rides, board games, and pizza nights, along with trips to the Greensboro Science Center or Children’s Museum.
Mary and Vito met as pre-med majors at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and then both completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They were married during their time in residency training, with Vito serving in the Army at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii while Mary finished her residency at Mercy Suburban Hospital just outside of Philadelphia.
Service as a Military Doctor
Vito, who is a board-certified Gastroenterologist, served a total of 11 years as a doctor in the Army. In addition to his time stationed in Hawaii, he completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Walter Reed Medical Center. He then served at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg for five years, including a 4-month deployment to Iraq. He also served as chief of the Gastroenterology Department at Womack.
Bringing New Hope to Patients with Reflux
While in the Army, Vito gained experience performing an advanced procedure to help Soldiers who were experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The procedure, known as Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF), uses an endoscope to tighten the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to keep reflux at bay. Most patients are able to give up reflux medications after the procedure.
Today, Vito performs the procedure at Wesley Long Hospital in Greensboro, and he is one of the few doctors in North Carolina to offer it.
“This procedure can really help restore quality of life for patients who suffer from GERD,” says Vito. “Treating reflux is more important than many people realize because damage to the esophagus has the potential to lead to cancer. I work with patients to find the best treatment for their individual situation.”
Building Bonds with Families
Mary, who is board-certified in family practice, discovered her passion for medicine during her high school years by talking to her next-door neighbor, who was a family medicine doctor. Mary was able to shadow her over winter break and decided that combining her love of science with helping people was the perfect career path.
“As a family medicine doctor, I’m often able to start with a patient as a brand new baby and follow them for years. Family medicine also allows me to forge a bond with the whole family when I care for all of them. Those relationships really help me to offer quality and compassionate care,” says Mary.
Prior to joining LeBauer at Grandover Village, Mary worked at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians in Maryland and at a medical center just outside of Washington, D.C. She also served patients with the UNC Physicians Network at UNC Family Medicine in Pittsboro, NC.
Caring for New GI and Primary Care Patients
Listening and teamwork are two vital skills Mary and Vito use every day, whether it’s caring for their family at home or caring for patients at work. Both doctors are excited about building strong doctor-patient relationships with families and individuals throughout the Triad.
Mary is accepting new primary care patients of all ages, and Vito is also seeing new gastroenterology patients. To schedule an appointment with Vito at LeBauer at the MedCenter High Point office on Highway 68, please fill out our online form or call 336-547-1745. To schedule an appointment with Mary at LeBauer Grandover Village, complete the online form or call 336-890-2040.
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