Dr. Marcie LeedsOne of the physicians who cared for Cong. Gabrielle Giffords immediately after an assassination attempt has joined Valley View Medical Center as a general surgeon.  Dr. Marcie Leeds was the chief resident on call at University Medical Center in Tucson when Giffords and 18 others were shot in January 2011, gravely injuring Giffords and killing six.  She was part of the team that saved many lives on a day that shocked not just Arizona but the entire country. “We’re fortunate to have someone with Dr. Leeds’ clinical skills and background not just as a member of the Valley View medical staff, but available to serve patients from the entire Tri-State area,” said Valley View interim CEO Fred Capozello.  Dr. Leeds completed her residencies at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Maricopa Integrated Health Services in Phoenix.  She received her M.D. from Ross University School of Medicine in New Jersey.  For the care she provided both Giffords and her husband, astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, Dr. Leeds received a VIP invitation to attend Kelly’s launch aboard the final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavor several months later.  In surgical residency, when we are trained in trauma, we are taught a ‘recipe’ of sorts, a structured way of examining every patient, every time, so that no injuries are missed and details are not overlooked,” she wrote in a California Lutheran University alumni publication after the shooting.  “Although I was stunned by the sudden tragedy I was now part of, the training kicked in.” Dr. Leeds’ general surgery practice will include a wide range of procedures, from hernias and gallbladders to lumpectomies and mastectomies. Her practice is Valley View General Surgery, located in The Medical Offices at Valley View, 5300 Highway 95 in Ft. Mohave.  Her office phone is 928-768-2330.  Her pre-med work was done at California Lutheran University, where she graduated cum laude with a BS in biology, and Cal-State Northridge, where she graduated with a masters’ degree in biology and genetics.  Capozello said Dr. Leeds is an example of someone who made an educational and career change because of an influential teacher.  A high school biology teacher made an impression on her, and she went into the sciences. The career change she made was dramatic, both literally and figuratively.  Through high school, Marcie Leeds had been a well-known television and film actor.  She had many roles, but her best known role was in 1988 as 11-year old Hillary Whitney playing the young version of Barbara Hershey’s character in the Academy Award-winning film, Beaches.   To put her patients at ease, Dr. Leeds’ office and waiting area have some of her film and TV promotional posters. The New York native grew up in Simi Valley, in suburban Los Angeles. Valley View is accredited by The Joint Commission, licensed as a 90-bed acute care hospital with two adjacent medical office buildings, and two satellite locations in Bullhead City.  In addition to the main campus in Ft. Mohave, Valley View’s affiliated operations in Bullhead City and Laughlin include Crossroads Urgent Care, Wide Open MRI, and Live Oak Family Medicine. Valley View serves the Tri-State area along the Colorado River including Bullhead City, Arizona, Laughlin, Nevada and Needles, California.  Valley View’s numerous honors have included Community Achievement Awards for large business of the year, social services and business expansion and retention, Bullhead Area Chamber “Out On A Limb” innovative business and “Customer Service – Large Business” awards, national and divisional “High Five” awards from LifePoint Hospitals, and the area’s highest patient satisfaction scores scientifically ranked by HealthStream Research.