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William Piepgrass, MD

My Locations

WellSpan Surgical Specialists
804 Grandview Dr., Suite 2
Ephrata, PA 17522
(717) 466-2500
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About Me

Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:

As a youngster, my grandmother was the first person who suggested that I should consider being a doctor. But, as a youngster, I could not stand the smells of medicines or hospitals. Eventually, I outgrew these aversions. In college, I was most interested in biology; by the end of college, I considered medicine or theology. Once I had a choice, I felt my gifts were more in keeping with pursuing medicine. While in medical school, my wife realized I would likely go into surgery, because I came home excited after spending time in the operating room.

What I want my patients to know about me:

My missionary parents took me as a 1-year-old to Haiti, where I spent my childhood, returning to the U.S. in 10th grade. I embarked on a career in medicine with the intent to work in a mission hospital. My wife and I, and our three young children, returned to Haiti in 1982 and served at a small mission hospital for six years. In 1988, we resettled in Lancaster County, my mother's home and where I had been born (Ephrata Hospital). We have enjoyed having some family roots. It has been a pleasure working with excellent colleagues while caring for so many wonderful patients.

What I do when I'm not seeing patients:

Our family loved traveling together to many interesting sites while our children were still with us at home. Now, my wife and I have the most pleasure visiting our married children and our nine grandchildren. I also take a yearly small medical team back to the hospital in Haiti to provide encouragement and assistance. In my spare time, I actually enjoy some yard work.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery | General Surgery

Education & Credentials

  • Medical School: Penn State University College of Medicine
  • Internship Program: University of Virginia Hospitals
  • Residency Program: University of Virginia Hospitals

WellSpan Hospital Affiliations

  • WellSpan York Hospital
  • WellSpan Ephrata Hospital

Health Plans Accepted

WellSpan Financial Assistance Program participant

  • Aetna
  • Aetna Better Health
  • Amerihealth Caritas PA
  • Capital Blue Cross
  • Cigna Healthsprings(Formerly Bravo)
  • Cigna/Greatwest
  • Gateway
  • Geisinger
  • Health America
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Humana
  • John Hopkins Health Care
  • PA Medical Assistance
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care
  • Railroad Medicare
  • South Central Preferred
  • Tower Health PPO
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare Community Plan
  • United Healthcare/ Mamsi
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • Vibra Health Plan

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