Meet our Team

Meet our Team

The da Vinci® Surgical System at Samaritan is operated by surgeons with extensive training in laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery. The robotic surgery program at Samaritan is supported by the following board-certified surgeons:


General surgery

  Don Yarbrough, MD
Dr. Yarbrough received a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed residency training at the world-famous Mayo Clinic and a fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in advanced laparoscopic techniques for minimally-invasive surgery on the gastrointestinal tract, including foregut, gall bladder and bile duct, solid organs, colon, rectal, endocrine and cancer surgery.

In addition to general surgery, Dr. Yarbrough has special training in robotic-assisted surgery and expertise in the full breadth of laparoscopic bariatric surgery. Before joining the Samaritan Bariatric Program, Dr. Yarbrough was the Medical Director at the Oregon Bariatric Center at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield. He was the first surgeon to introduce the Lap Band procedure to the Willamette Valley in 2006, as well as being the first surgeon in Oregon to perform a single incision Lap Band in 2009. Dr. Yarbrough also performed the first robotic-assisted bariatric procedure at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in 2010. Dr. Yarbrough earned the designation of Center of Excellence Surgeon by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery based on his high volume and excellent outcomes. In addition to weight loss surgery, Dr. Yarbrough has utilized robotic-assisted surgery for various procedures on the esophagus, stomach, spleen, colon, rectum and hernia.

Dr. Yarbrough can be contacted at Samaritan Surgical Specialists.




  Paul Daskalos, DO
A native Oregonian, Dr. Daskalos began practice in Albany in 1997. He was raised in Tillamook and Eugene, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University in 1987. He earned a medical degree from the college of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, Calif. He completed an internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center and residency training at the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Daskalos' professional interests include all aspects of obstetrics and advanced laparoscopy.

Dr. Daskalos can be contacted at Albany Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  Linda Fox, MD
Dr. Fox received a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1989. She completed residency training in 1993 at the University of California, San Diego. She remained on faculty for two years before moving to Corvallis. Dr. Fox is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She previously served as section chief for the department of obstetrics and gynecology from 2002 to 2003 and as chief of surgery from 2007 to 2010. She is also a member of the Pacific Coast Obstetrics and Gynecologic Society. She is fluent in Spanish and takes yearly trips to Guatemala to perform surgery on indigent patients. She also performs volunteer ultrasounds at the Corvallis Pregnancy Care Center.

Her medical interests include preventive care, gynecology for all stages of life, minimally invasive surgery, urinary incontinence and treatment of pelvic prolapse.

Dr. Fox can be contacted at Samaritan Gynecology and Surgical Associates.

  Jess Hickerson, MD
Dr. Hickerson attended Oregon State University, earning degrees in zoology and German literature. He received his medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University, graduating with honors. He completed his residency training at the University of Vermont. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and has been practicing in Corvallis since 1985. During his tenure at The Corvallis Clinic, he was a member of the board of directors, serving as board president from 1998 to 1999. He served as chief of surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center from 2001 to 2002. He is also a member of the Pacific Coast Obstetrics and Gynecologic Society.

His medical interests include gynecologic malignancies, laparoscopy, urinary incontinence and pelvic reconstructive surgery. He has had original research published on endometrial cancer and the appropriate use of hysterosalpingography.

Dr. Hickerson can be contacted at Samaritan Gynecology and Surgical Associates.



  Layron Long, MD
Dr. Long is a board-certified urologist who earned a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He completed his internship in general surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and a fellowship in molecular genetics at Howard University/Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Long trained in urological surgery at TUFTS New England Medical Center in Boston and finished his training as a senior and chief resident at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. After completing residency training Dr. Long was an acting instructor and completed an Endourological Society fellowship in robotic surgery, laparoscopy, and endo-urology at the University of Washington. He is a member of the American Urological Association, American Association of Clinical Urologists, Society of Endourology, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. He also reviews and referees articles for the Journal of Endourology.

Away from the office, Dr. Long enjoys traveling, listening to jazz and classical music, hiking, golfing and volunteering in the community.

Dr. Long can be contacted at Samaritan Urology.