University Surgical Associates

Chattanooga Office

Critical Care Surgery, Pediatric Surgery · 19 Providers

Average Rating of all Office Providers

Office Providers

Dr. Donald Barker, MD

Dr. Donald Barker, MD

Critical Care Surgery

Dr. R Burns, MD

Dr. R Burns, MD

General Surgery

Dr. Benjamin Dart IV, MD

Dr. Benjamin Dart IV, MD

Critical Care Surgery


Office Provider Reviews


based on the average of 160 provider reviews for University Surgical Associates

Review of Dr. Nelson

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Dr. Nelson is a clear communicator with a great bedside manner. I appreciate that he runs his practice on time. Great staff too.
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Review of Dr. Moore

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Dr Moore is awesome.he is very smart and great bedside manner! He has stuck by me thru many problems with my guts.and l truly don't think you could find a better Dr or Man in Chattanooga.he is definitely top shelf
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Review of Dr. Mejia


Dr. Mejia has horrific bedside manner and cannot admit when he has damaged someone’s body. He damaged my medial nerve causing me to have another surgery. The second was performed by a a hand and arm trauma surgeon. Dr. Mejia denied me the testing needed in order to show what was damaged in my arm by him. His staff is extremely disrespectful and have bad attitudes. He told me that he didn’t know why I was in pain and was the only patient he operated on with this including whole families that he operated on. I am headed to Vanderbilt for another surgery and am attending pain management for the mistakes made during my elective surgery. University surgical physicians will never touch me again. I am a fellow healthcare professional working in the same hospital. This speaks volumes !!! Do yourself a favor and avoid him at all costs! At one of my last appointments, I over heard another patient saying he left a hole in them after a trauma surgery. They were trying to get him to close it
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Review of Dr. Nelson


Dr Nelson performed an "open colectomy" on me in April 2018. A grapefruit sized mass was removed from my large intestine. The mass turned out to be cancerous. Dr Nelson saw that the location of the tumour was a risk to my life and took care of it in an expedicious manner. He is an excellent Doctor and did a great job with my surgical procedure at Memorial Hospital.
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Review of Dr. Mejia


Dr. Majia told me when I woke from my hernia surgery that there had been a "mishap". They had cut off my testicle.. they did a testicular reattachment while I was under. I had months of pain following and almost lost my wife. 2 months later I had another hernia on the opposite side. Now the mesh has torn and I have an inguinal hernia bigger than the first 2... maybe it was just a bad day.. maybe bad product.. but I would not recommend him
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Review of Dr. Bhattacharya


My daughter had an emergency appendectomy. Dr. Bhattacharya and his colleagues were kind, thorough, efficient, and took great care of my daughter.
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Review of Dr. Roe

- in Chicago |

I'll be forever grateful to Dr. Roe! The surgery went well with no complications. My family and I were traveling through Chattanooga on the way home to Chicago when my appendix started acting up. Dr. Roe explained the procedure and was very professional and warm.
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Review of Dr. Mejia

- in TN |

This man saved my life. My body was literally broken in half with my heart stopping 3x and bleeding to death. It has been 13 years, and I will never in my life forget the name Vicente Mejia. A truly brilliant and talented doctor.
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Review of Dr. Dart IV

-Signal Mountain, TN |

Dr. Dart is an excellent surgeon. My significant other had Dr. Dart repair a hernia. We met with him prior to the surgery and he spent plenty of time going over options with us and explaining the pros and cons of each. Once we reached a decision on a repair option, we were scheduled promptly, the operation went very smoothly and recovery was exactly as expected. Would 100% recommend Dr. Dart to anyone needing surgery.
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Review of Dr. Dowden

- in Chickamauga, GA |

Dr. Dowden sved my life with an emergency surgery on mid-March after my colon perforated. He was extremely attentive to my and my family during my near-death experience and recovery. He performed a colostomy at the time and 2 weeks ago was able to reverse the procedure. HE IS THE BEST! I would trust my family and friends to him without reservation. He went above and beyond for me.
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Learn About University Surgical Associates

122 Procedures

  • Abscess Or Cyst Drainage Or Aspiration
  • Abscess Or Fluid Incision And Drainage
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Anorectal Myomectomy
  • Anoscopy With Removal Of Anal Tumor
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Arterial Catheterization With Robotic Assistance
  • Arteriovenous Fistula Repair
  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Biopsy Of Breast
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy And Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon And Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, And Sigmoidoscopy
  • Cyst Incision And Drainage
  • Cystectomy
  • Cystotomy
  • Decortication And Pleurectomy
  • Destruction Of Anal Tumor
  • Destruction Or Excision Of Vaginal Lesions
  • Dressing And-Or Debridement Of Wound, Infection, Or Burn (Incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Embolectomy, Thrombectomy, Or Vessel Exploration
  • Endocrine Surgical Procedure
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic Or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagectomy (Esophagogastrostomy, Esophagojejunostomy)
  • Esophagomyotomy
  • Excision Of Bile Duct Tumor
  • Excision Of Breast Tumor
  • Excision Of Parotid, Sublingual, Or Submandibular Gland
  • Excision Of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision Of Skin Lesion
  • Excision Of Stomach Tumor
  • Excision Of Testicular Lesion
  • Excision Of Tracheal Tumor Or Stenosis
  • Excision Or Destruction Of Tongue Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, Or Destruction Of Skin And Subcutaneous Tissue (Incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Fecal Impaction Removal
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Fistulectomy Or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Frenectomy
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrotomy
  • Head And Neck Surgery
  • Heart Surgery
  • Hemorrhoidectomy Or Excision Of Anal Tags
  • Hepatectomy
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision And Removal Of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (Incl. Enterectomy)
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection Of The Rectum With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic Or Paraesophageal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Excision Or Destruction Of Ovary With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Lobectomy, Open
  • Lung Removal (Partial Or Complete): Open, Or Resection Of Lung Tumor: Open
  • Lung Surgery
  • Lymph Node Biopsy Or Excision
  • Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Mastectomy
  • Open Diaphragmatic And-Or Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair
  • Open Incisional And-Or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Open Thymectomy
  • Open Tumor Ablation, Liver
  • Orchiectomy
  • Pancreatectomy (Incl. Pancreas Transplant And Whipple Procedure)
  • Paracentesis
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Parathyroid Surgery
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Pelvic Exenteration (For: Gynecologic, Urinary, Or Colorectal Malignancy)
  • Peripheral Artery Catheterization
  • Port Placements Or Replacements
  • Proctectomy, Open Or Laparoscopic (Incl. Swenson And Duhamel Procedures)
  • Proctosigmoidopexy With Robotic Assistance
  • Removal Of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection Of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal Or Destruction Of Rectal Or Intestinal Tumor (Incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy And Control Of Hemorrhage)
  • Renal Transplant And Nephrectomy
  • Repair Of Anal And Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair Of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Repair Of Rectocele With Robotic Assistance
  • Rigid Proctosigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Segmentectomy, Open
  • Skin Grafts
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy And Splenorrhaphy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Thyroidectomy Or Thyroid Lobectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Transendoscopic Stent Placement
  • Ultrasound
  • Umbilical Or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Vaginal Surgery
  • Vaginectomy
  • Vagotomy
  • Vascular Surgical Procedure
  • Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (Vats) Or Thoracotomy
  • Wound Repair


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University Surgical Associates accepts 28 insurance carriers

  • Aetna
  • American Republic
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Frontpath Health Coalition
  • Golden Rule
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • MedCost
  • MedHealthInsurance
  • Medicaid
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • POMCO Group
  • Principal Life
  • State Farm
  • Travelers
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • WellCare
  • Worker's Compensation


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