Dr. Donovan Tapper, MD

Dr. Donovan Tapper, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
55 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Donovan Tapper, MD is a general surgery specialist in Brandon, FL and has been practicing for 24 years. He specializes in general surgery and surgery.Read his story

Suncoast Surgical Associates

519 Medical Oaks Ave

Brandon, FL 33511
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
more than 5% of peers
Ventral Hernia
more than 5% of peers
Colorectal Cancer
more than 5% of peers

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Dr. Tapper's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Tapper "Dr. Donovan Tapper joined Suncoast Surgical Associates in 2012. Dr. Tapper has been a board certified general surgeon since 2000, when he completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1990 while on active duty in the US Air Force. He continued his military service while attending medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He then did his general surgery residency training in San Antonio, TX at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center, graduating in 1999.Dr. Tapper served for the next 13 years as an active duty Air Force general surgeon assigned to tours in England, Tampa, Iraq, Germany, and San Antonio. His experiences include performing surgery in war zones, as well as in humanitarian disaster areas in Africa. During his assignment in Tampa, Dr. Tapper completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Advanced GI Surgery at the University of South Florida (2007-2008). He has published peer-reviewed articles in the areas of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and bariatric surgery.Dr. Tapper completed his military service and joined Suncoast Surgical Associates. He has considerable experience in a broad range of general surgery procedures, and has particular interest and training in minimally invasive abdominal surgery to include laparoscopic surgery of the abdominal wall, gallbladder, stomach, colon, and spleen. He also specializes in the laparoscopic treatment of reflux, hiatal hernia, and achalasia."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Tapper "The board certified surgeons at Suncoast Surgical Associates, P.A. have accrued over twenty five years of experience caring for general and thoracic surgical patients. Providing the highest quality of care to our patients is of paramount importance. This begins with a thorough pre-operative assessment during which all options including non-operative approaches are explored and given full consideration. For those patients who require surgery, we strive to provide the safest, most advanced operati"

2  Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

15  Conditions Treated

18  Procedures

  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Port Placements or Replacements
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenectomy and Splenorrhaphy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Uniformed Services University of The Health Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1994
  • San Antonio Unif Ser Health Edu
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Tapper has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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What People Say About Dr. Donovan Tapper, MD
Extremely rude and condescending. Always thinking and looking down on others because of their education
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May 09, 2018
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Knowledgeable, friendly, and always set proper expectations
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