Our mission is to promote health and wellness by providing the opportunity to achieve an obesityfree life and empowering patients through life-long education, motivation and the highest quality medical care in a compassionate and supportive environment. We are committed to creating a caring and comfortable environment where each patient is treated like a valued guest. Our values are Integrity, Compassion, Commitment, Hospitality, Excellence and Respect
I became interested in surgery because of my father's encouragement. Through his contacts I was able to get a job in an operating room. That experience and my love for technology and creativity led me to pursue a pre-med curriculum at the University of Tennessee. This led to Medical School at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. Then came a general surgery residency at St. Mary's Hospital and Yale University Hospital in Connecticut. After completing my residency in 1990, I went on active duty as a Lt Commander in the US Navy Medical Corps. I was stationed at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital as a General Surgeon. I was deployed to the USS New Orleans and USS Tarawa during Operation Desert Storm. After completing my active duty requirement, I returned to Tennessee and joined a surgery practice in Maryville, TN where I continued to develop my surgical skills at Blount Memorial Hospital. There, I performed general, vascular, thoracic, and trauma surgery. In 2001, I became fascinated with the new laparoscopic techniques for performing Bariatric surgery and developed one of the first Laparoscopic Bariatric practices in the region along with Dr Jonathan Ray. Since then we have performed more than 2000 laparoscopic Bariatric procedures with our patients achieving over 250,000 pounds of total weight loss. In 2014 and after 20 years at Blount Memorial, we moved our practice to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center to be more centrally located in East Tennessee and to expand our bariatric surgery practice to all of the Covenant Health facilities. We are excited to partner with Covenant Health and develop a strong Bariatric program serving all of East Tennessee.