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General Surgery

The Division of General Surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center has a long and proud tradition of excellence in clinical care, surgical education and research. The Division provides high quality surgical care across all UT Methodist hospitals, promotes improved patient outcomes through innovative research endeavors and trains the next generation of Surgeon Leaders.

The Division of General Surgery consists of three sections: General and Acute Care, Bariatric Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Message from Interim Division Chief

David Shibata
The members of the UTHSC Division of General Surgery provides high quality, cutting-edge and compassionate care to the Memphis region and beyond.
The Division provides both acute surgical care and elective services at a number of the hospitals in the Memphis area including the Methodist, Baptist and VA systems.
In particular, faculty members possess significant expertise in the application of minimally-invasive general surgical techniques and also are highly engaged in education and research.
An important recent addition includes the Section of Bariatric Surgery which now provides comprehensive multidisciplinary medical and surgical weight loss services to the community.
We are also excited that the reach of the Division now extends beyond the Memphis region to the international stage as it houses the rapidly evolving Global Surgery Institute. The GSI is engaged in missions across multiple countries and continents and provides a venue for service, education and research to our faculty, residents, fellows and students.


Bariatric SurgeryGeneral and Acute Care SurgeryMinimally Invasive SurgerySurgery Residency

Division Contact

Teresa "Sissie" Shelton
1325 Eastmoreland St. Suite 370
Memphis, TN 38104



David Shibata, MD, FACS, FSSO, FASCRS
Harwell Wilson Alumni Endowed Chair in Surgery
Professor and Chairman
Interim Division Chief


Section of Bariatric Surgery

Virginia "Jenny" Weaver, MD
Assistant Professor
Section Head
Matthew Davis, MD
Assistant Professor


 Section of General and Acute Care Surgery

Benjamin Powell, MD
Associate Professor
Section Head 
Jonathan Altomar, MD
Assistant Professor 

 Danielle Barnard, MD
Assistant Professor 

Denis Foretia, MD
Assistant Professor
John Nelson, MD
Assistant Professor

Mary Brinson Owens, MD
Assistant Professor
Nia Zalamea, MD
Assistant Professor


Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery



Jul 5, 2022