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General Surgery & Trauma

Mary Washington General Surgery & Trauma

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  • Location

    1101 Sam Perry Blvd., Suite 219
    Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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    P: 540.741.2865
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  • Hours

    Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


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Mary Washington General Surgery & Trauma is a unique practice that provides care to trauma patients, those who need to undergo emergency general surgery or who need elective general surgery. We provide care to those in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) and have a group of surgeons who have specialty training and American Board of Surgery Board Certification in general surgery and surgical critical care. All of our physicians are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

Board Certification

All our surgeons are board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.

Board certification represents acknowledgement by the American Board of Surgery of successful completion of a certification process. Certification by the ABS is a voluntary process meant to recognize individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge specifically in the field of surgery. Board certification is different from possessing a medical license, which is required by law for an individual to practice medicine. According to the ABS, "board certification is different from possessing a medical license, which is the minimum required by law to practice medicine and is not specialty specific."

The American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is the governing body for surgeons. If you or someone you know is considering elective surgery, you should be aware that there are some ways to objectively evaluate your surgeon. The American College of Surgeons—the largest international organization of surgeons in the world—recommends that you look for the following criteria:

  1. Board certification
  2. Hospital or ambulatory center accreditation
  3. Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (FACS). The American College of Surgeons admits to its Fellowship only those surgeons whose professional activity is devoted to surgical practice and who agree without compromise to practice by the professional and ethical standards of the College.

The ACS has patient information which may be of value: Surgical Patient Education for a Better Recovery. The Specialty of General Surgery involves the surgical care of the GI tract and intestines from mouth to anus, management of hernias, treatment of cancer, and the care of complex wounds.


Commonly performed elective procedures include skin cancer, lipomas, hemorrhoids, port placement for chemotherapy, feeding tubes, parathyroid, splenectomy, pilonidal cystectomy, temporal artery biopsy, lymph node, sentinel node biopsy, cholecystectomy, colon resection, thyroidectomy and adrenalectomy, and the repair of all kinds of hernias. We are experienced in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery. Some procedures can be performed in the clinic, while others must be performed in the operating room. We are committed to timely evaluations and treatment, and compassionate and well communicated care for all of our patients.


Trauma is the care of the seriously injured. Most patients who suffer trauma are initially managed in the Trauma Center. Many trauma patients see multiple specialists, such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery or Otolaryngology. All care is coordinated by our team prior to the patient's discharge from the hospital. The Mary Washington Hospital Trauma Center is a Level II Adult Trauma Center designated by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Comprehensive trauma care is provided to all victims of injury.

Trauma is any accidental or intentional injury. Most commonly, we see patients who suffer motor vehicle crashes, motorcycle crashes, falls, and injuries due to stabbings or gunshots. The Mary Washington Hospital Trauma Center has 24/7 availability of trauma surgeons, including those trained in such specialties as Neurosurgery and Orthopedic surgery.

Surgical Critical Care

Surgical Critical Care is the discipline of our specialty which deals with the management of complex surgical patients in the Intensive Care Unit. The participation of a Surgical Intensivist in the daily management of surgical patients in the ICU has been shown to improve outcome. Our group provides 24/7 coverage in the MWH Surgical Intensive Care Unit for immediate evaluation and management of all surgical patients.

Community Involvement

Our community responsibility includes education, injury prevention, and health maintenance. We partner with primary care and general practitioners to make sure preventative medicine and health maintenance for all of our patients is available.

For more information, please contact Trauma Services office at 540.741.2855.

Our Providers

Stephanie Goldberg, MD

Dr. Goldberg is a board-certified surgeon with special interests in general, emergency, and trauma surgery. Her practice includes management of hernias, gallbladders, hemorrhoids, intestinal surgeries, and hidradenitis suppurativa. Dr. Goldberg is trained in minimally invasive and robotic surgery techniques.

Education and Experience

Aparna Kolli, MD, FACS

Dr. Kolli is a board-certified surgeon with special interests in breast, general, trauma, and critical care surgeries. She most recently was an assistant professor of surgery at Hofstra University School of Medicine and was an attending physician in the Department of Surgery at Northwell Health in Bayshore, NY. Dr. Kolli is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Association of Women Surgeons, and American College of Surgeons.

Education and Experience

Avinash Narayana, DO, FACS

Division Chair of General Surgery

Dr. Narayana earned his medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Narayana's areas of interest include colorectal, thyroid, parathyroid, pilonidal and anorectal disease.

Education and Experience

Rony Ramia, MD, FACS

Medical Director of MWH Level II Trauma Center

Dr. Ramia earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He finished his general surgery and critical care training at the Washington (D.C) Hospital Center. His special interests are complex hernia repair and minimally invasive surgery.

Education and Experience

Tedla Tessema, MD, FACS

Dr. Tessema earned his medical degree at the Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas de Santiago de Cuba. He completed his residency at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, as well as fellowships in surgical critical care and trauma surgery at the University of Miami JMH/Ryder Trauma Center. He has special interests in complex hernia surgery and abdominal wall reconstruction.

Education and Experience

Corey Wright, MD, FACS

Medical Director, Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Dr. Wright earned his medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his general surgery residency at St. Luke's University Hospital and Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. He later went on to complete a fellowship in critical care at Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC. He is certified and proficient in daVinci robotic surgery.

Education and Experience

John Canham, PA-C

John "Pat" Canham, PA-C graduated from George Washington University (Washington, DC) in 2009 with a master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies. After graduation he relocated to Fredericksburg, VA, and since then has been working for the MWH trauma and acute care surgical service. He became the team lead for the Advance Practice Providers in 2014, and as part of this role serves as the clinical coordinator for all Physician Assistant (PA) student clinical rotations.


Kimberly Gordon, PA-C

Kimberly Gordon, PA-C, has experience in critical care, acute care surgery, trauma and emergency medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Mary Washington and her PA graduate studies in Iowa. She is active in the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants, provides general surgery lectures at James Madison University and serves as a clinical preceptor for PA students. Kimberly is the Chair of the Allied Health Professional Credentialing Committee.

Paul Kinkead, PA

Stephani Lowery, NP

Stephani Lowery is an acute care certified nurse practitioner with more than 17 years of experience caring for critically ill and injured patients. Ms. Lowery has worked in Level I and II Trauma centers, has served as a Flight Nurse and in a surgical intensive care unit at an academic training/care center.

Experience/ Education: University of Virginia School of Nursing, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program, Masters of Science in Nursing, Critical Care Focus Medical College of Virginia, Bachelor of Science Nursing Certifications: ANCC Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Basic Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Fundamentals of Critical Care, Advanced Trauma Life Support.


Hinda Mezaache, PA-C

Joshua Sung, PA-C

Joshua Sung, PA-C, graduated from James Madison University in 2005. He grew up in Spotsylvania, VA, and returned to his home town after graduation to work in the Emergency Department at Mary Washington Hospital. He joined the trauma and acute care surgery team in 2008. He has represented the Advanced Practice Practitioners of the Mary Washington Medical Group to the Physician Operation Committee since 2016. He also serves as a clinical preceptor for James Madison University PA students and has finished training in assisting robotic surgeries. Joshua is also a member of the Allied Health Professional Credentialing Committee.



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