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Mary Washington General Surgery

About This Location

Mary Washington General Surgery 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 an acknowledgment 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.

What Is Trauma Care?

Trauma patients who come to the hospital with serious injuries are initially managed in the Mary Washington Hospital Trauma Center. Patients have 24/7 access to trauma surgeons who address injury types such as those that result from motor vehicle crashes, falls, and wounds from weapons. Patient care may come from multiple medical specialists, such as orthopedic or neurological specialists, prior to discharge from the hospital. We are a designated Level-II Adult Trauma Center by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

What Is Surgical Critical Care?

Surgical Critical Care involves the management of complex patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Participation in daily management of surgical patients in the ICU has been shown to improve patient outcomes. Mary Washington Healthcare provides 24/7 coverage in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) for immediate evaluation and management for all patients after their surgery.

All of our SICU general surgeons have advanced training, certification from the American Board of Surgery (ABS), and Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (FACS).Board certification is awarded to physicians who have met the criteria set forth by American Board of Surgery (ABS) for a defined standard of education, training, and knowledge specifically in the field of surgery.


Please call 540.741.2865 to schedule an appointment. Click or tap the virtual visits button to learn more about telephone and video visits.

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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.