General surgery is a surgical specialty focused on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the digestive system and the organs and tissues inside the abdomen and the abdominal wall.

Vanderbilt General Surgery offers the latest surgical procedures, from minimally invasive techniques to more complex surgeries, to treat a range of conditions and diseases. Our care team provides you with expert, compassionate care focused on your individual needs. 

General Surgery: Why Choose Vanderbilt

  • Expert surgeons. Our fellowship-trained surgeons have received extensive training and experience performing a wide range of complex surgeries using minimally invasive techniques.
  • Collaborative care. Our surgeons work closely with nurse practitioners and skilled nurses to ensure you receive the highest quality of care before, during and after your surgery. We also collaborate with other specialists at Vanderbilt, so you have convenient access to some of the top doctors in the country.
  • Personalized care. Our team works together to tailor a treatment plan that meets your unique needs. We help you navigate your treatment options to ensure you receive the best possible care.
  • Access to clinical trials. As the only academic medical center in the region, we offer access to clinical trials investigating new, promising technologies and approaches to care.

Conditions We Treat

  • Achalasia
  • Addison’s disease
  • Adrenal mass
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Biliary colic (gallbladder attack)
  • Cushing’s disease
  • Duodenal polyps
  • Duodenal ulcers
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric outlet obstruction
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Gastric volvulus
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding
  • Incisional hernia
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Intestinal malrotation (twisted intestines)
  • Peptic ulcer (stomach ulcer)
  • Recurrent hernia
  • Umbilical/ventral hernia

Tests We Offer

Our team may need to perform one or more diagnostic tests, which may include:

  • Lymph node biopsy
  • Muscle biopsy

Treatments We Offer

We offer the full range of surgical techniques including:

  • Endoscopic surgery. This minimally invasive technique does not involve any incisions. Rather, it is performed with a scope inserted through the mouth. Since there are no incisions, these techniques require almost no pain medication and allows the patient to recuperate faster.
  • Laparoscopic surgery. This minimally invasive technique involves small incisions to insert a camera into the abdomen. It allows the patient to recover faster with less pain.
  • Robotic surgery. This minimally invasive technique offers all of the advantages of laparoscopic surgery. Certain operations that cannot be performed laparoscopically may be available robotically.
  • Open surgery. An open surgery means the cutting of skin and tissues so that the surgeon has a full view of the structures or organs involved. 


Vanderbilt General Surgery
The Vanderbilt Clinic
1301 Medical Center Drive, Suite 3501A
Nashville, TN 37232
(615) 322-2063
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General Surgery Care Team