Did you know that you don’t always have to see your primary care physician when you experience pain that may be a result of appendicitis, hernia or a faulty gall bladder? It’s true. If you’re feeling pain around your abdomen and mid-section, you can schedule an appointment with one of our general surgeons to discuss your symptoms and possible treatment options.

Take a few minutes to get to know our Williamson Medical Group Surgery Team. Click their name to pull up their contact information.

To schedule an appointment, call (615) 435-7777.

A.J. Bethurum, M.D.

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Dustin Smith, M.D.

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Advanced Technology

Boasting some of the most advanced technology available today, we are continually implementing advances that allow us to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction, while minimizing hospital stays and recovery time.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that often minimizes blood loss and post-operative pain while speeding recovery times. Our surgeons use laparoscopic surgery for hernia repair, appendectomies, removal of the gallbladder and colon surgery.

Breast surgery

A breast biopsy is considered the best way to be certain if a suspicious area in your breast is breast cancer. You can depend on the specialized expertise of our physicians to offer you the latest diagnostic procedures and a treatment plan designed for your specific situation.

Most women with breast cancer have some type of surgery. Surgery often is needed to remove a breast tumor. Options for removal include breast-conserving surgery and mastectomy. Breast reconstruction can be performed at the same time as the mastectomy or at a later date. Surgery also is used to check the lymph nodes under the arm to determine if the cancer has spread.


Endoscopic surgery uses scopes going through small incisions or natural body openings in order to diagnose and treat disease.

Colon surgery

Colon surgery is recommended to remove tumors, large or hard to reach polyps, or diverticula that are causing severe symptoms. In some cases, surgery is necessary to determine whether a growth is cancerous. If the surgery is to remove a tumor or abnormal growth, lymph nodes in the mesentery will be sent to the lab, along with the tumor or growth, to determine if cancer is present and/or if it has spread.

Surgical treatment of varicose veins

Surgical treatment of varicose veins may be required to alleviate pain and to put a halt to recurrent bouts of inflammation. Surgery is especially beneficial when the large veins of the legs are involved. Surgery also may be chosen for cosmetic reasons.

My husband and I, until moving to Middle Tennessee, have never had the kind of care we received at Williamson Medical Center. I was diagnosed, treated, and completed my surgery for breast cancer all at the hands of your precious team. To name a few that I can't thank enough: Dr. Patrick Murphy, Cary Ralph, Susan Garland, Dr. Dustin Smith (and HIS staff), every single nurse that works with Dr. Murphy in the treatment room and Amy the NP, Michelle Malone (please hug her for her amazing spirit and heart for patients). Hug them all!

- Nicole Hoisington

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