Minimally Invasive and Digestive Diseases Surgery


We are dedicated to advancing clinical excellence, research and academic pursuit to improve patient care and outcome, and support faculty development.

The Minimally Invasive and Digestive Diseases Surgery section, or MIDDS section, offers comprehensive surgical care for all digestive diseases, solid organ disorders, abdominal wall disorders and gastrointestinal tumors (benign and malignant). We focus on minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical techniques, including laparoscopic surgery, advance flexible endoscopic surgery, single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and robotic surgery.

Our specialty centers and programs include an adrenal center, weight loss center and gastroparesis surgical treatment program. These specialty clinical programs provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to patients with adrenal disorders, morbid obesity and refractory gastroparesis. These centers also provide excellent opportunities for translational research.

Additional areas of clinic focus include advanced therapeutic endoscopy, comprehensive open and laparoscopic surgical care for complex abdominal wall hernias, laparoscopic foregut surgery, biliary surgery, inflammatory bowel disease surgical care, colorectal and anorectal surgery, surgical care for gastrointestinal malignancies and solid organ surgery (adrenal, spleen, pancreas).

The MIDDS Section is integrated with the Digestive Health Center at Augusta University. The Center offers comprehensive gastroenterology and hepatology patient care, as well as international expertise in the research of and patient care for GI dysmotility disorders.

We support and actively encourage faculty members and staff in the pursuit of several areas of research. Focus areas of research and publication include: 

  • Educational skills, curricular development and assessment; 
  • Laparoendoscopic surgical outcomes;
  • Adrenal disorder outcomes; 
  • Adrenal translational research focusing on the identification of tumor biomarkers for primary aldosteronism, and biomarkers for primary aldosteronism screening; 
  • Obesity outcomes; 
  • Obesity translational research; 
  • Hernia outcomes and translational research.

MIDDS faculty and staff actively collaborate with basic and translational scientists, and co-direct translational research programs at Augusta University.

Our mission is advancing clinical excellence, research and academic pursuit to improve patient care and outcome, and support faculty development.