Meet The Surgeons

of Bristol Surgical Associates

Providing Compassionate Care

Our group of surgeons are dedicated to the finest technical, compassionate, and personalized multi-specialty surgical care for the people of the Appalachian Highlands.

Meet Our Surgeons

bristol surgical surgeons

From left: Dr. Blanton, Dr. McClintic, Dr. Rowell, Dr. Gwaltney, Dr. Collins, Dr. Furrow, Dr. Scharfstein, Dr. Vance

D. Nelson Gwaltney | M.D., F.A.C.S.

General & Vascular Surgery
  • Medical School: University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR 1978
  • Internship: Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta GA 1978-1979
  • Residency: Emory University Affiliated Program 1978-1983
  • Fellowship: Emory University, Atlanta, GA 1983-84
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery, 1984; Recertification 1994, 2004, 2015 | Vascular Surgery, 1989; Recertification 1998, 2008, 2019 | Critical Care 1992; Recertification 2012

Michael D. Rowell | M.D., F.A.C.S.

General Surgery
  • Medical School: Wright State University school of Medicine, Dayton Ohio 1986
  • Internship: Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk VA 1986-1987
  • Residency: Eastern Virginia Graduate school of medicine, Norfolk VA 1986-1991
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery, 1992; Recertification, 2002

Robert H. Blanton | M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.

General Surgery
  • Medical School: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond VA 1985-1989
  • Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center , Nashville TN 1989-1996
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery, 1997; Recertification, 2006, 2018, 2019

Benjamin S. Scharfstein, Jr. | M.D., F.A.C.S.

General & Vascular Surgery
  • Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University; Bachelor’s of Science 1990-1994
  • Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Memphis, TN 1994-1998
  • Internship: East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN 1998-1999
  • Residency: East Tennessee State University , James H. Quillen College of Medicine , Johnson City TN 1999-2003
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery, 2004; Recertification, 2015
  • Medical Director of Trauma Services at Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center
  • Chief of Staff Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center—2017
  • Certified Advanced Trained on da Vinci Surgical System and Single Site Platform, Intuitive Approved Proctor for General Surgery Robotics; 1 of top 4 proctors in the state of Tennessee.

Sidney W. Collins, Jr. | M.D., F.A.C.S.

General & Vascular Surgery
  • Medical School: University of Arkansas College of Medicine Little Rock, AR 2002
  • Residency: East Tennessee State University Department of Surgery, Johnson City, TN 2007
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery, 2007; Recertification 2018, 2019
  • Certified Advanced Trained on da Vinci Surgical System and Single Site Platform

Paige C. Furrow | M.D., F.A.C.S.

General & Vascular Surgery
  • Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine-Charlottesville, VA 2004
  • Residency: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center-Winston-Salem, NC 2009
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery 2011
  • Certified Advanced Trained da Vinci Surgical System and Single Site Platform

Eugene C McClintic | M.D., F.A.C.S.

General Surgery
  • Medical School: University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 1984-1988
  • Residency in General Surgery: Memorial Medical Center, Savannah, GA 1988-1993
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery, 1994; Recertification 2003, 2013
  • Private Practice, General Surgery at Surgical Associates, PC 1993-2015

John F. Vance | D.O.

General & Vascular Surgery
  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA
  • Internship: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Residency: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Certification: American Board of Surgery, pending

Emeritus

Charles Harkrader, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Talmadge Buchanan, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Frank Blanton, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

L. Dow Strader, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Kermit Lowry, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Thomas C. Greene, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Glenn H. Birkitt, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

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Our Team

Dedicated to Your Well-Being

From medical assistants, to billing and insurance specialists, and front office team members, Bristol Surgical has a robust support system to provide you with the care and attention you need. 

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