Dr. William Avara has helped hundreds of patients lose significant amounts of weight so that they can enjoy healthier, fitter lifestyles. His surgical skill and experience, combined with his friendly and personable nature, have enriched the lives of men and women throughout South Mississippi. With a background of success and top-notch qualifications, our bariatric surgeon serving Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Gulfport, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast is more than able to aid you in your quest to reinvent your body.
William T. Avara, III is a Board-Certified General Surgeon, President of the Mississippi Coastal Trauma Region, and Director of Trauma Services at Singing River Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and he completed his residency in General Surgery at the University Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Avara has received specialized training in the surgical treatment of obesity that includes completing a mini-fellowship in Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery. He is credentialed to perform Bariatric Surgery with the LAP-BAND® System and the REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band, as wellas the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) Procedure. Dr. Avara has practiced General Surgery in his community since 1987 and has performed over 400 Bariatric Procedures. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma, and the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (ASBS).
As a top Bariatric Surgeon in the Ocean Springs, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Mississippi Gulf Coast area, Dr. William Avara is involved in all aspects of our bariatric program and patient care. This attention to detail, just as much as his superb training, has allowed him to compile an excellent reputation and record of success.
David M. Jenkins is recognized as the newest member to the South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center team. Dr. Jenkins is originally from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He is a Board Certified General Surgeon with over 20 years of experience in General, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Jenkins attended the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado and completed medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He served as a Surgeon in the Air Force and was the Chief of Surgery at Keesler, Eglin, and Lakenheath Air Force Bases. He also was the Program Director for the General Surgery Residency at Keesler for four years and trained 49 physicians in General Surgery. Dr. Jenkins joined South Mississippi Surgeons in 2008 and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.