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Our Team

Our Team 

Dr. Bernard Burgess, Jr., MD, FACS

Dr. Burgess received his medical degree from the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State Univerisity in Johnson City, TN.  He complete his internship at Georgia Baptist Medical Center in Atlanta, GA where he also completed his residency along with a residency at the University of Tennessee Medcial Center in Knoxville, TN.  Dr. Burgess is a no stranger to the area.  He is from Cornersville, TN and spent the first years of his life in Giles County. He is in both the Lawrenceburg and Pulaski locations.

Preston Embrey, PA-C

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What does Board Certified mean?

Board Certification means in addition to a medical degree, a surgeon has received several more years of training and instruction in their focused specialty. He passed an examination and peer review process at the end of this training to earn their board's certification. There are 24 boards in the United States that certify for board specialty. Not all physicians have achieved board certification. 

What is FACS?

ACS is the American College of Surgeons.

Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, often listed as "FACS” is  a post nominal title used to indicate that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by said College. In order to apply for membership, a surgeon typically must be certified by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties.” 

What does this mean for me as a patient?

Board Certification means that our surgeon has spent additional time gaining more experience and expertise to better treat their patient and tend to their patient’s needs. Maintaining his focus on continual improvement is what makes our team one of the best in the southeast region.


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