Meet Our Surgeons

Our general surgeons bring extensive experience in general surgery, advanced laparoscopic operations and robotic-assisted operations.   All of our surgeons are board certified and Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.

Our Procedures

Learn a little more about the surgery you need and the condition it treats. And, please feel free to ask your surgeon any specific questions.

Areas of Expertise

Area of Expertise: Laparoscopic Surgery, Breast Cancer, Hernias, Weight Loss (Bariatric Surgery), Robotic Assisted Surgery, GERD, Wound Care, General Surgery.


South Mississippi Surgeons is one of Mississippi’s largest general surgery practices with convenient office locations in Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Pascagoula. We perform surgeries across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. For over 35 years, our practice has been committed to providing the highest quality surgical care South Mississippi has to offer.  We have seven general surgeons on our staff: Dr. William “Pete” Avara, Dr. John Bailey, Dr. Edward Dvorak, Dr. Jason Payne, Dr. Nicholas Fayard, Dr. Jeremy Simpler, and Dr. John Hall. Our practice offers a wide range of surgeries and procedures, including minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, complex hernia repairs, breast surgery, weight loss surgery, GERD surgery, and wound care treatment, to name just a few.

We also provide in-office skin lesion removal, which takes only a few minutes and requires no anesthesia.

Working with Your General Surgeons

Our patients always see their surgeon during office visits. We know how important it is to see your physician before surgery and at subsequent follow-ups. Additionally, at least one of our surgeons is rounding on all of our patients daily at our affiliated health systems.

Our general surgeons have operating privileges at multiple hospitals and outpatient treatment centers throughout the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including Singing River Health System’s hospitals, Merit Biloxi, MS Gulf Coast Endoscopy and Ambulatory Surgery Center (outpatient), and Ocean Springs Surgical and Endoscopy Center (Outpatient).

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