How we choose? All our surgeons have consistently achieved ratings of over 4.5 stars and have been verified to be leaders in their medical facilities and positive influences in their communities.
James Stuart Franklin, Sr., MD
General Surgery

Dr. Franklin joined the medical staff at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in January 2011. He was previously in private practice in Gadsden, Alabama for over five years. He is board certified in general surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

His practice includes the full range of General Surgery – hernia, colon resection, gallbladder surgery, and other diseases of the intestines and abdominal organs. He also does surgery on the thyroid, parathyroids, and skin. He has had a distinguished career in laparoscopic and robotic surgery. While in Alabama, he was the first surgeon in the state to complete a gallbladder removal with the da Vinci robot. After moving back to Georgia, he is the first surgeon in the Piedmont health system to complete gallbladder removal with the da Vinci robot, and also the first ever utilizing a single incision in the umbilicus. He is one of a very few surgeons in the US utilizing this technique. He has been involved in laparoscopic surgery for 20 years and over 12 years robotically.

He has published and given numerous presentations to include topics of advanced laparoscopic procedures, cellular behavior of cancers, trauma, multiple sclerosis, and intravascular ultrasound. He has most recently served as chairman of the department Surgery at Piedmont Fayette. He now serves on the medical executive committee and utilization review committee. He also is involved in research projects in the US and internationally.

Dr. Franklin believes that to plan the best possible operation, the surgeon must understand and listen to the patient. He can then plan and educate the patient in regards to their forward progress. He understands that operations are not without risk, and the patient must understand those risks along with its benefits, and the alternatives to treatment.

Alvaro Fonseca, MD
Surgical Critical Care, Surgery, Trauma Surgery

Medical School Medical College Of Georgia

Residency Memorial Health University Medical Center

Fellowship University of Ca San Diego Med Ctr

Troy Kimsey, MD
Surgical Oncology
Dr. Kimsey brings over 20 years of surgical experience to our team. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia then went on to the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, where he completed his Doctorate of Medicine and his Residency in General Surgery. Dr. Kimsey completed his Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is board-certified in General Surgery.