Meet The  Doctors

The bariatric surgeons at South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center have improved thousands of lives on the Mississippi Gulf Coast by helping their patients lose significant amounts of weight so that they may enjoy healthier, happier lifestyles. Dr. Avara, Dr. Payne and Dr. Hall have not only the skills and expertise to make this the best possible experience, but their personal touch enriches the lives of the men and women whom they treat. Our surgeons know that it’s not just your looks, it’s your life.


Dr. William Avara

William T. Avara, III, MD, FASMBS

Dr. William Avara is a Board-Certified General Surgeon, President of the Mississippi Coastal Trauma Region, Director of Trauma Services at Singing River Hospital and Chairman of the Mississippi Department of the Health Trauma Advisory Board. 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 procedures including the Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve), as well as other robotic and laparascopic procedures.

Dr. Avara has practiced General Surgery in his community since 1987 and has performed over 4,000 Bariatric procedures. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and is a member of the Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma.

As a top Bariatric Surgeon in the 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.


Jason A. Payne

Jason A. Payne, MD, FASMBS

Dr. Payne is a Board Certified General Surgeon with interest in robotic, minimally invasive, and bariatric surgery. He is a graduate of Millsaps College and completed medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. He joined South Mississippi Surgeons in July of 2011 after completing his residency. Dr. Payne is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), as well he is a member of the American Medical Association and the Mississippi State Medical Association.

Dr. Payne performs bariatric surgery both laparoscopically and robotically. In 2015, he performed the first fully-robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy in the state of Mississippi.




Dr. John Hall, MD, PhD, FASMBS

Dr. Hall is a board certified General Surgeon.  He has completed additional fellowship  training in minimally invasive surgery, bariatric surgery, and robotic surgery.  He is certified by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed medical school at the University of Texas-Houston.

He completed fellowship training at the University of Texas-Houston in Minimally Invasive/Bariatric/Endoscopic/Robotic surgery.  He joined South Mississippi Surgeons in August of 2018.


Contact Our Bariatric Surgeons

To meet in person with our Bariatric Surgeons and learn more about the bariatric program, you must first register and complete one of our free online or in-person seminars. Click here to register.


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