Dr. William Avara, III, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. William T. “Pete” Avara, III, is a Board-Certified General Surgeon and Medical Director of South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center. 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 Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (Gastric Sleeve) 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 and a member of the Eastern Association for Surgery of Trauma, and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He is past-President of the Mississippi Coastal Trauma Region, Past-Director of Trauma Services at Singing River Hospital, and Past-Chairman of the Mississippi Department of the Health Trauma Advisory Board.

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.

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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. We have been changing lives since 2000!

Testimonials

Success Stories

“I had my laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery in 2019. Since then I’ve lost a total of 95 pounds, and I’ve gone from wearing a 2XL uniform to a small!”

Read more about Tasha’s “Happy and Healthy: Mother of Three Battles Graves’ Disease Through Surgical Weight Loss”!

Tasha S.
“I had my laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery in 2019. Since then I’ve lost a total of 95 pounds, and I’ve gone from wearing a 2XL uniform to a small!”
“I’m so happy I did this for myself and for my overall health.”

Read more about “Jump-Start Your Health – Jump-Start Low BMI Program”

Salena K.
“I’m so happy I did this for myself and for my overall health.”
“It’s given me a chance to truly live. I’ve always believed in myself, but after having the surgery I found confidence that I didn’t realize I had.”

Read more about “Newfound Confidence: Outdoor enthusiast regains courage to pursue his passions.”

Kevin L.
“It’s given me a chance to truly live. I’ve always believed in myself, but after having the surgery I found confidence that I didn’t realize I had.”
‘Weight loss surgery is not the easy way.’

It takes a lifelong commitment and dedication to healthy nutritional diet and exercise regimen in addition to surgery in order to maintain the weight loss.

Aubrey B.
‘Weight loss surgery is not the easy way.’
Contact Information

South Mississippi Surgical Weight Loss Center
1124 Oakleigh Road
Ocean Springs MS 39564

Phone : 228.872.7277
Fax : 228.818.3978

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