Meet our Surgeons

Bariatric Surgeon Wesley Turton, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Wesley Turton, MD, FACS, FASMBSWhen you have tried to lose weight, but have been unsuccessful in your attempts, the surgical practice of Dr. Wes Turton can help you make a lasting change, beginning with bariatric surgery, and put you on a path to a healthier new you.

Dr. Wes Turton established the bariatric surgery program at West Georgia Medical Center in 2008 and was the first surgeon in West Georgia to perform LAP-BAND® surgery. He currently serves as Medical Director for WellStar West Georgia Medical Center’s Bariatric Surgery program, which is designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. In addition, he was one of the first surgeons in South Carolina to perform advanced laparoscopic surgery, and one of the first surgeons in Georgia to perform Single Incision Laparoscopic (SILS) gallbladder surgery.

Dr. Turton completed his internship and residency in surgery at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. He is also actively involved in the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the American Society of General Surgeons, and other professional organizations. He is past president of the Moretz Surgical Society. He has served as president of the West Georgia Medical Center medical staff and is currently the vice-chairman of the department of surgery.

John Allen, MD

Dr John Allen MD

When you have been unsuccessful in your attempts to lose weight, the surgical practice of Dr. John M. Allen can help you make a lasting change. Beginning with bariatric surgery, Dr. Allen can put you on a path to a healthier new you.

Dr. John Allen earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in Savannah, Georgia. He completed a residency in General Surgery at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. In addition, he completed a fellowship in Advanced GI/MIS/Bariatric Surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville in Greenville, South Carolina.

His fellowship training consisted of complex abdominal wall reconstruction utilizing advanced robotic techniques as well as in-depth bariatric training. While a resident at Memorial University Medical Center, he was recognized as the Outstanding Resident of the Year. In addition, he was awarded the Resident as Teachers Fellowship, which is only presented to two residents each year. He was co-chair of the Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery Curriculum, responsible for establishing and implementing the curriculum for endoscopic training required by the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Allen is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons, American Hernia Society, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).