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About our practice

At Palmetto Health Surgical Specialists, we are acute care surgeons, performing trauma surgery, surgical critical care and emergency general surgery for patients in Columbia, Lexington and the greater Midlands region of South Carolina. Our surgeons are all trained in general surgery, trauma surgery and surgical critical care, and we are an integral part of the Palmetto Health Richland Trauma Center. We routinely care for patients admitted to the Trauma Service at all levels, including the surgical trauma intensive care unit, the surgical step-down unit, and the surgical/trauma ward. We also assist in the coverage of general surgery emergencies at Palmetto Health Richland.

Our practice has close ties to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and our physicians are all clinical faculty members with the USC Department of SurgeryAlthough we are primarily a hospital-based practice, we have some limited availability for elective general surgery referrals (physician referral is required).

Our services

Our surgical procedures and services include:

  • Trauma surgery
  • Surgical critical care
  • Abdominal surgery (open and laparoscopic)
  • Stomach surgery
  • Spleen surgery
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Small and large bowel (colon) surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery (basic and advanced)
  • Hernia surgery (open and laparoscopic)
  • Appendix removal
  • Some tumor surgery

Advanced practice providers

In addition to our surgeons, our team includes the following providers:

  • Greg Barefoot, PA-C, Chief
  • Whitney Anderson, NP
  • Jessica Bailey, PA-C
  • James William Boney, PA-C
  • Kelly Cornell, PA-C
  • Lauren Gorman, PA-C
  • Karolyn Grafel, PA-C
  • Lauren Greenfield, PA-C
  • Ronelle Guinyard, NP
  • Lacey Humphries, PA
  • Megan Iseman, PA-C
  • Olivia LaRussa, PA-C
  • Preston Linebaugh, PA-C
  • Lauren Miller, PA-C
  • Anne Payne, PA-C
  • Phillip Reath, PA-C
  • Adam Rodriguez, PA-C
  • Nicole Schneider, PA-C
  • James Stachowiak, PA-C
  • Abbey Tapler, NP
  • Allison Watkins, NP

About Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group

We are proud to be part of Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, which includes caring, compassionate health care professionals who are highly trained to meet your medical needs in Columbia, Lexington and across the greater Midlands region of South Carolina.

Providing excellent medical care in comfortable office environments, our network team of physicians, advanced care providers, nurses and staff is prepared to answer any questions you have. We provide comprehensive medical care for short-term needs like annual physicals as well as ongoing management of chronic diseases. Prevention is a big part of your overall care plan. Should additional, focused medical treatment ever be needed, our doctors will refer you to a specialist and stay involved in your care. Only at Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will you find the extensive level of expertise available from a wide variety of specialists.


Our affiliate system

Prisma Health is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. Our 30,000 team members are dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of you and your family. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group will be rebranded at a later date and will continue to operate as a joint venture between the Midlands affiliate and the USC School of Medicine.

Our promise is to: Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference.

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Palmetto Health is now Prisma Health. Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group is part of Prisma Health.