Division of Veterans Affairs (VA) General Surgery

About Us

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) is an integrated healthcare system comprised of Medical Centers, the Alvin C. York Campus in Murfreesboro, TN, and the Nashville Campus in Nashville, TN, and many community based outpatient clinics located in Tennessee (Athens, Charlotte Avenue, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Tullahoma, McMinnville, Maury County, Cookeville, Roane County, and Dover), and Kentucky (Hopkinsville, and Bowling Green).

TVHS provides ambulatory care, primary care, and secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, transplant services, spinal cord injury, outpatient care, and a full range of extended care and mental health services. The Nashville Campus is the only VA facility that supports all solid organ transplant programs, including total in-house kidney and bone marrow transplants. The Alvin C. York Campus is a network referral center for mental health services, geriatrics, and extended care. TVHS provides a full range of specialized medical services.

TVHS has active affiliations with two local institutions. The Alvin C. York Campus is primarily affiliated with Meharry Medical College, with active residency programs in oral surgery, psychiatry, general internal medicine, occupational medicine, preventive medicine, geriatric medicine, and family practice. The Nashville Campus is primarily affiliated with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with active residency programs in all major medical and surgical specialties and sub-specialties.

The VUMC Section of Surgical Sciences contributes to attending staffing, resident education, and quality outcomes with an impact on >10,000 Veterans annually among >1800 operations and >8500 outpatient clinic visits. The Nashville Campus supports ~100 resident and fellow trainees annually across the Educational Mission of the Section of Surgical Sciences.


The surgery program at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has a three-fold mission:

  • provide quality surgical care for our veterans
  • utilize the latest research and state-of-the-art equipment
  • train residents in current surgical techniques

General Surgery Services Offered

We offer a wide-array of General Surgical Services ranging from Outpatient Procedures (e.g., hernia, gallbladder, benign anorectal, skin cancer excision, soft tissue masses, venous vascular access, wound services), Surgical Oncology (e.g., breast, stomach, liver, colon, rectum, adrenal, parathyroid, thyroid), Gastrointestinal Surgery (e.g., Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, gastrointestinal bleeding), and advanced minimally invasive surgery (e.g., robotic surgery, laparoscopic anti-reflux procedures).

Community Cooperation

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System works closely with local area hospitals and institutions to provide health services to our veterans that are not available through the VA healthcare system.


Enhance the health and well-being of Veterans who entrust us with their care.


Right Services, at the Right time, for the Right Reason

Division of VA General Surgery Faculty

VA General Surgery Provider Support Team

  • Mattye Adams, PA
  • Laura S. Bauer, PA Administrative Leader
  • Samantha Knight, Administrative Support Staff
  • Donna M. Kilkelly, RN
  • Barbara A. McCafferty, RN, Outpatient Clinic Practice Manager
  • Olivia Rowell, PA
  • Minity Shukla, PA

Contact Number(s)
800-228-4973 (24/7)
800-876-7093 (24/7)
615-873-7620 (Business hours)