West Georgia Physicians

Wesley W.  (Wes) Turton, MD, FACS, FASMBS

A native of Cordele, Georgia, Dr. Turton earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He completed his internship, followed by his surgical residency, at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics. Prior to this, he graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Southwestern College in Americus and received his Associate of Arts degree from Oxford College of Emory University.

Dr. Turton is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). He is a member of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the American Society of General Surgeons and the Georgia Surgical Society. Dr. Turton is also a fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (FAMBS).

He served as president of the Moretz Surgical Society from 2004 to 2005. This group, affiliated with the Medical College of Georgia, is comprised of more than 300 surgeons nationwide who are dedicated to the exchange of scientific research and observation.

Dr. Turton is affiliated with West Georgia Physicians and is in practice at West Georgia Surgery and Bariatrics with offices in LaGrange and Columbus, Georgia, and Opelika, Alabama. He has been a member of the medical staff at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center since 2007 and served as president of the medical staff in 2011. Prior to that, he served on the medical staff of Oconee Medical Hospital in Seneca, South Carolina, for 12 years. Dr. Turton was one of the first surgeons in South Carolina to perform advanced laparoscopic surgery. He was also one of the first surgeons in Georgia to perform Single Incision Laparoscopic (SILS) gallbladder surgery.

Dr. Turton founded the Bariatric Surgery Program at WellStar West Georgia Medical Center and has performed over 1,200 Laparoscopic Bariatric surgeries. He led the WellStar WGMC’s weight loss surgery program to become designated as as an Accredited Center® by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program [formerly known as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®].

In addition, WellStar WGMC’s Bariatric Surgery program has been recognized by other health care entities as well under Dr. Turton’s leadership as medical director. CareChex®, an independent healthcare research company, ranked the Bariatric Surgery program as No. 3 in Medical Excellence out of 39 Georgia hospitals and No. 90 among 1,414 U.S. hospitals for 2016. It also has been named a Blue Distinction for Bariatric Surgery program by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as well as an Optum Center of Excellence

He has extensive training in the latest surgical techniques, including laparoscopic surgical techniques. He performs most abdominal procedures laparoscopically; these minimally invasive techniques require fewer and smaller incisions, which helps patients recover faster, experience less pain, and return more quickly to normal activities.

Dr. Turton performs most abdominal procedures including:

• Gallbladder surgery
• Hernia repair
• Colon surgery
• Anti-reflux surgery
• Hiatal hernia repair
• Weight loss surgery

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Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery, Fellow American College of Surgeons

Medical School

Medical College of Georgia, Augusta


Medical College of Georgia, Augusta

Joined Medical Staff



Occupational Medicine





Internal Medicine



Family Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery

Pediatric Dentistry



Emergency Medicine

Oral Surgery



Certified Clinical Densitometrist

Clinical Hypertension Specialist




Pain Management


Tempero Mandidular Joint Dysfunction Therapy

Primary Healthcare for Women

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic Surgery

Diabetic Foot Care

Southern Crescent Anesthesiology

Hometown Family Medicine

Pediatric Associates of LaGrange PC

The Children’s Clinic of LaGrange


Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine

The Kidney Clinic

Vascular Surgery

Emory at LaGrange

LaGrange Women’s Health

George W. Baker Jr. DMD PC & Associates

Emergency Department

WellStar Medical Group Hospital Medicine

Neurology Center of West Georgia PC

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine

Interventional Cardiology

Emory Southern Orthopedics

Children’s Dentistry of West Georgia LLC

WellStar Medical Group Gastroenterology


WellStar Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine

WellStar West Georgia Medical Center

West Georgia Medical Center Radiology

Radiation Oncology

WellStar Medical Group Cardiovascular Medicine


WellStar Medical Group Occupational Medicine

LaGrange Internal Medicine

Neurology Clinic of West Georgia

Adult Reconstruction- Hip and Shoulder Surgery


Hospice and Palliative Medicine

West Georgia Oral Surgery

Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia

Critical Care

Sleep Medicine

West Point Family Practice

Georgia Pediatric Cardiology

ENT/Head and Neck Surgery

WellStar Medical Group Ear, Nose & Throat

WellStar Medical Group Internal Medicine


Laparoscopic Surgery

WellStar Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology

David E. Martin, MD, PC

Facial Plastics and Surgery


Miller Family Medicine Clinic PC

Total Diagnostic & Interventional Pain

Medical Care of LaGrange

WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine (Hogansville)

Infectious Disease Epidemiology

WellStar Medical Group Urology

Mark D. Oliver Family Dentistry

Chuck Pitts, DMD

Endovascular Interventions

Vascular Medicine

Pacemaker Implantation

Treatment of Venous Disorders Including Varicose Vein Ablation

Heart & Vascular Care of Georgia

WellStar Medical Group Pediatrics

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