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Physician Feature - Darren Hunt, MD

July 27th, 2016

Surgical Excellence For When Surgery’s Planned –
and When It Isn’t

Darren Hunt, M.D., is a board certified general surgeon who specializes in trauma and acute care surgery. He joined University Surgical Associates in 2014, and serves as an assistant professor of surgery, Department of Surgery, for the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga. 

Dr. Hunt attended medical school at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga before completing trauma fellowship training at Emory University. He came back to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to complete a second fellowship in surgical critical care. 

According to Dr. Hunt, the surgical aspect of general surgery and trauma surgery is essentially the same. But trauma and surgical critical care provide another layer of complexity to any procedure and the care patients need following surgery. Dr. Hunt was drawn to surgery because of the immediate help he could provide while quickly seeing the results of his work. He found that surgical critical care interventions and follow up challenged him and kept him engaged. 

“There's a huge sense of fulfillment when you’re able to help someone – especially when every second matters like it does in trauma surgery,” Dr. Hunt says. “I do like the unpredictability of it, but I enjoy making an impact in people’s lives even more.” 

Surgical critical care surgeons are unique from other general or trauma surgeons, following their patients through every part of their hospital stay. They’re specially trained to understand the potential risks and setbacks after a surgical intervention, and they have expertise in caring for people at the brink of death. 

Excellence in General Surgery 
Although specially trained to handle any emergency surgical situation, Dr. Hunt also performs general surgery that’s planned in advance – including gallbladder removal, treatment for diverticulitis, and hernia repair. Inguinal hernia repair and educating people about the condition is one of the areas Dr. Hunt focuses on in his general surgery 

“Several risk factors – some that are in people’s control and some that aren’t – contribute to the development of hernias and the long-term effectiveness of treatment. The controllable risk factors include obesity, smoking, and keeping blood sugar levels in balance,” Dr. Hunt says. “Genetic risk factors inherent in some people’s tissue makeup mean they are more likely to experience a hernia. These genetic predispositions can also cause a recurrence, making the management of controllable risk factors even more important to long term success.” 

When it comes to providing the highest quality surgical care, don’t you want an expert at your side? No matter if he’s providing a planned general surgery procedure or handling a severe trauma, Dr. Hunt provides the same level of quality care to his patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hunt for your general surgery needs, call (423) 267-0466. 

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