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General Surgery

A General Surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery is one who has acquired knowledge and experience in the following areas: the alimentary tract, the abdomen and its contents, skin and soft tissue, the endocrine system, head and neck surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, transplantation surgery, trauma/burns, and vascular surgery. Additionally, the General Surgeon is expected to have had preoperative, operative, and postoperative experience in plastic and cardio-thoracic surgery, and must have an understanding of the management of the more common problems in gynecologic, neurologic, orthopedic, and urologic surgery, and of the administration of anesthetic agents.

Dr. Craig Swafford

(423) 775-5800

Practice Information

Dr. Swafford’s office is located on the Rhea Medical Center campus near the entrance on White Oak Road.


Undergraduate: Tennessee Wesleyan College
Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis
Residency: University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville

Board Certified by American Board of Surgery
Member of the AOA International Medical Honor Society

Dr. Swafford also serves as an instructor of surgery for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Graduate School of Medicine.

Personal Information
Dr. Swafford and his wife Stacey have four children: Hallie, Heather, Tanner and Toy. Dr. Swafford has served in the United States Navy as a Navy SEAL and continues to serve as a Navy reservist and Naval Medical Officer.



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Rhea Medical Center | 9400 Rhea County Highway | Dayton, TN 37321
Phone: (423) 775-1121