Meet Our Team

Dr. Wade Naziri
Dr. Wade NaziiriDr. Naziri received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Catholic University of America and his Medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his General Surgery residency at Tulane University School of Medicine. He went to The University of Dundee School of Medicine in Scotland for Fellowship training in Laparoscopic Surgery under one of the foremost leaders in the field, Professor Alfred Cushieri. He also spent three years as the Price Fellow in General Surgical Research with Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr. at the University of Louisville. His areas of expertise and interest include Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery including Bariatric surgery (Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Banding Conversions), gallbladder surgery, anti-reflux surgery, hernia repair, and colon surgery.

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Dr. William Chapman
Dr. Chapman received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He was awarded a health profession scholarship from the United States Army and did his surgical training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He then continued his military service as an attending surgeon at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He was then recruited by East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine to develop and run its minimally invasive surgery Program.  He brought advanced minimally invasive techniques to Eastern North Carolina.  He helped to start the Minimally Invasive Bariatric Fellowship at the Brody School of Medicine and then proceeded to direct that training program from 2008 to 2015. Dr. Chapman helped to create the Vidant Minimally invasive center of excellence that evolved into the Bariatric Center of Excellence. He was the director of minimally invasive and Bariatric surgery for Vidant from 2005-2015.  He has extensive experience in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric procedures. His surgical interests are vast and include bariatric/metabolic surgery (Gastric bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy), revision bariatric surgery, gastroesophageal reflux surgery, repairs of hiatal hernias, routine and complex hernia surgery, colon and rectal surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, endocrine surgery, surgery for disorders of the spleen and adrenal, surgery for esophageal disorders, and gallbladder surgery.

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Julie Johannes, PA-C, MSS, Bariatric Coordinator
Julie JohannesSouthern Surgical would like to announce Julie Johannes, PA-C as the Bariatric Coordinator for their surgical weight loss program. Julie is a wonderful addition to our program and we are very excited to have her as part of our team. After graduating from Wingate University in 1989, Julie received her Master’s Degree in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy. She then served as Assistant Athletic Trainer for Davidson College for two years prior to becoming the Head Athletic Trainer and a faculty member at the University of Virginia-Wise. Five years later, she went to work for a physical therapy clinic where she was Coordinator of Sports Medicine for Gaston County, NC Schools. In 1998, she graduated from the Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program in Nashville, TN. She has worked in Internal Medicine for one year after PA school and in Orthopedics for the next 11 years. Since April 2010, she has been specializing in Bariatrics. As a Physician Assistant, Bariatric Coordinator, and a Bariatric patient we feel she can provide a unique point of view and expertise to the field of Bariatric surgery. Julie is available for individual supervised diet and exercise weight loss (3-6 month pre-op) programs, which may be required by your insurance, leads our clinical team and holds gastric band conversion clinics for the convenience of our patients.

Bariatric Team
Julie Johannes, PA-C, MSS, Bariatric Coordinator
Laura B. Smith, Bariatric Customer Care, 252-295-9898
Debra Butler, Bariatric Assistant
Dawn Rosseau, Bariatric Assistant

Clinical Staff

LaCratta Powell, CMA
Sandra Nicholson, CNA II

Front Desk

Amy Casper
Rhonda Forrest
Harriet Piner


Janice Coward
Katrina Tyson

Medical Records

Rhonda Forrest

Surgery Scheduler

Elizabeth Ward

Surgical Tech

Katelyn Hunter, CST