Tony O. Haley, MD, FACS

Board Certified General Surgeon in Johnson City, TN

Tony O. Haley, MD, FACS

Medical School
Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA 1982

Postgraduate Training
Residency Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University
Graduate Work in Biology 1977-1978, North Georgia College
B.S. Biology 1977, North Georgia College
A.S. 1975, Young Harris Junior College

Board Certification
Board Recertified, American Board of Surgery, 2008
SAGES Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Certification, 2006
Board Recertified, American Board of Surgery, 1997
Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor, 1990-2001
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery, 1988
Advanced Trauma Life Support, 1987


Professional Background

Dr. Haley is a graduate of Young Harris College, where he completed an Associate Degree in Science, and North Georgia College, where he completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. He played on both colleges’ nationally ranked tennis teams. Between college and medical school, he worked as a tennis professional. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia, graduating in 1982.

Dr. Haley was a member of the first full graduating class of East Tennessee State University’s surgical residency in 1987. In his early years as a doctor, he received extensive surgical training in the management of breast disease, cancer, critical care and trauma, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and vascular disorders. Following residency, he obtained board certification in general surgery. He proudly became a member of the Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons in 1990. He continues to be active in the College, currently representing eastern Tennessee on the ACS State Council, and serving on the ACS Tennessee Application Committee.


Since joining the medical staff at Johnson City Medical Center in 1987, Dr. Haley has served in various leadership roles. These include Chief of Staff, four appointments as Chairman of the Department of Surgery, and six appointments to the Johnson City Medical Center Board of Directors.

Dr. Haley enjoys teaching future physicians. He was appointed Director of Surgical Education at the Johnson City Medical Center in 1987, and continues to take part in the surgical training of medical students and residents with the Quillen College of Medicine.

Clinical Interests

Being initially drawn to general surgery by its diversity of surgical problems, Dr. Haley continues his broad-based surgical practice. As a doctor, he takes pleasure in caring for patients of all ages, with all types of illnesses. Areas of special clinical interest include biliary and pancreatic disease, breast disease, hernia repair, and vascular disease.

In 1992, Dr. Haley was one of the first to pioneer minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery in Johnson City, after being trained by Dr. Eddie Reddick, the originator of the laparoscopic chlolecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder through four tiny incisions). Following those early days, Dr. Haley expanded that portion of his practice to include laparoscopic appendectomies, bowel resections, hernia repairs, placement of feeding tubes, tumor biopsy and removal, and surgical correction of gastroesophageal reflux disease. He especially enjoys training young surgeons in these advanced surgical procedures.


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