About Us

We empower you to make the best decisions for your health by providing information about your surgery and aftercare that is easy to understand and follow. We use laparoscopic surgery, which is a minimally invasive technique that requires much smaller incisions than traditional surgery. This makes operations safer and significantly reduces the amount of time you will need to stay in the hospital and will lessen your recovery time.

Dr-Eck-HeadshotDr. Gareth Eck has practiced general surgery at Fayetteville Surgical Associates since 1984. He serves on the Washington Regional Medical Board of Directors, and has served on the boards of North Hills Surgery Center, Health Partners (a physician hospital organization), and Omega Physician’s organization. He has also served as Chief of the General Surgery Service and Chief of Staff at WRMC. He is also a past president of the Washington County Medical Society.

Born in Oklahoma, Dr. Eck holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He completed both a general surgery internship and a surgical residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Eck has a special interest in the surgical care of patients with cancer. He has established a large practice in the care of patients with breast cancer. He has specialized training in ultrasound biopsy of the breast. He offers sentinel node mapping and breast-conserving treatment. Dr. Eck also has a large practice established in the treatment of colorectal cancer and offers colonoscopy as well as upper endoscopy treatment services. He offers surgical treatment for thyroid cancer, stomach cancer, pancreas cancer and malignant melanoma (type of skin cancer). He also performs endocrine surgeries.

Dr. Eck is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1985, was recertified in 1995 and again in 2005. He is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society and the Washington County Medical Society. He also holds the position of Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Arkansas Area Health Education Center in Fayetteville, and Surgical Site Director, UAMS NW College of Medicine.

Dr-Wood-HeadshotDr. Stephen Wood has been in the practice of general surgery at Fayetteville Surgical Associates since 1993. He is on staff at the Washington Regional Medical Center, North Hills Surgery Center and Regency Hospital.

Dr. Wood was born in Seminole, Oklahoma. He attended high school in Fayetteville. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed his internship and surgical residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Tulsa.

Dr. Wood’s practice includes diagnosis and treatment of surgical disorders and various cancers including breast cancer, thyroid cancer, skin and soft tissues cancers, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer and colon and rectum cancer (colorectal cancer). He offers minimally invasive, laparoscopic surgery for gallbladder disease, GI tract disorders, gastroespohageal reflux (GERD), hernia repair and splenectomy.

Colonoscopy and Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) are an established part of his practice. Reconstruction for decubitus ulcer defects, oncology, sentinel lymph node mapping and biopsy for breast cancer and melanoma, and surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis are among additional specialized areas of service that Dr. Wood offers.

Dr. Wood has served as Chief of General Surgery and has participated as a member of the hospital Emergency Department Trauma Steering Committee. Dr. Wood is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Arkansas Medical Society, and the Washington County Medical Society, and the Frank A. Clingan Surgical Society.

Dr-Berry-HeadshotDr. Jon Berry joined Fayetteville Surgical Associates in August of 2004. Prior to joining our clinic, he served as Staff General Surgeon for the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Groton, Connecticut. Dr. Berry was also stationed in San Diego, California and Okinawa, Japan. He is currently on staff at Washington Regional Medical Center and North Hills Surgery Center in Fayetteville.

Dr. Berry was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. He served as an intern at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Following his internship he served as the medical officer for 1stBattalion, 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton, California. After his tour with the Marines, he completed his surgical residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. He served overseas in Okinawa, Japan and finished his Navy service at the Submarine base in Groton, Connecticut.

Dr. Berry has a special interest in the treatment of varicose veins. He has received specialized training in radiofrequency vein ablation, a non-invasive surgical treatment for varicose veins. He also offers more traditional treatment for varicose veins as well as Sclerotherapy for spider veins.

Dr. Berry also has a large practice established in creations of vascular acess for hemodialysis patients and cancer patients.

Dr. Berry has vast experience in laparoscopic surgery and offers laparoscopic surgery on the gallbladder (cholecystectomy) as well as laparoscopic hernia repair and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). He also offers the full spectrum of traditional general surgical care including endocrine surgery and repair of hernias.

Dr. Berry is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 2001 and re-certified in 2011. He is the Trauma Medical Director and Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Surgical services at Washington Regional Medical Center.

Dr-Bell-HeadshotDr. Jeffrey Bell joined Fayetteville Surgical Associates in 2006 after a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force when he was stationed as a Major at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Bell was the Medical Director of General Surgery at the 377th Medical Group and an Attending Surgeon at the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Dr. Bell feels very fortunate to have participated in the education of many surgical residents and physician assistant students while in Albuquerque. He was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of New Mexico and the General Surgery Course Director for the University of St. Francis Physician Assistant Program. He was deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq with the 506th EMEDS during Operation Iraqi Freedom where he was awarded an Air Force Achievement Medal.

Dr. Bell was raised in Fayetteville and graduated from Fayetteville High School as a National Merit Finalist. He attended the University of Arkansas on an Arkansas Scholarship and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Magna cum Laude Honors. He was honored as the Dow Chemical Outstanding Junior in Chemical Engineering and spent a year during his undergraduate education working for Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas. His experience at Dow included plant process control, project engineering and basic science in the Designed Chemicals Research and Development Group.

He obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.  After medical school, he completed his general surgery residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. His American Board of Surgery exam score was in the top ten percent of all surgeons in the United States.

Dr. Bell’s professional interests include advanced laparoscopy, surgical technology, surgical endocrinology and surgical oncology. He offers expertise in laparoscopic and open surgery for gallbladder disease, benign and malignant colon disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, small bowel disease and hernias.

Dr. Bell attempts to tailor his surgical approach to the needs of each patient. He has a special interest in thyroid and parathyroid disease and is very active in the treatment of hyperparathyroidism in patients with renal failure. He has a busy surgical endoscopy practice and performs upper and lower endoscopy for screening, diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disease. He enjoys the recent addition of Medical Students to Northwest Arkansas and is pleased to be involved in medical education.