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Our Surgeons
Thomas Rzeczycki, MD

Medical School:    University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Residency:             Brown University


Board Certified:    The American Board of Surgery

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Richard Hussong, MD

Medical School:    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Residency:             University of Tennessee--Memphis


Board Certified:    The American Board of Surgery

Christopher Culpepper, MD

Medical School:    University of Tennessee--Memphis

Residency:            University of Kentucky

Fellowship:           University of Kentucky


Board Certified:    The American Board of Surgery

Our Practice


Hilton Head General & Laparoscopic Surgery has been providing care to the residents of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and the Lowcountry since 1998.  We offer the advanced surgical techniques associated with big institutions while maintaining the personal and convenient care expected in our small community. 


Our surgeons are Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.  They maintain active privileges at Hilton Head Hospital and the Outpatient Surgery Center of Hilton Head.  We are conveniently located on Hilton Head Island across from Hilton Head Hospital.


While most of our patients are referred by other physicians, self referrals are welcome.  Our staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM to assist with appointments, clinical questions, and insurance inquiries.


General Surgeons


There is a common misperception that a general surgeon is not a specialist physician.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  A fully trained general surgeon has completed at least five years of training in an accredited residency program after the initial four years of medical school.  The general surgeon has specialized knowledge and skill relating to the diagnosis of disease along with the preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of surgical problems in the following areas :

  • Gastrointestinal Tract

  • Abdomen and its contents

  • Breast, skin and soft tissue

  • Head and neck

  • Vascular system (blood vessels)

  • Endocrine system (glands such as thyroid and adrenal)

  • Surgical Oncology

  • Comprehensive management of trauma

  • Complete care of critically ill patients



Board Certification


One good sign of a surgeon’s competence is certification by The American Board of Surgery, a national surgical board approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties.  All such board-certified surgeons have satisfactorily completed an ACGME approved residency training program and have passed a rigorous specialty examination.  Learn more at





The letters F.A.C.S. (Fellow of the American College of Surgeons) after a surgeon’s name are a further indication of a physician’s qualifications.  Surgeons who become Fellows of the College have passed a comprehensive evaluation of their education, training, and professional qualifications, and their credentials have been found to be consistent with the standards established and demanded by the College.  Learn more at

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