Renee Hilton

Section Chief

Renee Hilton

Section Chief

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Surgery: Minimally Invasive and Digestive Diseases Surgery


L. Renee Hilton, MD, is a board certified general surgeon and is fellowship-trained in both bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Hilton is the Director of the Center of Obesity and Metabolism at Augusta University Medical Center. She specializes in laparoscopic procedures for obesity, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and revision of prior bariatric surgery. She is dedicated to helping individuals with morbid obesity reach healthier weights and improve their quality of life.

Dr. Hilton is also committed to providing patients with the highest standards for the diagnosis and surgical management of complex foregut diseases including achalasia and GERD, diseases of the stomach, small intestines, gallbladder, and other abdominal organs. She specializes in all type of primary and recurrent abdominal wall and hiatal hernias using laparoscopic techniques. Her goal is to offer the most effective surgery with the least recovery time and post-operative discomfort.

Dr. Hilton is originally from Edison, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia followed by the Medical College of Georgia for her medical degree. She completed her general surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida and then fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She has been involved in numerous research projects involving obesity and is currently serving as the principal investigator on two trials at Augusta University Medical Center.

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  • MD, Medicine Medical College of Georgia, 2011

  • BS, Biology/Biological Sciences, General University of Georgia, 2007


  • PHY GA Composite Medical Board, 2017

Awards & Honors

  • First Place, Best Clinical Outcomes Poster Medical College of Georgia Research Day, 2023

  • Focused Practice Designation Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery ACS, 2023

  • National Finalist, Advocacy and Health Policy Abstract American College of Surgeons, 2023

  • Winner, Georgia Advocacy and Health Policy Abstract Competition for ACS residents and surgical trainees. American College of Surgeons , 2023

  • Georgia Bariatrics Excellence Award ASMBS Georgia Chapter, 2022

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • RSUR 5000

  • SURG 5003

    General Surgery Extn.: Minimally Invasive Surg Extn
  • SURG 5025

    Robotics - GenSurg: Robotic Surgery Extn
  • SURG 5000

    Basic Clkshp in SURG
  • SURG 5007

    Surgery Sub-I: Surgery Sub-I Min Invasive


Selected Recent Publications

  • Analyzing the Efficacy of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Using BODY-Q, 2023
    Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal
  • Laparoscopic Paraesophageal Hernia Repair With Nissen Fundoplication in a Patient With Ancient Schwannoma of the Gastroesophageal Junction, 2023
    Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal
  • Early Operation for Complications Arising From Bariatric Surgical Tourism, 2022
    Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal
  • Surgeon's Sex Affects the Number and Types of Referrals Received-We Know the System Is Broken…Now Let's Fix It, 2022
    Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal
  • Fighting for Access to Care, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal