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Franklin Health Surgery


Joseph Caruso, MD, Stacey Gutman, MD; R. Bradley Hayward, MD; Betsy Norton, PA-C; and Eric Gunther, MD.
Pictured above: Joseph Caruso, MD, Stacey Gutman, MD; R. Bradley Hayward, MD; Betsy Norton, PA-C; and Eric Gunther, MD.

Franklin Health Surgery provides comprehensive evaluation and management of most conditions requiring general surgery, as well as advanced laparoscopic surgery, upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and 3D stereotactic needle breast biopsy.

Our Providers

Joseph Caruso, MD, FACS
Eric Gunther, MD, FACS
Stacey Gutman, MD, FACS
R. Bradley Hayward, MD, FACS
Betsy Norton, PA-C

Our team of physicians and a physician assistant, along with anesthesiologists, registered nurses, and surgical technicians are committed to ensuring that each of our patients receives high-quality care throughout the process, from consultation during surgery through the follow-up period.

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Lesion, mole, and cyst removal
  • Colonoscopy (see instructions for "Preparing for a Colonoscopy" below just above the blue "contact us" box)
  • Melanoma surgery
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Hernia surgery
  • Wound care
  • Treatment of abnormal mammograms
  • Stereotactic needle breast biopsy

Conditions Treated

  • Breast cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Colon cancer
  • Hernias
  • Esophageal strictures
  • Emergency services

Access to Surgical Information

Patients with a scheduled surgery start out in the surgeon’s office and are given a surgical folder with educational information inside (procedure expectations, pain management, types of anesthesia, preadmission visits, testing, and a magnet with tips for proper post-op care) so they have organized and quick access to their surgical information.

Contact Us

Please call us to schedule an appointment.

Office information

Franklin Health Surgery is located on the 2nd floor of the Franklin Health Medical Arts Center, located on the Franklin Memorial Hospital campus.

Phone: 207-778-6579

Office hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm

We offer 24-hour call coverage when the office is closed, including weekends and holidays. To reach the doctor on call when the office is closed, call Franklin Memorial Hospital at 778-6031 and ask the operator to assist you in speaking with the provider on call.

Appointment Policy

If you are unable to make your appointment, 24-hour advance notice is appreciated whenever possible. This allows us to open up that time for another patient needing care.

Prescription Refills

Please contact us at least 48 hours before you need to have prescriptions refilled.


In an extreme emergency, such as loss of consciousness, chest pain, severe breathing problems, or major bleeding, call your emergency service number (usually 911) first. Do not delay emergency care by calling our office or the hospital. Afterward, if necessary, call your physician for further advice and coordination of your emergency care.

Preparing for a colonoscopy

A colonoscopy allows your doctor to look at the colon and to remove any polyps that might turn into cancer. Colonoscopies can prevent cancer or stop it from developing. Talk with your doctor about whether a colonoscopy is the right screening test for you

Before the test, you will be expected to prep your colon. The prep enables your doctor to have a clear view of your colon. Your doctor will give you instructions. Make sure you go over the instructions and understand them.

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