John R. Groves, MD, FACS

John R. Groves, MD, FACSDr. Groves, a board certified general surgeon, is the founder of Surgical Associates of Marshall County, with offices in Albertville and Guntersville. He is dedicated to providing state of the art surgical options for the treatment of a wide array of conditions to residents in Marshall County and the surrounding areas. Dr. Groves graduated from the University of Kentucky, but only after first attending the University of Alabama, where he played football for the Crimson Tide during Bear Bryant’s final season.

Dr. Groves graduated from Louisville School of Medicine, and from there traveled to Birmingham, Alabama, where he completed his general surgery residency at the Montclair and Princeton Baptist Medical Center.

Dr. Groves specializes in laparoscopic or minimally invasive forms of surgical treatment, including: 

Specializing In:

  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery – Colon, Gallbladder, and Hernias
  • Laparoscopic Solid Organ Surgery – Spleen
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for GERD (Reflux)
  • Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery with Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Thyroid and Minimally Invasive Parathyroid Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Venous Surgery

Professional Credentials:

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Medical Degree, University of Louisville
  • Diplomate of The American Board of Surgery
  • Member, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Bariatric Center of Excellence Surgeon
  • Served as Chief of Surgery at Marshall Medical Center South

Professional Affiliations:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Southeastern Surgical Congress
  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery


  • Bachelor of Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Residency in General Surgery, Baptist Medical Center Montclair and Princeton, Birmingham, Alabama