Joseph J. Burnette, MD is a board certified general surgeon that has practiced in Albany since 1990. Dr. Burnette was one of the founders of the Palmyra Medical Center obesity surgery program in 2002, and has been performing Lap-Band surgery since that time. Dr. Burnette is also the founding physician of the Lap-Band obesity surgery program at Smith Northview Hospital in Valdosta, where he also performs Lap-Band surgery in addition to the Palmyra program.
Dr. Burnette earned a B.S. degree in biology from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, then attended graduate school at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Burnette earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham in 1985.
Dr. Burnette completed his internship and residency at Baptist Medical Centers in Birmingham prior to entering private practice in Albany in 1990. Dr. Burnette is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, and is a member of numerous medical societies and associations.
Dr. Burnette has privileges at both Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Palmyra Medical Center in Albany, as well as Smith Northview Hospital in Valdosta, Georgia, and has held various medical staff appointments including Chief of Staff.
Dr. Burnette has performed or assisted in hundreds of successful gastric band surgeries since 2002. In addition to Lap-Band bariatric surgery, Dr. Burnette maintains a full practice in all aspects of general surgery, including gastrointestinal surgery, surgery of the skin and soft tissues, endocrine and thyroid surgery, breast surgery, cancer surgery, and anti-reflux surgery for treatment of severe GERD.