Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville is pleased to announce a merger with Surgical Associates of Cleveland, TN. As of June 1, 2019, the Cleveland-based practice is changing its’ name to Premier Surgical Cleveland, but the office’s location and contact information will stay the same.

The group’s three general surgeons, Eston K. Wenger, MD, FACS; Jason L. Dunn, MD, FACS; and Joshua A. Worthington, MD, FACS, and Shannon P. Beierle, MD, perform general, vascular and surgical oncological procedures at Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland and the Surgery Center of Cleveland.

Dr. Dunn, Dr. Wenger, Dr. Worthington and Dr. Beierle

Surgical Associates of Cleveland (SACTN) has served the Bradley County community since 1970. The group has had eight surgeons in the past 50 years, including Janet H. Coombs, MD, FACS, who is retiring after 22 years with the practice.

Office Administrator Joyce Jones, CPC, CMPE, has managed the SACTN practice, surgeons and staff since 1980. She says joining Premier Surgical Associates enables the group to continue to provide excellent surgical care to the Cleveland community, while staying current with required compliance, quality, and reporting initiatives.

“We love Premier Surgical’s philosophy and commitment to exceptional care. Merging with Premier is a win-win,” explains Jones. “Joining forces allows us to stay viable and successful for the long-term, and offer enhanced efficiencies to our patients and the Cleveland Community.”

Premier Surgical CEO Kevin Burris agrees. “Surgical Associates of Cleveland’s long tradition of excellent surgical care closely aligns with our values and goals. We are excited to welcome the Cleveland physicians and staff to our Premier Surgical family!”

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About Premier Surgical

Premier Surgical Associates is the largest vascular surgery and general surgery practice in the East Tennessee region. Premier’s 30 board-certified surgeons perform general, vascular, endovascular, vein, bariatric, breast, laparoscopic and oncologic procedures. Premier Surgical has offices in Knoxville, Cleveland, Harriman, Dandridge, Lenoir City, Maryville, Morristown and Sevierville. For more information about Premier Surgical, please visit