David G. Schutter, MD, FACS

Dr. David Schutter is a board-certified general surgeon with the Premier Surgical office in North Knoxville. Have one of the “Top Docs” by Knoxville’s Cityview magazine, he has specialized training and expertise in treating Foregut conditions, Colon, biliary, adrenal, spleen, gastric, rectal, hernia, abdominal wall reconstruction, and other General Surgical conditions via robotic and laparoscopic technologies. Dr. Schutter performs surgeries at North Knoxville Medical Center and Premier Surgery Center.

Dr. Schutter graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in Psychology and Biochemistry and then the University of Kansas School of Medicine for medical school. He completed his residency in general surgery at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine. He then went on to complete a Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship specializing in Advanced GI surgery including robotic and laparoscopic foregut, colon, adrenal, gastric, kidney, biliary, complex abdominal wall reconstruction, and general surgery in Tacoma, Washington. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Schutter joined Premier Surgical Associates in 2020.


  • BS: University of Nebraska
  • MD: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City
  • Residency: General Surgery, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine, Kalamazoo
  • Fellowship: Advanced Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery, St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington
  • Board Certified: General Surgery
  • Member: Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Recognition: Cityview magazine’s “Top Docs” 2024
  • Joined Premier Surgical: 2020

General Surgery, Gerd, Acid Reflux, Gall Bladder Removal, Hernia Repair, Complex Hernia Repair, Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery


North Knoxville Medical Center
7714 Conner Road, Suite 103
Powell, TN 37849

Premier Surgical Papermill
6408 Papermill Drive, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37919

Meet Dr. Schutter!
Benefits of Premier Surgical Surgery Center

Premier General Surgeon Dr. David Schutter explains how having an outpatient procedure at a Surgery Center, can result in the same excellent care at a more affordable price in this episode of “Living East Tennessee” on WATE TV-6.

Bikini Cholecystecomy

Gallbladder removal is one of the safest and most common procedures performed in the U.S. But, having gallbladder surgery doesn’t mean you can’t show off your tummy! Dr. Schutter explains the “Bikini Cholecystectomy” technique on this episode of “Living East Tennessee” on WATE TV-6.

Robotically-Assisted Hernia Repair

A robot repairing a hernia? Dr. Schutter explains the benefits of robotic hernia surgery in this segment that aired on “Living East Tennessee” on WATE TV-6.

Gallbladder Removal

Most people don’t pay much attention to their gallbladder until it starts causing trouble. However, when there is a problem, it can be quite painful and require immediate action. In this episode of Knoxville Medicine’s Doc Talk, host Rob Page, MD talks with General Surgeon David Schutter, MD of Premier Surgical about the newest innovations and procedures available to treat the Gallbladder.