Dr. Paynter has been with the Dalton Surgical Group since 1988. He grew up in Ohio, and moved to North Georgia while in high school. He graduated from Dalton College and then the University of Georgia, both with honors. He then received his medical degree in 1983 from the Medical College of Georgia, prior to completing his General Surgery residency at East Tennessee State University in 1988. Dr. Paynter is married, with three children, and is an active member of First Baptist Church. He has led a number of surgical mission teams to Central and South America.

He currently serves as a trustee of Hamilton Medical Center Board, President of the Whitfield/Murray Medical Society, Chairman of the Trauma Committee and co-chairman of the Ethics Committee. He is a past president of the Hamilton Medical Center Medical Staff, and previous Chairman of the Department of Surgery and the Credentials Committee. He has been a trustee of Hamilton Health Care System, Cancer Liaison to the American College of Surgeons, and Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor.

Dr. Paynter is Board Certified, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and has active memberships in numerous organizations, including the AMA, American Society of General Surgeons, Southern Medical Society, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. He maintains current licenses in both Georgia and Tennessee. Dr. Paynter was selected as one of America’s Top Surgeons numerous times since 2002, by the independent Consumers Research Council of America.

Dr. Paynter performs a wide variety of surgical procedures, and specializes in advanced laparoscopic procedures, particularly hernia, hiatal hernia, gallbladder, and colon surgeries. He was the first in the entire tri-state area to perform robotic general surgery procedures with the daVinci robot, and is credentialed to proctor other surgeons on robot surgeries.