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Bluegrass Surgery
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 Bluegrass Surgery and Gastroenterology Associates Division

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Primary Office Contact: Linda G. Williamson, CPC, CGSC, Office Manager
(859) 276-5262 or e-mail:
bgsglgw@yahoo.com 

 

Office Locations
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Bluegrass Surgery & Gastroenterology Associates Division

KentuckyOne Health Office Park

Suite B-355

1401 Harrodsburg Road

Lexington, Kentucky 40504-3763

(859) 276-5262
Toll-Free: 1-800-755-4344 ext 1635


Our Staff

Our staff consists of Certified Medical Assistants (CMA's), a Receptionist, a Scheduling Coordinator, Office Assistants, a Transcriptionist, a Billing Specialist and an Office Manager. They will be able to assist you with any nursing or insurance problems you might have.

Appointments

Patients are seen by appointments and you can usually see one of our physicians within a week of calling for an appointment. However, if you have an urgent or emergent problem, please let us know as soon as possible. Because our work often involves emergencies, unexpected delays are unavoidable. We will try to let you know anytime there is a delay in keeping our appointments. We appreciate your patience when this happens. If you cannot keep your appointment, please give at least 24 hours notice. This permits us to take care of other patients and/or emergencies.

New Patient Registration

If this is your first visit, or you have not been here for over 1 year, you will be asked to give us information which is necessary in helping us provide you with the best possible care. Please bring your insurance card(s) and/or referral with you. If you have been referred to us by another physician, please bring a list of all your current medicines, laboratory reports, and any x-ray films and reports you may have. This will help us with your care, prevent delays, and eliminate unnecessary retesting.

Emergencies

Emergencies are unpredictable. If something arises that needs immediate attention and the office is closed, you can reach you physician, or the physician on-call, by calling our office or paging system.

Hospitalization

Bluegrass Surgery & Gastroenterology Associates Division physicians admit to St. Joseph, St. Joseph-East, and Baptist Health Lexington. If you have a preference of hospitals, please let us know.

Medication Refills

We gladly take prescription refill requests from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. It is important for the physicians and staff to have access to your medical record. Therefore, unless it is an emergency, please do not call after hours, on weekends, or holidays for prescription refills.

*It is the policy of our office not to renew pain medication prescriptions by anyone other than your personal physician.  Please call for a refill 2 days prior to running out of medicine.


Our specialties are General Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Gastroenterology, and Endoscopy. Each Specialist has extensive training and experience in their area.  We all have extensive training and experience in those areas. When dealing with complex cases or with medical problems outside our expertise, we may ask other physicians for their assistance. For example, we may ask another physician to help us manage your diabetes, high blood pressure, or other medical problems.

If you have an operation, we will frequently ask another physician to assist in the operating room. Usually, it is one of the other members of our organization. This is done to provide you with the safest, smoothest, most efficient operation possible.

Anesthesia services are often required for the work we do. There are several physicians who provide this service and we work with all of them. If you have a preference, please let us know. Otherwise, we will select a physician to provide your anesthesia when your operation is scheduled. You will be billed separately by the anesthesiologist for his/her services.

If you have any questions or comments about our practice, please call us at 859-276-5262.

TO REACH US IN AN EMERGENCY:
Lexington Medical Society Exchange
(859) 276-2594
(Paging System)


Our Physicians
(Click name to see bio.)


Diplomats of the American Board of Surgery


John M. Harris, M.D., F.A.C.S.


Jason P. Harris, M.D., F.A.C.S.


M. Ross Tekulve, M.D., F.A.C.S.



Diplomats of the American Board of Internal Medicine


Alberto R. Castellanos, M.D.


James S. Pezzi, M.D.


Robin Sutcliffe, APRN


Office Hours

John M .Harris, M.D.

Monday 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Jason P. Harris, M.D.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.


M. Ross Tekulve, M.D.

Monday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Alberto R. Castellanos, M.D.

Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Wednesday 1:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.


James S. Pezzi, M.D.

Monday 1:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Thursday 1:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m.


Participating Hospitals
and Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Bluegrass Surgery & Gastroenterology Associates Division physicians use

  • St. Joseph

  • Baptist Health Lexinton

  • Baptist Physicians Surgery Center

  • St. Joseph-East

  • Lexington Surgery Center

  • Kentucky Surgery Center

 Please let us know if you have a preference.

Insurance

We will, as a courtesy, file all claims to your insurance company for you and all necessary documentation for claim processing. However, if your insurance company has not paid after 90 days the bill is your responsibility and payment is due immediately. Should your account be placed with our collection agency, you will be responsible for any and all collection costs including collection agency fees (40% of original charge), attorney's fees, court costs, etc

Some participating plans are:

  • Medicare

  • Medicaid of KY

  • Champus

  • Humana

  • United Healthcare

  • Anthem Blue Shield of KY

  • Aetna

  • Bluegrass Family Health

We will, as a courtesy, file all claims to your insurance company for you and all necessary documentation for claim processing. However, if your insurance company has not paid after 90 days the bill is your responsibility and payment is due immediately. Should your account be placed with our collection agency, you will be responsible for any and all collection costs, including attorney's fees, etc.

Charges, Billing, and Payments

It is important for you to know what is expected of you when you are billed. Our fees are fair and generally about the same as other qualified surgeons in this area. Once a month you will receive a statement covering our charges, showing any amount filed to your insurance company, and insurance or cash payments, and the remaining balance due. If there is a balance due after your insurance has paid and you are unable to pay the full amount, please feel free to call our billing department at (859) 317-8714, Monday - Friday. We understand that at times you may have temporary financial problems and they will be happy to discuss a reasonable payment plan. We are only able to help you if make us aware of your problem. Please note that all co-payments, deductibles, and non- covered services are due at the time services are rendered. For your convenience we accept cash, personal checks, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Telephone Assistance

  • Insurance Information

  • X-Ray  & Laboratory Results

If you have questions or need to know test results please call during regular office hours. Your records are easily available and our staff can be more helpful and accurate. Many routine, non-emergency calls can be handled by our nurses and office personnel. They often can answer your questions after checking your record or talking with your physician. We make a conscientious effort to call our patients with test results, biopsy reports etc. However, we can get busy at times and may overlook something of importance to you. If you do not hear from us within a reasonable time, please call the office.

   



  John M. Harris, M.D. , F.A.C.S.

Dr. Harris earned his M.D. from the University of Hawaii School of Medicine. He subsequently completed both his residency and internship at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. In 1993 he moved to Lexington with his wife, Pam, where they live now with their two children, Lauren and Ryan. 

 



 

Jason P. Harris, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Jason P. Harris, M.D. is a Kentucky native who spent thirteen years studying and training at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.  He received a Bachelorís degree in Chemistry after three years of undergraduate study and went on to complete his medical degree, graduating in 1998.  His general surgery residency was subsequently completed here in Lexington where he developed an interest in Advanced Laparoscopic surgery.   Dr. Harris sought and completed a fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago in Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery.  

He has authored and co-authored published articles on hernia surgery, anti-reflux surgery and lap-band surgery.  His main areas of interest are Advanced Laparoscopic General Surgery and Surgical Technology/Innovation.

 



  M. Ross Tekulve, M.D., F.A.C.S.

M. Ross Tekulve, M.D. is a native of Cullman, Alabama. He lived there for 18 years then moved to Mobile, Alabama during his college training of 8 years. He earned a BS in Biomedical Science in 1998 and went on to complete his M.D. degree in 2002 from the University of South Alabama in Mobile .

In 2002, he moved to Lexington where he completed his Internship and Residency in General Surgery at the University of Kentucky, finishing in 2007. His surgical interests include laparoscopic surgery, surgery of the bowel, endoscopy, breast and thyroid surgery. He lives in Lexington with his wife Darcy Doggett, a Lexington native.

 


  Alberto R. Castellanos, M.D.

Dr. Castellanos is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Castellanos completed all of his post-graduate specialty training in university hospitals. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (formerly Rutgers University) and them completed a 3-year fellowship in Gastroenterology at Louisiana State University Medical Center. During his Gastroenterology fellowship he received advanced and extensive training in all aspects with particular attention to gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Dr. Castellanos received advanced training in ERCP in Barcelona, Spain. He is a member of the American Gastroenterologic Association, American College of Gastroenterology, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Lexington Medical Society and Kentucky Medical Association. He practiced Gastroenterology in Wisconsin for 7 years, during which time he was Chairman of Endoscopy at Mercy Hospital. He has been practicing since 1994.

 



  James S. Pezzi, M.D.

Dr. Pezzi is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Dr. Pezzi earned his medical degree from Temple University. He initially completed a residency in Family Practice and obtained board certification in Family Practice. Dr. Pezzi then finished an Internal Medicine residency at Leigh Valley in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Upon completion of a two-year Gastroenterology fellowship at Louisiana State University Medical Center, he then finished a third year at Indiana University where he obtained advanced training in ERCP under the guidance of world-renowned experts.

During these Gastroenterology fellowships he received advanced and extensive training in all aspects with particular attention to gastrointestinal endoscopy. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, Lexington Medical Society and Kentucky Medical Association. Dr. Pezzi has been chief of Gastroenterology at St. Joseph Hospital from 1999 through June 2015. He has been practicing Gastroenterology in Lexington since 1995.