Dr. John Mathews

DR. MATHEWS, D.M.D, F.A.C.S., Diplomat American Board of Surgery SPECIALIZES IN MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY utilizing advanced techniques in the area of laparoscopy including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and the laparoscopic placement of the gastric band.

He and a colleague established the bariatric surgery program at Baptist Medical Center Princeton in 2002, and he has been director of Bariatrics Surgery since 2008.

Under his direction and guidance, our program became a Center of Excellence for the American Collage of Surgeons and has successfully undergone recertification.

He is trained in robotic surgery and will be expanding these techniques into bariatric surgery. Dr. Mathews was the first physician in the state to use the robot adjunctively in a bariatric procedure.

Dr. Mathews has been listed in Birmingham Magazine as one of the “Best Docs” for the last ten years and holds a 5 star rating with Health Grades.


John Mathews grew up and was educated in the parochial school system in Montgomery, Alabama and was awarded a four year grant and aid to the University of Kentucky in Lexington. There he ran track and started on the football team as a defensive back and wide receiver.

He was called into the healthcare ministry and graduated from the University of Alabama with a DMD cum laude in 1975 and then from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1977 with his MD.

Dr. Mathews’ residency was in the Baptist Health System and after five years of training he became board certified in general surgery as a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He and his wife and family served as a missionary surgeon in Haiti and there was Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Hospital of Light in Bonne Fin, Haiti performing more than 800 surgical procedures. Since 1985, he has practiced primarily at Princeton Baptist Medical Center where he was Chairman of the Department of Surgery and presently is Chief of General and Bariatric Surgery.

He uses advanced techniques for the conservative management of breast cancer and sentinel lymph node biopsy and also has extensive experience in endocrine surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.

He has a special interest in foregut surgery to include laparoscopic surgery for gastrointestinal reflux as well as solid organ surgery for the spleen and adrenal glands.

Dr. Mathews feels his gifts are in the area of service to affect healing of various surgical diseases as the Lord enables him. He feels excellence is a witness to the love of God revealed through Jesus Christ and he is committed as is the Baptist Health System to ministries that enhance the health dignity and wholeness of those we serve through integrity, compassion, advocacy and resourcefulness.


American Society for Bariatric Surgery
Society for the Surgeon of the Alimentary Tract
American Cancer Society
Jefferson County Medical Society
Birmingham Surgical Society
American Society for Breast Surgeons
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
Faculty Member, Baptist Health Systems’ Surgical Training Program