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David W. Ford, MD, FACS

Dr. David W. Ford | Board-Certified Surgeon

Meet Dr. David W. Ford

Trust an expert With 25+ years of experience

Dr. David W. Ford has the education, advanced training, and experience you should look for when considering the treatment of a potentially life-altering illness or injury.

Dr. Ford graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, AR with distinction in Biology and then completed his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical Center in 1992. He completed his General Surgery Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is Board Certified in Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Southeastern Surgical Congress.

After 18 years in private practice in the Memphis area, he moved to Charleston, where he started utilizing the robot for many surgical procedures. The beauty of the mountains of Vail and being closer to family enticed he and his wife, Angie, to move West. He has two grown sons that live in Denver. He enjoys the variety of General Surgery, and especially minimally invasive robotic approaches to common surgical problems; such as hernia, gallbladder, and colon.

Curriculum Vitae


Bachelor of Arts A in Biology with Distinction, Hendrix College
Conway, AR 1984-1988
MD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN 1988-1992
General Surgery Residency Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Charleston, SC 1992-1997


Board Certified in Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners


Colorado - Active
South Carolina
Florida - Inactive
Tennessee - Inactive
Arkansas - Inactive

Memberships & Awards

American College of Surgeons
Americas Hernia Society
Southeastern Surgical Congress
South Carolina Medical Association
Surgical Intern of the Year, MUSC 1992-1993

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Affiliate Assistant Professor of Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina, 2021 to present
Member, Robotic Steering Committee
Trident Medical Center, 2016 to present.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
Medical University of South Carolina, 2016 - 2020
Medical Director, Metro General Surgery
Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN, 2014 - 2016
Chairman, Metro General Surgery, Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Committee
Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN, 2015-2016
Chief of Staff
Crittenden Regional Hospital, 2006, 2012
Chief of Surgery
Crittenden Regional Hospital, 2000, 2004, 2009
Board of Trustees
Crittenden Regional Hospital, 2003 – 2009 and 2012 – 2013
Chairman, Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Crittenden Regional Hospital 2001 – 2003
Chairman, Emergency Department
Crittenden Regional Hospital, 2001 – 2003
Member of Bylaws Committee
Crittenden Regional Hospital, 2000 – 2013
Member of Radiology Committee
Crittenden Regional Hospital, 2010 - 2013

Areas of Expertise



Colon Removal
A surgical procedure to remove a diseased portion of colon from either colon cancer, polyps too big to be removed with colonoscopy, or diverticulitis.
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Ventral Hernia Repair

A procedure to repair a hernia in the abdominal wall.
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Inguinal Hernia Repair

A procedure to repair a hernia in the groin area.
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Incisional Hernia Repair

Reparation of a bulge through the healed incision of a previous surgery in your abdomen.
Umbilical Hernia

Umbilical Hernia Repair

A procedure that fixes a bulge or pouch that forms in the abdominal wall near the belly button.
Gall Bladder Removal


Gall Bladder Removal
A surgical procedure to remove your gallbladder — a pear-shaped organ that sits just below your liver on the upper right side of your abdomen.

Vail Health Clinic

108 S Frontage Rd W
Suite 5900
Vail, CO 81658
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Surgical Robotics for Minimally Invasive Surgery

da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System

As a Board-Certified General Surgeon, Dr. David W. Ford operates with a minimally invasive robotic surgical system to repair ventral and inguinal hernias. Both minimally invasive approaches only require one or a few small incisions that doctors use to insert surgical equipment and a camera for viewing.

Da Vinci surgical systems are comprised of three components: surgeon console, patient-side cart, and vision cart.

da vinci surgical system

Procedures & Conditions Treated

  • Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Breast Lumps
  • Dialysis Access Procedures
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Open
  • Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Breast Tumor
  • Colectomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Incisional Hernia
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Femoral Hernia Repair, Open
  • Gallstones
  • Gastrectomy
  • Appendicitis
  • Bile Duct Procedure
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue
  • Endocrine Surgical Procedure
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
  • Breast Diseases
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Breast Surgery
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Abscess
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Laparotomy
  • Anorectal Abscess
  • Benign Tumors
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Excision of Stomach Tumor
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
  • Laparoscopic Diaphragmatic or Paraesophageal Hernia Repair W/ Robotic Assistance
  • Diaphragmatic-Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia Repair With Robotic Assistance
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Lipomas
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Biopsy of Breast
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Abdominal Disorders
  • Abscess
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Excision of Breast Tumor
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gallbladder Removal