Dr. Branum

Dr. Gene Branum grew up in East Texas, the son of educators. He graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 1982 where he was President of the Student Government and was an all-American football player, winning a small college national championship in 1981.

He then traveled east to Duke University School of Medicine, graduating in 1986. He completed his surgical training at Duke Medical Center in 1993 specializing in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, with a special interest in esophagus, hiatal hernia and antireflux surgery.

Dr. Branum joined the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine and was an instructor in the Emory University Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery. He was course director for the third year medical student clerkship for 5 years, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and was an honorary member of the graduating class of 2001.

In 2001 Dr. Branum moved to Harrisonburg, Virginia to join Harrisonburg Surgical Associates where he was an active clinical surgeon and was Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Virginia. He continued with a special interest in gastrointestinal, colorectal, and advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, was inducted into the Southern Surgical Association, and is a member of numerous surgical societies.

Dr. Branum takes pride in developing close relationships with his patients, taking time to educate and answer their questions to determine their desires and the best course of treatment for them. He practices a broad range of general surgery including minimally invasive abdominal procedures of all types, hernia repair, as well as thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal surgery. He maintains an active endoscopy practice in the evaluation and treatment of hemorrhoids, colon, esophagus, and stomach problems. His most active specialty is the treatment of hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal reflux, and he has performed over 1500 such procedures in his practice.

An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys both fishing and hunting. He and Mary Ann, his wife of 34 years, enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with their daughters and family. For the past 18 years he has been active in Predisan, a Honduran medical mission organization, having traveled numerous times to operate and has served on it’s Board of Directors.


  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Diplomate, American Board of Surgery
  • Southern Surgical Association
  • Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery (SAGES)
  • Southeastern Surgical Congress