Saline Memorial Hospital
1 Medical Park Drive | Benton, AR 72015 | 501-776-6000 | 501-847-0613 (Little Rock & Bryant)
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Russell Gornichec, MD, F.A.C.S

Dr. Russell Gornichec is a board certified surgeon with a specialty in weight loss surgery. He is the current medical director and bariatric surgeon at the Weight Loss Center of Arkansas located at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, Arkansas. Before founding this practice, Dr. Gornichec developed successful bariatric programs at several hospitals throughout Oklahoma City and the surrounding metroplex. Under his leadership, one such program attained Level 1 Center of Excellence status. To date he has performed over 1500 bariatric procedures.

Before becoming a bariatric surgeon, Dr. Gornichec was a firefighter/paramedic in Dallas County, Texas. While there he was a member of the swift and deep water rescue teams. He completed an Associate Degree in fire prevention technologies and a Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry by 1990. Taking the advice of local mentoring trauma surgeons, he decided to attend medical school and pursue a career in surgery. Upon completing his studies he became a general surgeon for the United States Air Force stationed at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma where he remained until 2003.

Dr. Gornichec has always been at the leading edge of surgical intervention for obesity. In 2003, he performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in Edmond, Oklahoma and in 2010 he performed the first robotically assisted weight loss surgery in Oklahoma. He is the current US national record holder for the most robotically performed major procedures in one day.

To learn more about Dr. Russell Gornichec visit the Weight Loss Center of Arkansas.


Dr. Lewis Porter

Dr. Lewis Porter serves as Chief of Surgery Co-Director of Trauma services at Saline Memorial Hospital. Dr. Porter received his undergraduate degree at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and later completed his Doctorate of Medicine in Washington, D.C. at Howard University College of Medicine. He completed seven years of residency training in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he had significant exposure in open bariatric surgery. He later went on to do a preceptorship program in laparoscopic bariatric surgery at the Midwest Bariatric Center in Wentzville, Missouri.

Dr. Porter was one of three surgeons who established a bariatric program in Wichita, Kansas, where he performed over three hundred laparoscopic RNY Gastric Bypasses. Dr. Porter sees patients at Saline Surgical Associate in Bryant.


Dr. Rex Luttrell

Dr. Luttrell was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. After graduating from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock he attended medical school at St. George's University in Bay Shore, New York and Kent & Canterbury Hospital in Canterbury, Kent England. Dr. Luttrell completed his Internal Medicine and General Surgery residencies at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine in Johnson City, Tennessee. Since entering practice in 1993, Dr. Luttrell has performed thousands of surgical procedures including nearly 1,000 Gastric Bypasses for obesity.

Dr. Luttrell is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, the Southern Medical Association, the Pulaski County Medical Society, the Arkansas Medical Society and the American College of Surgeons. He has won the Internal Medicine Award of Excellence, membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Society, and a Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.