Your Surgical Team

The surgeons of Surgical Associates are certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Osteopathic Surgery. They are Fellows of the American College of Surgeons. The rigorous requirements of the Board of Surgery ensure that your surgeon has achieved certifiable levels of excellence in this field.



David G. Berry, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Robert S. Davidson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Robert T. Roth, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Rick J. Schmidt, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Theodore R. Small, M.D.
Mark Zuzga, D.O., R.V.T. F.A.C.O.S.

David G. Berry, M.D., F.A.C.s.

Dr. Berry was born and raised in Villanova, Pennsylvania. His undergraduate studies were completed at Villanova University in 1972. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1976. His internship and residency in genera surgery were served at the Georgetown University Medical Center. In addition, Dr. Berry completed a post-graduate fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

Dr. Berry is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the southeast Surgical Congress, the Florida surgical Society, the Florida Medical Association, The Pinellas County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association.

His special interests include peripheral vascular disease, breast cancer diagnosis and management, and laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Berry is currently President of the Medical Staff at the Mease Hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Healthcare.

Robert S. Davidson, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Davidson was born and raised in Swampscott, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1988 and his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School in 1993. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1998.

Following residency he completed two fellowships in surgical oncology. First an NIH sponsored research fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and more recently a clinical fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Davidson is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology and American Society of Clinical Oncology.

He is the Cancer Liaison for Mease Hospitals and a member of the Mease Cancer Committee. He is an active weekly Tumor Board participant.

As a surgical oncologist his interests include gastrointestinal malignancies, breast cancer, sarcomas and cutaneous malignancies, particularly, melanoma. He also utilizes laparoscopy and intraoperative ultrasound for some GI malignancies, both for staging and selective operative management.


Robert T. Roth, MDA native of Michigan, Dr. Roth received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from Michigan State University.  He then relocated to Washington, D.C., where he completed his general surgery residency and a fellowship in surgical critical care at The Washington Hospital Center.

Dr. Roth is certified by the American Board of Surgery in both general surgery and surgical critical care.  Dr. Roth is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.  He is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Medical Association and the Pinellas County Medical Society.

Dr. Roth worked as an attending general and trauma surgeon before entering private practice.  He offers expert care in all aspects of general surgery.  His areas of interest include laparoscopic, oncologic, endocrine and gastrointestinal surgery, as well as critical care medicine. 

Rick J. Schmidt, M.D., F.A.C.s.

Dr. Schmidt was born in Sanford, Florida and raised in Tampa. He received his bachelor's degree and medical degree from Emory University. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He subsequently completed fellowships in endocrine surgery and gastrointestinal endoscopy at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in thoracic surgery at Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool, England.

Dr. Schmidt is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Endocrinology. He is a member of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American Society for Gastrointenstinal Endoscopy.

Theodore R. Small, M.D., F.A.C.s.

Dr. Theodore R. SmallDr. Small was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He received his bachelor's degree in Biology from the College of Charleston and medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his internship and residency at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina.

Dr. Small served with the United States Air Force with tours at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and Eglin Air Base, Florida. During his Air Force career, he performed and taught techniques in advanced laparoscopic surgery, especially anti-reflux or heartburn surgery and laparoscopic colon resections.

For the past few years, Dr. Small has served as a consultant surgeon for Ethicon Endo Surgery as a course director for advanced laparoscopic procedures and preceptor to surgeons from all over the country interested in new techniques. Dr. Small performs all varieties of laparoscopic or minimally invasive procedures including hernia, adrenal, spleen, colon and weight loss surgeries.

Dr. Small is Surgical Director of the Mease Countryside Heartburn Center. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the Southern Medical Association, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

Mark Zuzga, D.O., R.V.T.

Dr. Zuzga is a native of Michigan. He received his bachelor's degree at Oakland University and his medical degree from Michigan State University. He completed a general surgery residency at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Michigan and a vascular surgery fellowship at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in New Jersey.

In addition, Dr. Zuzga completed an interventional endovascular fellowship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Here he acquired state-of-the-art training in minimally invasive treatments for vascular disease including carotid artery stenting, stenting for the treatment of aortic aneurysms, and angioplasty of peripheral arteries. He is a member of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists and has co-authored many publications and studies on vascular disease. His interests include all aspects of vascular surgery and general surgery.

Dr. Zuzga is the Director of the West Florida Vein Center for minimally invasive treatment options for vein issues, such as varicose and spider veins.