A native of North Carolina, Dr. Caton attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Undergraduate and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. After he received his general surgical training at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Caton acquired additional training in the subspecialty of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Caton discusses both medical management and surgical interventions with patients with bowel dysfunction. When appropriate, he utilizes minimally invasive surgical approaches to reduce pain and get folks back to their daily lives faster. Family experiences with colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease helped focus Dr. Caton’s practice and drive the compassionate care that he strives to provide to all his patients.

Dr. Caton performed the first robotic-assisted Trans-Anal Minimally Invasive Surgery (R-TAMIS) in the Wilmington area in January 2021. TAMIS, which is traditionally performed laparoscopically, is a challenging minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove large polyps and early cancers in the lower rectum.


University of North Carolina
Biology and Peace, War, and Defense
Capel Hill, NC, 2004

University of South Carolina
School of Medicine
Medical Degree
Columbia, SC, 2009


The Ochsner Clinic
General Surgery
New Orleans, LA, 2014


Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas
Colorectal Fellowship
Dallas, TX, 2015

Conditions & Procedures

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Advanced Hemorrhoid Procedures
  • Anal Fissures and Fistulas
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Fecal Incontinence Procedures
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • General Surgery
  • Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Stoma Hernias and Complications

Professional Associations

American College of Surgeons

American Medical Association

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons

Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Western Carolina Medical Society

Meet Dr. Caton - Video

Patient Satisfaction

Our patient satisfaction surveys help us identify areas of improvement to work toward providing you with the best healthcare in the area. Patient satisfaction, along with increasing the quality of care delivered and reducing healthcare costs, are the three organizational objectives we focus on each and every day.

How does Gentry Caton compare?

  • How would you rate getting an appointment as soon as you needed? 

    4.73 out of 5
  • How would you rate how well this provider communicates? (easy to understand, listens carefully to you, shows respect for what you had to say, sensitivity, friendliness)

    4.70 out of 5
  • Using a number from 1 to 5, where 5 is the best provider possible and 1 is the worst provider possible, what number would you use to rate this provider?

    4.81 out of 5
  • When this provider orders a blood test, x-ray, or other test for you, how would you rate how well this provider’s office follows up to give you those results?

    4.50 out of 5

I believe that if you treat your patient like a neighbor and friend; the rest will take care of itself.

Gentry Caton, MD


"Simply the Best!!! Everything was precise and to the point!!!!"


"Thank you, Dr. Caton, for your professionalism, patience and understanding. You were absolutely right. The surgery improved my quality of life, and your team of professionals, including Pat, and Jess, were very supportive pre and post op."


"Amazing surgeon, he dropped everything to save my life this last week. Thank God for Dr. C"


"You don't find many good doctors with great bed-side manners like Dr. Caton. Dr. Caton and his staff were patient, informative and took time to answer my questions and concerns. He recently did my surgery and everything went smoothly. He explained the process clearly and his staff provided me with information to heal properly during my recovery. I highly recommend Dr. Gentry Caton to anyone."

Dave C.