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Hadley Katharine Wesson, M.D., M.P.H.

Hadley Katharine Wesson, M.D., M.P.H.

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4.9out of 5
90 Ratings
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery


Gallbladder Diseases, Gallbladder Surgery, Hernia Repair, Incisional Hernia Repair, Inguinal Hernia, Minimally Invasive Surgery more

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Johns Hopkins Community Physicians - Howard County

Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508
11085 Little Patuxent Parkway
The Medical Arts Building, Suite 103
Columbia, MD 21044 map
Phone: 443-997-1508 | Fax: 410-730-1987


Hadley Katharine Wesson is a general surgeon with the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, practicing at Howard County General Hospital. After receiving her BA from Brown University, Dr. Wesson received her MD from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. She completed her surgical residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

She holds a Masters in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in International Health through The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

As a general surgeon, Dr. Wesson has a broad experience encompassing both open and laparoscopic surgical techniques. Her research interests include improving systems-based delivery of care and a focus on quality improvement. Additionally, her research focuses on enhancing patients' understanding of their surgery, with techniques aimed at improving the preparedness for and recovering from surgery. Her practice embraces the American College of Surgeon's Strong for Surgery and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery initiatives.

She is the recipient of the "2017 Armstrong Award for Excellence in Quality and Safety" for her work in enhancing patient's surgical experience at Howard County General Hospital. 

She is a member of the Distinguished Teaching Society of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, recognized for demonstrating the highest standards of excellence and clinical teaching. 

She currently serves as the President of the Professional Staff at Howard County General Hospital and is the medical director of the Johns Hopkins Surgery Practice at Howard County. more


  • Assistant Professor of Surgery

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  • MD; University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2007)


  • General Surgery; Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (2008)
  • General Surgery; Virginia Commonwealth University Health System (2015)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (General Surgery) (2018)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Wesson HKH, Bagwell C. "Operative Management of Choledochal Cysts." In Mastery of Surgery. Seventh Edition. JE Fischer (ed). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. 2017

Wesson HKH, Natoli KR, Harris JE, Zenilman ME. "Small Bowel Diverticula." In Sackelford's Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. Eighth Edition. CJ Yeo (ed). Philadelphia: Elsevier. 2018

Wesson HKH, Khan S, Ferrada P. "Ultrasound as a Tool for Fluid Status Assessment in the Trauma Patient." International Journal of Surgery. September 2015; 33:190-195. PMID: 26432007

Wesson HKH, Mthembu N, Bachani A, Hyder AA, Hofman K. "Informing Road Traffic Intervention Choices in South Africa: The Role of Economic Evaluations." Global Health Action. July 2016; 9: 30728. PMID: 27396485

Wesson HKH, Natoli K, Zenilman ME. "Invited Commentary: Nursing Homes, Geriatric Patients and Us." The American Journal of Surgery. August 2016; 212(2):209-10. PMID: 27449210

Activities & Honors


  • American College of Surgeons

Videos & Media

  • Play Video:

    Gallbladder Attack - Symptoms and Surgical Options

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    Inguinal Hernia - Symptoms and Treatment

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    Umbilical Hernia - Symptoms and Treatment

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    Treatment of Lipomas and Soft Tissue Masses

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

  • 5.0 Provider Explained Things Clearly
  • 5.0 Provider Listened Carefully
  • 4.8 Provider Knew Medical History
  • 5.0 Provider Showed Respect
  • 4.9 Provider Spent Enough Time
  • 4.9 Overall Rating by Patient


4.9 out of 5 (90 Ratings, 39 Comments)
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