Dubuque Surgery is an independent general surgery group in Dubuque, Iowa. We provide care at a number of locations in the tristate area. We provide a broad range of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures.


Mon 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
Tues 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
Wed 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
Thur 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
Fri 8:30 AM–5:00 PM
Sat Closed
Sun Closed


Finley Hospital, Dubuque, IA
Mercy Hospital, Dubuque, IA
Midwest Medical Center, Galena, IL
Jackson Country Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, IA


1515 Delhi St.
Suite 200
Dubuque, IA 52001
(563) 557-7000


  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Anal/Rectal
    • Hemorrhoids/Banding
    • Pilonidal Cyst
    • Anal/Rectal abscess
    • Anal Fissure/Fistula
  • Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
    • Benign/ Malignant breast disease
    • Breast lump
    • Lumpectomy
    • Mastectomy
    • Nipple Discharge
  • Cancer Surgery
    • Breast Cancer
    • Colon and Rectal Cancers
    • Melanoma
    • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
    • Thyroid Cancer
  • Dialysis Access Surgery
    • IJ catheter
    • Fistula creation
  • Emergency and Trauma Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
    • Adrenal
    • Parathyroid
    • Thyroid
  • Endoscopy
    • Upper Endoscopy
    • Colonoscopy
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Tract Surgery
    • Appendix
    • Colon Resection
    • Small bowel
  • Hernia Repair
    • Epigastric/ Ventral
    • Femoral
    • Incisional
    • Inguinal
    • Spigelian
    • Umbilical
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Laparoscopic Surgery
    • Robotic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Skin and Soft Tissue Surgery
    • Lesions/ Lumps
    • Soft tissue infections
  • Spleen Surgery
  • Vascular Access Surgery
    • Power port (chemotherapy)
    • Central lines
  • Vasectomy
  • Complete Vein Care
    • Free screening visit
    • Ultrasound
    • Vein closure
    • Sclerotherapy
      • Therapeutic
      • Cosmetic
    • Phlebectomy

We accept most health insurances. Please call our office at (563) 557-7000 to confirm if we accept your insurance.


We are located in the Grand River Medical Group building on the upper level.


Dr. Phillip Bailey


Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University – Syracuse
Residency: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University – Syracuse

Dr. David Oppert


Medical School: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Board Certified American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Dr. Ahmad Y. El-Hattab


Medical School: Carver College of Medicine, The University of Iowa
Residency: Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Michigan State University

Dr. Jacob Wagner


Medical School: Carver College of Medicine, the University of Iowa
Residency: Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Fletcher Allen Health Care, University of Vermont
Board Certified American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons


What if I need to refill or change my prescription?

Call our office at (563) 557-7000 to request a change in your prescription medication. Please keep in mind that pain medication changes and refills are only available Monday through Friday during our regular business hours.

What if I cannot keep my appointment or need to reschedule?

Please call our office at (563) 557-7000 between 8:30 and 5:00 weekdays to make changes to your scheduled appointment.

What if my incision starts to bleed?

Apply direct, firm pressure to the wound for 15 minutes. Do not stop applying pressure during the 15 minute interval. If bleeding continues after applying pressure, call our office at (563) 557-7000.

How will I know if I have an infection?

An infection will present as redness, swelling, warmth or firmness of the area. If you experience a fever greater than 102 degrees, please call our office at (563) 557-7000.

When can I take a shower or bath?

You may shower 48 hours after surgery. DO NOT take a tub bath or submerge your wound in water until 7 days after surgery, or otherwise stated by your physician. DO NOT take a bath, Jacuzzi, or go swimming if you have an open, draining wound. If you have drains in place, please follow the bathing instructions provided by your doctor.

What should I do if I have not had a bowel movement within the first 3 days after surgery?

Walking, increasing oral fluid intake, and increasing dietary fiber are recommended to help with bowel movements after surgery. Stool softeners are suggested while using prescription medication for pain control. You may also try 1 dose of MiraLax, or Milk of Magnesia daily. Please call our office at (563) 557-7000 if the interventions listed do not provide relief.

When can I start driving again?

You may resume driving when you have not taken prescription pain medication for at least 24 hours. Please remember to refrain from driving if you experience increased pain with twisting, turning, braking or wearing a safety belt.

When can I resume normal activities?

Please follow the weight restrictions provided by your doctor upon discharge or as discussed during your post-operative visit. Most physical activities may be resumed as pain resolves, unless your doctor has advised of specific limitations or restrictions that should be followed.

What should I do if I experience problems after office hours?

There is a surgeon on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Please call our office at (563) 557-7000 and follow the prompts to leave a message for the surgeon on call. Remember to speak slowly and leave a call back number where you can be reached. If you do not receive a call back after 15 minutes, please call and leave another message.