The physicians of Women's Health and Surgery Center are committed to the lifetime care of all women - from adolescence through menopause and beyond. By specializing in minimally invasive surgical techniques, our surgical patients experience shorter recovery times and higher satisfaction with their procedure. Our obstetric patients receive personalized attention throughout their entire pregnancy and have the region's highest patient satisfication scores. The physicians of Women's Health and Surgery Center were named among the best OB/GYN physicians in Northern Virginia by Northern Virginia Magazine from 2011 - 2014.


Kurian Thott, MD, FACOG

Dr. Kurian Thott - Stafford, VA Obgyn

Dr. Kurian Thott OB/GYN Top Doctors Virginia 2012Dr. Thott completed part of his medical training overseas and remaining clinical training at Northwestern University Hospital and Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. He completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology training at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Thott has a specialized focus and advanced training in Urogynecology and Pelvic reconstructive surgery and was awarded for outstanding laparoscopic skill and minimally invasive surgery by both the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS).

He sits on multiple boards and panels among various medical societies including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), American Academy of Gynecological Laparoscopists (AAGL), and Society of Laparoscopic Surgerons (SLS). He travels nationally and internationally, training surgeons in the field of laparoscopic surgery.

He is the founder of the Women's Surgical Institute, a not-for-profit institute dedicated to training surgeons worldwide in minimally invasive surgery.

Dr. Thott has also been the Chief of OB/GYN at Stafford Hospital since 2009 and sits on various committees and boards at Mary Washington Healthcare.

He brings his expertise to service women's health and surgical needs in the northern and central Virginia communities of Stafford, Fredericksburg, and Spotsylvania. He is the highest volume minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon in the region.

Meet Dr. Kurian Thott

Meet Dr. Kurian Thott, Women's Health and Surgery Center physician and Chief of Women's and Children's Services at Stafford Hospital. Dr. Thott explains the Women's Health and Surgery difference and the benefits of laparoscopic surgery.


Lia Shorter, MD, FACOG

Dr. Lia Shorter, Stafford VA ObGyn

Dr. Lia Shorter OB/GYN Top Doctors Virginia 2012A graduate of East Carolina University - Brody School of Medicine in North Carolina, Dr. Shorter completed training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. She has received specialized training in minimally invasive vaginal surgery as well as further advanced training in female sexual dysfunction. It is her philosophy that it is imperative to treat the whole woman - not just a symptom.

She hopes to expand her area of expertise in female sexual dysfunction to the central Virginia communities of Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg - as well as neighboring areas. She was recently honored as one of the top 3 physicians in patient satisfaction surveys.

Meet Dr. Lia Shorter

Meet Dr. Lia Shorter, Women's Health and Surgery Center physician. Dr. Shorter explains her mission of "treating every woman as a whole," and her specialty interests of female sexual dysfunction and menopausal care.


Shelly James, MD, FACOG

Dr. Shelly James, Stafford VA ObGyn

Dr. Sherlonda Asate OB/GYN Top Doctors Virginia 2012 Dr. Shelly James is a graduate of Temple University Medical School, and completed Obstetrics and Gynecology training at Stony Brook Medical Center in Long Island New York. Dr. James is committed to providing excellent, comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care with a special interest in family planning and in working with young women. Dr. James is primarily interested in the management of abnormal pap smears, abnormal bleeding, minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery.

Meet Dr. Shelly James

Meet Dr. Shelly James, Women's Health and Surgery Center physician.


Dr. Rachel McCarter

Dr. Lia Shorter, Stafford VA ObGyn

Dr. Rachel McCarter has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology for 10 years. She originally called eastern North Carolina home and she practiced there for 10 years where she had the pleasure of caring for the people she grew up around. She was an active member of her church and many civic organizations. Most recently she served her local hospital as the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology for three years and the Chief of Staff for the last year at her local hospital.

She received her undergraduate training at East Carolina University where she obtained a BS in Biology and graduated Magna Cum Laude and was member of the Alpha Epilson Delta Society and was marshall for two years. She received her medical training at East Carolina Brody School of Medicine where she was a Brody Scholar for four years. She then attended Cabell Huntington Hospital for an obstetrics and gynecology residency where she was named “Most Outstanding Resident” during the course of her training.

Dr. McCarter has enjoyed practicing many aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. In her previous practice, she did normal and high risk obstetrics, taking a particular interest in diabetes and pregnancy. She also is proficient in many different vaginal repair procedures and in vaginal surgery as well as minimally invasive procedures. However, her particular area of interest is in Metabolic syndrome and Polycystic syndrome and the far-reaching effects these disease states can have on a women’s health. This is a rapidly growing field of research and obgyns are in the position to make a positive impact in the health of women who have these disorders.

Dr. McCarter is married and is the mother of four children, ages 8-14. Since they are all boys, she spends quite a bit of time at a variety of sporting events. Her husband is in the physical therapy field and is excited to be beginning a new career in Fredericksburg. Dr. McCarter and her family are looking forward to starting a new life in the Fredericksburg area and to establish new friendships and ties to the community.