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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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Alysha Kirkwood, DO

Dr. Alysha Kirkwood is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology training at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr.Kirkwood's main emphasis within her career is to help women and their families understand health issues and their options for care by listening, being compassionate and comprehensive. She is committed to treating the physical, mental and emotional health of women. Dr.Kirkwood enjoys all areas of obstetrics and gynecology with a special interest in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery.

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Meet Dr. Alysha Kirkwood, Women's Health and Surgery Center physician. Dr. Kirkwood discusses why she enjoys obstetrics and gynecology, and why she likes minimally invasive gynecologic surgery options.


Sherlonda Asante, MD, FACOG

Dr. Sherlonda Asanta

Dr. Sherlonda Asate OB/GYN Top Doctors Virginia 2012Dr. Asante is a native of Virginia who attended Yale University for a portion of her undergraduate studies. She obtained her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School located in Norlfolk, VA. At EVMS, she was the recipient of a four year scholarship from the L.D. Britt Scholarship Foundation. This scholarship is awarded to one student per year. After completing medical school, she moved to Reading, Pennsylvannia where she completed her training in obstetrics and gynecology at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Asante prides herself on being a compassionate and caring physician who practices evidence-based medicine. Her practice scope includes all areas of obstetrics and gynecology. She has special interest in women’s health ultrasound.

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