James D. Pilkington

Advanced Laparoscopic, Bariatric, Endoscopic & General Surgery

James Pilkington, M.D., F.A.C.S., is welcoming patients at Great Lakes Surgical Associates in Mt. Pleasant and Alma. He is on the active medical staff at Gratiot Medical Center.

pilkingtonstandPhilosophy of Care
“I was drawn to surgical care because I loved having the opportunity to fix  people and make them feel better relatively quickly,” said Dr. Pilkington. “I believe in providing complete surgical care, including answering a patient’s questions before surgery and providing follow-up treatment after the surgery.”

Dr. Pilkington is a member of Great Lakes Surgical Associates.  Their mission is to provide patients with state-of-the-art surgical care in a comfortable, compassionate environment. The surgeons of GLSA specialize in minimally invasive solutions to common surgical problems.

Dr. Pilkington has been in practice in Mt. Pleasant since 2000. He resides there with his wife and three sons. Outside of the practice of medicine, he coaches baseball and enjoys golfing, skiing and watching Tigers baseball.

Special Interests and Procedures
As a general surgeon, Dr. Pilkington performs many different types of surgeries including bariatric surgery (laparoscopic gastric banding/Roux-en-Y gastric bypass/sleeve gastrectomy), endoscopic procedures, endocrine, anti-reflux, hernia, colon, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast and thyroid surgeries.


  • Fellow - American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Bariatric Surgery
  • American society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Alma Office

Warwick Medical Plaza
315 Warwick Drive, #3
Alma, MI 48801

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

Mt. Pleasant Office

4851 E Pickard St
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Midland Office

MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland
Towsley Building
4201 Campus Ridge Drive, Suite 4050
Midland, MI  48640
Towsley Building Entrance - take elevator on right to 4th floor

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Office Hours:
Thursdays - Bi-Weekly
1pm - 5pm

Clare Office

602 Beach Street
Suite 2240
Clare, Michigan 48617
Across from the Dougherty Hotel, behind the hospital

Phone: (989) 463-6699
Fax: (989) 466-2574

Hospital Affiliations

All of the surgeons at Great Lakes Surgical Associates have full, unrestricted privileges to practice general surgery at the two major hospital systems in Gratiot and Isabella Counties: Gratiot Medical Center and Central Michigan Community Hospital. We perform surgery at the following locations:
    MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot
    Mount Pleasant Surgery Center - Mount Pleasant
    MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland
GLSA Offices are also equipped with surgery suites for indicated office procedures.

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