ElisImageDr. Michael Ellis is a board certified general surgeon who is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina where he also completed a 5 year general surgery residency.

In 1987 he joined Dr. Hal Holmes at Associates in Surgery after serving 4 years in the United States Air Force. He lives in downtown Conway with his wife Pam and attends Kingston Presbyterian Church where he has served as a Deacon and an Elder.

Dr. Ellis believes in providing professional quality care with compassion. To achieve this he believes the office staff and nurses are the best Horry County. Also needed is a strong caring hospital. At Conway Medical Center he was a past Chief of Staff and is currently a hospital board member and serves on the Quality Committee.

Dr. Ellis has primary interests in breast surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic abdominal surgery.

Dr. Ellis was the first surgeon at Conway Medical Center to perform laparoscopic gallbladder removal, sentinel lymph node excision for breast cancer, and minimally invasive stereotactic breast biopsy.


  • University of South Carolina
    BS – Biology, 1974
  • Medical University of South Carolina
    MD – 1974 to 1978
    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Medical University of South Carolina
    General Surgery Residency, 1978 to 1983
    Senior Chief Resident, 1982 to 1983

Professional Experience

  • Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Major
    Staff Surgeon, 1983-1987
    Chief of Surgery
    Chief of Emergency Services
    Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Conway Medical Center
    Staff Surgeon, 1987 to present
    Medical Executive Committee
    Chief of Surgery
    Chief of Medical Staff
    Board of Trustees
    Board Quality Committee
  • Medical University of South Carolina College of Health Professionals
    Clinical Instructor – teaches surgery to physician assistant students
  • Rivertown Surgery Center – outpatient surgery
  • Waccamaw Community Hospital – courtesy staff


  • General Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Cancer
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Skin Cancer

Profession Affiliations

  • Diplomat American Board of Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • South Carolina Medical Association
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons
  • South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons – past president