Dr Paul Conte

General and Thoracic Surgery

Dr. Paul A. Conte’s professional experiences began in 1987 when he graduated cum laude with a BA/BS in Chemistry from the University of Oregon. Following graduation, he began a career as a synthetic organic chemist at Epitope in Portland, Oregon. Part of his work included formulation of new methylthoribose compounds, which led to joint work with Smith Kline Beacham (now Glaxo Smith Kline). He subsequently went back to medical school, again graduating cum laude from OHSU.

Following residency and fellowship at UW Madison, Dr. Conte has been in full-time practice of clinical medicine since 2001. He has had an active and thriving practice in the field of general and thoracic surgery. In 2002, Dr. Conte pioneered the use of the Da Vinci surgical robot in Iowa, first using the system at Iowa Methodist Medical Center to perform an esophageal surgery. In 2003, he was named teacher of the year at Iowa Methodist Medical center’s residency program, an award he was again nominated for in subsequent years.

In 2004, Dr. Conte expanded his surgical practice and began an office in West Des Moines. As part of this expansion, he began an association with two rural hospitals and expanded their surgical operations and service lines. Dr. Conte’s interest in telemedicine was first piqued at this point, and he began to formulate its usefulness in clinical medicine. At this time, he also developed an interest in the intersection of medicine and law, and began to regularly review cases, including complex workers compensation cases, causation review, and expert witness cases.

In 2007, Dr. Conte’s private practice was acquired by a consortium of the Iowa Health System and two rural hospitals.

Subsequently, he has continued in the same type of practice scope, but has expanded the use of telemedicine, conducting regular rural clinics utilizing video telemedicine to expand surgical coverage and follow-up. Telemedicine has the potential to change the whole delivery of health care in the U.S., especially primary care and remote specialty care.

Dr. Conte provides surgical services in Knoxville based on medical referrals. 


  • U Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI


  • U Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

Medical School

  • Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine


  • University of Oregon, BA/BS in Chemistry, Graduated in 1987

Certifications & Licensure

  • American Board of Surgery, Certified in Surgery
  • IA State Medical License, Active through 2019
  • AZ State Medical License, Active through 2019
  • OR State Medical License, Active through 2019


  • General Surgery (hernia repair, breast and abdomen surgery, colonoscopies)
  • Thoracic Surgery (lung surgery, mediastinal surgery)

Awards, Honors & Recognitions

  • ACS Fellow, 2012
  • CMS Stage 1 2012