Meet the Team

Skilled surgeons, friendly staff, and a wide range of specialties

Arthur W. Cooler, MD


Dr. Arthur CoolerDr. Arthur Cooler received his medical degree from The Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta, Georgia after receiving a Bachelors of Science in Molecular Biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  He completed his residency in General Surgery at The University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Widely respected in his field, Dr. Cooler has co-authored numerous articles and has provided numerous educational lectures to other physicians, medical students, and patients themselves during his 20 plus years of practice. Dr. Cooler is a strong advocate of limb salvation in diabetics, using his specialty skill with leg stents to help promote better circulation in the extremities to avoid the need for amputation.  

Kelly C. Harris, MD


Dr. Kelly C. HarrisDr. Kelly C. Harris is a General Surgeon practicing with Providence Surgical Associates in Columbia, SC. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida, and completed his internship and residency at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining Providence Health, Dr. Harris was a General Surgeon with the Jackson Clinic in Tennessee performing a broad range of cases including breast, colorectal, hemodialysis access, vascular, endocrine, trauma, robotics, foregut, and more. Dr. Harris is trained and experienced in robotic surgery and is looking forward to pursuing the development of a robotic surgery program at Providence. Prior to his role at Jackson Clinic, he participated in multiple medical mission trips including Guadalajara, Mexico, Managua, Nicaragua, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. When not in the office or operating room, Dr. Harris enjoys spending time with his family, running, cooking, soccer, and yoga. Dr. Harris is fluent in Spanish.

Eric Gourley, MD, FACS


Dr. Eric GourleyDr. Eric Gourley is an accomplished and awarded veteran with an impressive list of military medical assignments and surgical expertise. Dr. Gourley received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his internship and residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, TX. Board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the, American College of Surgeons (FACS), Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), and American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (ASMBS). Dr. Gourley is the author of numerous published medical papers and is the recipient of multiple military honors. 

Travelyan Marcel Walker, MD


Dr. Travelyan WalkerDr. Travelyan Walker received his medical degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, where he was also intern of the year and resident of the year in General Surgery. Dr. Walker served as Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, based at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He was deployed with Special-Purpose in the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response team to Moron, Spain and the Naval Hospital Sigonella as a General Surgeon with a Forward Resuscitative Surgical System. Board certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and an Associate Fellow with the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Walker is the author of numerous published medical papers on surgical topics ranging from laparoscopy, hernias, fistulas, catheter placement, thyroidectomies, and more. Dr. Walker specializes in minimally invasive surgery. 

Emily Cain Parker, PA-C


Emily Cain Parker, PA-CEmily Parker received her Masters of Physician Assistant (PA) from Augusta University in 2017. Prior to attending PA school she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Presbyterian College. Specializing in General and Plastic Surgery, she is also certified in Advanced Care Life Support and Basic Life Support. Emily’s current clinical interests are in skin care, reconstructive surgery and clinical research. As a native of Columbia she has grown up being a part of the Providence family. Emily is an active member of the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (SCAPA). Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as venturing out and staying active.  

Nicole Schneider, PA-C


Nicole Schneider PA-CNicole Schneider, PA-C, received her Masters of Physician Assistant (PA) Medicine from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a Bachelors of Health Sciences with a minor in Public Health from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoake. In addition to general surgery, which she specializes in at Providence Surgical Associates, Nicole's professional career includes work in trauma. She also received her paramedic certification.  

Downtown Office

2750 Laurel Street, Suite 200A & 200B 
Columbia, SC 29204 
Phone: (803) 409-7130 
Fax: (803) 252-8280

Northeast Office

114 Gateway Corporate Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 365-8650 
Fax: (803) 365-8659