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USA Welcomes Dr. Brooks

Dr. Ron Brooks recently was appointed assistant professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine and will serve as a plastic surgeon with USA Physicians Group. Dr. Brooks earned his medical degree from Indiana University in Indianapolis. He completed his surgery residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He then completed a plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville and Affiliated Hospitals, located in Louisville, Ky. In addition, he completed surgical research at Weill Cornel Medical College in New York. Dr. Brooks is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Alpha Omega Alpha and is a candidate for membership of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


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August 13, 2015

USA Welcomes Dr. Taylor

Dr. Joshua Taylor recently was appointed assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and will serve as a surgeon with USA Physicians Group. Dr. Taylor earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., after earning his bachelor of science degree from the University of Alabama. He completed his residency in general surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Taylor received the Society of Thoracic Surgeons “Looking to the Future Scholarship” in 2011 as a post-graduate and the William Stewart Halsted Award in Surgery from John Hopkins University School of Medicine.


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Dr. Richards to Speak at Med School Cafe' on "LINX- A Revolutionary New Treatment for Severe GERD"

The August Med School Café lecture will feature Dr. William Richards, professor and chair of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and the director of the USA Surgical Weight Loss Center. His lecture, titled "LINX- A Revolutionary New Treatment for Severe GERD," will take place Aug. 19, 2015, at the USA Faculty Club on USA's main campus. Lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. and the presentation begins at 11:45 a.m. Dr. Richards' lecture will include information on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and a new solution for those who suffer from GERD, called LINX.

Dr. Richards earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. He completed his internship at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, and his surgery residency at the University of Maryland. Following his residency, Dr. Richards completed a surgical fellowship in portal hypertension and endoscopy at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. In addition, he also completed a research fellowship in gastrointestinal motility at the Vanderbilt Medical Center, Nashville, TN.


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USA Medical Center Holds Dedication Ceremony for Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center

The University of South Alabama Medical Center held the dedication ceremony for the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Dr. Luterman, retired Ripps-Meisler professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine and former director of the burn center, was recognized for his development of the regional burn center and for helping it grow into one of the busiest in the country. “The Burn Center became involved in the development and testing of many new advances in burn care, which gained it a national and international reputation,” Dr. Luterman said. See more...


April 14, 2015

USA Surgery Hosts Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium

The University of South Alabama Department of Surgery hosted the 6th annual Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium on April 9-10, 2015, at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala. The event had approximately 150 attendees. This year’s symposium included updates on trauma, emergency surgery and critical care issues.  The 8th annual William A. L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care was held in conjunction with the seminar. This year’s lecture featured internationally recognized trauma surgeon Dr. Thomas Scalea. Dr. Scalea is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Baltimore area, including the University of Maryland Medical Center and Veterans affairs Maryland Health Care System-Baltimore Division. View more photos from the event here.


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USA Surgical Oncologist Earns New Board Certification

Established to assess qualifications for the treatment of complex cases – typically seen in cancer centers and specialized institutions – the American Board of Surgery approved this certification in 2011 in an effort to help improve the care of cancer patients with complex cases requiring intensive, multidisciplinary treatment. Dr. Marcus Tan, assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and a surgical oncologist with the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, recently earned a board certification in surgical oncology. Dr. Tan now has dual certification in general surgery and oncologic surgery. See more...


November 6, 2014

USA Welcomes Dr. James Glasser

Dr. James Goodwin Glasser was recently appointed associate professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He will serve as a pediatric surgeon with USA Physicians Group. Dr. Glasser earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark, N.J. He completed his general surgery residency at UMDNJ affiliated hospitals. He received his pediatric surgery training at Pittsburg Children’s Hospital in Pa., and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Dr. Glasser is board certified in pediatric and general surgery. He is a member of the American Pediatric Surgery Association and the Christian Medical and Dental Association. Previously, he was associated with the University of South Carolina Medical School and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, S.C.


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USA Welcomes Dr. William Barber

Dr. William Henry Barber IV was recently appointed professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and will serve as a trauma/critical care surgeon at USA Medical Center. Prior to his appointment at USA, Dr. Barber was a surgeon at Delta Regional Hospital in Greenville, Miss. From 1993 to 2010, Dr. Barber was professor of surgery and microbiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., where he served as the surgical director of renal transplantation and director of the general surgery residency program. Dr. Barber earned his medical degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., and his doctor of philosophy at Oxford University in Oxford, England. He completed an internship and residency in surgery at UAB. He also completed a research fellowship at Oxford University and a fellowship in transplantation at UAB. Dr. Barber was a Sandoz Fellow for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. Dr. Barber is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Oncology.


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August 14, 2014

U.S. News and World Report's Top Doctors

Dr. William Richards, chair of the USA Department of Surgery and professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine, is among physicians at the University of South Alabama named in the most recent US news and World Report's Top Doctors. He directs the laparoscopic and bariatric surgery programs at USA and is also a member surgeon with the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. Dr. Richard’s clinical interests focus on surgical treatment of achalasia, paraesophageal hernias, Barrett's esophagus, adrenal tumors, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Type 2 diabetes and motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract using minimally invasive surgical procedures. He has performed thousands of laparoscopic procedures since 1989 and is internationally recognized for his research and surgical expertise. See more...


June 26, 2014

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Dr. Jon Simmons, assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received two grants for his research – one from the American Heart Association and one from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

The American Heart Association Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award totaled $154,000.

According to Dr. Simmons, more than 50 percent of trauma patients that receive massive blood transfusions develop severe lung inflammation that does not resolve and often leads to death or permanent disability.

“This becomes highly significant because the injuries that lead to the blood loss are often repaired,” Dr. Simmons said. “The only significant long-term injury is often the debilitating lung dysfunction that occurs after the blood transfusions.”

A recent study performed by Dr. Simmons at USA determined that blood transfusion products contain varying quantities of mitochondrial DNA fragments, which are very inflammatory to the lung. See more...


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June 19, 2014

Surgery Resident Receives Scholarship to Attend American College of Surgeons Conference

Dr. Caleb Butts, a surgery resident at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received a scholarship to attend the American College of Surgeons 2014 Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit.


The four-day symposium included several activities and kicked off with a discussion about surgeons as leaders within the operating room, hospital, city, state, and country. The following two days were dedicated to developing advocacy skills for the field of surgery when working with legislators and lobbyists to promote the interests of patients, hospitals, and the medical career of surgery.

“The final day allowed us to actually visit the U.S. Capitol to lobby to our state's senators and congressman on behalf of several important policies to ensure access to quality care for those in the state of Alabama and throughout the region,” Dr. Butts said. 

According to Dr. Butts, there were more than 160 residents who applied and only 40 were selected. See more...


January 31, 2014

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Dr. Joseph Ogrodnik, senior surgery resident at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, received second place overall for his presentation at the 26th Annual Southern Region Burn Conference, hosted by the Tampa Regional Burn Center.

Dr. Ogrodnik’s research project, “Techniques for Better Aesthetic Outcomes After Excision and Grafting for Acute Burn Injury,” shows how the focus on burn injury outcomes has evolved in the United States from preservation of life to quality of life after recovery.

According to the study’s abstract, the researchers distributed an internet-based survey to burn surgeons across the country that examines factors such as region, gender, and number of years in burn care. Each surgeon was asked to indicate the top three techniques used in grafting of acute burns to maximize the aesthetic outcomes. See more...


January 22, 2012

USA Physicians Named Best Doctors

Eight physicians affiliated with the USA Department of Surgery have been included in the annual Best Doctors in America database. The following physicians were chosen for the list after extensive peer review by thousands of doctors:

  • Jorge E. Alonso - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Donna Lynn Dyess - Surgery
  • Richard P. Gonzalez - Surgery
  • Arnold Luterman - Surgery
  • Frederick N. Meyer - Hand Surgery
  • Prasit Nimityongskul - Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Albert W. Pearsall IV - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • William O. Richards - Surgery

To read this article in full, click here.


August 12, 2013

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Dr. Leander (Lee) Grimm Jr. was recently appointed assistant professor of surgery in the division of colon and rectal surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Dr. Grimm earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012, where he served as administrative chief resident. In 2013, Dr. Grimm completed a colon and rectal surgery residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Grimm is a candidate member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.


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USA Medical Center Named Top Performer

The University of South Alabama Medical Center has been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Medical Center is one of 33 hospitals recognized in Alabama, and the only one in Mobile. 

The Medical Center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The ratings are based on data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. 

“We understand that what matters most to patients at the USA Medical Center is patient-centered care that is safe and effective. That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. The Medical Center is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” said Medical Center Administrator Beth Anderson.


June 8, 2012

USA College of Medicine Scientists Receive Historic $9 Million Research NIH Grant

A team of scientists at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine has been awarded a $9,191,785 research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine the causes and consequences of pneumonia, a lung infection that is a major source of illness and death for children and adults over 65 years of age around the world.

The NIH grant, which is termed a program project grant or PPG, marks the largest competitive research grant award in the history of USA, second to only a $14.5 million grant awarded to the USA College of Medicine in 2010 from NIH to fund construction of a state-of-the-art specialized infectious disease research laboratory.

“The renewal of this grant by Dr. Stevens and his colleagues is particularly impressive in light of the highly competitive nature of research funding from the National Institutes of Health during tough economic times,” said Dr. Samuel J. Strada, dean of the USA College of Medicine. See more...


May 10, 2012

Dr. Brevard Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from St. Paul's Episcopal School 

Dr. Sidney B. Brevard (left), associate professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine, is presented with the St. Paul’s Distinguished Alumnus Award by St. Paul’s Headmaster Marty Lester. Dr. Brevard is associate professor of surgery at the USA College of Medicine, recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s Alumni Luncheon. Dr. Brevard, who was raised in Mobile and graduated from St. Paul’s in 1979, was recognized for his professional accomplishments and civic leadership. He currently serves as a trauma surgeon in the Level I Trauma Center at the USA Medical Center. See more...

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