Surgeons - Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System
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Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System

 

Surgeons

ASSIMOS, DEAN G.
Dean Assimos

Staff physician, BVAMC
Professor and Chair of Urology, UAB

Areas of Interest: complex stone disease, endourology

Education & Training
Medical School - Loyola University, M.D. 1977
Residency- Northwestern University Hospital
Fellowship - Northwestern University Hospital, Research

BENTLEY, JESSICA N.
Jessica Bentley

Neurosurgeon, BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: functional and movement disorders

Education
Medical School - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia
Post-doctoral Research Fellowship - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Residency - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Neurosurgery
Postgraduate Fellowship - Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Functional Neurosurgery

BOWERS, JOHN W.

Surgeon, BVAMC

Education
Medical School - University of Arkansas College of Medicine
St. John's Medical Center
University of Alabama - Birmingham

BRABSTON, EUGENE W.
Eugene Brabston

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: shoulder and elbow sports medicine

Education
Medical School - University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Residency - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center - Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship - Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center - Shoulder, Elbow, and Sports Medicine

BRYANT, JAMES E
James Bryant

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Urology, UAB
Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Urology, UAB

Areas of Interest: general urology, endourology, complex stone disease, holmium laser enucleation of the prostate

Education & Training
Medical School - University of Alabama School of Medicine
Residency - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Advanced Training - UAB School of Health Professions, Certificate in Health Care Quality and Safety, 2014

CHO, DO-YEON
Do-Yeon Cho

Section Chief of Otolaryngology, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, UAB
Director of ENT Research, Department of Otolaryngology, UAB

Areas of Interest: Acute/Chronic Rhinosinusitis, Nasal Obstruction, Hyposmia/Anosmia, Cystic Fibrosis, Allergic Rhinitis, Airway Epithelial Regeneration/Repair, Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery

Education and Training
M.D., Chungbuk National University School of Medicine (South Korea), 1995-1999
M.S., Sung Kyun Kwan University School of Medicine (Seoul, South Korea)
Stanford University School of Medicine, Otolaryngology Residency, 2009-2014
Stanford University School of Medicine, Rhinology Research Fellowship, 2007-2009
Samsung Medical Center (Seoul, South Korea), Otorhinolaryngology Residency, 1999-2004

COREY, BRITNEY L.
Britney Corey

Assistant Chief of Surgical Service, BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery, UAB
Director, Medical Student Surgery Clerkship, Department of Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: minimally invasive GI surgery, foregut and anti-reflux, abdominal wall hernias, surgical education

Education
Medical School - Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Residency - University of Alabama at Birmingham, General Surgery
Fellowship - University of Alabama at Birmingham, Minimally Invasive GI Surgery

COX, ARTEMUS J III
Artemus Cox

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, UAB

Areas of Interest: Cosmetic surgery of the face, eyes, neck and ears such as facelift, blepharoplasty, "ear tuck", Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, Nasal airway obstruction, Functional Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty
Soft tissue reconstruction of the face and neck such as repair of skin cancer defects, Moh's defects, traumatic defects, congenital defects and scar revision, Facial trauma

Education and Training
Medical School - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, 1989-1993
Postdoctoral Training - Oregon Health Sciences Center, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, 1998-1999
St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, Otolaryngology Residency, 1994-1998

CRAIN, R JEFFREY
Jeffrey Crain

Section Chief of Ophthalmology, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, UAB

Areas of Interest: comprehensive ophthalmology, cataract surgery, resident education, veterans affairs

Education & Training
Medical School - University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Residency in Ophthalmology - University of Alabama at Birmingham

DE LA TORRE, JORGE I
Jorge De La Torre

Professor and Division Chief of Plastic Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: abdminoplasty, aesthetic surgery, body contouring, breast reduction and mastopexy procedures, complex wound healing problems including pressure sores, liposuction, trunk contouring after gastric bypass

Education
Undergraduate - University of Texas in Austin
Medical School - Univeristy of Texas Medical School at Houston
Residency - St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, General Surgery
Residency - Long Island Plastic Surgery / Nassau County Medical Center, Plastic Surgery
Fellowship - UAB, Division of Plastic Surgery, Breast and Aesthetic Surgery
Graduate - University of Alabama at Birmingham, MSHA

DINSMORE, AMANDA L.


Areas of Interest: eye

Education
Medical School - Emory University and UAB School of Medicine
Presbyterian St Luke's Medical Center
University of Colorado

DONAHUE, JAMES M.
James Donahue

Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery, UAB
Section Chief of Thoracic Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: Lung and esophageal cancer surgery, chest wall surgery, tracheal resection and reconstruction, mediastinal tumors, outcomes research, airway disorders, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, lung nodules, mediastinal tumors, chest wall tumors, malignant pleural effusions, pneumothorax, esophageal disease (benign)

Education
Medical School - Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Internship - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Residency Programs - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
General Surgery - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN, Cardiothoracic Surgery

EVERETT, ANDREW W.
Andrew Everett

Surgical Attending/Glaucome Specialist, BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, UAB

Areas of Interest: glaucoma, cataract surgery, veterans affairs

Education & Training
Medical School - University of South Alabama 
Internship - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Residency in Ophthalmology - University of Alabama at Birmingham, glaucoma

FERGUSON, JAMES E.
James Ferguson

BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Urologic Oncology, UAB

Areas of Interest: bladder cancer, testis cancer, penile cancer, ureteral cancer and adrenal cancer

Education & Training
Medical School - University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill
Residency - University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill
Fellowship - MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Urologic Oncology

FISHER, WINFIELD S III
Winfield Fisher

Section Chief of Neurosurgery, BVAMC
Griffith Harsh Endowed Professor of Neurosurgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: brain tumors, neurovascular disorders

Education
Medical School - St. Louis University
Internship - National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Residency - National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Fellowship - University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada

FOSTER, JOHN C.
John Foster

Gynecologist, BVAMC

Areas of Interest: general health and wellness needs, not just her obstetric or gynecological concerns

Education
Medical School - University of Alabama School of Medicine
Residencey - University of Alabama Medical Center

GRAMS, JAYLEEN M.
Jayleen Grams

Associate Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery, UAB
Assistant Program Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Areas of Interest: foregut and bariatric surgery, achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatal or paraesophageal hernias, morbid obesity and metabolic syndrome, role of microbiome in obesity, outcomes research

Education
Medical School - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Residency - Mayo Clinic
Fellowship - Mount Sinai Hospital

GUTHRIE, BARTON L.
Barton Guthrie

Professor of Neurosurgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: functional neurosurgery, brain tumors

Education
Medical School - UAB
Internship - University Hospital
Residency - Mayo Clinic
Fellowship - Stanford University

HADLEY, MARK N.
Mark Hadley

Collat Endowed Professor of Neurosurgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: spine disorders

Education
Medical School - Albany Medical College
Internship - University of California
Residency - Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona

HARDIMAN, KARIN M.
Karin Hardiman

Associate Professor of Colorectal Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: colon and rectal surgery, intestinal surgery

Education
Medical School - University of Alabama School of Medicine
Residency - Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Portland, General Surgery
Fellowship - Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Portland, Colorectal Surgery

HOLMAN, WILLIAM L.
William Holman

Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, BVAMC
Professor of Cardiac Surgery, UAB
Assistant Program Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

Areas of Interest: adult cardiac surgery, surgery for heart failure, mechanical circulatory support and surgery for heart failure, surgical education

Education
Medical School - Cornell University Medical College
Residency - Duke University Medical Center, General Surgery
Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center, Research Fellow
Residency - Duke University Medical Center, General and Thoracic Surgery

JOHNSON, MICHAEL D.
Michael Johnson

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, UAB
Program Director, UAB Orthopedic Surgical Residency Program

Areas of Interest: foot and ankle, arthritis, amputation, osteotomy, pain management

Education
Medical School - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Residency - University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
Fellowship - University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center

JOHNSON, WILLIAM M.
William Johnson

Gynecologist, BVAMC
Section Chief of Gynecology, BVAMC

Areas of Interest: obstetrical care, performing gynecological surgical procedures

Education
Medical School - The University Of Alabama School of Medicine
Residency - Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology

KING, TIMOTHY W.
Timothy King

Section Chief of Plastic Surgery, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, UAB
Associate Program Director, UAB Plastic Surgery Residency
Director of Research, UAB Division of Plastic Surgery

Areas of Interest: pediatric plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate surgery, reconstruction of Moh’s defects, treatment of birthmarks and vascular lesions, cutaneous wound healing

Education
Medical School - University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Graduate - Texas A&M University; The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Residency - New York University Medical Center
Fellowship - Northwestern University/Children’s Memorial Hospital

KLEIN, ADAM
Adam Klein

Section Chief of Urology, BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Urology, UAB

Areas of Interest: general urology, kidney stones,

Education & Training
Medical School - The Commonwealth Medical College 
Residency - University at Buffalo School of Medicine

KLINE, LANNING B.
Lanning Kline

Professor of Ophthalmology, UAB

Area of Interest: neuro-ophthalmology

Education & Training
Medical School - Duke University
Internship - Duke University
Residency in Ophthalmology - McGill University
Fellowship - Bascom Palmer Eye Institute & Montreal Neurological Institute

KOLETTIS, PETER N.
Peter Kolettis

Professor of Urology, UAB
Program Director, UAB Urology Residency

Areas of Interest: male infertility, vasectomy reversal, microsurgery, benign prostatic hyperplasia, general urology

Education & Training
Medical School - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Residency - The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Internship in Surgery and Residency in Urology
Fellowship - The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Male Infertility

MORRIS, MELANIE S.
Melanie Morris

Section Chief of General Surgery, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Colorectal Surgery, UAB
Vice Chair of Perioperative Services, Department of Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: colon and rectal surgery, outcomes and quality improvement research

Education
Medical School - University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Residency - Oregon Health Science Center, General Surgery
Fellowship - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Surgical Oncology, Endocrine Surgery

MULLINS, SARA M.
Sara Mullins

Clinical Instructor of Ophthalmology, UAB

PARKER, CATHERINE C.
Catherine Parker

Associate Professor of Breast Surgery, UAB
Vice Chair for Patient Experience, Department of Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: breast cancer, tumor biology, outcomes research

Education
Medical School - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Residency - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, General Surgery
Fellowship - The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Breast Surgical Oncology

PASSMAN, MARC A.
Marc Passman

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Professor of Vascular Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: open and catheter based treatments for aortic aneurysm, carotid artery disease, renovascular hypertension and peripheral artery occlusive disease

Education
Medical School - University of Vermont
Residency - Oregon Health Science University, General Surgery
Fellowship - University of North Carolina, Vascular Surgery Fellowship

PATTERSON, MARK A.
Mark Patterson

Section Chief of Vascular Surgery, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: lower extremity occlusive disease, arterial aneurysms

Education
Medical School - Bowman Gray School of Medicine
Residency - University of Alabama, General Surgery
Fellowship - Medical College of Wisconsin, Vascular Surgery Fellowship

PEREIRA, SARA J.
Sara Pereira

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: adult cardiac surgery, reoperative cardiac surgery, valve surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery

Education
Medical School - University of California at Irvine, College of Medicine
Residency - University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fellowship - University of Alabama at Birmingham, Cardiothoracic Surgery

PETERS, GLENN E.
Glenn Peters

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Hicks Professor of Otolaryngology, UAB
Chief Safety and Quality Officer, Department of Otolaryngology, UAB
Associate Chief Medical Officer, UAB Health System

Areas of Interest: Head and neck endocrine surgery, Thyroid and parathyroid surgery with emphasis on minimally invasive techniques

Education and Training
Louisana State University Medical Center, 1976-1980
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Head & Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, 1986-1987
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Otolaryngology Residency, 1980-1984

PEYTON, CHARLES
Charles Peyton

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Urologic Oncology, UAB

Areas of Interest: Bladder cancer, testis cancer, kidney cancer, prostate and penile cancer

Education & Training
Medical School - Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Residency - Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC, Urologic Surgery 
Fellowship - Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL, Urologic Oncology

PONCE, BRENT A.
Brent Ponce

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: shoulder, knee, orthopaedic surgery

Education
Medical School - Vanderbilt University
Graduate - Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital

READ, RUSSELL W.
Russell Read

Physician, BVAMC
Cooper Professor of Ophthalmology, UAB
Program Director, UAB Ophthalmology Residency Program

Areas of Interest: ocular inflammatory diseases, including uveitis, iritis, and scleritis; role of complement in ocular diseases

Education & Training
Residency in Ophthalmology - University of Washington Seattle
Fellowship, uveitis/ocular inflammatory disease - Doheny Eye Institute, University of Southern California

ROCQUE, BRANDON G.
Brandon Rocque

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: spina bifida, hydrocephalus, spasticity and pediatric movement disorder, peripheral nerve, spine surgery

Education
Medical School - Washington University
Residency - University of Wisconsin
Fellowships - University of Wisconsin, Spine Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Alabama, Pediatric Neurosurgery

SPANGLER, EMILY L.
Emily Spangler

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, UAB

Areas of Interest: lower extremity occlusive disease, open and catheter-based treatments for aortic aneurysm, complex endovascular repair, carotid artery disease, limb salvage, outcomes research

Education
Medical School - University of Pittsburgh
Residency - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Vascular Surgery

SUDARSHAN, SUNIL
Sunil Sudarshan

Professor of Urologic Oncology, UAB

Areas of Interest: urologic oncology, scientific research understanding the molecular basis of renal cancer

Education & Training
Medical School - Duke University
Residency - Medical University of South Carolina
Fellowship - National Cancer Institute, Urologic Oncology

SUTZKO, DANIELLE C.
Danielle Sutzko

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Assistant Professor of Vascular Surgery, UAB
Associate Program Director, UAB Integrated Vascular Surgery Residency

Areas of Interest: surgical and endovascular management of aortic aneurysmal and occlusive disease, mesenteric vascular disease, open and endovascular treatments for peripheral arterial disease, cerebrovascular disease, dialysis access, health outcomes and policy research, quality improvement

Education
Medical School - University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
T32 Research Fellowship - University of Michigan Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy, Vascular Surgery
Residency - University of Michigan Health System, Vascular Surgery

WANG, THOMAS
Thomas Wang

Section Chief of Surgical Oncology, BVAMC
Professor of Surgical Oncology, UAB

Areas of Interest: thyroid and parathyroid diseases, adrenal neoplasms, pancreatic and hepatobiliary tumors, gastrointestinal malignancies, melanoma and soft tissue sarcomas

Education
Medical School - Temple University School of Medicine
Residency - Drexel University College of Medicine, General Surgery
Graduate - Drexel University College of Medicine
Fellowship - University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Surgical Oncology

WEAVER, KEITH W.

Section Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, BVAMC

Areas of Interest: ortho surgeon

Education & Training
Medical School - UAB School of Medicine
Baptist Medical Centers and UAB School of Medicine

WEI, BENJAMIN
Benjamin Wei

Section Chief of Thoracic Surgery, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery, UAB
Program Director, UAB Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency

Areas of Interest: robotic-assisted and video-assisted thoracic surgery, lung and esophageal cancer surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease, paraesophageal hernias, esophageal motility disorders

Education
Medical School - Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons
Residency - New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, General Surgery
Fellowship - Duke University, Cardiothoracic Surgery

WILSON, TRACEY C.
Tracey Wilson

Attending Surgeon, BVAMC
Associate Professor of Urology, UAB

Areas of Interest: female urology, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, geriatric urology, neurourology

Education & Training
Medical School - Howard University College of Medicine
Residency - University of Connecticut Health Center, General Surgery and Urology
Fellowship - University of Texas Southwestern medical Center, Female Urology, Urodynamics and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery

WITHROW, KIRK P.
Kirk Withrow

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, UAB

Areas of Interest: Sleep disorders, Salivary gland disorders, Head & neck oncology, Transoral robotic assisted surgery (TORS), Endoscopic sinus surgery, Rhinology, General otolaryngology

Education & Training
University of Louisville School of Medicine, 1999-2003
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Otolaryngology Residency, 2003-2008

YANG, GEORGE P.
George Yang

Associate Chief of Staff for Surgical Services, BVAMC
Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery, UAB
Vice Chair for Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Surgery, UAB

Education
M.D. - Northwestern University Medical School
Ph.D. - University of Illinois College of Medicine
Internship - Stanford University School of Medicine
Residency - Stanford University School of Medicine
Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Stanford University School of Medicine

Contact

205-933-9101