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Cardiothoracic Surgery Services

Cardiothoracic surgeons provide expertise and surgical treatment for the heart, lungs, esophagus and other organs in the chest. Our cardiothoracic specialists at Baptist Health collaborates with the patient to develop a treatment plan to include medical and surgical techniques.

Baptist Health has partnered with UAB to bring the highest level of care to Central Alabama and the River Region. The UAB Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South joins nurses and staff from Baptist South with specialty-trained doctors from UAB to offer advanced care in many specialties, including cardiothoracic surgery.

UAB specialists are regional and national leaders in their field, and will work to sensitively diagnose and treat your problem. A comprehensive plan that includes medical and surgical options will be formulated, allowing you to decide what treatment is best for your quality of life.

Our specialists provide specialized interest in the following procedures and treatments:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Cardiac valve disease
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Tricuspid valve repair
  • Atrial fibrillation surgery
  • Aortic dissection repair
  • Aortic aneurysm repair
  • Cardiac tumors
  • Lung cancer
  • Mediastinal masses
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Thoracoscopic surgery

With your doctor’s referral, you can feel comfortable knowing that the doctor who will care for you is experienced in diagnosing and treating many patients with your condition. A physician referral will be required from your primary care provider before scheduling an appointment.

Please note the UAB Medicine Cardiothoracic Clinic is located at Baptist Medical Center South Morrow Tower, 2055 East South Boulevard, Suite 603, Montgomery, Alabama 36116

Click here to learn more about UAB Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Our Providers

Trung L. Tran, M.D.

Trung L. Tran, M.D.

Dr. Tran received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and completed his general surgery internship at Texas Tech University Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. He went on to complete a general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, New York, followed by a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas.

With clinical interests in minimally invasive cardiac and thoracic surgeries, Dr. Tran specializes in coronary artery bypass grafts, aortic valve repairs and replacement, and the state-of-the-art TAVR procedure. He also has vast experience in mitral valve repairs, replacements, arrhythmia surgery, lung tumor, cancer, and chest wall resectioning.

Board certified in cardiothoracic surgery and general surgery, Dr. Tran is also a member of the American College of Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.

The proud parents of one son, Dr. Tran and his wife enjoy spending time with family and traveling. During his spare time, you can also find him creating kitchen masterpieces for his family and friends or swimming.

Dr. Tran is currently accepting new patients. Please call (334) 747.7070 to make an appointment.

Laura Crum, M.S.N, C.R.N.P.

Laura Crum, M.S.N, C.R.N.P.

Laura Crum, M.S.N., C.R.N.P. is a board-certified adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Alabama and her Masters of Nursing from the University of Alabama – Birmingham. In her spare time, Laura enjoys gardening, cooking, cheering on the Crimson Tide and traveling. She is married with two children.

Michael Easterling, P.A.

Michael Easterling, P.A.

Michael Easterling, P.A. received his Physician Assistant degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham’s Physician Assistant Program and his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Auburn University at Montgomery.

He is a proud member of the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He has clinical interests in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery and Endoscopic Vein Harvesting.

Married with two adult sons, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and participating in outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and motorcycling.

Mr. Easterling’s source of inspiration can be found in the Bible verse of Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Norman Hobbs, P.A.

Norman Hobbs, P.A.

Norman Hobbs has nearly 30 years of cardiovascular surgery experience and has performed minimally invasive endoscopic vein harvesting for almost fourteen years. Mr. Hobbs studied medical science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Health Related Professions where he graduated from its surgically specialized Physician’s Assistant Program. He is a member of many professional organizations including the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In his spare time, Norm enjoys traveling with his family, disc golfing, fishing, reading, hiking, photography, baseball and SEC football.

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Breast Health Services

Baptist Health has partnered with UAB to bring the highest level of care to Central Alabama and the River Region. The UAB Breast Health Clinic joins nurses and staff from Baptist South with specialty-trained doctors from UAB to offer advanced care in many specialties, including breast health.

Our UAB specialists are regional and national leaders in the field, and they will work to sensitively diagnose and treat your problem. A comprehensive plan that includes medical and surgical options will be formulated, allowing you to decide what treatment is best for your quality of life.

Our providers have specialized interest in the following procedures and treatments:

  • Breast ultrasound
  • Minimally invasive needle biopsy and clip placement
  • Cyst aspiration
  • Abscess drainage
  • Second opinion
  • Breast cancer risk assessment and counseling
  • Genetic testing for BRCA and other gene mutations associated with breast cancer
  • Comprehensive breast cancer surgery (breast conservation/lumpectomy, mastectomy, sentinel node biopsy)
  • Hidden Scar and other oncoplastic procedures for improved cosmetic results
  • Continued/ongoing follow-up and surveillance for breast cancer and high-risk patients
  • Balloon catheter placement for targeted radiation therapy
  • Infusion port placement

With your doctor’s referral, you can feel comfortable knowing that the doctor who will care for you is experienced in diagnosing and treating many patients with your condition. A physician referral will be required from your primary care provider before scheduling an appointment.

Click here to learn more about UAB Medicine Breast Health.

Our Providers

Katelin Holmes, D.O.

Katelin Holmes, D.O.

Dr. Holmes received her medical degree with honors from the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.

She completed her General Surgery Internship at Medical City Fort Worth Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. She completed her General Surgery Residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Houston, Texas. She completed specialty rotations within breast surgery during her residency training at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas and the West Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee. Upon graduation of residency, she pursued specialty fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology in a Society of Surgical Oncology accredited fellowship through the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

A Sigma Sigma Phi Honors Graduate, Dr. Holmes was also the recipient of the Dean’s Award at Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine for her graduating medical school class. During her internship year of residency, she received the honor of Intern of the Year for all graduate medical education programs.
Dr. Holmes’s surgical interests include the treatment of breast cancer with hidden scar surgical techniques, sentinel lymph node biopsy, reverse axillary lymphatic mapping, oncoplastic breast surgery, skin sparing mastectomy, nipple sparing mastectomy, prophylactic/risk reduction mastectomy, and male breast cancer. Additionally, her clinical interests include benign diseases of the breast, breastfeeding medicine, breast cancer survivorship, and breast cancer genetic predisposition/high risk screening.

She is an active member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

Dr. Holmes and her husband are the proud parents of one daughter. They enjoy spending time as a family and doing home improvement projects. In her spare time, you can find Dr. Holmes playing with her rescue pugs, cooking, reading historical fiction, and traveling – particularly when there’s a beach involved.

Dr. Holmes is currently accepting new patients.

Pamela Strickland, M.D.

Pamela Strickland, M.D.

Dr. Pamela Strickland is a board-certified general surgeon with over 23 years’ experience specializing in breast surgery. She provides a full range of surgical services to women with breast cancer and other breast diseases.

After earning her bachelor degree from Mississippi College and her masters from the University of Mississippi, Dr. Strickland received her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then completed an internship at UT Southwestern/Parkland followed by residency at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Strickland was Chief of Medical Staff at Maxwell Air Force Base for three years before deciding to make Montgomery her home. She joined Montgomery Surgical Specialists in 2008 and left to start her own practice, Central Alabama Breast Care, in 2012. Dr. Strickland is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.

Dr. Strickland serves as a clinical assistant professor within the Division of Surgical Oncology at UAB and works collaboratively with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast radiologists, pathologists, and plastic surgeons to provide multidisciplinary care for breast cancer patients.

Dr. Strickland and her husband Michael are the proud parents of two children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, movies, and cooking.

Dr. Strickland is currently accepting new patients.

Jon Marie Cook, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., F.N.P-C

Jon Marie Cook, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., F.N.P-C

Jon Marie Cook, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., F.N.P-C is a board-certified family nurse practitioner by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She completed her undergraduate degree at Auburn University Montgomery, receiving a Bachelors of Science in nursing. She received her nurse practitioner degree from Auburn University. Jon Marie is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Her clinical interests include breast health evaluation and education with the post-operative management of breast surgery patients.

In her free time, Jon Marie enjoys international travel, game nights with friends, cooking, and reading. She has one daughter who holds her heart.

Kailani Greenwood, PA-C

Kailani Greenwood, PA-C

Ms. Greenwood received her degree from Baylor College of Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Magnum Cum Laude from Troy University.

An interesting fact about Ms. Greenwood is that she played for four years on the Troy University soccer team and served as Captain in her final season. The determination and energy she learned on the field is something she carries into working with her patients, encouraging them in every step of their breast health journey.

She is a proud member of the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) with clinical interests in the early detection of breast cancer, breast health, and genetic testing.

Ms. Greenwood and her husband enjoy traveling to their cabin in Canada to spend time water skiing and taking in the beautiful views of nature while playing with their dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys running and cooking favorite recipes – and, you guessed it – playing soccer.

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Gastroenterology Services

Baptist Health’s gastroenterology services specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the liver and digestive tract, including the stomach, duodenum, gallbladder, biliary tract, pancreas, small intestine and colon.

Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Gastroenterologists understand the intricate workings of the gastrointestinal organs. They also recognize the normal action of the gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestine, the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ. It includes common and important conditions such as colon polyps and cancer, hepatitis, gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn), peptic ulcer disease, colitis, gallbladder and biliary tract disease, nutritional problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and pancreatitis.

Baptist Health has partnered with UAB to bring the highest level of care to Central Alabama and the River Region. The UAB Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South joins nurses and staff from Baptist South with specially trained doctors from UAB to offer advanced care in many specialties, including gastroenterology.

Along with general gastroenterology and hepatology medicine, UAB gastroenterologists provide specialized interest in the following diseases, procedures and treatments:

  • Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Peptic ulcer disease (Gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Acute/Chronic diarrhea
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic abdominal pain, chronic nausea and vomiting
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Esophageal motility disorders, dysphagia
  • Esophageal stricture and stenosis
  • Achalasia
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Occult/overt GI bleeding
  • Gastroparesis
  • Celiac disease
  • Acute/Chronic pancreatitis
  • Microscopic colitis
  • Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  • Diverticulitis/Diverticular bleeding
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Hepatitis C and B
  • Gastritis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Liver disease

Click here to learn more about UAB Medicine Gastroenterology.

Whether your doctor refers* you or you make your own appointment, you can feel comfortable knowing that the UAB doctor who will care for you is experienced in diagnosing and treating many patients with your condition.

*Please note, effective immediately, a physician referral will be required from your primary care provider before scheduling an appointment.

Our Providers

Louis R. Lambiase, M.D.

Louis R. Lambiase, M.D.

Dr. Lambiase earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He went on to complete an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Pittsburgh and a Gastroenterology Fellowship at the University of Florida. Additionally, he completed Fellowships in Pancreatic Cancer Research and Biliary Endoscopy

He served previously as Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine and a Professor of the Department of Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

As the newly appointed Regional Dean of the Montgomery Regional Medical Campus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine, Dr. Lambiase is excited about helping provide unparalleled clinical care for individuals in Central Alabama as well as train the next generation of physicians to provide excellent care in the future. Dr. Lambiase is also seeing Gastroenterology patients at the UAB Medicine Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South.

Dr. Lambiase and his wife, Martica, have two adult daughters who they enjoy spending time with. New to the community, Dr. Lambiase and his wife are delighted to become part of the growth of Montgomery and the River Region.

Deana Morrison, NP-C

Deana Morrison, NP-C

Deana received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from Chamberlain University in Addison, Illinois. She is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has a special interest in Gastroenterology. An animal lover, Deana enjoys volunteering her time at Animal Rescues – owning nine rescue dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family, outdoor activities, crafting, and quilting. Married to a Senior Master Sergeant in the Air National Guard, Deana and her husband have two children. Her favorite quote and patient philosophy is, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier,” by Mother Teresa.

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Endocrinology and Diabetes Services

The endocrine system is a collection of glands that send hormones through the bloodstream to regulate the body’s metabolism, growth, appetite, sexual development, blood sugar regulation and many other functions.

Endocrinologists are trained to diagnose and treat imbalances of the hormones, restoring normal balance in your system. Endocrinologists care for conditions including diabetes, thyroid diseases, metabolic disorders, over or under production of hormones, menopause, osteoporosis, hypertension, cholesterol (lipid) disorders, infertility, lack of growth (short stature) and cancers of the endocrine glands.

Baptist Health has partnered with UAB to bring the highest level of care to Central Alabama and the River Region. The UAB Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South joins nurses and staff from Baptist South with specially trained doctors from UAB to offer advanced care in many specialties, including endocrinology.

UAB Medicine’s Multidisciplinary Comprehensive Diabetes Clinic offers the expertise and compassion of UAB Medicine endocrinologists and Baptist Health’s staff to take an active role in using innovative treatments and educating patients on how to prevent this lifelong disease. Our experts use the latest medical advances to treat disorders of the endocrine (hormonal) system, such as diabetes, thyroid disease and cancer, osteoporosis and adrenal and pituitary conditions. Our focus is on delivering long-term results to our patients, utilizing the latest treatments and medical technology.

Along with general endocrinology medicine, UAB endocrinologists provide specialized interest in the following procedures and treatments:

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • FNA
  • Pituitary disorders
  • Adrenal disease
  • Lipid disorders
  • Gonadal disorders
  • Metabolic bone disease

Click here to learn more about the Center for Diabetes Nutrition and Education

Click here to learn more about UAB Medicine Endocrinology.

With your doctor’s referral, you can feel comfortable knowing that the doctor who will care for you is experienced in diagnosing and treating many patients with your condition. A physician referral will be required from your primary care provider before scheduling an appointment.

Our Providers

Akin O. Ayodeji, M.D.

Akin O. Ayodeji, M.D.

Dr. Ayodeji earned his medical degree from the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria. Following graduation, he completed his internal medicine internship at Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, New York and his Endocrinology and Metabolism fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

A member of the Endocrine Society as well as the American College of Endocrinology, Dr. Ayodeji is also board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology.

In his spare time, Dr. Ayodeji enjoys automotive technology and the sounds of smooth jazz music. He and his wife are the proud parents of two sons, and they enjoy traveling as a family.

Dr. Ayodeji is currently accepting new patients.

Ahsan Farooq, M.D.

Ahsan Farooq, M.D.

Board Certified Endocrinologist Dr. Ahsan Farooq has clinical interests in endocrinology, diabetes and managing metabolism.

He earned his medical degree from the Islamic International Medical College (IIMC) in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He went on to complete an Internal Medicine Residency and Endocrinology Fellowship at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida.

A Clinical Excellence and Professionalism Award recipient, Dr. Farooq is also a proud member of the Endocrine Society and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology.

In his spare time, Dr. Farooq spends time gardening and exploring the great outdoors. He is an avid traveler who enjoys diving into a great book. His favorite quote by James Watkins notes, “A river cuts through the rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”

Dr. Farooq is currently accepting new patients.

Manisha Garg, M.D.

Manisha Garg, M.D.

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Dr. Manisha Garg received her Bachelor of Medicine while attending the Government Medical College in Amritsar, India. Dr. Garg completed her medical schooling at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo), Buffalo, New York. She is a member of the American Thyroid Association, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Endocrine Society. Dr. Garg has received numerous awards including the Early Career Forum Travel Award, Endocrine 2016. She has also received the Meritorious Oral Presentation Award at Internal Medicine Research Day at University of Buffalo. Dr. Garg is board-certified by the American Boards of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Garg’s practice consists of general Endocrinology. In her spare time, Dr. Garg enjoys spending her time dancing, cooking and reading.

Dr. Garg is accepting new patients.

Vaishali Thudi, M.D.

Vaishali Thudi, M.D.

Dr. Thudi received her medical degree from Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, Telangana, India. She completed a rotating internship at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Warangal, Telangana, India and completed her Internal Medicine residency at McLaren Regional Medical Center, Flint, MI. She completed her endocrinology fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI.

She is a board-certified internal medicine physician. Dr. Thudi is a member of the American Diabetes Association, the Endocrine Society, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Physicians. She has special interests in thyroid disorders and thyroid biopsies.

In her spare time, Dr. Thudi enjoys cooking, travel and meeting friends. She also speaks English, Hindi and Telugu.

Dr. Thudi is accepting new patients.

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Rheumatology Services

Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine. It is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory diseases. Rheumatologists deal with inherited connective tissue disorders, vasculitis, and clinical problems of the joints and soft tissues.

Baptist Health has partnered with UAB to bring the highest level of care to Central Alabama and the River Region. The UAB Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South joins nurses and staff from Baptist South with specially trained doctors from UAB to offer advanced care in many specialties, including rheumatology.

The UAB Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology has been listed as one of the best clinical rheumatology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 19 consecutive years. As one of the largest academic rheumatology programs in the nation, the division’s clinical program registers over 10,000 patient encounters annually, evaluating and treating patients with various forms of connective tissue diseases.

Along with general rheumatology medicine, UAB rheumatologists provide specialized interest in the following procedures and treatments:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Lupus
  • Scleroderma
  • Vasculitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis

Click here to learn more about UAB Medicine Rheumatology.

With your doctor’s referral*, you can feel comfortable knowing that the UAB doctor who will care for you is experienced in diagnosing and treating many patients with your condition.

*Please note, effective immediately, a physician referral will be required from your primary care provider before scheduling an appointment.

Our Providers

Carlos Gadea, M.D.

Carlos Gadea, M.D.

Dr. Carlos Gadea received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He received his medical degree from the Escuela Autonoma de Ciencias Medicas de Centro America. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut, Farmington and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. He is board-certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He is also a member of the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Gadea is married to fellow physician Dr. Ximena Ruiz and they have one son and one daughter. In their spare time, they enjoy trying new restaurants, spending time outdoors and shopping.

Clinical Interests:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis/Bursitis
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia with high risk for fractures
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Myositis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Hydradenitis Suppurativa
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trigger Finger
Procedures:
  • Local steroid injections (joints and tendons)
  • Viscosupplementation for knee osteoarthritis
  • Ultrasound guided steroid injections (hips, Baker’s cyst, carpal tunnel, plantar fascia).

Dr. Gadea is accepting new patients.

Ximena Ruiz, M.D.

Ximena Ruiz, M.D.

Dr. Ximena D. Ruiz received her medical degree from the Universidad CES - School of Medicine, Medellin, Colombia. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut, Farmington and fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is board-certified in internal medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians as well as the American College of Rheumatology. She is also a member of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry. Dr. Ruiz received several awards during her education including Veterans Administration Award for Excellence in geriatric patient care and teaching at the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Ruiz is married to fellow physician Dr. Carlos Gadea and they have one son and one daughter. In their spare time, they enjoy trying new restaurants, spending time outdoors and shopping.

Clinical Interests:
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendinitis/Bursitis
  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia with high risk for fractures
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Myositis
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Hydradenitis Suppurativa
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Trigger Finger
Procedures:
  • Local steroid injections (joints and tendons)
  • Viscosupplementation for knee osteoarthritis
  • Ultrasound guided steroid injections (hips, Baker’s cyst, carpal tunnel, plantar fascia).

Dr. Ruiz is accepting new patients.

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Urology Services

Urologists provide expertise and surgical treatment for urinary disorders of the male and female urinary tracts, as well as conditions of the genital tract or reproductive system. Our urology specialists at Baptist Health collaborate with the patient to develop a treatment plan to include medical and surgical techniques. Treating a wide range of urological problems, patients experience the most complete care available, allowing for the best possible results.

Baptist Health has partnered with UAB to bring the highest level of care to Central Alabama and the River Region. The UAB Multispecialty Clinic at Baptist Medical Center South joins nurses and staff from Baptist South with specially trained doctors from UAB to offer advanced care in many specialties, including urology.

UAB urologists are regional and national leaders in their field, and our surgeons work together to sensitively diagnose and treat your problem. A comprehensive plan that includes medical and surgical options will be formulated, allowing you to decide what treatment is best for your quality of life.

Along with general urology medicine, UAB urologists provide specialized interest in the following procedures and treatments:

  • Robotic surgery
  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney stones
  • Female pelvic floor reconstruction
  • Urogynecology

Click here to learn more about UAB Medicine Urology.

With your doctor’s referral, you can feel comfortable knowing that the doctor who will care for you is experienced in diagnosing and treating many patients with your condition. A physician referral will be required from your primary care provider before scheduling an appointment.

Our Providers

Travis W. Dum, M.D.

Travis W. Dum, M.D.

Dr. Dum received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Indiana University and his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

He is board certified by the American Board of Urology, and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and the American Urological Association. Dr. Dum has earned awards to include the distinguished Alpha Omega Alpha award and the Gold Humanism award.

Dr. Dum’s clinical interests are general urology with an emphasis on medical and surgical management of kidney stones along with treatment of urologic cancer to include bladder/urothelial, prostate, kidney, testicular, adrenal, and penile cancers. Procedures include open, laparoscopic and robotic surgeries for kidney, prostate, and adrenal conditions as well as treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, low testosterone, and erectile dysfunction. Dr. Dum also performs no-scalpel vasectomies.

The proud parents of three children, Dr. Dum and his wife enjoy spending time with their children riding bikes and enjoying the outdoors. In his spare time, Dr. Dum enjoys gardening, cooking, and eating guacamole. He also enjoys playing lacrosse and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Dr. Dum is currently accepting new patients.

Geoffrey Habermacher, M.D., Ph.D.

Geoffrey Habermacher, M.D., Ph.D.

Listen to what Dr. Habermacher has to say about Urology

Dr. Geoffrey M. Habermacher completed his internship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois where he also completed his Urology residency. He completed medical school at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received both his M.D. and his Ph.D. at Emory. He is board certified with the American Board of Urology.

Dr. Habermacher received several honors during his education to include the Leander W. Riba Urology Award for Outstanding Performance, Empathy, and Skill, the Charles Huggins Award for Urologic Research and the Joseph B. Whitehead Scholarship in Surgery.

Dr. Habermacher’s practice consists of general urology with a special interest in prostate cancer, renal cancer and laparoscopy. Other interests include fishing and military history.

Dr. Habermacher is accepting new patients.

Tony Pinson, M.D., F.A.C.S., FPMRS

Tony Pinson, M.D., F.A.C.S., FPMRS

Baptist Health welcomes Dr. Tony Pinson to the UAB Medicine Urology Clinic on the campus of Baptist Medical Center East. Dr. Pinson is a Board-Certified Urologist with sub-specialization in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Pinson received his medical degree from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He went on to complete a General Surgery residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center (SUNY) in Syracuse, New York, and a Urology residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A native of Gadsden Alabama, Dr. Pinson returns to his home state to join the UAB Medicine Multispecialty Clinic and the Baptist Health medical staff. He has more than 25 years of experience in treating general and complex urological procedures. Dr. Pinson is a highly-skilled robotic surgeon with expertise in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery providing No-Mesh surgical techniques including pelvic and urethral mesh removal. He is an expert in male and female urological cancers such as bladder, kidney, prostate and testicular cancers, and provides the latest and most effective treatments in erectile dysfunction, male and female urinary and fecal incontinence, overactive bladder, urethral stricture disease and the treatment of general urology needs.

Dr. Pinson is a proud recipient of the Physician Excellence Award and Physician Trailblazer Award from Henry Ford Health System. He is also the Principal Investigator on two major research projects including the study of InterStim therapy in patients with overactive bladder and improving the quality and cost of the treatment of prostate cancer.
Dr. Pinson has extensive knowledge and a proactive approach on improving urology practices in a patient focused and friendly environment. His work is
featured in multiple publications, including Overcoming Urinary Incontinence, the book which he co-authored.

Dr. Pinson is a member of the American Urogynecologic Society, American Urology Association, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and The Society of Urodynamics Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction. He has held many physician leadership roles, including Chief of Staff and Medical Director during his
career. However, one of his proudest accomplishments is his six years of service as a Lt. Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Naval Reserves. He has a passion for serving both his country and his community and looks forward to helping people in Central Alabama with their urological needs.

In his spare time, Dr. Pinson enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, fishing and performing real estate rehabilitation projects.

David M. Schull, M.D.

David M. Schull, M.D.

Dr. Schull earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tennessee. He went on to complete a General Surgery internship and Urology Residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama.

During medical school, he was inducted as a member of the medical honorary society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Board certified by the American Board of Urology and a member of the American Urology Association, Dr. Schull has more than three decades of experience. After practicing in Birmingham and Nashville for the past 30+ years, Dr. Schull has extensive experience with both operative and office based urology. He is thrilled to be in the River Region now where he will focus on outpatient treatment for all types of urological diseases.

Dr. Schull is married to Dr. Katharine N. Schull, a pediatrician who practices with the Montgomery and Prattville based practice, Partners in Pediatrics. They are the proud parents of two grown daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, cooking, and traveling.

Dr. Schull is currently accepting new patients in Prattville. Call (334) 747-7300 to make an appointment.

Joshua C. Waits, M.D.

Joshua C. Waits, M.D.

Dr. Waits received his medical degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). While there, he completed his residency in Urology and an internship in General Surgery.

Dr. Waits has special interests in kidney stones, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer. Dr. Waits performs a wide scope of urological and robotic surgeries.

Dr. Waits is a proud member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Phi Beta Kappa Society. Additionally, he is a member of the American Urological Association and the recipient of the prestigious Jeffrey Cohn Award for the Highest Urology Inservice Exam Score.

He and his wife are the proud parents of three beautiful children. In his spare time, Dr. Waits enjoys fishing and wing shooting activities. Dr. Waits is currently accepting new patients. Please call 334.613.7070 to make an appointment

Gary Walker, M.S.N., C.R.N.P.

Gary Walker, M.S.N., C.R.N.P.

Gary Walker, CRNP received his Associate Degree in Nursing from Jefferson State Community College, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude, along with his Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Gary is a board certified Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse with the Alabama Board of Nursing.

He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys spending his spare time camping, hunting, and fishing. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married over thirty years and are the proud parents of three adult sons.

Mr. Walker is currently accepting new patients.

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