Dream Deferred Becomes Fulfilling Career for Family Physician
Dream Deferred Becomes Fulfilling Career for Family Physician

For most professionals, there is a prescribed career path to follow. When that leads to success, it's time to revel -- or even rest on your laurels. Not so, however, for William "Bill" Crawford, MD.

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Dr. Whitney Tew Goes From Physician to Soldier
Dr. Whitney Tew Goes From Physician to Soldier

Witney Tew, MD is a firm believer in service over self. It not only drove her decision to become a family medicine physician but also prompted her to follow in her father's footsteps by joining the Alabama Army National Guard, where she has earned her rank as captain attached to the 135th Sustainment Command in Birmingham.

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Pediatric Residents Bounce Back to Longtime Love of Music
Pediatric Residents Bounce Back to Longtime Love of Music

In the field of medicine, a Bounce Back, a patient discharged from the hospital and readmitted soon after, is to be avoided. On the local music scene, it's just the opposite as a trio of residents defies the stereotype of perpetually exhausted young doctors.

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Jones Brings Philosophy of Teamwork from Swimming Success to Cancer Care
Jones Brings Philosophy of Teamwork from Swimming Success to Cancer Care

Only a few people can say they've competed with, or against, Olympic swimming phenom Michael Phelps. Benjamin Jones, MD, a specialist in medical oncology and hematology at Alabama Oncology at Grandview, is among them.

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Oakes Retires But Will Stay Busy
Oakes Retires But Will Stay Busy

With his upcoming retirement, Jerry Oakes, MD expects to have more "me" time.

"It's like stepping off an escalator going 30 mph," Oakes said. "I've been incredibly fortunate and I've been very busy for many years. Suddenly, I'm not going to have to be so busy."

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Kitchens Perfects Crawfish Seasoning With Surgical Precision
Kitchens Perfects Crawfish Seasoning With Surgical Precision

For Jerry Kitchens, MD, "like" is much too mild a word for his feelings about crawfish. During the crawfish months -- roughly March through June -- the retired surgeon feasts on a steady diet of the critters. In fact, Kitchens is a connoisseur of the flavors that make the best batch at a boil, and in true Cajun style, that spice isn't mild at all.

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