Mary Lee, MSN, was trained to carry an automatic weapon in a mission to protect and defend. Currently a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve, when she joined the armed forces in 2007, her objective was to be a solider, part of a band of brothers -- and sisters -- whose relationships transcend bloodlines.
The wall in Dr. Suzanne Blaylock's office is covered with framed reminders of why she choose anesthesiology - awards recognizing her from the Peer Reviewed Professionals; the Consumers' Research Council of America as one of America's Top Anesthesiologists; and the Consumers' Research Council of America's Top Physicians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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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