(L - R) Carol Hurt, Practice Manager, Demetria Lowery, LPN, Teresa Cannon, RN, Tammy Box, Receptionist
When it comes to comprehensive surgical care, Dr. Mark Randall and Dr. Joseph Walker and the team at Northwest Surgery Center have you covered. Whether it's a same day surgical procedure or one that rrequires a hospital stay, Northwest Surgery Center provides high quality and skilled healthcare for our community.
By Joseph S. Walker, MD
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is time to remember loved ones who have battled this dreaded disease, many of whom have lost her lives because of it. It is pertinent to honor them, to save lives by detecting this disease early, and to prevent it whenever possible.
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommends average risk women who show no symptoms between ages 25 and 40 years of age to have a visit with a physician or practitioner regarding risk management and risk reduction counseling every 1-3 years as well as a clinical breast exam.
Women over 40 years old are recommended to have an annual clinical visit and annual mammogram. Women who are at increased risk such as those with a strong family history of breast cancer or those with a previous abnormal biopsy need increased risk screening. During these visits women can be instructed on how to perform self-breast exams as well.
Any woman who has breast symptoms such as a palpable mass or new abnormal breast changes needs immediate diagnostic evaluation. By diligently adhering to the current guidelines and responding to women’s breast related concerns and needs in a timely fashion, we can hope to significantly reduce the morbidity and mortality of this disease.
Please contact your primary care provider to be evaluated. Any abnormal or concerning findings on exam or imaging should prompt referral to an experienced breast surgeon. We are prepared to take care of your breast surgery and oncology needs here at Northwest Surgery Center. Remember that the patient is the most important member of the healthcare team and needs to be actively involved in the breast cancer screening and decision-making process.
Mark L. Randall, MD
Dr. Randall has been in the practice of general surgery for over 23 years. He is a graduate of Samford University and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital and he received his board certification in general surgery in 1996.
Dr. Randall has a varied background of surgery practice beginning with a general surgery group in Florence, Alabama then spending several years abroad teaching and practicing general surgery in East Asia, returning to the United States in 2012. He has been in practice in Winfield since 2013.
Dr. Randall is an active member of the First Baptist Church in Winfield. He and his wife, Tina, have 2 sons. He is the author of The Bethlehem Midwife (2013).
Joseph S. Walker, MD
Dr. Walker was a 1998 graduate of Brilliant High School. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2006 and completed his general surgery residency with Baptist Health Systems in Birmingham, Alabama in 2011.
Dr. Walker is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He spent 6 years in general surgery practice in the Florence, Alabama area before coming back to his hometown to join the Northwest Specialty Physician practice with Dr. Mark Randall in January of 2018.
Some of the procedures he performs are gastrointestional surgeries, gall bladder, colorectal, thyroid/parathyroid, laparoscopies, endoscopies, breast surgery, and hernia repairs.