2019 50-Year Club Inductees

 

2019 50-Year Club Inductees

Charles William Bodie, M.D., FAAFP, of Mobile, is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham. A veteran of the Alabama Army National Guard, Dr. Bodie completed his residency in pediatrics and his internship at the University of South Alabama where he specialized in primary care. He is a member of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians and the Rotary Club of Mobile. He has received the Physician Recognition Award from 2006-2009. Dr. Bodie also has the distinction of successfully resuscitating a patron at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Mobile in 2010. He has been a member of the Medical Society of Mobile County and the Medical Association since 1975.

George M. Gibbins, M.D., of Anniston, is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Oshner Clinic in New Orleans and his internship in ophthalmology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Gibbins practiced medicine in Anniston from 1973 until 2012. He is a member of the American Medical Association, a board member of The Surgery Center from 2000-2010, and a life member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been a member of the Calhoun County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1973.

Donald G. Gordon, M.D., FACC, FASNC, of Trussville, is a graduate of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He completed his residency at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles and his internship at the University of California – San Diego where he specialized in cardiology and nuclear medicine. Before retiring in 2017, Dr. Gordon spent 26 years practicing medicine in Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology in which he previously served as president, and is also a Fellow of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, also having previously served as president. Dr. Gordon is also a member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. He has been a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1981.

William A. Hill Jr., M.D., FACC, FSCAI, of Tuscaloosa, is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his residency and internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, and a fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham specializing in cardiovascular disease. For the past 44 years, Dr. Hill has practiced in Tuscaloosa. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary Society; American Heart Association; American Medical Association; American College of Physicians; Phi Beta Kappa; Fellow with the American College of Cardiology; Fellow with Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions; cardiology advisor and consultant to West Alabama Emergency Medical Services; Deans Advisory Committee, University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham; Chair Counsel on Medical Services for the Medical Association of the State of Alabama; Past Counselor from Tuscaloosa County for the Medical Association; and Chair of Intensive Care Committee, DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Hill has received special recognition from DCH Hospital Administration for obtaining CON for open heart surgery and new hospital construction on multiple floors of the hospital as well as for DCH Regional Medical Center being named one of the top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2004 and 2005. He is the cardiologist for The University of Alabama’s football and basketball programs and has received special recognition from The University of Alabama Board of Trustees for the establishment of the Pat Trammell Sports Medicine Program at the College of Community Health Sciences. Dr. Hill has been a member of the Tuscaloosa County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1976.

Lawrence J. Lemak, M.D., FAAOS, FCRSC, of Birmingham, is a graduate of The University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his residency at The University of Pittsburgh and his internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a specialty in orthopaedic sports medicine. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Dr. Lemak has vast experience in sports medicine and his passion for the safety of athletes at every level of participation, he serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Board of Pop Warner Football, Lakepoint Aspire Institute and the Alabama High School Athletic Association. He is the founder of Lemak Health, a center of excellence in orthopedic surgery with expertise in all areas of orthopedics and primary care sports medicine. Dr. Lemak devotes his practice to sports medicine and knee replacements and is a nationally recognized leader in his field. Dr. Lemak founded the National Center for Sports Safety after identifying a need to decrease the number and severity of injuries to youth, recreation and high school athletes. The NCSS educates youth and high school coaches on the prevention and care of athletic injuries and has educated over 20,000 coaches since its inception. His devotion to sports medicine led him to found and chair the Alabama Sports Foundation in 1996 bringing the highest level of sports competition to Birmingham. In addition, he was a founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute, a research and education institute for sports medicine, which has produced volumes of research for sports medicine and has educated more than 250 orthopedic surgeons and family practitioners in sports medicine. As the Medical Director of NFL’s Europe League for more than 15 years, Dr. Lemak cared for more than 2,000 professional football players. In addition, he has been the Medical Director for Major League Soccer for 20 years. Not only does he treat professional athletes, he is also the team physician for many high schools and colleges in Alabama. After he brought the 1996 Olympic Soccer Games to Birmingham, along with many other sports medicine endeavors in the community, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame with the Distinguished Sportsman Award in 1997. Dr. Lemak was the first physician to be inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame and Montevallo Sports Hall of Fame for his devotion to the care and safety of athletes in the State of Alabama. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He has been a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1976.

Juan F. Gutierrez Mazorra, M.D., of Vestavia Hills, is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine specializing in pediatric anesthesiology. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Dr. Mazorra served in the submarine service, achieved the rank of lieutenant commander, and received commendation for establishing the National Submarine Medical Center in Groton, Conn. He has received the Robert M. Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Alabama Senior Citizen Award, and is in Who’s Who in Anesthesia, International & Latin Edition. Dr. Mazorra is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, a founding board member of the Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology, and president of the Anesthesiology Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1970.
Leon Durward McLaughlin Jr., M.D., of Fairhope, is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and he completed his residency at Mobile General Hospital with a specialty in family medicine. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Dr. McLaughlin has practiced in Mobile and Daphne. He is a member of the American Medical Association; Alabama Chapter, American Academy of Family Physicians, the Baldwin County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1969.

Ronald Terry Olivet, M.D., of Tuscaloosa, completed his residency and internship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., with a primary specialty in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Dr. Olivet worked as general medical officer from 1970 to 1972, and he practiced medicine in Tuscaloosa at DCH Regional Medical Center from 1979 to 2002. He was a clinical associate professor with the College of Community Health Sciences at The University of Alabama from 1980 to 2002. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Dr. Olivet has been a member of the Tuscaloosa County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1969.

Alfred A. Ratcliff, M.D., FAAFP, of Albertville, is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia and completed his internship at Mercy hospital in Springfield, Ohio, where he specialized in family medicine. Dr. Ratcliff has practiced medicine in Luray, Va.; Tuscaloosa; and for the past 30 years in Albertville. He is a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice; recipient of the Heart of Hospice Award; 2015 Albertville Citizen of the Year; recipient, 2017 Albertville High School Honorary Diploma; 2017 Albertville High School Alumni Hall of Fame; and Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. Dr. Ratcliff is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians; the Alabama Chapter, American Academy of Family Physicians; board member and past president of the Shephard’s Cove Hospice; chief of staff of the Marshall Medical Center South for multiple terms; board member and past president of the Albertville Chamber of Commerce; member of the Board of Laity of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church; lay leader for the Albertville District of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church; and former Chief of Staff of Page Memorial Hospital in Luray, Va. He has been a member of the Marshall County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1978.

Suraj Prakash Sancheti, M.D., of Gadsden, is a graduate of Sawai Mansingh Medical College in India. He completed his residency and internship at St. Vincents Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn., with a specialty in internal medicine. Dr. Sancheti has practiced medicine in Gadsden since 1978. He is a past president of Physicians Who Care (Etowah County), and has been a member of the Etowah County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1978.

Thomas Staner, M.D., FACS, of Hoover, is a graduate of Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago. He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin/University of Iowa with a focus on neurology and completed his internship at Northwestern Medical Center specializing in neurosurgery. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Dr. Staner reached the rank of lieutenant commander while he was stationed at Portsmouth Medical Center. For the past 25 years, Dr. Staner has practiced at The Greystone Neuroscience Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He said the greatest honor he has ever achieved in his career is seeing his patients continue to do well and live healthy lives. Dr. Staner is a member of the American Medical Association, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Academy of Neurology, Neurosurgical Society of Alabama and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1979.

Claude M. Warren III, M.D., of Mobile, graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Eye Foundation Hospital and his internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital, both in Birmingham, with a specialty in ophthalmology. He has practiced in Mobile since 1973. He has received the Lillian C. McGowin Philanthropic Award, served on the Board of Directors for the Mission of Hope, Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, served on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology and chair of the Board of Directors for the Young Life of Mobile. Dr. Warren is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology, Christian Medical and Dental Society, New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology and American Medical Association. He has been a member of the Medical Society of Mobile County and the Medical Association since 1974.

Theron W. Wells, M.D., of Dothan, is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a combined program in ophthalmology and his internship at Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham. A veteran of the U.S. Army stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga., Dr. Wells practiced in Dothan from 1975 to 2005. He was a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology, American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association. He has been a member of the Houston County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1975.